Working a full time job, raising a family, and building a business has not been easy. It’s hard to find time to get everything done, and organization and balance have become a real challenge. I’m working on it though. Here are five things I am currently doing to improve organization and balance.
Write everything down.
I write everything down, even things I do daily or weekly like renewing Etsy listings or paying the daycare center. I also like making lists.
Always carry your planner with you.
I’m a huge fan of big purses, because I not only carry my planner with me, but also a notebook and sketchbook. I like being prepared, and carrying a notebook and sketchbook lets me jot down ideas no matter where I am.
Set a schedule.
I’m not always great at this one, but I’m trying. I used to set aside specific times on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to work on Rahm Designs, but some weeks it was not enough. Now I just plan with my husband when I will work on a week-to-week basis depending on what needs to get done. We try to plan at the beginning of the week and I write down the times in my planner.
Involve your whole family in the work.
Rahm Designs, LLC is truly a family business. I do the design work and marketing, and my husband, Jason, handles anything involving numbers. Jason also gives me the concepts of the Gamer Kids onesies and shirts. Our daughter, Karly, is our inspiration and model, and Karly’s grandparents babysit when Jason and I have to go to meetings. When I don’t involve my family in my work it can sometimes feel isolating. It feels really great to be working on something together.
Find small moments of free time to get a little work done.
Even though I set aside time to work on Rahm Designs, I really work on it throughout the day, especially during my breaks at my full time job. I use every chance I get to write, sketch, and post to social media.
This is my current routine, but I am always open to new ideas. Do you have any tips for organization and balance? I would love to hear them! Please comment below.