Happy Thursday my peeps! Here is post 3 from my first segment of Artistic Answers series. I take a break from online posting / deadlines every Wednesday, one of the ways I give myself more time to work on writing/art deadlines during the week so it doesn't take away from MY family time. If you missed posts 1 and 2 you can scroll down to the bottom of this post for the links. Again, if you love these women and what they have to share with you, I hope you'll hop over to their blogs to get to know them better.
I think it is very important to meet deadlines (even self-imposed ones)...BUT my family is more important than anything else. Every summer, I get slapped back into the reality of family as my kids find daily reasons to pull me away from my job! I am so blessed to be able to set my own schedule and do what I love for a living. In the summer (and any other time I am needed) though...my first job is to be a mother and wife. Sometimes I have to tell people "I can only do 'that thing' if I can do it on my schedule"...or "sorry, but I am going to take a little longer than I thought". BUT....I always meet my commitments though, even if I am slower than I meant to be.
It's been my experience that life is just a series of things cropping up. When you work from home or for yourself, time management is key. Part of my time management plan is not always saying yes and becoming skilled at setting my alarm clock. I'm often up working on projects while everyone else is asleep. I think being reliable matters so even when unexpected things come up at home (and they often do), I just keep Starbucks in business, take a deep breath, and power through it. It's like college all over again!
I feel like deadlines make me focus in many areas of my life. We work hard and we play hard. When it is time to work and meet a deadline my whole family pitches in. If something unexpected comes up with family or something personal I guess my answer would differ based upon what it is. If someone was hurt or needed me immediately I would put work aside and be with them. If it isn't anything too bad I feel like my work is therapeutic and would actually help me deal with it. I love what I do and the quietness of creating in any form gives me the time to think through what is going on and usually gives me a better perspective.
NOW GO MAKE ART!