I feel like I’m racing against time, so I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot. Since my last post I’ve finished making a full kiln load of pottery (which is still heating in the kiln). This took nearly a week complete with a breakdown of the cables on my slab roller and help from two angels. I also designed and purchased a number of marketing products on Vistaprint including a banner, new business cards, postcards, and a photobook complete with collages of finished pottery, some works in progress and studio shots. This too was due to help from two angels who helped me with the photograph and design of the banner, postcard, and back of business card. All of this has taken a lot of my time, but I have thought about it for a long time and decided not to dwell on perfection in order to get all of this completed.
I started to read the article “Why I Taught Myself to Procrastinate” from the NY Times (author: Adam Grant, 1/16/16). The gist is that procrastination is a virtue for creativity and it is not always a curse. I’m one of those people that need time to think and to envision (and I don’t mean visualize because I often don’t have a complete picture in my head.) I also believe that some things are decided on the fly and that overthinking some things can be a curse too. And the truth is that we all make decisions based on years of experience and in a split second that experience helps us make crucial decisions.
I still have quite a few things left to do on my checklist as I reach February 11th (my day of departure). But if I can offer any tips on time management – it is this:
1) Give yourself plenty of time to dream, envision, think and plan.
2) At some point well in advance create a checklist and have a rough calendar of deadlines.
3) Reach out for help when you are stuck; ask others for help but rely on yourself to make final decisions.
4) Get happy when those items on your checklist start getting done!
My kiln will go off shortly and tomorrow when I open it up, I’ll be back in the cold studio sanding, waxing, painting, glazing and finalizing pieces to put back in the kiln (hopefully this weekend – I think I can!) That’s my priority until the next set of must-do’s can be addressed.