Keeping the Ducks in a Row: The To Do List gets ever longer every day, and it's becoming increasingly challenging to keep our heads around what needs doing, in what priority date order, as well as trying desperately to think of the things we haven't even thought of thinking of yet (!). And we're constantly aware of the possibility of missing the bleeding obvious question we haven't yet asked, as this is our first project. There is a little continuous prickle of anxiety that grows increasingly insistent each day, reminding us that time is inexorably and inevitably passing, heading towards R-Day or Renovation Day 1, and some action is ideally therefore required, every day. On a million and one decisions and potential action points. We're both pretty organised people in our working lives, and (well I at least) thrive with a schedule or priority list in front of me. So to allay the growing sense of panic we've decided to approach the planning more with a business brain than we have been doing up to this point. I realise this is probably a bit of a 'doh' moment - seeing as we've been pretty clear all along that we're starting a business right here right now.
Business Ducks: As soon as it occurred to us to apply our work brains and organisational experience to the schedule and potential problems and pitfalls ahead of us, suddenly it became totally clear how to keep those ducks in a row/ balls in the air. Or to try to at any rate. A weekly Chalet Band Meeting. With an agenda. And minutes (can hardly contain myself with excitement). Checking in on the previous week's minutes to keep track of anything ticked off in that week. And to systematically add on AOB onto the list. All over a brunch (breakfast of choice is currently avocado on wholegrain toast with poached egg if interested).
OK, so we're only a couple of weeks into this New Revolutionary System, but we're feeling certainly a lot less panicky (well, a bit less panicky) thus far. And those lists keep getting longer - which is exciting, not terrifying. I heart a good systematic system...and a check list. And a file. And, ooh, maybe new stationery?