How to Achieve Your Art Career Goal Spending Only 30 Minutes A Day

Every Moment, acrylic, 36″ x 48″, by Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone

Many artists I know have a lot of responsibilities and are limited in the amount of time they can spend working on their art career goals. If that’s true for you, that shouldn’t deter you from embarking on the journey toward achieving your dreams. As a career coach for artists, and one who is extremely goal oriented in my own career, I’ve learned when you have a strong desire to manifest something nothing can stop you. If you use a focused and persistent course of action, it’s amazing what you can accomplish by devoting just a few minutes every day. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve your goal in 30 days spending only 30 minutes a day.

1. Choose your goal and define your 30-day project. What goal would have a positive impact now on your art career? Examples of a goal might be: increase my art sales by ___%, develop 10 new art business relationships, or create a successful art blog.

2. Choose a goal that will motivate and energize you, and perhaps take you outside your comfort zone. Avoid choosing a goal that will intimidate or burden you. The purpose is to enjoy the process and look forward to working on it each day.

3. Make a commitment to work on your goal or project 30 minutes (or longer) every day for 30 days.

4. Set a specific starting date in the not-too-distant future, perhaps next Monday or the first day of next month.

5. Choose a project that will require only the time you can afford, or you may abort it. For example, a 30-minute daily activity might be: write an outline for my next email newsletter to potential buyers; apply for membership in a professional organization; watch an instructional Youtube video about how to create a successful blog, etc.

6. Write your goal and activities in a journal or computer file and keep it updated daily. Utilize visual reminders about your goal on your phone and/or bulletin board.

7. Select a primary dedicated time slot for your activity and a secondary option. This way, if you miss the earlier time, such as early morning, you’ll be sure to work on the project later in the day no matter what.

8. At the end of each 30-minute activity decide what tomorrow’s activity should be and write it on your “To Do” list for the following day. Ideally, it would be the next progressive step toward your goal. Consider what materials you’ll need to prepare yourself for that activity.

9. Life happens and you might miss a day during the 30-day period. Don’t berate yourself. Start again and try not to miss another day.

10. On day 30, congratulate yourself and bask in the glow of your accomplishments. While you’re feeling good about yourself choose another goal and begin a new powerful 30-day project or take the same goal even further. If you try this please let me know how it worked for you!

Renée Phillips, The Artrepreneur Coach, helps artists attain their fullest potential in private consultations, coaching sessions, articles and e-Books found on She is also founder/director/curator of Manhattan Arts International and The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS. Follow her on Twitter @reneephillipsny, join her on Linkedin, reneephillipsartcoach, and on Facebook ReneePhillipsArtCoach.