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Open Studios & Productivity [May. 3rd, 2011|03:50 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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This past weekend, I made it to 4 Somerville Open Studios locations and saw the work of about a dozen artists/crafters. (Three locations within steps of my house plus Mad Oyster Studio, where I made it through three studios before running out of time & energy.)

I also worked 11+ hours at the comic shop over the weekend.

Not much else got done.

I'm still editing quite a bit; a new client with lots of papers, plus regular clients with additional work.

Last week's weird allergic reaction (whose source is still undetermined) which caused bumps and blisters and swelling and itching on my chin, lips, and nose has gone down through the use of an aggressive run of anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine drugs. My lips got so chapped, well... yeah, it was gross. And ouchie. Stupid pain.

I'm actually STILL using the spreadsheet I set up a month ago to track clients and payments for 2011, since I've convinced myself it's not only easier when tax time rolls around but I can ALSO use it to make sure that I actually get PAID by everyone who owes me money. (Almost every year for the past 4 or 5 years I've started a spreadsheet & immediately abandoned it.)

I suspect it's holding my attention in part because I've had a lot of clients so far this year & also because I have recurring clients who do things like receive invoices in 2010, but fail to pay until 2011. I even figured out how to use MS Excel's formula dohickey sufficiently so that it adds up the PAID column automagically.

There may even be a little inspiration from the idea that I'd like to be more professional in my business. And I'd like my organizational urges to spread to all parts of my life.

Bonus positive feedback: I've bugged multiple delinquent clients using info from the spreadsheet & that means more money! Woot!

The BF has returned from Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian chocolate. Score.

That is all.

[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2011-05-03 12:52 pm (UTC)
I think my mural painting business would have gone much better if I had known how to use spreadsheets at the time. It's amazing how sometimes when I can't get purchase on work I need to do, how much an excel spreadsheet, with all its little boxes so nicely lined up, helps me get moving and keep things making sense to me.

I was really glad you came by my studio. Thank you. Also funny that you did so just as you were being purchased. ;)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-04 02:47 am (UTC)
There's nothing quite like getting control of your information to make you feel like you can do anything.

Thank you. Also funny that you did so just as you were being purchased. ;)

Thank you! It was quite the happy coincidence.

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[User Picture]From: r_ness
2011-05-03 05:33 pm (UTC)
The BF has returned from Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian chocolate.

Yay! What kind? The stuff I had was surprisingly good.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-04 02:49 am (UTC)
Um, well, a giant Lindt bar, actually.

The other stuff is Malaysian, but it's downstairs. I'll try to remember to bring it up. It has almonds & raisins in it. Surprisingly good is a perfect description.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-07 12:06 am (UTC)
So the "FRUIT & NUTS" chocolate bar from Malaysia is by DANSON CHOCOLATES.

Similar to just about everything in Singapore, it's in English, Chinese, Malaysian, Farsi, and possibly Cantonese? (There are two sets of Chinese-style characters, but neither looks like Kanji & I know Malaysia has a huge Chinese population.)
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[User Picture]From: r_ness
2011-05-07 12:32 am (UTC)
I'd love to have a look at that package, if possible.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-07 12:34 am (UTC)
It sits right beside me. If you're bored, you could stop by the MYP on Sunday between 2pm & 9pm & I'll give it to you.

Or we could meet for tea next week.

Or email me your address & I'll stick it in an envelope.
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[User Picture]From: r_ness
2011-05-07 12:38 am (UTC)
Let's meet up. I haven't seen you in ages.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-07 12:58 am (UTC)
OK! I have a job on Thursdays (10am-6pm) & Sundays (1:30pm-9:30pm).

I have a meeting at the Somerville Garden Club this Wednesday, 6pm-ish to 9pm.

I am crabby in the morning.

Otherwise, my schedule is open. What's yours like? Email me via kjc at my editing domain addy - http://www.kjcedits.com - for more details.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2011-05-03 09:34 pm (UTC)
Not much else got done.
Eleven hours of work, seeing any portion of Open Studios and editing...um, that's pretty damned productive from here, girlfriend! Some days I consider just loading the dishwasher a win.

And Spreadsheet for the win!

Seriously, it sounds like you've been doing good things. And you got chocolate from Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. SCORE!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-04 02:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, I guess I've been raising the bar on what I consider productive from "get at least one thing done today, even if that's just getting out of bed" (my low point) to "GET SHIT DONE! MANY THINGS MUST BE DONE! THERE'S STUFF TO DO! AAAH!" which is what it sounds like inside my head.

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