|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 12-08-2010 06:36 PM||1550 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
12-08-2010 06:36 PM
Clients can get more demanding this time of year. Once I was asked to do new shelves in a utility room, but they had to be done by Christmas. I declined!
Here are some thoughts, and I welcome your substantive additions to this list:
1. I know there will be some stress, and that can lead to errors. I consciously buy a little more wood than I typically would for each project. I never beat myself up for overbuying—it always finds a place to be used.
2. I try to suppress the “Pleaser” part of my personality when I’m asked for a delivery date (and can sense what is behind the question). I usually ask for time to think that through rather than make it a Ready, Fire, Aim moment. I try to keep very accurate records of these dates and commitments.
3. I pencil in a project for myself. It might just be a drawer in the shop or a new handle for something, but I have come to understand that things are overall better when I do this from time to time. Now is the time.
4. I pay closer attention to things like sharp blades in stock, extra glue, adequate hardware. It’s this time of year that my suppliers who deliver reduce their travels to the hustings, so I am out of my usual rhythm of ordering.
5. I have a string of lights I put in the window of the shop and they’re on a timer so they’re on when I come to work (dark) and on when I leave (likewise dark). This is simple, good self care.
6. I have a full-spectrum light at my desk (4 4’ fluorescent tubes) and I have it on whenever I’m working there. It’s dark, it’s winter, and my soul is perkier when it gets therapeutic wattage.
What about you?
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"