Are You Under The Thumb of This Evil Taskmaster?

Illustration of Little Miss ListI don’t know about you, but I live at the mercy of an evil task-master.

I work and slave and whenever I dare step away, it follows me. I feel guilty, anxious, because no matter how much I do, it always piles on more.

And its name is TO DO LIST.

Don’t get me wrong, TO DO LIST has gotten me where I am today.

People often look at the business that I’ve built and the international life I’ve created and they tell me that I’m “lucky.” Nothing makes me laugh harder.

Because all of those years that I spent head down, toiling until I felt absolutely wrung out, sure didn’t feel like luck. It felt like bloody hard work.

And my only friend during those lean times was TO DO LIST.

Now I’m setting my sights even higher. And I still believe that the key to success is TO DO LIST.

But somewhere along the way, we’ve fallen out of love.

TO DO LIST is too demanding. Yet when I complain, it threatens that I’ll never accomplish anything without it.

I’ve created a monster!

Has your TO DO LIST taken over your peace of mind?

It’s not that I don’t want us to be together anymore, it’s just that I’m no longer interested in working maniacally.

I want to work gracefully.

At the end of the day, I want to own what I’ve accomplished. I want to work at my best – rather than just work.

Unable to divorce, TO DO LIST and I are in need of some sort of couple’s counseling to learn how we can get along better.

So I’ve turned to my artist coach.

“Help!” I cried out into the telephone, “TO DO LIST is ruining my life!”

His wisdom was right on point. And I think it may speak to you as well.

He said that when you engage with work you love, you’re engaging with the most authentic and important part of who you are.

How can you take time off from who you are? You can’t.

But at the same time, when you work like a fiend, you’re cutting yourself off from your deepest source of creativity. It’s important to find ways to weave your work with your life.

He suggested that the heart of the problem is that old song that we all sing, “I’m not enough.”

Do you know that tune?

Well, it’s time to take the needle off the record and play some new music. “I am enough. I have enough. I’m doing enough.”

It’s time to change our beliefs that our dreams are out of our reach because it takes too much work, too much money, too much time.

I am enough. I have enough. I’m doing enough.

It’s time for you and I to celebrate how far we’ve come, all that we have, and all that we are.

I am enough. I have enough. I’m doing enough.

In fact, I’m going to put that mantra on my TO DO LIST!


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Working in the international world of contemporary art, Crista Cloutier has spent her career selling art and marketing art to art galleries, museums and private collections. 

Using her professional experiences, Crista has created The Working Artist Masterclass, where she’s developed a global reputation as an artist’s coach. Crista can teach you how to be an artist; including how to sell your art, how to sell art online, how to sell photographs, how to price your art, how to succeed at art fairs, and even how to find your art style. 

Crista has worked with established, blue-chip artists to raise their profile and attract greater opportunities. And she’s also helped thousands of emerging artists to build a professional art practice. To learn more, visit https://theworkingartist.com

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