In a previous post Caution: Artist At Work I posted pictures of me working toward a “Verrry Big Project” that had a deadline. Here are more photos of me at work – I’m meeting my deadline handily! Included in this post is what I keep in mind when dealing with deadlines. These tips may also apply to holiday stress.
Sue Clancy’s recipe for the Care and Feeding of Deadlines:
Set a schedule, break a project into small chunks and put each chunk on the calendar/schedule. Make lists.
Work at the project a little bit every day until done. Read the lists.
Work first. Deal with the “inbox” when time permits. Unplug.
Work according to schedule not according to mood.
Prioritize self-care: remember to eat good nutrition, get enough sleep, hydrate and exercise. Remember to breathe and relax.
Practice Good Mental Hygiene Habits*.
Build in rewards. Game-ify things. Make it fun.
Remember; other people’s expectations/desires that you come do something, during the times when you need to work, are just that – other people’s expectations – their expectations are not your priority, your work is!
*My mental hygiene habits are listed in more detail here: Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit – https://store.bookbaby.com/book/dr-bobs-emotional-repair-program-first-aid-kit