Too much to do? Don't be afraid to ask for help and advice
You have too much to do. What you need is an objective view on how to deal with the mountain of work in front of you. Something I recommend to artists is to find an artist buddy. This can be someone near or far, who you can meet every couple of weeks in person or over the internet. The same concept applies to gallerists and others.
It’s important that both understand you are there to help one other. You are one another’s accountability partner. Every time you talk, take notes. These help you take action, and enable you to check on each other’s progress the next time you speak.
I have my own story. Many moons ago. I was sitting outside a café in Soho, London, having a weekly half-hour call with my business coach. I felt overwhelmed with work. I had a list of about 25 things, including, somewhere in the middle: contact the university internship programme.
When I finished going through my list, the coach said that there was only one thing to do, with immediate effect. I was to get a couple of interns enrolled into the gallery team, and then the business would have the infrastructure needed to achieve everything in the year plan.
It worked. The internship programme that I have run in my various businesses ever since has been terrific for everyone involved, and I consider each and every person to be part of my professional family. Both of the young ladies in question received a course credit in their BA programme for the experience. One of them then became a freelance assistant at my gallery afterwards.
What’s important to learn from the story is not the solution in and of itself (running an internship programme is not right for everyone), but rather, how I arrived at the solution. It didn’t come from within, but from an objective third party. These days, I have committed to meeting a creative coach buddy every couple of weeks. She and I both learn a great deal from one another’s experiences every session.
Remember this: people enjoy helping other people. When you have too much on your plate and could do with objective input, to whom will you turn? This can be professional paid-for advice, someone in your peer group with whom you have an exchange, a mastermind group, or a combination theroef. I recommend putting something in place now, so that it’s ready and waiting when you next need objective insight.
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