I often get asked how I manage to run a business, raise a child, volunteer for three charities and run a household all the same time!
As much as I would like to say, magic! That would be a bit of a lie.
So, how do I do it? By using a few tools to keep myself well organised.
First, I have a mental list to remind me of the important things in my life.
- My business & my customers
- Volunteer work
- Leisure activities with friends
- Me time
Second, careful diary planning. My working hours are fully committed to my clients and my business, I block them out in my diary.
I wake up early in the morning or stay up late at night (depending on my daughter’s sleep!) and do all the other things I need to do. Such as planning for the day, personal emails, cleaning and so on.
I use Trello to keep on top of my tasks and projects. It’s a free tool and works very well on mobile or desktop. I can set up due dates for my tasks there as well! I also add the due dates to my calendar – just to give me extra reminders in case I miss something on Trello. That can happen (I’m only human!) when things are a bit too crazy around here.
Lastly, I have a wall planner that sits just above my computer screen. It has all the important appointments and reminders for the whole month. It’s also a fun way to be creative on a monthly basis. I like using highlighters and marker pens to make it look all pretty and funky! If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of stationery and use it to stay neat, tidy and colourful 🙂
Of course, it took me a while and a lot of dedication to put this planning system in place but I must admit, it was worth it!
I hope this post helps you! If there’s anything I can do to help you to get more organised, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!