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Staying ahead of deadlines and deliverables. How do you do it?

It took me a while to find out how to stay on top of deliverables. When I was working the displays at Anthropologie, we would spend two weeks prepping materials, a week constructing, and then only two days to bring it onto the floor or in the window to do the install. It was rare that we ever felt ahead of the game. What we found then, and what is helping me now, is staying a couple steps ahead of your uppers helps give you a leg up. Anticipate what they might say as feedback, and start making those changes. If things are slow, look into future deliverables are areas that might take up a huge time suck. Start formatting and editing the content. Understand the material. I’ve found that when it’s time to touch base, having a couple steps already completed is a huge help. Always have a newer draft than of the most recent one you sent.  What does everyone else do to address deliverables and manage time? Anyone find anything else that works for them?

2 Comments

  1. Rachel Finney wrote:

    I love the displays in Anthropologie. As an artist, it is easy to appreciate them. I always wonder what happens to them after they are taken down. It sounds fun to construct them but I can see how it could become stressful.

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  2. kjohns31 wrote:

    Sometimes they are taken apart to be reused later, and other times they go to local non-profits, libraries, children’s centers or nature centers. Working on them was such an eye opening experience—if you can intern or work there I would really recommend it!

    Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:33 am | Permalink