People often ask me how I manage my Mum-life and freelance business. I have been told that I come across on social media as though I have my act together!
Like I have said on my blog before I am a very organised person and I thrive on routine, lists and working hard. It comes rather naturally to me (sorry don’t hate me!). I dislike living in a chaotic state and it really upsets me when I miss work deadlines or forget personal events or dates.
To be able to work as a blogger & social media manager, as well as fit in all my Mum-jobs, I just have to be on top of life. Dave’s role isn’t flexible for childcare and so it mostly sits with me. School run, housework, dinner, food shopping, remembering birthdays etc, plus all my work deadlines and meetings. It’s not easy but I definitely believe that being highly organised means that I achieve so much!
So I thought I’d share my secrets! Here are my top tips and advice for getting your Mum-life more organised if you need a little helping hand:
1/ The list.
I still write down absolutely everything that I need to do – no matter how small. It’s all on one handwritten list, in a notepad. That way NONE of it is in my head or keeps me awake at night. Writing down what I need to do is a practical way of remembering things, plus I love the feeling of crossing things off it. I have everything on there; from outstanding blog posts, photography & freelance jobs to small tasks such as posting a birthday card or sending an eBay parcel.
When I drop the twins at preschool I tend to come home, make a coffee and go straight to my desk. I am most productive first thing in the morning and therefore this is my time of day to attack any deadlines, client work or reply to emails. Then later on I might read a magazine, browse on my phone or catch up on housework. I try to keep chunks of my week free to be able to work from home on set projects.
I’m usually the person that texts people and arranges lots of catch ups, lunches and coffees dates because I like to get it all in my diary in advance, as I like to plan ahead. This also keeps my social life busy, full of nice things to look forward to and therefore keeps me happy!
4/ Goals, goals, goals.
If I am feeling a little down about something in my life then I try to make some goals to change it or talk it through with someone. Sometimes these can be really trivial matters, but they do help. It also helps me to keep focus on what I’d like to achieve and keeps me motivated in my work.
I am finding that working out during the week is helping me to be more productive. I feel so much better for it and have more energy as a result. I have also cut down on sugar in my day (no more naughty cakes and biscuits!) and do feel better. It has been hard finding the time to allow for fitness in my week but now I wouldn’t change it.
Of course I have bad days too, and some days I feel utterly drained and lacking in motivation. For those days – coffee helps!
What are you top tips for being organised?
Love, Jess x