Looking back at my productivity in 2011, or lack thereof as this selling my house-moving-building-temporary lodging transition sucked a huge amount of time and creative energy. With the house really underway, I am refocusing on I want to accomplish next as an artist and I’m not waiting for this year to drag out any longer.
One thing I am going to be free of in 2012 is the idea that I have to keep all the plates spinning at once. I made a list, GTD-style, of all my projects I might want to do, and all the next conceivable actions for each one. It’s an exciting and daunting list: at least 3 book-length photo series, some more writing, an apple orchard. Instead of trying to do them all at once, I am picking no more than 3 projects a week to work on. Next week, it might be 3 different ones.
It’s going to be interesting to see which ones I move along the furthest in the course of the year. Trying to do them all at once is crazy-making, so this is really about maximizing happiness of the process of making art, and indirectly productivity. I can juggle 3 balls at once–that’s plenty for me right now.