Thursday, December 3, 2009

Go forth and be productive!

Its been almost two months since I posted to my blog. Time flies when you are a contract PM/Producer. Multi-tasking between two agencies has its perks and quirks! The perks, my bank account is growing again, meeting more amazing people, honing my PM skills. Quirks - traveling through life with two computers, four email address, feeding parking meters, having a Timbuktu traveling office and honing my chameleon tendencies.

The last two months has been an exercise in precise organization. I have lots of balls in the air. I keep thinking there must be some system that can help me stay organized and keep my multiple agencies, multiple clients, multiple projects organized. But no, I keep coming back to my notebook. I like to refer to it as my brain. I carry a spiral notebook and pencil with me everywhere I go. I write EVERYTHING down: my to do lists (with drawn little boxes so I can get the endorphin rush from checking them off), conversation notes, meeting minutes, questions, hour tracking, addresses, budgets, phone numbers, etc. Everything that comes into my brain goes into my book. I truly believe if I had only one tool to put in my PM tool kit it would be that book.

Let me leave you with a quote from Emerson that I think should become the PM/Producer mantra.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Now I say, go forth and be productive!