There is pretty much always a lot going on here at Nerd Girl Sewing.  I just finished a freelance article for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d and I’m in the middle of a big secret project right now.  I almost always have at least 3 or 4 balls I am juggling at once: freelancing (web design and writing), one or two projects, and usually some event prep.  Combine that with at least one long term project that’s almost always in the works (like my embroidered Elizabethan jacket), yard & house projects, and the everyday cleaning required not to live in total squalor and there is A LOT for me to keep straight!

I’m a list maker at heart.  It’s how I keep things strait and remember what I need to do.  My preference is to keep paper lists so I can enjoy the satisfaction of scratching though a completed task.  But I started finding myself with 5 or 6 post-it notes scattered around the house and sewing room.  And important projects were falling through the cracks because I would misplace lists or forget to make them because a higher priority project would come up.  I began to worry that pretty soon I would need a list to keep track of my lists!

So I decided to give a To-do list site I had used before another chance: Remember the Milk (RTM).  RTM is a free online service that allows you to make and keep track of to-do lists for numerous tasks and projects.  There is an option to upgrade to their pro service for an annual fee but it’s not needed to use RTM.

I had used RTM before but at the time I could only use the to-do list organizer online because there was not an app for my phone at the time.  Now though, there is an app for my phone which really makes this tool much more useful and user friendly.  I was able to transfer all my to-do lists into RTM and I was also able to set up lists for each of my projects and assign deadlines to each of the tasks of my highest priority projects.  This helps to keep me on track and on time and it also helps to keep things from falling through the cracks because I can see the lists for all the projects I have pending.

I also made lists for the house and yard projects and a list for chores.  Each task can be assigned a deadline, whether or not it repeats, and if it repeats how often it repeats.  So things like changing the air filters won’t get forgotten because I think I changed them a month ago when really it was 4 months ago.  When I mark a repeatable task as completed it is rescheduled to be done based on how often it repeats.

After using RTM for several weeks I did decided to get a pro account so I could sync my phone and online account as often as I want.  The free account does allow syncing but only once a day and that just wasn’t often enough for the way I used it.

So there you have it.  This is how I’ve been keeping tack of my tasks for the past month and I love it.

*This article is not an ad or sponsored in any way by Remember the Milk.  Remember the Milk is a free service I’ve been using for the past month or so.  I have found it to be really helpful for me in tracking my tasks and projects and I wanted to share my experiences with my readers.

As I mentioned in my last post I am working on a project for the Sew for Victory 2.0 sew along.  I picked out these super cute overalls from Wearing History and while I was at it I also picked up a copy of the pattern for the blouse that the model is wearing with the overalls.  I thought they were super cute and would be great for wearing this spring while my husband and I worked on the numerous house and yard projects we have planned.

However, as I also mentioned in my previous post, April is already pretty crazy with sewing and freelancing projects.  But I thought, “I can at least make the blouse by the 30th.”

Well, yesterday this happened:

Guess who's no longer allowed to use power tools!

Guess who’s no longer allowed to use power tools!

I had an accident with the hedge-trimmers Sunday.  I’m fine but I did have to have about 12 stitches and with the pain medicine they gave me I’m not allowed to drive.  And I can’t use my injured fingers for the next 10 days.  In fact I’m typing this post with just my right hand.  So with now having to finish my article with just my right hand, not being able to use my left hand really until the 24th, and the super secret project due in May I don’t see how I am going to be able to even do the blouse by the 30th.  I do still plan to finish the project but it’s going to take me a little longer.  Maybe I can finish it by the end of May.

Spring daffodills from Wikimedia Commons

Spring daffodils from Wikimedia Commons

It turns out that April is going to be completely insane. There’s a lot going on here at Nerd Girl Sewing that all comes due in between April 29th and May 15th.

The first is that I have another article I am working on for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d. My article on Sewing with Ease and Pleasure was published last week and I’m very pleased with it. The next article is due on the 29th and I am working to have the initial draft finished by Friday so I can focus on editing and images.

The second is that I have a project due by May 15th. It’s kind of top secret but I can say that it involves my brand new toy, Brother’s PE Design Next Software. It’s pretty powerful digitizing software and I can’t wait to start playing with it. Once I get the hang of it I would like to try my hand at some tutorials so we will see how that goes.

The third is that I working on a project for the Sew for Victory 2.0 sew along.  I’ll be posting more on that in another post this weekend so stay tuned.

I’m also still trying to decide between two gorgeous red wools for my doublet project.  I need to make that decision soon so I can order my fabric.