Finding time to accomplish everything

Hi Friends!

I mentioned before that life throws us curves and we have to deal with that.  Well I’m having to following my own advice now!  When I began this blogging journey I knew that finding time to write was going to be a challenge, but I never dreamed that life would throw as many curves at me as it has recently.  So, finding the time to devote to writing  and accomplish everything that needs to be done has become difficult.

I’m not going to go into great detail, but to summarize we sold our house, packed a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house and garage into a storage unit and are now currently living with my parents.

We have been empty nesters for a while now so moving in with someone else has been an adjustment.  My husband and I still work so our schedules and my parent’s schedules are not the same.  They are retired so they sleep in.  I, on the other hand, do not:)  So trying to be very quiet in the morning sometimes doesn’t work out.  Have you ever tried so hard to be so quiet and ended up being so loud?  Everything I touched I either dropped or banged up against.  On most days during that first week or two I couldn’t be quiet to save my life!  It has gotten a bit better, though.  They assure me that they don’t hear me in the morning so I’m going to roll with that! lol

It has been difficult to run my Stampin’ Up business here at my folks due to limited space.  My mom graciously gave up her laundry folding/sewing table for me so I would have a space to make cards and plan for workshops(and I so love her for it!).  It’s in the basement, which is great because it’s big, but it’s dark.

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My basement work area:)
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My craft room before we packed it all up:(

I was always so productive in this room!  This picture is a bit messy, but I smiled every time I walked in it!

 

 

 

 

 

Now, I find myself coming up with excuses not to go down and work because the room is not really screaming “BE CREATIVE!”.  I stay down there to get done only what I have to and then I come back upstairs.

So, how do I stay up to date on my blog and meet all of my obligations?  Well I took some time and browsed some blogs for the answer.  Imagine that! lol  The answer seemed to be universal, plan your day, week and month in advance.  Plan even the small things that don’t take up much time and have them completed early in your day so you can spend the bulk of your day on the major projects.  That seems to be a good idea.  If I have something written down, I’m more apt to complete it than if I just had it in my head.

The challenge I will have will be converting this plan to a person who works full-time outside of the home.  This planning will have to wait until I am finally living in my own home.  I will have a designated office/craft room (which I can’t wait to share with you all!) so I’m hoping will be more condusive to creativity.

My planned day will have to start around 3:00 p.m. each day, which I get off work.  I think the first thing on my list would be to check the mail when I arrive home, let the dog out and change my clothes.  Then I would take a hour or so to go over my email, and another hour to prepare a post and then another hour to produce a card.

As I look at that in black and white, I already see a problem.  If I take 3 hours complete this after work, by the time I’m done supper should have been cooked!  oops.  So I see where I’m going to have to plan dinners in there too.  Maybe then I should take an hour for email, then stop and start supper and then go back to posting for say a 1/2 hour then eat and then follow-up with cards.  I can see where having this on paper will be more beneficial.

I will work on my plan, put it in a form and then share it later.  I would love to hear all of your thoughts about how to organize a day to accomplish more.

Hope you all have a great and productive week!

 

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