I keep a list of things I need to do on the wall of my studio. It's about the size of a poster and I scribble ideas on it often. If I'm not sure how to begin my art-making time, I scan the list and see what needs to be done. I typically have trouble knowing how to start my art-making time, so the list helps a lot. A big to-do was to finish this monoprint collage. I got really close to calling it done when I stopped working; I just left everything as is on my desk. The next day, I knew where I had to begin and this got me rolling. It felt like I left a door open, one that I was able to walk back through easily.
This experience reminded me of a great piece of advice artist Clara Lieu gave in an article about her art-making time. In this article, she says, "Every time I finish a work session, I purposefully leave something unfinished. This way, the next time I come back it’s easier to simply pick up from where I left off." Clara Lieu is an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and has this amazing blog called Ask the Art Professor. I've read A LOT of these articles which are always prompted by a question. They're super helpful and Clara speaks honestly about her experienced career.
Clara probably stumbled across this like I did and has made a conscious effort to keep doing it. Get in the zone and then let a small, unfinished moment be your way back in.