Useful Lists for Artists to Keep

David Allen has a great collection of Cool/conevenient lists to have, and it’s a great jumping-off point for many people, especially those that are new to the whole idea of writing down everything that’s in your head.

While most of us probably maintain at least a few of these lists categories regardless of if they practice GTDeveryone has a wishlist and a list of important phone numbers somewhere — none of these really apply to artists, per se. So I’ve compiled a brief and by no means comprehensive list of some lists that might be useful for artists to maintain.

  • Photos to take
  • Materials to try/experiment with
  • Themes to explore in a series
  • Single subjects to explore
  • Techniques to try out
  • Classes/workshops/lectures/seminars to look into or sign up for
  • Art books to read
  • Galleries/museums/exhibits/shows to visit/see
  • Supplies to get (can go into an @context list such as “@art-store”)

Again, while this list is not comprehensive, it is a start to a nice variety of lists to keep. In fact, some of these are jumping off points for the more business-oriented aspects of the artist’s life. The galleries you visit might become galleries you want to pitch your work to and build relationships with. Taped to the inside cover of my sketchbook is an index card with a list of themes and subjects to experiment with, and my OmniOutliner Pro + Kinkless GTD file has a context list of photographs I want to take, along with a list of art books I want to read.

I’d love to hear other artist’s lists. Feel free to share in the comments.