Friday, January 11, 2013
An Artist's Paradox: to Focus and Explore Creativity Simultaneously
It was nice to meet you in the article that Tammy Powley did at About.com Jewelry Making.
I love hearing others' stories and yours is definitely interesting. You have a passion for crafting and I was wondering how you stay focused?
I have my own jewelry making and designing business and find myself wanting to take on all the techniques.
However, I also love to crochet and sew as well as garden and play tennis.
I would love your advice.
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the advice in the article; but you may not love what I have to say about finding focus.
It's so timely that you should ask that question. My Word of the Year for 2013 is "FOCUS". So, as for staying focused, I have to say I'm working on it!
I've used singer/songwriter Christine Kane's Word of the Year Discovery Tool to guide my personal development for the past few years.
Last year one of my words was "EXPLORE". There have been too many new techniques and materials I've wanted to pursue (like you).
I buy the new supplies and online classes. Then they clutter up my computer, my craft room, and my brain! I thought "EXPLORE" would force me to get through a good bit of the creative backlog.
Au contraire, my wide ranging attempts to explore left me feeling so scattered that I hardly knew which way to turn.
On balance the year left me feeling braver and more confident, but aware that I also need to be selective. I can't have it all, do it all, learn it all.
I learned that I need to prune and prioritize last year's list; then focus and work on one or two items at a time to completion before moving on to the next.
Part of the problem has been the long list of things that must be done each day for business and family. Sound familiar?
I need to prune that list as well to allow more time for the new techniques I want to pursue.
I'm also searching for productivity tools, e.g. to consolidate all the personal and business e-mail in-boxes.
I'll be sharing my progress and discoveries in this blog and would love for you to follow along. Perhaps we can dialog about our progress – what worked, what didn't.