Artist Productivity and Improvement Tips-The 20/80 Rule

Well, it’s a thing that Tim Ferris often talks about so, let’s dive into it shall we?

The problems with most artists is that they tend to dabble in the wrong areas. Always trying to so-called experiment and play around. But getting nowhere anyways.

So, for the artist that want to get somewhere faster and more effectively, use this.

The 20/80 principle goes like this.

Only 20% of what you do leads the 80% of the results. It sounds dumb at first but it does make sense. Since only a few selected efforts matter.

In the artist’s lingo that 20% would be akin to the rough sketches-i laying down the groundwork for finished prices, saving time and effort in advance on what the finished product may look like.

Perhaps it’s looking at what type of subjects gets you the most fulfillment or something. Maybe drawing people in watercolor style sketch gets you the most results for you, so funnel down on it.

The 80% of artists, it maybe the marketing that drags on, or rendering the pieces. These tend to be more of the mundane work that is akin to a day-job of sort it that makes sense.

Or even working on projects or pieces that isn’t giving you the most ROI or fulfillment.

Either way, they tend to be the things that many artists target for the wrong reasons and it’s easier to just focus on the actions that is either,




20% of what you do are fundamental, doesn’t take that long, and are usually the key things. But are considered challenging.

80% of what you do are trivial, takes out too long, and wastes too much. And are easy to get into and have to struggle to break out of.

20% for artists

  • planning out sketches or paintings
  • posting the best work online
  • calling up high-level clients
  • using the few essential quality tools needed to get the work done
  • being an expert in your niche topics and subjects were clients will come to you for

80% for artists

  • rendering, polishing up the pieces
  • slugging through social media and not getting somewhere
  • tending to too many small gigs and low-level clients
  • playing around with the latest medium or toy and not really putting you head down to get the hang of it
  • topics or subjects that you know you have either no interest in or will get you flack

So the final take away is this. Only a few things will actually bring in the biggest results. And just try to stick to those 20%. It will get stuff done for you with less effort and time for the better.

For more information and links it’s down below.

I give the courtesy of this tactic and strategy to the one and only Tim Ferris and the original Plato’s Law.(author of 4-hour work week, and Tools of Titans)

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