I am a to-do list queen. I have a large white board on my studio door that lists my schedule and major goals for the month.
I also have a running list of daily tasks. For the longest time I used a small spiral bound booklet of index cards. But this week I've been using my little Window's notepad on my computer. I keep it open all day and have my daily task list. Don't you just love checking off tasks?
Since I waste most of my time checking my email and "researching" on the web, this has helped me get quite a bit done this week. It's a nice little nag when I'm getting sidetracked.
So how do I schedule my days? I work from 6am - 3pm weekdays.
Morning is email, blog and computer time.
Mid-morning until lunch is packaging orders.
Afternoons are spent making beads and designing jewelry.
Since I'm my own boss, this is never written in stone and if a project is looming and needs an entire day I just shuffle the workload around. Sometimes I take an afternoon off to work on drawing and illustration. Although I do spend at least 15 minutes a day sketching. The next 3 weekends at least one day will be devoted to finishing my jewelry book proposal.
My biggest challenge is to not work from 3-9:30. That's my family time and darn if I don't try to sneak in working on something during that time. I'm getting better.
Tips for getting more done:
1. Your family needs to help with the cooking and cleaning.
2. Make a plan, it's really hard to accomplish something if it's a vague idea.
3. Let go, you won't do everything perfectly.
4. Learn to say no to all sorts of requests. You have to make time for your dreams.
5. Give in to your muse, don't be a slave to your lists. If a brilliant idea jumps out at you, take some time to explore it.
Do you have any tips for getting everything done on your to-do list? I'd love to hear them!
(Picture above - I made those baby owls for a charm swap that Lynn Davis hosted this fall.)