I divide (just for myself) the things that I am doing in four categories: 1st Office and Paperwork, 2nd Bookbinding/Craft, 3rd Art, 4th Writing. One of my decision for this year was to find a better balance for working in different tasks. I had observed that there were phases when I was doing art, and totally neglected my Etsy Shop and making journals. Others when I was totally caught up in blogging, doing paperwork and writing instructions, that made me not even enter my studio for longer stretches of time. This was bad. For my well-being as well as for my business.
First thing I did was starting this dynamic to-do list, sorted in columns by category and by urgency. When in doubt I set an alarm clock to ensure that I at least work on two categories on each day. This stops me from trying to do all the tasks in one category first, because they seem so much more important than anything else at the moment.
This works well, and I feel quite productive, although there are maybe less things to show off. I still have a lot of half-finished work laying around, probably more than before, but now I have good hope of finishing them. Because I do not loose touch to these projects completely.
So, what have I been doing?
When I first came forward with the instructions for Coptic headbands, I received several emails of people asking for German instructions for the Coptic binding, especially for a 2-Needle Coptic binding. Well, I finally started writing them. I am actually pondering whether I should, rather than self-publish it again, try to find a publishing house to publish it for me. Has one of you already done this? When do you approach them? Finished with all graphics, or somewhere in between? What customs are to be observed? If you have experiences or tips, I’d be happy and grateful to hear them. (If you would rather not talk about it in public, you can send me an email to contact[at!] buechertiger.de.) But this is not urgent yet, the first chapter is written, work on a few others is in progress, and I have not even started to make photos and sketches which will probably take most of the time.
I also started some new artsy projects which I do not want to talk about at this point in too much detail. I hope I will be able to show you my first finished flexagon soon which is half finished at the moment. In the art category fall a bunch of unfinished projects that I probably should finish first before starting something new. Starting something new is always so tempting…
Working in the “Craft” category is very rewarding since it produces possibilities for show-off rather fast. There are still some books waiting to be photographed. Or waiting to be made. The cute guy above is the first prototype of a monster book line, I thought I might start. This is now much faster to make than the first, feathery guy!
The category paperwork unfortunately got quite neglected in the last weeks. Haha! I need to fill out my tax forms, and for more forms social security. Ah well, maybe next week… Also making photos and listing items in my shop(s) are filed in this category. Mhm, probably this should be done on this weekend.
It seems my technique for balancing my works still needs a little refinement. But instead of working on this now, I’ll rather present you some more pictures made during this busy week:
And there was that crossed structure experiment, of course. Thanks for all the sympathetic comments, and the tips. Following this trail of thought, refining the construction and/or finding out how the original crossed structure is done, is of course also included on one of the sticky-notes on my cabinet.