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.


  1. Nita this is a beautiful painting. Looks like a big painting. Sometime I think the small paintings take more time then the large ones.

  2. What a beautiful painting..delicate brushstrokes...and the 10 points on your list are superb! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  3. Linda, thanks for posting. I so agree about the time required to paint small.

    Mary Helen, good to see you here again. Thanks ! Glad you like this post.


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