October 1, 2016 • Newsletter
Message from Elaine
168. That’s the number of hours we all get in any given week. But what we do with our time during any given week differs dramatically from person to person. And the way we spend our time has a tremendous impact on our creativity… and our happiness.
This month, we’re focusing on Time Management. Not secret tips for finding more hours (though if you have any, please let us know). Not magic tricks that “all happy people” employ (although we love magic). But instead, we focus on the same approach that works for budgeting: Gather a little data, spot some patterns, and build intention into your actions.
Got time for that? Of course you do. By the end of the month, creative individuals will be able to:
- Apply the concept of “utility value” in the context of time.
- Identify trends, transitions, and major categories in each week’s schedule.
- Discuss common time myths and best practices utilized by other practicing artists.
- Develop a personal management system to compliment creative endeavors.
What We’re Talking About
Follow along with the topic this month through our blog. These posts are meant to help all creative individuals – writers, musicians, dancers, artists, designers – build fulfilling, sustainable creative careers.
Here’s a sneak peak of what we’ll be publishing each Monday:
- The Myth of Doing What You Want – Entrepreneurs—especially creative ones—freelance to “do what they want.” But often there’s more to it than that.
- The Non-Sexy Part No One Sees – Management is not sexy. Trust us. It is administrative grunt work. But when done well, it makes the true star—your creativity—shine.
- Room to Breathe – When is the last time you took a breath? And another one? There are tremendous benefits to creating time and space for reflection in a creative career. Let’s build some.
- The Secret to Time Management –Think an app is the true secret to time management? You’ve never been more wrong. And you’re probably wasting your time.
- Documents to Keep Handy—Building some go-to templates for your administrative arsenal can help make managing a creative career more bearable (and shorter).
What We’re Doing
“I can see no reason to be bound by time,” Jeanette Winterson wrote. “As far as we know, the universe is not bound by it.” And yet we are bound by it, we are managed by it, and we never seem to have enough of it. Fueled by shortcomings in the existing tips to better manage time (“Just get up earlier!”) this Starting SMART course explores the connection between prioritizing time and tasks in the context of our own preferences and priorities.
This course will take 3-4 hours to complete, and you can read the materials and do the activities entirely on your own time. But don’t worry. You won’t be alone.
At Minerva Financial Arts, we care about artists and the community… A lot. All our courses are distinguished from others by Elaine’s hands-on, supportive approach to coaching you through the material as you build your overall (successful) creative career. Enjoy!
Don’t see what you need? Book a private session with Elaine to focus on your own questions. Sessions start at $90.
This month, we’re all about the west coast. We’re joining Theatre Communications Group in Oregon, and spending an afternoon with the Clark Hulings Fund. Visit the events page to learn more.
Time Management Myths
We hope you enjoy this month’s content as reclaim control of your calendar. Next month, we’ll focus on People Topics, including allies to have in your corner and making the most of your community strategy. Until then, all the best with your financial empowerment…