Emerging from a hazy forest to find productivity

This month on our blog and social media, we are talking about time management and productivity. Without fail, every client we have worked with faces issues with time. When you have a lot of it, it can be hard to manage. When you don’t have enough, it’s challenging to find the energy to be productive within it. What we will be sharing this month will resonate with all of you. The thing is, there is no magic answer to being more productive and finding more time; it just takes commitment and a new approach to your energy and focus.  Use the hashtag #KAtime to share thoughts, successes and failures about your productivity. It’s all fair game and we’re all in the same boat.

Today, Andrea is sharing her story about her struggle with time and productivity, and the tough choices she made this past year in order to do what she needed to stay focused on immediate priorities.

I emerged from that hazy forest of first-time new mothering feeling more powerful and vital than before, more wild and instinctive… less insecure and therefore less encumbered by my own shit.
— a quote from artist Zoe Buckman from How We Do Both, Art and Motherhood, edited and writing by Michi Jigarjian and Qiana Mastrich

When I look at my adorable daughter, toddling Frankenstein-like in my new home in Buffalo, NY, I marvel at how much my life has changed over the past twelve months. See, last year at this time I was living in a Brooklyn high-rise apartment, pregnant, and waddling to our studio to make artwork.  Fast-forward to now, with a big move behind me and a walking (!) toddler, and I am so grateful that these two changes have me very excited and definitely happy.

When I had my daughter in Brooklyn last year, I knew I would have to temporarily let go of part of my life, in addition to permanently letting go aspects of my body, because I would not have the neck strength to wear all of these hats: being a mother, being a wife, sustaining an art practice, staying healthy, running a business and earning money, and doing photography work. It all seemed incredibly impossible, and unfortunately it was for me. I envy the women that have had more focus—or at least make it seem that way.

When we decided to move to a new city, I knew that I needed to to press pause on my art practice for one year. It felt painful, but it was the only thing I could remove from the list above that would not directly affect my family or take away from making a living. I couldn’t do it all.

A year will be up in March and I am filled with excitement and apprehension. A huge part of me has been dormant and it has, quite frankly, sucked. It’s uncomfortable. All of my projects that I pressed pause on are uneasily gurgling within me in fits and starts. It might be worse than the last throes of pregnancy.

I picked up this book recently, it's inspiring and interesting to see how everyone has different circumstances but the sense of urgency is all the same

I picked up this book recently, it's inspiring and interesting to see how everyone has different circumstances but the sense of urgency is all the same

I am ready to come back to my practice. Like so many of the amazing artists and creative entrepreneurs we have worked with, I am returning to my practice after a big life change, and it’s daunting. I, too, am struggling with when and how I will do this, because I am still wearing all of those hats I mentioned earlier. But this month I am making the place for it in my everyday again.

Like Sara’s post last month huge life changes and being in transition lead to clarity. And for both of us, we want our daughters to know we are artists as well as moms. And I want our clients to continue to receive my full attention. And I still want to have time with my family, and a sense of social well-being.

This post doesn’t have much of an inspirational ending (yet), but what I do know is that I am not alone in this. 

Reader, please tell me what you do to find the energy? Do you have a similar story? Please comment below. 





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