Roundup and Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity

Tom Sawyer (Whitewashing the Fence) by Norman Rockwell, 1936

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.


How to join:
Join the conversation using TweetChat, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

November 2012 Craft Social highlights:

The questions:
  • 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

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Save the Date: June Craft Social

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Rose by Celeste33 via Flickr

Break out your calendars and put a big red circle around June 19 at 2PM EST, the date of the next Twitter Craft Social. We’ll announce the topic a little closer to the date, but if you have some ideas, please leave them in the comments or drop us a line.

We are also actively seeking sponsors for events for the rest of the year. Interested in featuring your business? Let us know.

Haley and I will be doing a follow-up post next week to compile some of the tips shared in the May Craft Social, “Kickstart your Muse: Techniques to Fuel your Creative Fire“. We’d like to include any blog posts you’ve made about the creative process, creative struggles, etc. Please send us the link using our contact form.

As always, we encourage you to continue the conversation on Twitter or our Facebook page.