Category Archives: Records Management

A Quick & Ongoing Way To Make More Arting Time


Word processor users do it.  Spreadsheet and database users do it.  You can too, and it will help you recover more blocks of time to do what you love, creating your visual art, craft, writings and other fun stuff….
So just copy, paste and edit  everything in site.  If you’re freshly preparing copy, profiles, product descriptions, store documents, lists and anything else that you use often, you’re consuming a huge amount of wasted time.

All it takes is a few minutes to identify or make a folder to put your masters in.  Store the folder in a file directory where you can easily find it.  You can store it on your desktop for even faster retrieval.  Each time you create something new, consider it to be a master or template.  Name it and save it instead of simply using it one time.  As you access your growing stock of masters and copy, paste and edit anything that you need you’ll see an increase in your output.  Time management minutes will increasingly drop off and onto your creative projects. Remember: copy, paste and edit everything that you can, all day, everyday.  


Squeeze Out More Time With A Merger

Merge your desktop To Do list with whatever desktop calendar w/alerts that you use.  I’ve kept a desktop document that I continuously updated with categorized tasks.  When I completed a task I would delete it.  I also keep my Windows calendar and get alerts from it everyday.  I thought I needed an infinite list of categories, which is why I had the To Do list.  I could continue to expand it and make an unlimited list of categories for tasks.  Now I see that I don’t need to continue to open two applications to essentially perform identical tasks.  I have four separate calendars designated within my Windows program, and that is enough categories for a To Do list.  Two tasks merged into one = more time.

Consider Creating & Sharing An Original Techniques List

If you have created some new techniques in your art and crafting, why not make a list to share?  This linked list will not only steer visitors to your site(s), it can also help establish you as the originator as others learn and copy your style.  It’s also a nifty place for you to keep track of your original techniques for your own records….

If you haven’t, be sure to name each of your techniques, and provide a link to an image, tutorial or blog post to illustrate each one.  View my blossoming list, in the left-hand sidebar, at my online studio at blogger:  SHMM.

As you share your techniques word will get around and you’ll be given credit in creative circles.  Creating an original techniques list just helps the process along.  Just remember: if you’re claiming credit for the technique, it must be really original.  If it was actually inspired, and too closely resembles the technique of another artist, then you’re not really the originator.  It would be better in that case to give credit sometimes by mentioning the person by whom you were inspired.  Don’t include a technique like that in your list.