Think about your life as a flat surface in your house. Is it a lovely, empty sun-washed space with lots of room to get to work? No, mine isn’t either. Every so often the mess in my house gets to me and I have to stop everything and put things away and throw things away until chaos no longer reigns on my desk and bookshelves and dining table, and just about anywhere I can put stuff where it won’t slide off in an avalanche. Well, our lives can get like that too. In the process of figuring out how to make all the bits of paper and magazine articles that we were meaning to read and that cup with the chip on it, fall into some semblance of order, we need to take a deep breath and figure out how to organize things.
Before we can create a schedule and calendar of our project and work flow, we have to identify the parts. Here’s an idea that I recently thought of. (O.K., it was just now, but it’s the thought that counts, right?) Get a bunch of 3″x5″ index cards. Yes, they still make them. Each card should contain one activity that you do on a regular basis. On that card also write down how many hours you spend doing that activity each week, then write down how many hours you should be doing that thing each week. Note if it’s something you’d like to be doing more or less time. Items that might be on the cards are things like your day job, marketing, doing your artwork, ordering or acquiring supplies, spending time with friends or family, household or garden chores, cooking, shopping, farting around watching panda videos on YouTube, you get the idea. Then you can separate the cards into columns and groups, to start to figure out where your time actually goes. Or, you could stand at the top of the stairs and throw the cards up in the air, and the ones that get to the bottom of the stairs are the things you should do first. No, I didn’t think that was a good idea either, but I thought I should say something humorous before you all got depressed and decided it would be better to get a job selling insurance. Hopefully, this will start to give you an idea of where you are, while you are thinking about where you want to go. More next time…..