I am a collector. I purchase fat quarters that pile up in a happy colourful stack (whether they become a quilt is sort of beside the point). My obsession with typewriters and related ephemera is now a book project. I have old postcards, stamps, assorted haberdashery, buttons, vintage tins… so many different gathering of things. And ultimately, with UPPERCASE magazine, I’m a collector of ideas and imagery, gathering together like-minded people and pictures into each issue.
When you run your own business, you also become a collector of tasks. Unfortunately, my daily to-do list is not an elegantly curated menu of glamorous activities. I’m an unwilling hoarder of a to-do list! It is an infinite scroll of tasks that seems to expand as quickly as I can check each item off. Database management, shipping logistics, customer queries, accounting… As creative people in business, we struggle against the obstacles that take time away from the “fun” stuff.
So I’m changing my mindset. Rather than resenting mundane or arduous tasks, I’m going to take pleasure in the small things and appreciate the necessity of the micro tasks. I’m also going to divide my day: half for the small tasks that are a tour-de-force of multitasking and the other half of my day will be for concentrating on a single big-picture project like design or editorial development. If the small tasks pile up, so be it. They will wait for me.
Let's not end our day stressed over the things that we didn’t get done. Let's celebrate the things that we did accomplish, no matter how small.
Taking a step back, I can see that all those micro tasks add up to something. Together, they build a mass with momentum that keeps us moving forward.