I don't usually whine, but I think I do need to purge, share, list (rant) and maybe in doing so I'll see where I need to make changes. Or at least get an Amen, Sister! I can't be the only one with this time and priority setting dilemma!
I use my calendar and schedule my time. I do have my methods for keeping up, I keep a spreadsheet and production notes. I have ADHD so I use every coping mechanism I possibly can to streamline, organize and keep up with it all. But obviously even these tools are not enough .
Don't get me wrong. I love having my own business and I would not trade a single day of it for any other way of making a living. (No WAY!)
I love my memberships and I know I could not even think of doing this without some of them. Like MakeMinePink.com. I'm very active there. It is absolutely necessary to my business and my personal happiness. But there are the challenges therein of staying up to date with all the awesome things going on there and participating in the marketing boon afforded my business through the weekly events like Show and Tell Monday, Tuesday night marketing chats, and Pink Fridays. Linking, creating, sharing, learning - lots going on on that side of my life!
I also try to follow my favorite blogs and enjoy finding new ones and exchanging emails, making new friends and contacts. But I always end up after getting lost in blogland for hours (totally out of my control!) sitting here scratching my head wondering how on God's green earth these other women maintain topical, smart, funny blogs with professional looking new photos all the time showing off their hundreth new creation of the week all the while chatting about the adventures of their children who are also always photographed looking spotless and in the cutest clothes?. (I'm lucky if my son puts on pants and I'm pretty sure he does not own a shirt that is not camoflaged but still has visible stains!)
But the bulk of my time needs to be spent creating product. Product involves designing, cutting, sewing, ironing, finishing, photographing, creating webpages and posting, creating ads and meeting deadlines, creating newsletters and sending, selling, communicating with customers, tagging, wrapping, and shipping and following up.
Mine is a one person operation (Yes, I can see that part of my answer is I need a helper!!) so besides all this fun stuff, I have the not as fun stuff... the inventory control (yeah right! LOL!) paying the bills, ordering supplies, trying not to be buried in avalanches of fabric, filing receipts so next years taxes don't take 168 hours to complete, keeping spreadsheets, production schedules, and um, I lost track again, but there are definitely a bunch more not so fun things involved!
I try. I really do try. But I have trouble knowing where to draw the lines so that I can budget my time efficiently. And that's just my work related time. I also have a family to tend to ... an 11 yr old son, a 14 yr old daughter, a (very patient and understanding) husband, 3 dogs, 2 geckos, and a house in various states of repair (disrepair), painting and decorating.
I need a television show that will come to my rescue! A combo show that brings in all the best help in a blended What Not To Wear (only with someone like Lena West coming in and clearing out my office and telling me What Not to Do), The Nanny, Extreme Makeover, Clean House, and at the end I'll write a book telling others how to do it and go on Oprah and tell my story, then retire to rake in the residuals while I blog about all the creative things I did this week!
There. I feel much better now. Back to work!
(P.S. I do hope everyone realizes this is (mostly) a tongue-in-cheek look at the stuff on my plate, because we all have heaped up plates these days after all! Like I said, I wouldn't rather be doing anything else!) :)