by Janet Glatz
Nobody says you shouldn't enjoy summer--heck no! What you should do, however, is budget your time.
Each Sunday night, take a few minutes to plan your week. Check the weather forecast. Take a look at when paintings are due and plan accordingly. Note any appointments, guests arriving, etc. that would interrupt your work. Block out some time each day for concentrated painting.
This way, even if you get that call from a friend to let loose and enjoy the sun, you'll still have plenty of work time scheduled.
The satisfaction of completing pieces or starting new ones is almost as satisfactory as getting your tan evened out. Besides that, it'll bring in some money, which the beach or the hiking trail can never do.
Just like good record keeping, responsible planning is the mark of a professional. Keep your career moving in the right direction with careful scheduling.