Yesterday: Develop a calendar system that you will actually use. Try to map out your workflow for the next week to see if it’s going to work for you. Work on it until it does!
When we first started Ink+Smog Editions, Robin was working full time and Rosemary was between freelance contracts. Our product line was rather limited and it was pretty easy to stay on top of things. As we began to pick up steam and Rosemary started a new part time contract, we knew that we needed to come up with a few ways keep everything on track.
One of our solutions was to come up with a monthly workflow sheet. Towards the end of the month, we would sit down and think about the things that we wanted to work on during the next month. What were our goals, how were we going to organize our time, what did we want to blog about... Nothing was set in stone, it was just a way of organizing our thoughts and priorities for the coming month.
We stopped using our workflow system somewhere along the way, probably right around the time we moved to our studio space downtown. Some of the early difficulties we had with the space (unreliable electricity and internet, the struggles of being the second tennant in a new construction that was still under construction!) interrupted some of our good work habits.
Yesterday, we sat down and revisited our old workflow sheet and updated it for November. We've made a few adjustments, adding set printing days for one, removing more elaborate social media goals now that we're more established for another.
We'll see how well this plays out over the next month. Our workflow sheet combined with our giant wall calendar from Paper Source and our daily notebook should be a pretty good overall calendar system. We'll be working out the kinks for the next few weeks, wish us luck!
Today: Look at your space, do you have boxes that have never been unpacked? A stack of papers you never have time to deal with? Create a window in your day today, put on some music, turn your phone off and tackle those tasks without interruption. Try to get as much done in that window of time. If you can’t finish it in the time you set aside, do the same every day until you’re done.