Friday, September 07, 2007

The Worker's Survival Kit

Now, this technically is called an Artist's Survival Kit, and it's a brilliant idea, free (you can donate), and applies to many sorts of work (even those that don't seem like art). This kit for preserving your artistic self and treating yourself tenderly is the brainchild of Keri Smith:

For the really bad days, for the days when you want to quit, when you feel like everything you do is shit, when you feel your self-esteem plummet, when you decide that you would rather wait tables for a living, when you start to think you will never make a living making art, when you are working on something and feel like you hate it more than you've ever hated anything in your life, when someone makes an offhand remark about your work and afterwards you feel dejected, when you wish you had gone to school for accounting, when you start to believe that maybe your family was right, when you want to lie in bed for a month and eat chips.

The Artist's Survival Kit has many tips, but I'm partial to Survival Card #4.

By the way, Keri also designs non-planners for those of us looking for alternatives, like the hipster PDA, to conventional Franklin planners.