So You Fell Off The Wagon (Or How To Recover From Stumbles)




Hey Artists,

So I fell off the marketing wagon for a bit.

This will probably happen to you.


Striking the balance between making work and promoting it is fucking hard.

There will be times when it collapses.


I think that the important thing is to start again.


Here are a couple of things that I am doing to keep myself going:


  1. AAR - At the end of the day I do an "After Action Report". I write down what I got done, what happened, and what I plan to do next. This should be a positive exercise. Focus on the fact that you did get things done.

  2. CHALLENGES - According to everything that I have read, the best ways to achieve your goals is steady daily work. But according to my experience, this can get real tedious. Particularly when you are working on general growth and years long projects. My current solution is short term challenges. They should be fun. They can be nearly impossible. But they give me focus. So do your daily necessities (Meditate, business, drills, etc.) but then Paint a painting in 30 minutes. See how much Spanish you can learn over the weekend. Write a story solely from a second person view. For me, a fun challenge keeps things from being monotonous.

  3. 3.OUTSOURCE / DELAY THE BULLSHIT- Obviously, things cost money so you might not be able to afford a maid or laundry service when focusing on a project. But, those dishes in the sink can wait a little bit in favor of your art. Dishes can be done when you are tired at the end of the day with little consequence; but if you do all of your "chores" before making time for your art and yourself, you will be exhausted and either skip it, or do it poorly and just reinforce the little voice that says you suck.

So that's what I'm doing. If you have any Ideas that help you, I'd love to hear them.

Bye for now, and as always:

Thank You For Making Your Art.


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