Okay, I admit it: I've tried to reinvent the wheel on more than one occasion. Particularly when it comes to organizing the upcoming deadlines for submitting applications to juried shows or art associations I might be interested in joining.
Last year I missed several important opportunities, so at the beginning of this year I came up with an elaborate system using one of those multi-pocket file folders plus a monthly calendar where I dutifully filed the applications and entered each date. And then I stowed the file folder and calendar where they would be convenient and...
It's the out of sight, out of mind thing.
So, I've developed a new system.
And those little post-it flags.
And a red pen.
And a small nail where I can hang it up right where I can see it.
Now when I find something interesting on the internet I print it off and file it on my high-tech clipboard. I list the date when the application is due on the post-it note and then put the applications in order.
I am optimistic that this system will work better for me than the old system.
Yes, sometimes it is hard to tell whether you are moving forward or backward.
But at this age, any movement is a good sign.