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Maker / Manager - Division Of Tasks

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Hi all

 

Just read this little article and it made me stop and think of my task management as a sole trader potter...... not good! 

Happy to spend hours in the studio...or... get lost in the business side hardly making a thing for days.....either way the procrastination can set in. 

 

How do you keep your focus clear when you are 'making' or 'managing'?   Be good to know.

 

http://www.flyingsolo.com.au/working-smarter/productivity/are-you-a-maker-or-a-manager


 

Irene

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I have a tough time doing both "making" and "managing" on the same day. I think its because the making involves so much inertia. It takes a lot of energy to get started. It's just as hard to stop. It can't be done in half a day. These days when I have "desk work" to do, I will set aside an entire day. Desk work includes paying bills, correspondence, updating the website or mailing list, applying for shows, making hang tags, writing blog posts, etc. Luckily I find I don't need to do this very often, maybe one day every two weeks. And because I don't generally enjoy this (I get a headache when I spend too much time on the computer), when I'm done I get the rest of the day off.

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My situation is a little different than most, so my priorities are different. Customers are always first on my list, whether it's students or kiln repair. For students this can mean teaching, firing, mixing glazes, etc. Paperwork has to come next. If I don't pay the bills on time that's a really bad thing. Making pots is unfortunately low on the list, often tied with cleaning the studio. It would be nice to spend more time making pots, but I can always find enough time to get done what I need to get done.

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The studio I take my classes at.  The guy who teaches them (runs the studio) was complaining the other day he doesnt get enough time to throw work anymore.  Then he mentioned he liked the time when my friend and I were in class.    My friend and I were talking about it later,  we came to this conclusion,   He doesnt have to babysit us like his normal class of students.   We are "advanced" enough that he can take time and throw pieces at the same time we do.    He will watch us and offer advise and or answer questions we have,  but for the most part he has time to actually throw.    Its fun to watch his attitude change from "ive had to deal with the business all day" to .... i get to throw something which is what i love to do.  (our classes are 6-9pm)

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