Life has been crazy busy these last few months. First there was the normal Christmas insanity, then we embarked upon a to-do list as long as our arm of house renovation jobs, including exterior house painting, upgrading our kitchen and a huge declutter and re-organisation of my studio to make it habitable, not only for me to work in on a regular basis, but also to act as a bedroom for my Dad who came to stay with us from England for five weeks.

We had a wonderful time while he was here, but the moment he left, indeed the very moment he walked through the departure gate, I felt a heavy sadness descend upon me and I spent that whole weekend in a bit of a funk.  By Monday I realised I needed to spend that week in transition, re-connecting with my nine-year-old daughter and just trying to do some fun things to cheer us up a bit.

I’ve been feeling a bit disconnected from my little fledgling business of Cupcakes & Bunting, which is a worry really, considering I haven’t even officially launched it yet.  After much soul-searching I have come to realise that it is because I have just not had the time and energy over the last few months of afore-mentioned busy-ness to devote to it.

I remember how excited I was at the beginning of the journey, the nervousness and anticipation of the first interviews I did with crafty business owners and the feelings of excitement when the conversations flowed easily. I enjoyed the learning curve of building my own website and the satisfying thrill of success when that bit that I had been working on for hours finally worked.

What I need to do, I realise, is carve out some dedicated time to work on Cupcakes & Bunting.  To find some time amongst the house renovations, the housework, the home-schooling, the commitments to family and friends and groups and activities in my life, that is uninterrupted work-time.

While thinking about time I looked for some quotes and found a few I quite liked.  Albert Einstein said “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”   I can totally relate to that one. It makes me think about multi-tasking….apparently recent research has been found to demonstrate that trying to do loads of things all at once is actually not that effective, but rather focussing on one thing at a time is more likely to achieve the desired outcome in a timely manner, thus allowing you to move on to the next thing on your list.

I have long been fascinated by the genius that was Leonardo da Vinci. He stated that “Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it.”

Perhaps my favourite quote about time came from none other than Dr Suess!

How did it get so late so soon?

It’s night before it’s afternoon.

December is here before it’s June.

My goodness how the time has flewn!

How did it get so late so soon?

 

The success of my business is dependent upon my dedication to it and me valuing it enough to give it priority for some time in my schedule each and every week.

I am not generally an early riser, but I am usually awake between the hours of 7am and 11pm, so that is sixteen hours at my disposal on an average day.  When I put it like that, I have to wonder as to where those hours disappear!  How much time is spent on what I ‘must’ do versus what I ‘want’ to do and exactly how much time do I fritter away on social media and watching evening television?

Have you ever taken a serious look at how you fill the hours of your day?

Is there something that you would love to do in your life but believe you don’t have enough time to add it to your schedule?

Are you wasting hours, and energy, on tasks that are robbing you of time to do what you love?

What are your top tips for time management?