A useful technique I have discovered is something I’m calling studio debt.
I accumulate debt to my studio when I don’t spend time working in it.
This happens even if I go on vacation. Artists don’t get “paid vacations” where they get to come back without studio debt.
This means, quite simply, if I’m not putting in a sufficient number of hours per week, I’m going to feet sh*tty, irritable, and guilt-ridden. I’m going to feel like I am mis-spending my time and life has no meaning. Over the period of weeks, this will boil over into an existential crisis.
So, the solution is very simple.
- Keep track of your time.
- Acknowledge what you have planned to commit to per week. (for me, it’s twenty hours)
- Average your hours in studio for the year by week.
- If you are running a deficit (i.e. 16 hours avg per week for the year) – then you need to make some changes.
- If you are running a surplus, reward yourself. Get that new tripod or set of paints.