I have a confession to make.
My organizational habits were horrible in January.
Organization for creative people can be a little tough, don’t you think?
My habits were great from July-December, when I was writing my book.
…and then I got all “woo hoo, I can relax a little and work on this blog.”
And I stopped making a monthly/weekly/daily schedule.
But I worked. I wrote tutorials, posts about blogging, posts about using Twitter. I created a newsletter list and ordered new business cards and continued the editing process for my ribbon book that will come out this summer.
I signed up to be an affiliate for more companies, including my web hosting company, Bluehost (it has by far the best deal and they give awesome service to newbies like me).
But I was writing posts for Monday on Monday. And Wednesday posts on Wednesday.
I was irritable.
I was still working when my kids were home from school, and grumbling that I didn’t have a quiet place to work. Grumbling that I needed to finish.
Grumbling, grumbling, grumbling.
It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I was single…who cares if I’m crabby except for me? But I’m not single. I have a husband and kids who want me to be present when they’re home. And I want to live in the moment with them, too.
Admittedly, some of this tendency started during my past career as a newspaper reporter covering the crime/police beat. I planned larger projects and scheduled meetings, but often a big story would break on that beat. My schedule would go out the window.
I could write on the fly. I was expected to write on the fly.
…give me a deadline and I can meet it, even without coffee.
But, writing a sewing-and-crafting-and-craft-business-blog isn’t like chasing ambulances.
Not scheduling posts in advance means writing less-than-perfect content.
I made mistakes.
In my drawstring bag tutorial, I actually constructed my own bag in the wrong sewing order and tried to hide it. Instead of adding the patch pocket before sewing the bag together, I sewed the bag together first and tried to add the pocket later.
So I had to crop the photo verrrrry close so you couldn’t tell the bag had been completed first (it’s the fourth collage down). Because the sewing was a mess, I pulled the pocket off when I finished the tutorial.
…this is what bad organization will do to you.
After that mistake, I wised up. Organization for creative people! We can be organized like our left-brained friends.
I bought a new calendar and loaded it up with upcoming posts and projects. I am working ahead again. But if you don’t want to trek out for a calendar, you can get them online from other great blogs, like this I Heart Naptime calendar and this Nicole on the Net weekly calendar.
Work with a calendar and you’ll feel so much less pressure. No more grumbling.
(okay, a little bit. My kids are home for another wind-chill-advisory day today and I’m writing this post while they’re around and asking me for stuff. And I need to go grocery shopping…and get those clothes folded, and throw in another load of laundry, and try to create some graphics for my Ottobre sew-a-long tutorial scheduled for Tuesday.)
…but I’m writing this on Friday. Before lunch, even! And you’re seeing it on Sunday.
It’s all good now.
What’s been your biggest fail because you weren’t organized ahead of time? Please share it with us in the comments below. I promise we won’t laugh.
…well, maybe we’ll smile, just a little.
Because it’s all behind you now, right?