Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dogwood Art, How to Accomplish Daily Goals

When you're finished changing, you're finished.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.
Dogwood Trinity, watercolor 4x4 inch miniature art
ART. I'm finished changing this one. Watercolor painting is tedious when I strive for something that resembles reality. The miniature 4x4 inch dogwood painting has taken way too long for my liking. I have been working on this for at least a week. I could only paint on it about an hour each morning due to other commitments. I did not paint at all while I was out of town Friday - Sunday. This one certainly will not fall into the category of a small work completed in one day.

LIFE.  Note to self—Limit daily goals to three.
1) personal; 2) creative; 3) business [not necessarily in that order].

10 steps to accomplish daily goals:

  1. Screen phone calls. Return business calls at completion of each goal, personal calls in the evening.
  2. Shut down email. Answer email at end of day.
  3. Make a list of three (and only three) daily goals.
  4. Prioritize the list.
  5. Start with #1 on the list.
  6. Finish #1 on the list.
  7. Draw a line through or place a checkmark next to #1.
  8. Repeat with #2.
  9. Repeat with #3.
  10. Give yourself a pat on the back and plan tomorrow's list.
Or we could say it as Ben Franklin said, "When you're finished changing, you're finished."

Time to get started.