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Keeping Life Balanced
7 years ago I had no idea or intention for Today’s Creative Blog to become my full-time living. It was just a fun way for me to share some of my favorite creative bloggers with you. I was a busy mom teaching 15 fitness classes and 8 corporate fitness/injury prevention classes each week, and helping out in my son’s classroom a couple of times a week, as well as being very active in the PTA. I had a passion for creative living, decorating my home, scrapbooking and crafting. Fast forward and I’m busier than I’ve ever been, working on brand campaigns, going on press trips, crafting creative content and still teaching a few classes each week. I no longer volunteer in the classroom since my son is in high school…but we’re pretty busy with club soccer. To say I have a few irons in the fire is an understatement. Like many women and bloggers, I wear many hats and it can be hard to keep it all organized. I absolutely LOVE what I do and feel so fortunate that you all love TCB as much as I do. Without you, TCB would not be successful. Thank you.
I’ve struggled with finding the right system to help myself stay balanced. Since I’m a visual person, needing to have everything I’m working on in sight, it is very challenging to keep things tidy, and if things aren’t kept tidy, then Momma gets cranky and I drop a few balls. I also needed something tangible. I need a calendar I can write in, where I can see the full month with big enough squares. I’ve tried many types and have finally found one I love. I’ve learned to use highlighters for items that have deadlines. I’ve tried to keep my calendar on Google calendar, but it felt too disconnected. Maybe I’ll eventually figure it out, but for now, I’m loving my 18 month calendar from Erin Condren. About a year ago, my husband told me about a system called Kanban. It sounded complicated but simple at the same time. It sounded like something I could work with. He showed me how it basically worked and thought it would be perfect for me. Of course, there is SO much to this program, but I took just a small bit of it and have found that it works pretty well for me. You basically triage the tasks on hand.
I’m warning you…this may look ridiculous, but I couldn’t live without it! I write down my tasks on a small sticky tab, in the order than it needs to be done, and I stick it on the side of my computer screen. As I complete it, I move it to the top of my screen. After about a week, I’ll clean the tabs off the top, making sure I’ve completed all the requirements needed. It’s not perfect, but it’s been the best system so far…for me. Once I remodel my office I’ll create something based off the Kanban system for my wall. I have also incorporated folders. I have folders for each campaign, with all the printed information inside. I use one of my tabs to flag the folder with the date. I keep these in a staggered file holder next to my screen. Everything is there when I’m ready to work on a project. I also keep folders full of ideas for different themes throughout the year. I wish I could say I was one of those tidy workers, but I’m not. If it’s on my desk, then I’m working on it. My husband and son know not to move a thing, because what may seem like a mess is actually an organized system. This is how I keep it all together! This is how I balance my life.
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