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This time of the year is not only a busy time for Thoughtfully Handmade but for universities as well. I have 4 (!) exams next week and a paper due, as well as many cards I still have yet to make for my December 16 holiday market at the Trinity Bellwood’s Flea. If you are in the same boat, read on to find out how I prepared!
The first step for any significant project, it’s important to brainstorm EVERY. SINGLE. TASK that you have to get done and due dates for those tasks (if any). Just take out a piece of paper and jot down anything and everything that comes to mind.
No order, just write.
After you have done that, it’s time to move on to step two.
2. Organize and Prioritize
Now that you have a list of things that need to be done, it’s time to organize all of your tasks. Go through everything and note which need to be done immediately and which can be pushed back. For example, creating a Christmas sale would be a low priority but making my Christmas cards would be a high priority.
3. Determine a Timeline
Next, figure out how long each task will take you. A big project might need a week to even a month, while a simple one can be done the day of.
I usually spread my cardmaking into several stages, spanning several weeks, so I have time for school. I first cut all of the card and bookmark bases in one day. Then I will make one card design each week and mass produce it. By the way, when I say mass produce, I mean only 10-20 cards!
Beside every task, list how long it will take you. You don’t need to get specific here. Only note if it can be completed in less than a day, within a day, within a week, within a month, or longer if need be. Be realistic with your timeframe. Giving yourself more time rather than less is better.
Pull out a calendar or a planner, online or on paper and schedule all of those tasks according to your timeline. Be mindful of any other obligations you might have. Mine would be school and my extracurricular commitments. Yours might be your day job or parenting obligations.
5. Commit and Execute
After planning it all out, treat each scheduled task as an appointment that cannot be canceled, except for dire reasons. Commit to it and execute your plan. Do it on the day you planned to ensure that everything can get done in time.
And there you have it! Five steps to get a handle on the holiday mayhem! I always use these steps for any project I have, not only during Christmas time, and you should use them too. I’ve even included an infographic below that summarizes everything for you to pin. Happy planning!