Originally published on March 14, 2018
I have to admit, I have given myself a lot of jobs. In any given week, I am balancing:
- Being a stay-at-home mom
- Creating art
- Learning the ins and outs of the small business world
- Reading and voting on submissions for The Masters Review
- Keeping the house from being featured on an episode of Hoarders
- Being a writer
Whew! At the beginning of this year, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed – I was mostly spinning wheels, not making it anywhere. In short, I was driving myself crazy.
Thankfully, last month, I finally settled on an organizational system that seems to work. I downloaded this cute, free printable calendar, and I started scheduling myself two goals for each day. I space out different types of tasks throughout the week, so I don’t spend three solid days updating Etsy or give myself hand cramps practicing calligraphy too frequently. This keeps the work interesting – I’m always excited to cross goals off for the day.
My favorite part? This system is totally flexible. If I miss a day because the kiddo decided to wake up at 4 am and I am a zombie, catching up over the next day or two is totally doable. I’m actually a bit behind this week because my mom came to visit, but I’m definitely not complaining! Kiddo loved the grandma time, and I had fun showing Mom some new spots in Ann Arbor instead of being productive.
Do you have a tried-and-true organization system to keep you on track? How long did it take you to develop?
Now, on to some announcements!
- Yours truly will be published in an upcoming issue of Foliate Oak Literary Magazine! I received my acceptance letter yesterday, and I’m still jumping for joy. I can’t wait to share more details with you! It should be the April issue, but I’ll keep everyone posted as I learn more. In the meantime, I’ve linked their Facebook page. If you follow them there, you’ll be notified as soon as they release new issues.
- I’ve also secured my second art show at Go Java! I will be returning with some old pieces and some new pieces for the month of May. If you’re in the Grand Rapids area at all that month, go check it out. (Also, do yourself a favor and get a coffee there. It’s really fantastic coffee.)