After reading a blog by social media expert and author Mari Smith about selecting one word that will be your overall theme and guide for the year (you can read the blog here). I have chosen the word FOCUS. One of the definitions of focus is to concentrate vision or energy. That is my plan for 2012 - to concentrate my vision and energy on moving ahead in my art career.
I believe many creative types suffer a little from ADHD and I'm not immune to it. In looking back over the past year, I must admit when I have a deadline, I am able to focus. But, without a deadline I tend to get distracted and go in several directions. I previously wrote a blog about setting goals for 2012 which I published on this blog on November 13th. One of my goals is to blog regularly, so I started a file today to begin collecting ideas for upcoming blogs. Also - I need to get organized, in my studio, my office, my closet, all facets of my life! So - today I cleaned up my home office and organized my finances. Last week I organized my closet.
I guess it is that time of year. My mother always told me that what you do on New Year's Day, you will do for the rest of the year. Case in point - several years ago I woke up early on New Year's Day and moved to the couch and turned on the TV. I lay there all day long and watched 12 hours of Law and Order - never getting dressed. Well, that turned out to be probably the most unproductive year of my life! Since then, I have always made it a point to feel pretty organized on New Years Day, have my bills paid, laundry done and put up!, refrigerator cleaned out. You get the idea!
That leaves me time on New Year's Day to concentrate on what I want to do for the remainder of the year. I will paint, read, exercise, eat healthy.
I also plan on spending the remaining two weeks of the year organizing my office for my day job - to make me more efficient.
In doing these things, I will be able to FOCUS on pushing my art forward, working on my online presence and learning more about social media!