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Ask the Makers ~ What Do You Leave Off Your To-Do List?

It’s officially the start of the crazy season for makers and while this month has been all about how we can’t do everything at once, I thought it would be insightful to see what each of us doesn’t do. So I asked the contributing writers what they leave off their to-do list when the orders come hard and fast.

Danielle’s Answer:

I get a lot of borderline spammy emails – requests for free product, invites to things I’m not interested in, etc – I tend to ignore and delete these especially during busy times. I also tend to skip things like, grocery shopping, so if anyone wants to eat-in, they *ahem, husband* will need to work that into their schedule haha.

Eleanor’s Answer:

When things get crazy my motto becomes: ‘Good Enough is Fine.’ For example, my in laws are coming to town and I’m not going to drive myself nuts trying to home cook everything. I plan on being like the Grandma in Sixteen Candles, opening the pack of doughnuts with a knife and a announcing ‘Breakfast is Served!’.  I also tend to do inbox triage, ignoring non-urgent mails until after the storm is passed.

Megan’s Answer:

October through December a lot of stuff falls off my to-do list. Cleaning waits till the new year as does any shopping just for ‘fun’. A few years back I wised up and began donating to charities for all of my friends’ and family’s holiday gifts. This saves me the time of going out to shops when they’re crazy busy and it gives money to the people and organizations who really need it. I also have to put aside fun reading of books until the middle of December, which is the hardest thing to take off my to-do list when the holiday season hits.

Cat’s Answer:

I hate to admit it but what I always let go is all the stuff I do just for me! So at exactly the time of year I need to take care of myself the most – I don’t! Ugh! I was a little better last year and am resolved to not put myself on the bottom of the list this year. I skip my walks, my books, acupuncture, healthful cooking and especially sleep. I have been known to just get up at 3am and work. Then I collapse when it gets too late to ship. I wouldn’t recommend this!

What about you? What gets pushed off your to-do list when the holiday season comes round?

Megan Eckman

Megan Eckman has written 146 posts in this blog.

Megan Eckman is a quirky pen and ink illustrator who never outgrew her overactive imagination. Her work merges the style of old fairy tale illustrations with modern fantasies. When she’s not drawing (and giggling all the while), she can be found pacing her apartment writing more stories to go with her artwork.


Allison Dey Malacaria

I have officially abandoned my blog and newsletter and deactivated most of my Etsy items. I’m just designing and making like crazy for a local shop’s biannual wholesale buy from me and for my venture into local markets starting in November. I’ve left off online marketing basically. After 2 years solid, the online biz was still producing only $100 a month income and then that fell to zero beginning September. Unfortunately, I am also in the middle of moving to another state (again) and have also left off packing in favor of making. 🙂

What say you?