By Sara Halliday
Sara’s Did-Not-Do List
Instead of telling you what I did over Easter, the dots I collected, exhibitions I went to, food I ate, mojitos I drank, I’m going to tell you about what I didn’t do. I wrote a to-do list at the start of the week of everything I wanted to achieve, both related to school and not. Writing things down forced me to think about what I wanted to do. 10 days is as long or as short as you make it, and it’s surprising how much you can fit into one day with a good list.
So, what didn’t I manage to check off?
I didn’t see the Isle of Dogs. I’m a bit Wes Anderson fan, but paying £14 at the Ritzy seems like daylight robbery. I’ll wait for it to come to the Peckhamplex, £4.99 is worth the couple of weeks wait. I went past the exhibition on the Strand a few times over Easter, the constant queue gives me hope that the film will impress.
I didn’t make a repeating pattern on Illustrator. I’m really into wallpaper at the moment. A suitably middle-aged, middle-class statement. We’re looking to buy a house soon, so interiors are on my mind. I like to wear fun prints too, so I figured it would be fun to make my ideal pattern. I watched some tutorials on Youtube, and had a play on Illustrator, but didn’t make anything good enough to warrant ticking the item off my list.
I didn’t clean my makeup brushes. This is a technicality, because my hands are prune-like and smell like shampoo because I can rejoicingly say that I just did this, but I didn’t do it over Easter. I wish I had done it earlier, it’s one of those tasks that seems like a much bigger deal than it actually is.
I didn’t read a fiction book. Well, I did, ish. I started Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, The Great Gatsby, and Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey – but didn’t finish any of them. Does poetry even count as fiction? I’m a serial book-starter, sorry.
I didn’t read my portfolio book. Liam got me a book for Christmas about building a portfolio. It’s lots of short interviews with CDs and ECDs about what they look for in a student book. I’d recommend it to anyone, and you’re welcome to borrow my copy after I’m done with it, but as I mentioned, I have a good few books on the go.
I didn’t finish any of my 6 campaigns. I knew that this week would be invaluable in re-crafting my book. I find it much easier to work in person, so the days I met with Becky and Petra were gr8, but nothing was finalised. I had a great time thinking about strategies, and with the pressure of 6 campaigns in 10 days it was a brilliant exercise in working quickly. My WIP with Steve Harrison today cemented some strats and killed others, which will push the best ideas forwards.
All in all, a brilliant week in which I did more than I didn’t do. There’s nothing better than a ticked- off to-do list.