Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Approaching a New Project

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.