So here is mistake #502 or so… (remember I am learning in front of you for you…lol)
I went to bed last night at 4am back up this morning at 11am it’s now 1:19pm and my list is just as long as it was yesterday, and getting longer by the minute because I have been NON Productive (thanks to Facebook and my lack of focus). I keep telling myself the only way I am going to continue to LOVE this job is if I get balance and get some QUICKLY.
My Business Schedule and My Personal Schedule look exactly the same ( whatever calls my name at the moment) . This has to stop [ starting tomorrow] 😉 …
I’m sure that many of you will Identify with this… I have 2 children ( 5 and 15 years of age) who actually needs a 3rd schedule in here somewhere, I have a household, laundry , bills, cleaning, cooking , breaking up fights , kissing boo-boos, and negotiating with a teenager, friends that NEVER see me … I have clients new and old , scheduled bookings, work orders , editing, blogging 🙂 , networking, designing and trying to figure out ways to get better at all of it which takes up at least 20 hours of my day … (the list continues but I will stop there because I just got overwhelmed hearing myself say all that as I type.) … and of course I have unexpected occasional emergencies like , the water heater and the dryer going out in the same month so wet carpet and service and repair people to schedule, oh yes I forgot to mention that I home school …
I said all that to say I DO NOT know how I have functioned this long with out 3 schedules, Home , Business, and Personal …in that order, because HOME should always come first!
I used to be a business manager so I know that schedules are NECESSARY, beneficial, productive,rewarding and most of all the key ingredient for being successful. “Schedules” and “To Do” lists provide balance ,practicality and discipline. Which in return will give productive efficiency in every area of your life.
I’ve learned in the past that when you have it written down in a place where you can see it and check it off it becomes a great tool in the following ways…
#1. Get it OUT of your head and ON TO paper, that alone eleviates tension and stress.
#2. Lists are not permanent , they are just a tool to help you SEE instead of just THINK about all that you have to do. Once you put it on paper , its important to then re-arrange your list by priority. Think of it as short-term daily goals to help you get to your long-term goals and dreams. What you don’t check off for that day , circle it and put it on tomorrow’s list at the top (so that it doesn’t keep moving to the bottom of the list) .
#3. Keeping a calendar is imperative! You should first buy a real one that you can throw in your purse, diaper bag, briefcase, camera bag or learn to use the one on your phone ( if you have that option) , Don’t write stuff on small pieces of paper… I know first hand you’ll never find it when you need it or remember what you wrote down. lol (take it from me). Your calendar will need to go hand in hand with your list (commitments ARE priorities) . Side Note: I strongly believe that a person can’t be trusted if they cant keep their word , and many others believe that also … so write it down and put it on your list!
#4. Practice following steps 1-4 to the letter! It’s not going to be the easiest thing to remember to do right away. Doing these 4 steps daily will help you create routine and disciple, you will also realize quickly that it will feel like you have a lot more freedom , flexibility and time in your day. These practices if done habitually will help you get organized, teach you disciple, clear your head space so that your creative talents can flourish without the entanglement of weeds (mental stress) , give you balance in your home , business, personal life and YOU , your family, friends, and clients will all be so grateful for the new you because you will be ONE happy , creative , non – hindered individual (you know we creative talents feel trapped and imprisoned when we feel hindered).
Open the cage, (its not locked) and fly… I am leaving this post to write my list! I dont know how I let myself get away from what has been proven to work well in my life. Back to what works!
Hugs to you and best wishes,