In the last few weeks, I have literally traveled coast to coast. I stuck my toes in the Pacific Ocean and just a couple weeks later I stuck those same toes in the Atlantic Ocean. I have traveled by truck and trailer over 8000 miles, taught a 3 day seminar, set up and worked 2 conventions, taught 5 classes and special event all within about 3 weeks. I can rightfully say that I am bone tired!
However, my schedule is packed so tight and I have so many deadlines that rest is not an option. So, what is the solution? I thought I would share my secret to organization and keeping productivity at a max.
The first thing I recommend is making a list. The list needs to be quite thorough. I list EVERYTHING that needs to be done from art projects to house cleaning tasks. Once the list is complete, the next step is to prioritize.
This is my secret, the solution to solving my crazy schedule. I recommend purchasing a large desktop calendar. I use the one with each month on an entire page with plenty of room on each day for notes. I also like the ones with room for notes across the bottom or side margins.
Now the fun begins! With a pencil (in case you need to re-arrange), start putting the tasks onto the calendar. My best advise is to NOT overload each day. Be practical and give yourself time off. It is not realistic to pack the days so full that there is no time to enjoy life! I always keep at least two days open, just in case the grandkids come over or I get an offer to do something fun. That’s the main reason that I use a pencil! I can simply erase and re-schedule. My calendar is ALWAYS visible so I can see it at a glance.
Once I have all my deadlines and tasks listed on my calendar, I no longer stress or worry about trying to get everything done. It doesn’t mean I don’t have long days, but now I have the comfort of knowing that it is all under control. I can focus on each project as it is scheduled which allows me to be much more creative.
I absolutely love what I do! I feel that I have been blessed with a talent and the desire to share. My head spins with new ideas and designs. I have stacks and stacks of sketch books, note books and scraps of paper with ideas. My biggest challenge is not coming up with new designs, it is trying to juggle working full time, being a designer, painter, wife, mom, grandma, and making it all work.
My calendar is my peace of mind. I know how much I can pack into each day and keep my sanity. Some days are still long, but when I look at my calendar, I can always see order, which keeps me calm. Now my focus is on the important tasks at hand, whether designing, painting or (sigh) cleaning house!