Unstuck Dice

Building A Random Business

Unstuck Dice

Having Just returned from a wonderful 10 days in Ireland (attending the ‘Space For Dreaming‘ Art Workshop) I’m finding it hard to settle into my everyday life. Rather than struggling with making a decision about what I should do next I created a game for myself whereby I chose 6 possibilities, wrote them on the side of a wooden cube and rolled the dice!

I set an intention first – to work on building my business of coaching and selling art.

My 6 choices are:

1.  Unpack – I made a half-hearted attempt yesterday but still have stuff in my 2 suitcases that needs to be put away, washed or hung up.

2.  Domestic – the house is a bit of a tip and there is washing that needs to be done.

3.  Tidy studio – I have just dumped all my art materials after my trip and the attic’s already a right mess from preparing for the workshop.

4.  Work on my new website layout.

5.  Finish some quotes paintings to go on Fine Art America.

6.  Write content for the new website or a blog post.

It might seem that some of those items don’t relate to the business but, for me, there’s not a clear divide. The business has to fit seamlessly into my life or I don’t want to build one. These 6 things were uppermost in my mind as things that needed to be done so they all went on the dice.

As you can see, the first roll was number 6 so here I am writing a blog post. I have set a timer for 45 minutes (the time I use with clients on my ‘Get It Done Fun Days’) and will roll the dice again when it goes off.

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First roll:  Blog Post – I created this post plus Return From A Space For Dreaming

Second roll: Tidy Studio – Still a lot to clear up but it’s a good start!

Studio Collage

Then it was lunch time and after lunch I was on a roll, working on some found poetry, doing a bit of knitting and helping a friend with some web stuff.

So, if you’re feeling a bit stuck and have a number of choices of what to do, how about creating a dice of your own and let it help you to get moving?

If you decide to play let us know in the comments what you put on your dice and how it went. (If you’re reading this in an email, click on the title and you’ll be taken directly to the blog post where you can add your adventures).

Have fun!


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  1. Lin the Pink Chaves - 14 Oct, 2014 Reply

    Hi Gillian – I read your post here and I think we are collectively suffering from some sort of Ireland abandonment issues. I feel the whole experience changed me, the art, the gorgeous company, the connections and with all that natural beauty about us. I had never painted with twenty other people before, now it feels quite lonely in my studio. I returned a week ago to chaos…..not only had I been three months travelling and was exhausted – as I summer let my house, all my stuff was in the garage and it was almost the same as moving house – everything had to be carted up and organised. Like you, I had to set an intention – in my case, a time limit. I gave myself a week. I admit to sneaking downstairs to my painting studio in the garage (the first place to be reorganised!) and losing track of time once the brush was in the hand. But I have doggedly done a bit here, a bit there…and I am almost there!!! I LOVE your dice idea, wish I had done it a week ago – this is useful in any situation when we have different stuff to do and can’t work out priorities or are overwhelmed. So now I am going to make one for all the other stuff to do – building a website, getting on with some courses, getting out the neglected sewing machines, thinking about selling prints and so on and so on. Thanks!

    • Gillian - 14 Oct, 2014 Reply

      Hi Linda – How lovely to hear from you. Glad you liked the post. Keep us updated on how you get on with the dice thing. I’d love to hear if it works for you too! xxx

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