As I’ve mentioned before in my blog posts (such as here and here), the sheer number of tasks required of me as a small business owner can get overwhelming. The designing and the crafting are the easy and fun parts. Left to my own devices, those are probably all I would do. But alas, I am also bookkeeper, marketing director, copy writer and editor, and photographer for my fledgling business. Much as I’d like to stick to crafting all the time, I can’t.
I recently found this quote by Arnold Bennett (an English novelist from the turn of the 20th century) that has helped me understand what is required of me to make this business a success:
“A sense of the value of time – that is, of the best way to divide one’s time into one’s various activities – is an essential preliminary to efficient work; it is the only method of avoiding hurry.”
– Arnold Bennett
If I allow myself to become overwhelmed by all that must be done and the short time in which I have to do it, I’ll always be hurrying from one task to the next, never giving any chore or responsibility the focus it deserves. I’ve pledged this week to value my time more and to divide it as best as possible between all that must be done. Hopefully this will help me get the most out of the time I do have and to get more done in the process.
What are your strategies for managing your “to-do list?