In the past we’ve talked about organizing your sewing time in order to be more productive in your work (organizing sewing projects so you’re using white thread for several items before changing to a different color thread, etc). There are many ways to actually be more productive while working, therefore getting much more work done.
The question is, what about “time management”, in order to cut down on stress and frustrations in your daily life? We’re talking about your “sewing / working” life as well as regular “family” life.
I remember in past years, with six kids all needing to be in different places, AND my sewing / alterations piling up, I could feel the frustration building. Even if you have only ONE child or two children, and trying to shuttle them around while customers are trying to make appointments, pick up work (that perhaps you haven’t done yet) – stress can be a killer for the business. Just try working under this kind of stress and see how many mistakes you make — or work on something that isn’t even due out to a customer for a week, while something due out today sits on a shelf! YIKES!!
The best solution that I found in these working conditions is to do everything systematically! I KNEW what time the kids had to be at various places, and I KNEW what work needed to be done before they got home from school. Sooooo, cut down on the telephone chit chat, turn off the tv, and quit procrastinating about that “difficult” alteration that you agreed to do. JUST DO IT! In most instances, the “difficult” alteration isn’t nearly as difficult as your mind wanted to imagine, so the longer you put it off, the more behind you got, until the stress of starting the alteration job was near a boiling point.
By organizing the workload in daily increments —- get up half an hour earlier in the morning to get a job out of the way; plan the amount of sewing/alterations/craft work that you can handle before the kids get home from school; and if you’re overloaded on work at the moment, perhaps you could work another half an hour or hour after the kids go to bed, rather than watching tv. That would be “just for tonight” – not every night, and would be so you could get enough caught up to prevent stress and frustration tomorrow.
By prioritizing your workload and not postpone things for tomorrow when you could easily do them today, you will have a much more stress free and relaxed lifestyle.