by Alaina Alexander
When you don't have a firm hold on your schedule, then you are taking money out of your own pocket. If you are constantly struggling to make deadlines then closely examine the reason. Perhaps, you are engaging in one or more of the time wasting listed below:
Your deadline for a project is two days away and you haven't even started to research. For two days and nights you burn the midnight oil until completed 15 minutes before it's due. No sweat, you pride yourself on the ability to work well under pressure. However, putting constant unnecessary pressure on yourself will put you on the path to early burnout.
You can't find your contracts, your planner is MIA and you are still reconciling invoices from two months ago! It is natural to have a crazy day, week or even a month where it is hard to keep track of everything. However, if you are in constant struggle just to keep up then you need to take action right away.
Does everything have to be just so before you can begin or turn in a project? Is it hard for you to let go of a project once the deadline approaches. Of course, we want to showcase our work in the best light, it keeps clients happy and bills paid. However, it easy to get caught up in so many irrelevant details the project never gets completed.
Problem: Technology Usage
Ironic, that the very thing that keeps us moving faster can actually waste the most time. You've seen the cell phone monsters gabbing incessantly, pageholics who make a production number when they are being paged and email the fiends who lug their laptop everywhere. In a utopian society we could advocate the burning of such devices for the betterment of the world. However, we realize that in order to make your rent you need to be connected with as many potential clients and contacts as possible.
Get out of the time management trap without expensive or complicated processes:
Life in the creative arts is hectic. In order to keep up with ever changing projects, you have to keep a firm hold on your schedule.