April 3, 2023
You asked: “How do you balance being a wife and mother, housework, photo sessions and editing sessions, and still have the ‘me’ time that everyone craves and NEEDS? You seem to do it so seamlessly giving attention to everything, but knowing how crazy life can be, I know it doesn’t just come naturally. What system do you use to handle it all in stride?”
I have been trying to figure out how to answer this question I got over on Instragram with full authenticity for months now. I want to answer in a helpful way without pretending to be someone I am not (as I am not a train wreck 100% of the time, nor do I have it all together 100% of the time).
So, I have good news and bad news.
Bad news first: There isn’t one system to solve this. I’d be rich if I could figure out the one-size-fits-all system to fix this!!
Good news: I can tell you some of the mental and physical tools I use to help me “handle it all in stride.” You have to promise to remember that sometimes my stride is a nice easy gait, other times I’m running for deal life, and sometimes I’m stumbling all over the place. These systems do not keep me going at an easy breezy steady stride, but they do help me to keep moving forward.
This first tool I use seems simple, because it really is. Simple doesn’t mean non-effective though!
Once upon a time I could keep everything in my brain and know what I needed to do each day and what was coming up not only through the week, but the month too.
Not any more. I’m guessing you’re the same (or you wouldn’t be here reading this).
At the beginning of each month I take out my phone (because that’s where all appointments and notes get put!), my planner, and my two wall calendars. Each is essential. Seems like overkill, but this is what works for me.
I go through and make sure that all my appointments (personal and business), go onto each of the calendars. If I’m feeling extra I’ll use a different color of felt tip pen for each type of appointment.
See, I told you it sounds super simple. It almost feels silly making a whole blog post just about this, but honestly it makes a big difference!
Do you use multiple calendars? How does it work out for you?
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