Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Time Management - A First Quick Look



As I've been talking to people about different promoting techniques for their shop, the one thing I hear over and over again in one form or another is, "how on earth am I supposed to balance all this promoting to get my name out there and still find time to create?" I think that's great question and one that should be addressed before I spend any more time talking about how to promote your shop! We all have busy schedules, for one reason or another, and learning to manage our time well will do a lot to lower our stress loads and increase our productivity!

I have so many things I want to talk about that this is going to be a little series in and of it's own. Look at is a foundation piece for the series on promotion that I've been starting. Also, as I get farther into that series I'll end up revisiting this topic a time or two to let you know how my ideas are developing!

A few things that I think are really important to say right off the bat are these:

1. Every person is different. I'm going to try to include a lot of different ideas and quotes in here because what works fantastic for one person might not work so well for another because of personalities, life situations, or even the craft it's related too!

2. Prioritize. No matter what system you end up using to manage your time, it's really important to make sure you know what's most important and what you can let slide.

3. Forgive yourself and be flexible. You know, sometimes things happen and you just can't stick to your original plan. That's ok! If your prioritizing well then hopefully you won't find your self in to much of a bind. Be ready to adjust your day's schedule, and your week's, for those unexpected events that come up in your life.

4. Don't forget time for fun. This is important in any well-adjusted persons life, but I think in some ways it's even more so in an artists life! Why? Because your work will often be directly affected by your emotional state and your stress level. Treat yourself right, give yourself some time for fun and relaxation, and your creativity will flourish as a result.

Coming up tomorrow: Time Management - One Approach

Have YOU commented on my forum thread yet? I would love your input! I'm gathering feedback about time management techniques. Who knows? You might even end up in one of these blog posts! Check it out at:
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5879690

12 comments:

LazyTcrochet said...

Great idea for a series. Look forward to more.

uniquecommodities said...

This is great! Definitely need it!

Head Bitch in Charge said...

Looking good so far! Makes me think I should re-read Time Management for the Creative Person. Not that it did me much good the first time around :P

uniquecommodities said...

loving it! Thanks for the tips! I look forward to seeing more! I need to practice this again! I am generally one of the best time managers and taskers there are but I have gotten way off the beaten path!

MagdaleneJewels said...

The first word that jumped out at me from your article was prioritize. Although everyone has a different thought process, your articles will give us all something to think about!

BeadedTail said...

Great tips so far! This is one area that I need help with so I'm looking forward to your future posts too!

storybeader said...

Ruthie - great introduction to a complicated topic! Look forward to reading more as time goes by... {:-Deb

jenscloset said...

I am so impressed with your blog! The time management information is great! Maybe the next story could be about how to help us people with not-so-great blogs!!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I'm really glad you guys are enjoying this series!

Buttons said...

sign me up. this is a topic I need lots of help with!

Candy Stick Lane said...

This is such a fabulous idea I cant wait to READ READ READ all about it :D

where'veyoubeen said...

thank you so much for starting this post! This is obviously something a lot of us struggle with. I can't wait to read more!