Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time... manage it!

2011 is over, and it was a rather busy year for me. I have this thing where I tend to remember things a little differently than they actually happened, like being busy when I really wasn't for example. ;) However, I'm 100% positive that I was busy this past year because I keep a pretty detailed work calendar.

It started off as a way to plot out all of my projects as they stacked up, so that I could be sure I had enough time to color my books. I just couldn't keep every detail straight in my head, so I needed to have it written down. After a few months of doing this, I realized that I could keep track of how many pages I color on a monthly basis. This kind of stat keeping has always appealed to me as long as I can remember, so for me it's more fun than it is a chore.

In 2011, I set a personal record for pages done in a year with 1207 pages colored. After posting that number to twitter, I had the thought that aspiring colorists might wonder how someone can color "x" number of pages in a given time, and that it might be informative to show my calendar from this past year. Also, based on the hits my previous "behind the scenes" post about Wonder Woman #4 received, it seems like people like a peek behind the curtain.

Another reason I wanted to post this, is to stress the importance of time management for a freelancer. You have an editor that's giving you a deadline, but hitting that deadline takes a lot of self discipline, which can be hard when you're sitting at home and a video game is calling out to be played, or the internet is begging to be surfed. As you can see below, there aren't many days in which I don't color something, but the info that is missing from my calendar is the hours worked in a day. Some of those days I do nothing but work, and other days I can manage all of my work and leisure activities/household chores, etc. A page can take anywhere from 1-3 hours to color depending on my motivation, the complexity of the page, and various other factors. Another thing to keep in mind when looking at the calendar, is that I don't flat any of my own pages, which saves me quite a bit of time.

Other functions that my calendar serves (which are not pictured here) are the dates I invoice a project, and the dates/amounts I'm paid for projects. It's important to keep track of all this stuff when you're a freelancer. If a company forgets to put your invoice in and you don't get a check, you need to know when it's time to bug them about it. Or if you blow a deadline because you just forgot it was there, well you're going to look like an idiot.

So, here's my calendar for 2011...



Anonymous said...

wow thanks for sharing!

Adam said...

1207 pages? just when I couldn't hate you anymore :(

inspirational schedule!