Multitasking ChaosBy Dana Fox
Whew! I feel like I’ve been non-stop lately. Between running this design business, my shop, managing the house while D’s working, this blog, chasing after my pets all day, catching up on a gazillion emails, and working on some special Black Friday deals (hint hint), I feel like I’ve been a little uninteresting on here! I’ve dedicated this weekend to doing absolutely nothing. A weekend free of tasks to complete and visitors. Sure, I say that now but knowing me there will be at least a couple tasks to tackle.
I’ve been realizing more and more lately that I’m pretty darn good at multitasking. I actually hadn’t even considered it multitasking until recently because it’s just how I am. People always ask me “how do you have time to do all this?”… in particular the shops I run (Wonder Forest, my photo shop, my digital paper shop… which I’ve just put on ‘vacation’), this blog and my design company. Honestly, sometimes I don’t even know, but usually it comes down to the fact that I know what has to be done and I make sure it gets done. Most importantly though, I love keeping my mind busy and don’t feel like myself if I’m not utilizing any skills.
Lists are important. All of my design jobs go on this big glass whiteboard that sits here right beside me. When I get a new one, I write it down on the board. When the design part is done, I check it off. When the coding part is done, I check it off again. Then when the whole thing is done, I cross it out which basically means to add it to my accounting books before erasing it.
This blog has it’s own notebook. I make a list of all of my sponsors for the month in here and check them off once I have the ad in my hand. I also jot down some blog topic ideas in here whenever one comes to me.
My shops pretty much happen when I dedicate the time to them. I will plan ahead one day and tell myself “alright, tomorrow is strictly for making new stuff”. I hold off all design jobs and other things until I’m satisfied with what I’ve made.
My inbox is sorted like crazy and has about a million folders in it to go with the millions of emails I get daily. It’s really the only way I can keep track of everything. Each design job gets it’s own folder, and when finished, gets moved to a FINISHED folder. Each month of blog sponsorships gets it’s own folder as well. I would most likely be a complete mess without my plethora of folders!
Finally, it helps to be quick. If I have a spare 10 mins, that’s just enough time to knock out a small design job like a little shop button, or update my Facebook page. I have grown pretty accustomed to working fast… which also means I get more done in a shorter period of time and have more time for those little breaks. I don’t like things that take forever, and am the most impatient person (Aries alert!), so if I see something’s taking up too much of my time I move on to something else and go back to it later.
p.s. I just completed this blog design for Alycia over at The Curious Pug yesterday:
If you ever get overwhelmed with tasks, just take a break and plan ahead. Make a list and cross things off as you go. You really can make multitasking a part of your life, and once you get the hang of it, it won’t even feel like you’re intentionally multitasking!
What do you do to stay organized?
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