In last week’s Craft Social twitter chat, we got together with guest expert Kim Werker (@kpwerker) to discuss how you can set the stage for productivity as a maker AND/OR craft business owner. We touched on everything from organizing your work area to avoid distractions to organizing a spreadsheet to track expenses.
Below, we’ve compiled a few key responses for each chat question. You can also download the full chat transcript here: November 2012 Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity
Before we move on to the chat, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next Craft Social!
December 2012 Craft Social
Topic: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush
- Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
- Time: 2-3pm EST
- Sponsor: DecoArt will be giving away a set of their Ink Effects product during the chat.
November 2012 Craft Social highlights:
- How do you define productivity in relation to making/your craft business?how do you prioritize your tasks, set you goals?
- How do you capture ideas/create a to-do list? Online tools? Old fashioned paper and pencil?
- What type of environment lends itself best to your work flow /productivity?
- Does the way you organize your space make a difference in productivity? For example – do you lay out all supplies at once?
- How do you separate your production time from your creative time?
- Productivity is more than producing work. What non-craft tasks do you need to complete in your crafty life/biz?
- What’s your top time management tip?
Download the full chat transcript: November 2012 Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity
- Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business by Kari Chapin
- Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz
- Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business
- Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash, and Basically Have It All
- To-do Lists and similar productivity apps:
- Project Management Software:
- K is for Keep it Simple (4 min vid): http://t.co/lGLIcxfX
- Lifehacker: Best Goal Tracking Tool: Pen and Paper
- WordPress editorial calendar. Especially great for collaborative blogs! http://t.co/WHBAwjnP
- Julia Cameron’s Weekly Artist Date: http://juliacameronlive.com/category/artists-date-suggestion/
- CraftSocial January 2012 (Get It Organized)
- How I Stay Productive and Get Massive Amounts of S*** Done
- Followup blog post by guest expert, Kim Werker: Craft Social: Setting the Stage for Productivity, a Follow-up