If you have only an hour to work in front of you (because your kids are taking a nap, or because you just got back from work and that’s the only time you’ve got before dinner) and you look at a task and it reads “Create a new product collection,” that’s completely overwhelming!
Realistically, you’re not going to create a new product collection in the next hour. But, when you have subtasks for each of these tasks, and for each of them you write down how long approximately you think it’s going to take you, then it becomes manageable.
When you have a little bit of time ahead to work on your handmade shop, you can look at your list and go: “Okay, this takes half an hour, I’ve got 40 minutes in front of me, I’m going to do this now.”
Instead of writing “Create a new product collection,” write down (for example):
– First subtask: “Set a date for the collection launch” – 10 minutes
– Second subtask: “Browse Pinterest for inspiration, and pin inspiring images onto a secret board” – 40 minutes
– Third subtask: “Decide on a direction for the collection, textures and colours that I’m going to be using” – 50 minutes
– And so on.
This way, when you sit at your desk, you know exactly what you have to do next, and you don’t have to wonder “Okay, how do I start this?” You don’t really have to turn your brain on, because you’ve done the work beforehand of subdividing your tasks, and so you can really just get to work. Even if you have only 20 minutes, you can look at your list and go, “Okay, there’s a 20 minute task. There’s something that I can do right now”.
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Hi Lea, thank you so much for the kind words I really appreciate it!
Do you feel Asana will work for an individual, since it is marketed to organizations for collaborative efforts? I am an artist and have no need at present for the collaborative/team nature of this…otherwise it sounds good. THANKS!
I used Asana as a one-person team and it really helped in keeping me organized. But I am also not for adding more and more tools to your arsenal if you don’t feel the need for it. A pen and paper works really well too! That said, Asana is free so you can try it for a couple of weeks and see how you feel 🙂
Thanks so much Deb…totally agree with no more tools than needed and sometimes low tech is best. I may give it a shot though…I get bogged down on the way from big picture to micro-steps!
The moment I started putting estimated times with my tasks then arranging them from quickest to complete to longest, my productivity skyrocketed!
That process also helped me realize that I’m better at tackling bigger tasks in the morning since my brain starts to turn to mush around 3:30 lol
Great tips Deb!
I am glad it’s working for you! It’s the best thing I have ever done for my own business 🙂 And you’re right, you should ALWAYS do the most important thing in the morning, before checking your emails, etc.. when your brain is still ‘fresh’ and ready to do some good work. Emails can wait til 3:30 PM !
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