I honestly will say I love organizing. It's like a sickness! I’m a freak of nature, I know. But even so, figuring out how to organize both my business and personal life is definitely a special kind of task. This is especially so since taking on a home based health business (helping people with health issues I have dealt with and partnering with health companies I believe in! Click here to learn about working a business like this for yourself!) and a passion project (helping women find their passion, use it to work from home and grow their business), on top of photography (and trying to build that business in a different market). And finding a way to organize them all, on top of everything that comes with being a SAHM- shoot getting out of pajamas is a challenge! I don't have it all figured out (get real, who does?) but it's definitely becoming way more organized and manageable. I realized when I feel overwhelmed by everything I have to do, most of the time it's truly just disorganization.
So here are some things, step by step that have helped me to organize my personal + business life.
First things first, we need to separate our business and personal life to properly organize them. With that said, get yaself two planners and two notebooks. One planner + one notebook for each personal + business life, respectively. Carry them around (especially the notebooks!) like they’re your lifeline, because they are girlfran.
Let’s start with your personal notebook. Take this notebook and create categories of tasks for your to-do's. First, date the page at the top, and then your categories with space to write under each. For example, for me, personal lists include: household, personal and errands.
Each morning during my quiet time, I will write tasks that I know I need to accomplish in each category. For example: under household I will write things like grocery shopping, clean the bathrooms, cook whatever meal I have planned... things like that. You get the point. I will also jot things down as I think of them! You know how that works... middle of a grocery store checkout and you’re like ‘oh no I need to respond to Suzy so and so!’ Instead of rushing to do it RIGHT THAT SECOND, write it down. (that’s why it’s imperative to carry around a notebook!)
Then I will identify my top three most important tasks from the lists. Those are the tasks I will focus on accomplishing first, and if I have time for more, I will consult the list and chip away starting with items of most importance to least importance.
Each morning plan when you will accomplish your top three personal tasks that day. I make it my aim to focus on my personal tasks while my son is awake. I can quick pop laundry in or still interact with him while I’m folding laundry. I choose these tasks during awake time rather than business while he’s awake, because I hate feeling like I’m ignoring him for my iMac, iPad or iPhone!
Essentially you will want to repeat these same steps but with your business tasks. Run through the steps again, just replace it all with business.
It’s super important to meeach morning to plan how I will use my time for that day. As a mom, I want to feel fully present for my family, but also be accomplishing everything I need to for work! I came to realize making an effort to get up earlier so that I can get more accomplished Without interruption and start my day off right is super important. I’m working on a better routine for getting up early to start my day off right!
Stay tuned next week, I’ll be sharing my best ideas for organizing and planning your posts, blog or social media!