How To De-prioritise Your Work

It is easy to forget I am an artist because my days can be consumed with all of the things that do not involve me making work or sharpening the instincts I need to make the work. Here is how I do it…

1. Trying to earn an income.

2. Trying to gather the resources needed to make the work.

3. Pitching the work.

4. Creating the opportunities that are currently absent in order to platform the work.

5. Organising an inbox in the belief it will ever be empty.

6. Worrying about having a ‘career’.

7. Worrying I don’t know what I am doing.

9. Worrying other people think I don’t know what I am doing.

10. Worrying that people don’t like the work.

11. Worrying that people don’t like me.

12. Worrying that people don’t understand my practice.

13. Trying to make people understand my practice (AKA branding)

14. Learning ‘entrepreneurial’ skills.

15. Driving. Driving everywhere in order to do lots of the other things on this list.

16. Having cups of tea with people in order to lots of other things on this list. See 2, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 18 & 20.

17. Not asking for help.

18. Doing things that other people ask me to.

19. Doing things because other people do not do them. See 4, 11, 12 & 14.

20. Unpaid consultation, disguised as a cup of tea. See 16.

21. Comparing myself to others.

22. Getting distracted by other people’s agendas.

23. Working so many hours I am not rested enough to focus.

24. Loving the work so much, I am scared to start incase I fail.

25. Updating. Websites, social media, calendars, diaries, spreadsheets….

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work- Mary Oliver

Emma Jayne Park