I have a lot of different things I’m trying to do at the same time.
- The new job(s). Research/write/proofread article or blog. Sell ads (2 jobs, 4 tasks)
- Sell stuff. Find/buy stuff for sale. Price it, move it, arrange it, store it or cull it. (1 job, 7 tasks)
- Write. Other than the things for money/publication. That’s this blog, the memoir, the other 3 or so book projects. The book that we just sold the idea to our publisher, the kitchen book, and maybe the novel cycle (if the revised idea goes anywhere). (5 items)
- The house. Clean/redecorate/cull/organize/garden. (1 job, 5 tasks)
Most of these are long term, multistep projects I pick up then put down. Do something else.
Pick up . . . and try to remember what I was doing last?
I have devised a plan to help me be able to KNOW where I was when I quit last. I need a visual way to both see the progress AND as a memory prod. To that end, I bought library pockets and colored, unprinted library cards to go with them. I’m going to use the cards & pockets to give me a visual and a way to track what I’ve done and what needs to be done.
I have a huge cork board in the craft room, I’m going to use that, I think. In the meantime, I need to come up with some sort of plan to organize this, but I think it will work, at least for a while. And if it doesn’t? Well, I know a librarian or two I can probably persuade to take the supplies off my hands or I could maybe find a way to sell them. Also, I didn’t buy so many that I couldn’t store them, if I wanted to, but I probably won’t.
Making up the pockets has helped. There are 3 major areas here: writing, the house, and selling.
The things I ended up making pockets for can be further divided into two categories: product and process. The products are the end point, in most cases, but the house is entirely process. Here’s the break down:
Write: blog, memoir, other, article (products) Write: research, proof & revise (process)
House: clean, decorate, organize, cull (process)
Sell: ads, stuff (products) Sell: buy/track, clean/appraise, store, cull (all process)