If nothing else, this $1000 Project has shown me that I do not manage time and stress in the most efficient way. Between creating a website, updating a messy facebook page, receiving orders through email, and creating custom prints, I am feeling very scatter-brained. Jumping from one activity to the next, afraid I would forget if I did not do it that moment definitely didn’t help.
I have never been one to write assignments down in a planner. And no, not because I don’t see the value in it. In fact, I bought a planner for this program knowing that it would be the best thing for me. And yet it sits in my backpack, completely empty.
Taking synthesis methods from our design research class, I asked myself “Why?”. “Why don’t I use a planner besides the fact that I often forget I have one?” I think the answer is that I don’t want to consciously realize how much there is to do and how little time there is to do it. Lately I have become overwhelmed by even one more thing added to my slate. This is exactly why I should use a planner, and an even better reason I need to learn how to accurately assess how long any activity should take.
My boyfriend has had similar problems with time management and offered to teach me how to use Todoist, a cross-platform online task management system, which has been very helpful for him. While I still have a lot to learn in terms of estimating activity time, creating a to-do list has made me feel more calm this week because I knew there was a list to refer back to. I just had to trust the system.
Creating a start-up is a difficult endeavor in and of itself, but I certainly made it harder than it had to be. Through my reflection on the $1000 Project, I have been able to identify an area of weakness that I will need to actively work on if I want to succeed at ac4d and in life in general. Next, I need to determine how I can best address this issue. Keeping up with my planner seems like a good place to start.
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