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Note From Tonya
Oh, Canada!
New Creative Tools from WLW
Patrik Kusek's Master Muse Pendant
Feature Article
3 Tips for Squashing Overwhelm

March 5, 2011

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Note From Tonya

Oh Canada, Oh Canada....yep I'm on my way! I must say I was really excited to plan an extra day of sightseeing, leveraged on my next business trip. I've never been out of the USA, so I thought this would be quite the opportunity to see new things.

See I live in the land of warmth and sunshine. We wear shorts and sandals year round. Alas, I forgot that it is winter and Canada has snow. However, I hear the National Gallery is quite lovely and it's indoors.

I'm off to spend a few days with my mentor and my mastermind group. I'll fill my head and heart with ways to help my fellow artists soar in their businesses with a holistic approach to living creatively. I look forward to sharing the nuggets of goodness with you all.

Creative Blessings,

P.S. we've got lots and lots of new things coming in and we're needing to make room. You'll find lots of goodies in Closeouts and Bargain Bin. Where else can you get jewelry books at up to 50%-70% off retail?

P.P.S. Check out the lower the prices of the items that have been in Closeouts for awhile too!


New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy

Feature Article

We creative types often live in overwhelm and chaos. It's not our fault. We can blame it on our right brain.

Right brain dominant or creative types are attuned to the feeling of life. We lead with our feelings and are minds are buzzing with great ideas. Ideas that take us on adventures where we often find organizing and systems to be dull. We prefer spontaneity and some clutter is often welcome. The key is keeping it all to a comfortable minimum.

When I work with artists, they often mention time management and overwhelm. Bemoaning it's existence and place in their lives. They'd like to find an easy way to learn to simplify, organize and systematize their priorities. This is possible by managing yourself.

In the last ezine, we covered Get Clarity. It's determining the important things you want to be able to accomplish and then how to Process the "Stuff" including Defining the Next Step.

My top 3 tips to Squashing Overwhelm in your Day

Tip #1

Set the tone for your day the night before. Similar to our Sunday Summit, at the end of each day, take a moment to go over what 3 things you'd like to accomplish the next day. This lets your subconscious sleep on it and prep for success.

I don't know about you but when I wake up, I can make or break my day in the first hour. If I am reacting to everything around me (emails, calls, issues) , I lose control of the flow of the day. The day slips away and at the end, I feel worn out and upset that I didn't accomplish what I wanted to. I was too busy being "busy".

Tip #2

Decide on 3 simple action items you'd like to accomplish today. These should be action items, not goals.

Goals are a header name of a project, like make a ring with granulation and a turquoise cab set into a bezel.

Action items are steps to accomplishing that goal, like saw, solder and stamp the outer design of the turquoise bezel setting. You break down the main goal into actionable steps!

One of the three items should be something from your Do It bin (like filing your taxes due this week) and another from your Defer It bin (entering receipts from your last show).

Tip #3

Schedule out your day in 60 minute increments. 40-50 minutes of that 60 are for working toward completing the task and 10-20 minutes are for checking email, facebook, twitter, tea, restroom, etc).

Your brain likes to focus. It does it's best work when no mulitasking is involved. Your brain is not happy when it's all hyped up like a golden retriever chasing 20 squirrels!

I know scheduling goes against our need for spontaneity, but it dissolves the desire for reacting to the things that keep us "busy" and the possibility of chasing the squirrel.

I also find using a timer to be essential. It's like crossing the finish line. When it goes off, you can celebrate. It's time for recess!

You'll find that by working toward the completion of a project, even if you do not finish it that day, you will feel immense pleasure that you have made progress. This will inspire you to work on it again, until it is completed.

Imagine how it would feel to have made a considerable portion of that ring today, instead of not even starting it. We don't have to work in an all or nothing mentality. Mindset is everything!

Breaking things down into small manageable bite sizes is key! Feeling completion and some sense of success is essential!

Don't forget to schedule in exercise, a good breakfast with protein, reading or writing, etc.

Send me an email and let me know how this is working for you. I love feedback and constructive input. If you've got something that works for you, please do share it.

Master Muse

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