Things can get pretty crazy for us all, artists or hobbyists, or anyone trying to juggle schedules. I recently watched this short video by art pal, Nicholas Wilton who addresses the problem of getting things done, it’s worth a watch for anyone, and especially artists trying to hit deadlines: http://nicholaswilton.com/new-blog-page/ under “Take A Break” Feb. 25, 2018. I took his advice to heart this week, having to reach a ton of very important deadlines and here is some sound advice that got me through it all hitting the mark like superwoman!
- Clear your plate. You can’t just pile on more stuff to an already busy schedule. You will have to edit your to-do list of anything that can be put off so you can dedicate time to do your best.
- Break it down. List what has to happen. Under each job break it down to smaller tasks that hopefully can be achieved in 30-45 minutes.
- Start working. Rotate your time on the smaller tasks round and round. For example, I did 45 minutes art, 30 minutes photographing, 30 minutes writing media copy, and back again to art. Get the idea?
Here is what I found after a three day blitz of intense deadlines:
- I think my work was of higher quality than if I would have followed each job through till the end. I was fresh each time I approached a new “task.”
- My productivity was as good if not better than my regular routine of seeing each job finished before starting a new one.
- I was not burned out at the end of the day. I had energy to make dinner, and do house chores, etc. instead of collapsing on the sofa.
- My attitude was waaaaay better. Just ask my husband! I was pleasant at the end of the day.
So, who can’t use a little time management help from time to time? Whether trying to hit art deadlines, writing, photographing, or making calls-I found this advice extremely helpful! You may want to give this time-management idea a try either on your regular schedule or at crunch time.
Much thanks to Nicholas Wilton and all his wonderful blogs and tips ( and his popular workshops!) You can find him at http://www.nicholaswilton.com