Yesterday, I was lamenting about being a bit overwhelmed. Between getting ready for festival season and my freelance writing obligations, it sometimes feels like I’m barely treading water. Throw too much caffeine into the mix and you’ve got one scattered gal with no idea where to start!
It sounds like a lot of crafty folks have this problem, so I thought I’d talk a little bit about how I stay organized(ish) and share a picture of a typical to do list. I’d love to see your to do lists, too, if you’re up for sharing!
Whenever there’s a mountain of work to face, I rely on my two trusty organizational tools:
Oh my goodness, people! There are some things that I would totally forget to do if iCal didn’t remind me. I set all kinds of reminders on there from shops I need to follow up with to dinner plans with friends. Most of my crafty life is on my computer’s calendar, but for writing obligations nothing works as well for me as a to do list.
I know, it’s fun to look for fancy store bought organizers or pretty stationery to write down your obligations, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Pull a piece of scrap paper or an envelope out of the recycle bin, and you’re good to go! Here’s a photo of one of my high tech to do lists from last week:
As you can tell, my favorite part of writing lists is crossing things off of them!
Want to share your to do list? Just put a link to the photo in the comments! I’d also love to hear how you guys stay organized when it feels like you’re drowning in work.
If you’re looking for more in-depth time management tips, my pal Bettie is writing an awesome two part series on Handmade in Portland about crafty time management!
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by alinassiri