Labor Day weekend is really the end of my convention year, and, as such, prompts a lot of reflection and planning on my part. Right now I'm planning my big events for 2014 and setting my basic costuming schedule. A big part of that is setting up new projects.
So how do I get big projects done? By breaking them up into little bites and making lists. Lots of lists. Copious lists.
I used to break each costume down into pieces, then each piece into steps on a to-do paper for the costume. I would schedule each task working backwards from my deadline (with a week or so worth of fudge room). Then I would take each day's worth of tasks and put them on a large lined post-it, carrying over yesterday's undone tasks.
Recently, though, I've changed from paper to electronic. Everything I loved about my old method is available on an online program called ToDoIst. I'm really liking it. I can put in multiple projects and even color-code them so I can keep them straight. I can look at a day, a week, or a month, or an individual project. I can even get an app on my phone. So far I've used it to schedule and track my use of social media, but I am working on switching it to a costume project soon to see how it works out.