You might wonder why some of my posts are about organization when my blog is all about creativity and art. The truth is, my life is pretty hectic. Not only am I trying to increase my learning and knowledge of art, but I’m trying to increase traffic to this blog (no one likes to talk to an audience of 0) and I also am a full-time homeschool mother. Yep, that means that I teach 3 children, play taxi, organize and plan events and classes, and have to stay on top of paperwork for the district. Besides that I have a house to maintain, groceries to get, meals to cook, and cleaning to keep up on. In order for me to be creative, I need to also be organized so I have more time to spend on the creative things I want to pursue and more time to dedicate to this blog, my etsy shop, and my broadcast.
Getting Organized = More Time For the Important
Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been blogging more. My goal is to post 2 times a week. I also broadcast 5x times a week on anchor.fm and iTunes (iTunes is a feed from anchor.fm). The broadcast is only 5 minutes a day, but it takes time to plan and then record. I’ve been able to stay on top of these things and stay organized because I’ve been using the Brain Dump method along with the Pomodoro method. I also make good use of my homeschool planner which contains chore lists, calendars, and agendas. It’s helpful for homeschool, but I also make extra copies for this blog to help me out.
Something I decided to do was to eliminate the shop on this website. Instead of trying to maintain 2 online stores, I decided to keep my focus on my Etsy shop. Yes, I have to pay fees there, but I feel like people are afraid to purchase from here, so Etsy it is. In the process, I decided to keep the menu focus more limited and less cluttered. I’m not sure if I’ve met the standard, but I was encouraged by this post by the Blog Tyrant on organizing your menu to serve a purpose. I feel like my site overall is less cluttered, which in turn, makes my brain less cluttered. Less is more.
In my previous posts about organizing, I’ve mentioned that productivity will increase. I believe this is important for artists and creatives. I find myself becoming overwhelmed when I have a lot to do and then I don’t do anything. It just seems too much. But when I’m able to break down my day with batching and having days set up with smaller, achievable goals, I’m able to get a lot more done. Even if I am a very busy mother, wife, house keeper, and wanna be entrepreneur, I have plenty of time when I organize my days in this way.
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