Slaying the Most Evil of Dragons: Project Organization

Today, Alex the Intern revolutionized our productivity. One of my struggles as a creative is to stay organized and track a vast number of tasks. “Struggle” may actually be a colossal understatement. My organizational skills are slightly less developed than my actual dragon slaying skills. Unfortunately, I get called to use them far more frequently.

I do okay with traditional to-do lists, but they aren’t great for helping me to see the shape of a project. Or to break down tasks into their component parts.

Alex took the work we need to accomplish over the next six weeks and laid it out into several projects in MeisterTask. They aren’t paying me for an endorsement, and I haven’t even used their product for a whole 24 hours yet, but I’m already really excited at my ability to see the project as a whole, break individual tasks down into checklists, and assign tasks to various members of the team. (I’ll admit, I’m less thrilled with Alex’s ability to assign tasks to me. Who told him he could do that?)

So far, I’ve not found a way to deal with daily tasks, but I presume that’s more the learning curve than a lack of capability. I’m also still on the fence about the candy crush aesthetic. Could I pick my own colors?

What tools have you found to help you organize your creative endeavors?

 

 

Questions and Research…

Today was one of those days where I did a lot of research but didn’t find many definitive answers. Time is getting short before our film shoot on Lesvos, and I’m trying to pull all of the details together. Pulling details together isn’t necessarily my strong suit, but I keep pressing forward. 🙂

How much exactly will our trip cost per team member? Well, it depends on exactly how many people come.

Who is coming? Depends on the day, how their fundraising is going and what role they’re filling on the team.

Who will fill what role? Depends on who is going.

What about plane tickets? It looks like the best option is to fly to Athens and take the ferry to Mytilene. But I need to confirm with someone local who understands the complexities of getting a crew from the Athens airport to Piraeus and what we should expect from the Ferry.

You get the idea. Another day where my to-do list doesn’t get any shorter, but I spent the whole day working. I feel like I have a lot of them.

As you think of our project, please pray for all these pesky details. I’m also working on casting and planning what we’re going to shoot, so… your prayers are appreciated.