How would you like to feel more in control of your New Year?
Next week – between Christmas and New Year's – set aside at least half a day to review your commitments.
We're all juggling various projects that we compartmentalize. The steps we take to put together an exhibition are different from the actions required to fill a workshop.
Create a System
To ensure that you don't miss vital tasks that will make your project a success, take time to gather the details for each project in a single place.
There are a number of ways to do this. You could:
- Make a page for each project inside a notebook.
- Create a document for each project on your computer.
- Create a database with a program like Excel, Numbers, or Google docs.
You could also use a program like Evernote or OneNote. I have a Projects notebook with a page for each project in Evernote.
I prefer electronic lists so I can edit the items more easily. However, don't waste time on trying to figure out the perfect tools. Your focus should be on the process.
2018 update: We use Asana for project and task management.
Work Your System
After selecting a method, get to work. Write down every task required to make each project a success. Assign Due or Do dates to the tasks.
Look for holes in your plan and cross-reference dates to evenly distribute your energy.
Doesn't it feel good to be in control?
Tell us how you plan to spend the next week.