If you work on multiple, unrelated projects, one of the biggest potential nightmares you'll see as you scale up is work flowing over into other work, blending together, getting mixed up, and otherwise ruining your ability to think without being stressed out.
The answer? Build fences.
Clearly separate out different types of work.
Obviously, separating out completely different categories and unrelated projects makes sense, and is even necessary as volume increases. I used to have one email address that all my mail went through. It was easy for a while, but eventually work that was imminently crucially important got mixed in with casual whenever emails, got mixed in with bills to pay, and all sorts of things. I broke things into three discrete inboxes, and that helps. If you have too much email volume on things of varying importance, multiple email addresses by topic -- kept separate -- could be an answer.
Then, letting deals blend together is no good. I just recently created a "Deals" folder on my desktop, with subfolders with everything I'm working on. It's a godsend. All my files are in the right places. I used to do this much more ad hoc, and this is so much better. Actually, I created folders for every major campaign I have... and so far, I haven't had a single thing that doesn't belong in one of them.
Very helpful. Consider doing it.
(My folders: Organization, Health, Company, Writing, Deals, Charity, Money, People, Books)
Even beyond separating out unrelated stuff -- I'd strongly recommend mentally separating and fencing apart different modes of work. In one major company/project I've got, I have three distinctly different hats -- one of them looks like a lot like an executive, one of them looks a lot like a contractor who has fixed spec tasks, and one looks a lot like an employee who should be punching in and out on the clock, getting performance reviews, and otherwise bringing some consistency to some important but repetitive tasks (sales, invoicing, followup, service, etc).
Often, I was blending these areas together, and inevitably one or another ball would get dropped. We just spent some time realizing that, setting some weekly reviews for management, and looking to define out exact requirements for "employee mode." It's a work in progress, but valuable.
Sometimes it's easy to change mental modes, but even when it's easy I think there's some cost to it -- you can't get into a pure flow state. And sometimes, it's not easy, as the different roles in your life compete and fight with each other for attention.
When that happens, build some intelligent fences. Figure out the different modes of work you do, schedule different times for them, and clearly understand what type of work you're doing at the time. Your sanity will surely thank you.
The main thing i want to ask you about is jobs, specifically applying to them. At the moment I have limited contacts when it comes to finding a job, and I'm relying on career fairs in the town i live in, school jobs, and recently internet searches. I'm wondering, what would be the best way to find a job, specifically when you are not relying on contacts.
I had the idea to write a short letter along with a resume when applying for a few jobs at once,telling about my limited experience but strong enthusiasm to work hard and learn while producing value for whomever hires me. I'm not sure how frequently this tactic is used, or if a genuine letter would even be effective. I know you've never held a salaried job, but perhaps you've been asked this enough to have some experience in it by now.
The main point is I want to know if it makes a difference to have a genuine desire to learn and do good at your job, or if your employer won't be able to tell. And if it does make a difference, can it help you overcome short comings (like lack of that vital experience everyone is looking for).
Sorry this emails is getting a bit long, however I think I've only asked one big question with some small questions mixed in, so i hope it wont drain to much of your time as i would very much appreciate a prompt response on the issue, before you take time to write out a longer reply if you are going to do so. If this interrupts the process you usually use, again, sorry about that.
Wrapping this up now, I've noticed you have a lot of references to others websites and have a fair collection of them. Would it be a great deal of work to slowly gather them up and give them their own section, so your readers can see all the cool places they can go without crawling obsessively through the comments section? Not sure how hard it would be, but thought i should ask.
So I've got my morning coffee and a little spoonful of peanut butter (the kind that has honey mixed in, yummy!). It's the end of a very full week getting my new online artstore Tropical Shade of Green up and running. This is the start of a new business venture for me with plans to expand very gradually and essentially live more in my art and create more of my work.
Shameless plug: If you haven't been there yet, here is a link http://www.tropicalshadeofgreen.com
I've spent more time catching up on sleep more than anything and starting to phase in a little more exercise. It's no joke. Doing what you passionately love takes hard work and a few buckets of imagination. I've been stockpiling these buckets for quite some time, and I feel like lightening the load a bit.
On the piano front, I've been quietly at work on the new album. There's lots of decisions to make regarding string arrangements, key changes, tempos, vocal inflections, and blah blah blah. It's a whole slew of technical cues that need to be ironed out before a song is ever formally recorded or even performed. The function and the form feed the emotion and deepen the depth.