“I could do anything”
by Tasja Puławska –
Ceramics brand owner Tasja Puławska talks to us about a busy November, her annual rhythm and reshuffling the weekends.
In conversation: Bożena Kowalkowska
We’re catching up at the end of the year. Busy time?
Hectic. November is when we get the most orders, sales are the highest, and we have to manage it all in time for the beginning of December. This time of year I have the least time, for anything. I miss those moments when I wouldn’t have to think about work all the time. And although this happens each and every year, and in theory I know it’s all coming, I’m still astounded by the intensity. I keep thinking to myself – I could organize this a bit more, especially as I’m quite an analytical person, I base my decisions on how to make things better on facts.
And do you implement any improvements?
Not in relation to this manic period (laughs). Although wait, this year I’ve hired someone to help out, so I guess I am making it a bit easier for myself.
Maybe despite the heavy workload you like the craziness?
I’m definitely glad that I’m so busy in November, which is the grimmest time of the year, that time runs faster and I can hardly notice the gloom. Right now I’m slowly getting out of the woods, so I can appreciate this pattern, but when I’m really snowed under, my perception isn’t this bright (laughs). I think that although I don’t use any elaborate systems, I’m quite well organized. I know how to spread things out to save a bit of time for myself. It all flows quite nicely throughout the year. Naturally, whenever I have less work, I do worry nobody will ever want to buy anything and I’ll end up with all of this ceramic ware. And when I‘m getting loads of work, I’m freaking out that at this pace I won’t keep up the quality, nothing will sell and I’ll end up with all these orders. I guess all this is typical freelancers’ thinking.