All posts filed under: balance

What is an hour of your time actually worth from a Work Life Balance Perspective?

It’s a funny thing, time. We never seem to have enough of it, especially when pursuing an art form that is defined by a fleeting moment in our lives. One minute we’re on stage pouring our heart out for an audience, the next, we’re on the way home, thinking about the next performance. Our work leading to that intensive moment of artistic output causes us to value the time we have even more deeply. Hours and hours of work for a performance, and then it’s over as quickly as it began. Earlier this week, I wrote about strategies to determine the value of an hour of your time, but thinking about your work from a financial prospective is only one part of defining that value. Part of the reason so many artists face burn out in their playing is that, often, they wind up in situations that are not artistically satisfying. Compound that with the fact that it takes them away from family, friends and time for themselves, and the work becomes infinitely more frustrating. …

Finding Balance Through Beauty

I noticed the small gesture of love and beauty in the above photo as I was waiting to catch an uber yesterday. The circle of hearts crocheted to the tree contained the following note: Instagram: @spread_love_crochet! #LosAngeles #CrochetHearts #SpreadLove #ResistHate Simple instructions with a powerful message. Artistic gestures such as this can play a huge role in helping us find balance in our stressful world. As you go into the weekend, I’m curious to know what artistic gestures you have seen that provide beauty and balance in your life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.  Have a great weekend.  

Strategies to help Artists take some time for themselves.

As many of you know, I’ve been doing a bit of writing lately in an attempt to help all of you find balance between work and being able to take a breath and enjoy life. Yesterday, I read this amazing post by Eric Perry. The post, titled “How to have healthy alone time,” discusses the value and strategies for taking time to be by yourself, which really resonated with me. I’m a pretty outgoing person and enjoy the company of others. Until recently, I assumed that meant I was an extrovert. Then, I took the Myers Briggs Test, and one of the questions went something like this: “Are you energized by large groups of people, or do you get your energy by being alone.” It took me less than a second to determine that I get my energy by being alone. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that I spent decades of my life alone in a practice room pursuing an unattainable art form, but likely it’s built into my DNA. Since this realization, …

Are you an artist looking for a way to find balance? Stop letting EMAIL run your life!

Often, I find myself buried in email with no end in site. I set aside time to dig out, only to be inundated by more emails. Email has been one of the biggest challenges to finding balance in my life. Here are some suggestions about how to handle your email: Tackle email after you get your big thing out of the way–Practicing, having time to think, or planning a new project are WAY more important and energizing. If you start with the black hole of email, chances are, you could spend your entire allotted time for big picture things responding to email. Action: Look at your calendar and block off a two hour block each day before you open your email in order to tackle big things you’d like to accomplish.  Schedule a time to check email–Check your email only AFTER you tackle your big thing for the day and keep yourself to a tight schedule for reading and responding. Generally, I check my email in late morning and mid-afternoon. Otherwise, I try to stay away. Action: Block …

Using the 80-20 rule to help Artists find balance.

This is a picture of me hiking with my daughter. I have the photo sitting on my desk as a reminder of why finding balance is so important. A question I often get as I advise artists goes something like this: As an artist, I’m finding it almost impossible to find a work/life balance. What strategies can you offer to help me find a better mix between work, family and space to create? It can be difficult for artists to find a work/life balance. I’m no exception. Lately, it seems that I’m on a conveyor belt, running from one place to the next, doing the best I can with the work and trying desperately to be there for my family. Our inter-connected–and over-connected–society constantly reminds us of this mantra: Work hard, Play hard/Be with family and you will love your life. The challenge I find with this hyper-intensive mindset is that the hustle doesn’t necessarily help artists get ahead and often cuts deeply into the thing that may just be more important than money…..time. I’ve been …