Sunday, May 20, 2007

Objects Are Closer Than They May Appear

"Warning: Dates on calendar are closer than they appear."

This clever variation of the phrase from rear view mirrors appears on a bumper sticker, and it seems to fit my life lately. Oooh....that was this weekend?

I will be doing the DeCordova Art in the Park show on June 10th in Lincoln, MA. It is a great outdoor, one day show. I did it last year and it was a gorgeous day. Tents are set up amidst the sculptures in their Sculpture Park. There is music, and performances throughout the day. The DeCordova Museum is a great local museum of contemporary art, with a terrific museum school.

For some reason, I was thinking that the show was the following weekend. But, it is actually only three weeks away. Which means I better get busy with my mailing, today! Last year I had kept a list of show dates and other deadlines on the white board in my office. It was a great way to keep myself on schedule. I would glance at it on a regular basis, and it kept deadlines from slipping. Looks like I have to get back to using that mechanism to help me keep on track.

What mechanism do you use to stay on track?


Elaine said...

Since I work from home, I use a central calendar for both family and work items. It has the sharpie on a string by it and the the household #s and grocery list 'binder' by it.

In the office I use use a tickler folder increasingly for forward planning and I have a lined pad for the daily to do list.

So basically it goes - inbox / brainstorming to Tickler File to Calendar to Daily To-Do List.

Judy said...

It sounds like you have a real system in place. I don't think I would be so adept at implementing it! Congrats to you for figuring out a way to manage things.

Elaine said...

This is 2007's (or, my whole life) project: To seriously pursue self-improvement.

My big issue has always been a giant heap of unorganized. So I hit the net and found about a million blogs on productivity, marketing, organization, happiness and went to town.

People like Seth Godin, who you've got there in the sidebar and books like Getting Things Done.