I’ll admit it. I struggle to have a consistent schedule day to day. Maybe that’s good, because consistency can be boring, but sometimes, that inconsistency makes me feel like I’m all over the place. With 3 kids under the age of 4 in the house, it can be challenging to have a consistent schedule. Here are some tips I’ve learned over the last couple of years that help keep me focused, on track, and motivated.
#1) First, write things down and create a plan. I use a planner. For photographers, the Colorvale Photographer’s Planner is awesome, but if you’re not a photographer, there’s a version called “The Briefcase” that is similar but applies to any industry or even home life. Writing down my goals, bigger picture, etc really helps me to plan things out. When I have a plan to stick to, I accomplish more and do better. Whether that’s meal planning, social media scheduling, blogging, etc, I write it out.
#2) Find just one hour during the day that you can get uninterrupted time to work. Most days, this happens for me in the mornings before the kids get up, but sometimes, it happens at night after the kids have gone to bed. During that one hour, I work quickly, because of my plan from tip #1, to accomplish as much as I can during that hour.
#3) Set certain days of the week that you do routine tasks. For example, on Monday, I schedule social media and work on the laundry. On Tuesdays, I work on blogging, planning for future newsletters, and pick up the house. On Wednesdays, I update my business financials and plan to make a vegetarian dinner because my best friend comes over every Wednesday and she’s a vegetarian. Thursdays are studio days where I take the girls to the studio and I work on anything that needs to be done there. Right now, I’m working on drapes, but in the future, I’ll be recording my YouTube makeup tutorials, etc. Fridays, I work on my education. This can come in all sorts of forms, whether it’s a book I’m reading, a class I’m taking online, etc. Saturdays, I work on marketing and planning, then Sundays, unless I have a shoot, I am off. I typically schedule shoots on Fridays and Sundays.
#4) Realize that you are only one person and can only do so much. Some days you will accomplish WAY more than other days. Yesterday, two of my three kids were sick, so instead of working, I took the day off to spend with them laying around, watching tv. It happens. After they went to bed, I spent a couple of hours working. This leads me to my next point.
#5) You can’t always be present. That’s just how it goes. Your kids needs to understand that you work too and that just because you don’t leave and go to an office every day, doesn’t mean you don’t have responsibilities. There are times when I have to pawn my kids off on the tv so I can get some work done. This isn’t a one-hour-a-day job. Yeah, sometimes the tv babysitter can be used too much, but again, realize you are an adult trying to raise a family while continuing to run your business. There’s nothing wrong with that.
#6) Lastly, and most importantly, do something every day, even for 5 minutes, that calms you and relaxes you. Whether that’s laying on the floor with your eyes closed, staring at a candle, or even laying in the sun, it doesn’t matter what relaxes you, just do it for at least 5 minutes a day. This helps you keep your sanity.
I hope these tips help and you enjoyed the read!