October 11, 2010

Making a list and checking it twice

To Do List by robayre
In the past months, I have discovered that writing down what you want to accomplish is the best way to get it done. Now, it’s not magic. But if you use right, it sure can seem like it! I keep a total of three lists per day. Sounds daunting, I know, so let me break it down for you.

My first list outlines my goals for the week. (I usually write this one Sunday evening) It contains ‘mini goals’ like designing 10 new pendants or completely finishing a commission, things that would take a few days before I can scratch it off. I keep this list next to my bed and keep track throughout the week of my progress.

My second list is full of all the little things that will get me closer to my weekly ‘mini goals’: spending time on a commission, cleaning up my studio, listing a new item on Etsy or a reminder to ship off a package. This list is a time saver. I’m continually going back to it and checking things off through the day. I find that I waste much less time when I know exactly what it is I need to do.

The third list is more for the sake of my family’s sanity. It has all the less fun, but also quite essential things that need to get done everyday. Dishes, laundry, vacuuming…the things that will keep the house running smoothly and toes from getting stubbed. I write this one on the same page with my Art list…otherwise, it’s far too easy to forget about it!

So, today’s the start of a brand new week full of things to finish and steps in the right direction. It’s time to make list!