Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday's Tip - Time Management


First of all I want to thank all those who played Mamalicious Monday with me yesterday! (I sound like I'm a child again! LOL....) I enjoyed reading all the Mom posts!;)

The winner of the Oilcloth Board from Lilybella Boutique is #2 Karen of Sillymonkeez!! Congrats Karen! Can't wait to play again next week for another great prize! (Winner chosen via random.org)

This is week 3 of my "Launching Your Business" series. Please click here to see what it's all about.

This week I want to address a question from Krystyn over @ Krizzy Designs:

"When do you do most of your work with your kids? Nap time and bed time? That would be my biggest struggle if I were ever to stay home...how to get the work done while still taking care of the kids."

Honestly? Whenever I can! For example, right now, I am struggling to write this as we speak cuz my 3 year old is trying to get into some paperwork in my office!!

I sort of have a schedule I try to abide by, but I find I have to be extremely flexible. I try to write my posts the day before. The next morning I publish my daily post. On the mornings/days I have to get out, I just get done what I can.

Prioritizing has helped me a lot. Obviously for me, publishing my daily post & working on the next days' post are top priorities for the day. After that it's responding to emails, marketing, and if I'm lucky...at the end of the day....I get to play & actually go visit other blogs, etc.!

Having a 6 year old & 3 year old I really do have to prioritize & set limits for myself. When I first started this blog I was overwhelmed with all the ideas I had and all the great blogs I wanted to visit every day! I soon realized I couldn't visit all my favs each day, so I view them when I can.

I try to do my work during the day while my daughter is in school. Obviously I still have my 3 yr old and I do have to take breaks for lunch, snacks, diaper changes (yes he's still in diapers), and a little play time in between. If I have urgent urgent orders for my Scrabble Pendants, Body Butter, etc., I sometimes have to do those at night when the kids are in bed.

So to sum up my ramblings, I try to prioritize by doing my work during the day, and leaving the rest of the day for family. Setting a "stopping" time for yourself may help too. It's a hard balancing act....but it's worth being able to stay home with my little gifts from God, and do something I enjoy at the same time!

Well, looks like I need to wrap this post up. As we speak my 3 year old seems to have located my daughter's Red Dr Pepper flavored lip gloss, and drawn a lovely picture on her bedroom window! Time to take a break!!! ;)

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Krystyn said...

Thanks for answering my question.

That is one of my struggles (but I also have a full-time job). And, currently, Krizzy Designs does not make anywhere close to what I would need to stay home. And, it's hard to get to that point of being able to stay home while trying to make the money to prove that I can (does that make any sense at all).

Maybe this summer, I will figure it all out (I'm a teacher, so I will be home)

SoBella Creations said...

My oldest daughter goes to school. But, I stay at home with my 2 1/2 year old. When I'm networking ie reading blogs, posting on my own blog, facebook etc. I do this during the day when she is playing in the playroom or watching tv. I make my hair accessories during naptime and bedtime. She is way too interested in all the ribbon.

I think the key is having areas of interest set up for a child. In her room there are books for her too read. In the playroom puzzles, pretend kitchen with food, race cars, remote cars etc. In the living room she has a building blocks. And of course in Mommy's room there is the TV. So in each room there is somthing for her to do.

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