2 years ago 💘 for day 159, 2020 with 437 words.

An attempt at Spoonie-proof planning

I am currently sitting in my darkened bedroom. Watching over my boyfriend as he's suffering through one of the worst migraines I ever saw him have. Every time I leave him for two minutes he gets worse and calling for me is so exhausting. And he's already so exhausted. So I've planted myself in my Captains chair and sat it at the foot of our bed. This way he doesn't need to be bothered by the screen and I can be there for him.

As I'm doing this, I'm trying to figure out how I should turn my art into my business. I, like many creatives, am not so good at the business bit. Work hard and get results has generally been my motto and though it certainly got results, part of that result is that I am now chronically ill. So.. maybe not the best one all considered.

I've been thinking about the founder of Spooniebox. A monthly subscription box that I've been a fan of for some time now. She is, you may have guessed, a spoonie too. In fact, she's bed or sofa bound for most of the month. And yet she's managed to turn her idea into a profitable business. Once asked how she does this, she explained that she plans a week for different tasks such as taking product photos. So if she doesn't feel well for most of that week, a day or two are still left to make it work. It's true that she doesn't have to create the content she offers in her boxes, which means she has more time left for creating other content, but even so, this felt like a valuable piece of advice.

And so, I've been wondering, if this would be an option for me, how would I go about this?

  • 1 week for creating art (2 pieces)
  • 1 week for planning & creating digital content out of them for the whole month
  • 1 week for creating Patreon content
  • 1 week for shop work
  • 1 week for marketing
  • 1 week for rest

If you're counting along.. there are 2 weeks too many in there. So now there are two things for me to figure out.

  1. Which things do I cut? (Patreon, probably)
  2. What content can I create that will give me 2 posts a week for a whole month, on just 2 pieces of art. I've got some ideas, but I'll have to brainstorm a whole lot more before I can crack this cookie.

But maybe, just maybe, if I plan it so that it's less work than what I think I can actually manage, then maybe I can do this.

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By Leonie Jonk 💘

Artist & Spoonie I write about my life as an artist and as a person with chronic pain, the struggles, the rewards, the inspiration & the downfalls. Oh and occasionally the odd piece of fiction :)

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