I talk all the time about the importance of getting yourself onto a schedule as an artist. I KNOW we hate schedules. Trust me, I’m right there with you, but once I started seeing how much more time I could create for more art in the day by keeping with a schedule, I’m really learning to love and depend on them. Today I’m going to show you how I use google Calendars to keep track of my days/months.
As you can see I’ve not broken everything down by the minute, but I do know that I am to be up by 11am, I should have my editing and emails done by 4pm, then by 7pm I am back at the easel until midnight. If I’m a bit off on that schedule it’s fine, but each day I know exactly what I have to get done the next day.
The really great thing for me with google calendars is that I can use it with widgets on my phone so right there on my homescreen I can see what I have planned for the day/week/month. Having a set schedule like this has actually created more freedom for me. It’s easier for me to see what I would need to move around if I want an extra day off, or if I want extra time painting. You can see I’m pretty far ahead on my vlogs and critiques, but not so much with the actual paintings. Every once in a while I take a break from editing videos to just paint and draw. Being able to see my schedule so far in advance makes that easy to do without me getting anxious that I’m falling behind.