My insights after the week's roundup...
Morning: I had one hour to work. So naturally, I painted something. I'd figure out what it would be used for later. Perhaps for my coming botanical wedding suite?
Afternoon: Sketched up "Rise and Shine" for a custom order.
Our sitter fell through so I toted littlest one around while...
Morning: Quick instagram posting for St. Patrick's Day, then I was off to two regular business stops: the post office and the craft store
Evening: The hubby and I ran off to a rare night on the town, to a Mat Kearney concert!
Morning: Only had one hour again, so I wrote up a little article to submit to a magazine.
Midday: Ran to the hardware store for product photo setup supplies.
Afternoon: Worked on a quick photoshoot of some of the wedding invitations in my dining room. Entertaining my son (by helping him with his photoshoot of his cars proved) more time-consuming than I planned.
Evening: Painted "Rise and Shine" commission. Hubby printed mugs and I prepped them for shipping the next day.
Morning: Packaged and shipped orders.
Afternoon: Crashed, basically. Then some emailing and scheduling and such.
Our morning sitter fell through again. I just scratched off my morning plans and focused on being mommy.
Midday: lunch meeting with our local young professionals group revival committee
Afternoon: Printed prints and tried to work in some side-by-side doodling with my oldest. Too bad he's just not that into painting.
Evening: Pattern play while watching TV with the hubs
Morning: Large portrait commissions
Midday: Another pattern design with existing art
Evening: Blogged this!
It's been a very networking-heavy week. Reaching out to collaborate and being reached out to, art donation requests and reproduction permission inquiries, custom order questions, etc. I can see that I've been doing that more lately--realizing that we're all people trying to leave our mark and being happy to connect. And I've found that connecting on a personal level has helped professional connections happen. Last week I reached out to a friend of a friend who is heavily involved in fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in her community. This week I got to share that knowledge with Friday's committee. Ironically, this same point--connecting the dots--was one of my greatest takeaways from that conversation.
So, my takeaway from the week: Connecting may not give me something tangible to show [here on the blog or in my bank account], but "payday" comes in many forms and at different times. While I was reaching out to some, some were reaching out to me. They were completely unrelated people. It's not about back-scratching so much as cultivating a culture of connectedness.
Okay, some practical takeaways:
- Treat customers like people, like friends. Personal messaging goes further than a simple order being fulfilled.
- Commend good work when you see it. Everyone needs a compliment.
- Don't be afraid to take initiative to think up collaborative ideas. All that most of us have time for is to get things done, a few of us rely on the innovators to shake things up. Be the shaker.
- And the last, which is the one I'm needing the most improvement in: don't get so hung up on producing. We're more than machines. We're humans.