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Ways to cope with looming deadlines

This is it. These are the crazy mad busy days preparing for the fabulous time of year known as Pre-Christmas Madness.

I’ve got the most beautiful Kids With Crayons orders coming in and they are so joyful, I’m very lucky to work with these masterpieces.
So many lovely stockists have placed orders for Crayon Chick goodies – yay! I’ll just add those to the To Do List.
And scarily, I have only 1 weekend free of markets/events between now and Christmas. Gasp! There will be no resting on any laurels around here.
It kicks off with another road trip in 2 weeks time. Although I confess to cheating, I won’t actually be driving this time. Sadly I don’t have the luxury of any spare time to wind down the windows and cruise along the highway for a 9 hour drive to Adelaide for Bowerbird Bazaar. I’ll be joining the jet-set (and feeling a little Mad Men inspired!) by flying into Adelaide.
It’s challenging staying on top of everything. It seems the longer I linger on one task the greater the noise in my head about getting onto the other things that need to be done. I’ve created a strategy based that seems to work for me when I have looming deadlines and it’s based on speed dating.
Don’t laugh, it works for me! I allow a limited time on each task. Enough time to get a headstart, but not long enough to feel the anxiety build about all the other things to be done. By the end of the day I feel a little in control across the board. All my juggling balls are nicely balanced.
Another strategy is to create a To Do list which breaks down tasks. So instead of just saying “finish fundraiser” I will break that down to achievable bite size pieces, such as “prep artwork for fundraiser”. This way I actually enjoy the feeling of ticking off To Do tasks.
And there’s nothing more motivating than ticking of To Do tasks!

I found this image online a while ago and can’t remember where so I’m afraid I can’t credit it back. If you’ve seen it around please leave a comment because I want to do the right thing!

And you just knew the minute I mentioned Mad Men there would be a gratuitous photo of Don Draper! This one is from the fabulously named blog called The Art of Manliness. Inspiration comes in many different ways!

October 16, 2011 - 11:40 am

Frankie and Ray - I love that graph! And whatever works to get us to the end result is a good thing. Binge eating included!

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