Lesle Saeta is cleaning up and reorganizing the physical space in her studio and has invited other artists to join her, re-organizing their studios. For me, my physical space is working well these days, however I've been wicked dragging my feet on a big "clean-up" task that's needed attention for a long time now: my mailing lists.
A few months ago my intern started consolidating information. She did a great job in-putting information from lots of scraps of paper, onto a new spreadsheet. The only thing left was for me to cross-reference a few other big lists I had which I finally did on Monday.
Even after all Abbie's hard work, the cross-referencing took me all day. It will be so nice to have one place where all my contacts are and where I can record new ones. It was getting mighty confusing! My plan now is to finally get a new newsletter out and get back on track with some of my 2016 marketing plans. There is always so much to do, but I really do find it invigorating.
In addition to mailing list troubles, I had some earlier systems of recording artwork and collectors which worked at the time but as time has gone by if I need to refer back for information it's way too difficult. I think I now have a system in place that fixes all that and so my next "clean-up" will be to start back-recording old sales information into my new system. I'm lucky that in addition to painting, I do love to organize!
If you have some tips and methods that help you out, please share them in the comments. I'd love to hear what helps you stay organized.