Get It Together

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I am the master of picking up a million things and starting a dozen projects without considering the time and energy it takes to get them moving. This often results in potentially amazing endeavors going unfinished and forgotten.

But if there is one thing I have been trying my hardest to master, it's time and task management.

I have also come to the very grounding conclusion that as a young adult I am not the only one going through this. Our generation largely lacks the funds, time, and resources to get some things moving. Which is why it's important that we not dive headfirst into things we won't have the means to fix when it falls apart.

Besides that, this post is more about how to prioritize things we need and want to do.

Overall, everything I'm tripping over is fairly simple. THERE'S JUST SO MUCH OF IT!

So step one:

Make a List.

My list looks something like this:
  1. re-vamp workspace
  2. gather artists and writers for art magazine
  3. get funds for printing said magazine
  4. make time to layout magazine
  5. get back to illustrating 
  6. get youtube/Facebook page off the ground
  7. create an Etsy page for my sellable creations
  8. learn how to hand embroider
Long. Unruly. No clear hierarchy. Hence the panicked and chaotic state I am in. Step two.

Prioritize. 

  1. re-vamp workspace
  2. gather artists and writers for art magazine
  3. get funds for printing said magazine
  4. make time to layout magazine
  5. get back to illustrating 
  6. get youtube/Facebook page off the ground
  7. create an Etsy page for my sellable creations
  8. learn how to hand embroider
I've removed what is unnecessary, or what doesn't hold as much weight. Changing up my workspace, practicing my illustration, and learning hand embroidery are "free time" projects. Where the others are "make time" projects. 

Condense & Organize. 

  1. Get funds for Zine
  2. Create Etsy Page
  3. Create + Promote Youtube/Facebook page
  4. Accept Submissions and Layout Zine 

I combined and rearranged the last remaining items into a list that makes more sense. I organized by timeframe, ease, and funds. The Zine has the longest timeframe at 5 months. Setting up an account to pay for printing/distribution comes first as I can let it sit and accumulate as I work on other things. Creating an Etsy page is simple, I can get it out of the way and have it set up so that, again, funds come in while I'm working on other things. The Cosplay/Convention work will sort of carry itself once the page is up and ready. I can post as I'd like, in between the steps for my publication. The Zine work picks up last with the remaining steps. It's something that will need to be checked constantly on as time passes. It also will cost me the most in money and energy. So as the last thing on the list, it will have all my attention. 

Some people would flip this list on it's head. Which is totally ok as working from hardest to easiest works for some people. 

Make a List. Prioritize. Condense. Organize. 

As long as you stick to the steps a list of daunting tasks can be easier to handle. You can even apply it to work tasks, not just personal projects.

Now take this information out into the world. :)












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