Hey guys! Let's talk about time-management a bit, ok?
Lately, I've been trying to do some time-managing and scheduling. With the upcoming move to Santa Fe (BIG deal) and the inevitable big life changes that will follow, I am feeling slightly overwhelmed. Days feel way too short to get everything done, and I can't help but feel like I'm falling behind a lot. I am the worst at following a set schedule, mainly because of my two-year-old who just doesn't care to stick to any of the plans I make, but I decided that if I don't at least try, I will be in serious trouble very soon.
Being a stay-and-work-at-home mom, designer, blogger, designated-dog-walker,and house-wife (okay, more like a house-maid, let's face it) isn't easy at all. It's crazy hectic. I have a packed schedule every day and it gets so busy, I often times don't even have time for half of the stuff I hope and plan to do. When I catch up on bookstagram photos, I fall behind on designing. When I focus on my designs, I don't have time to read and write my reviews. And I realize that I need to try extra hard right now to stay on top of things and be organized, because it's all too easy to get buried under a pile of chores and work.
And so I decided to make a weekly plan for myself and I am going to try very hard to stick to it. For example, Monday's are for scheduling blog posts, Wednesday's are for photo taking, Tuesday's and Thursdays are for designing. The rest? Not sure just yet, but I would love to have a day for just reading. And by day I mean the two hour free time I have while Tori sleeps, obviously. Because she takes over the rest of the time every day.
I figured I would need something more than just a Google calendar to keep me motivated and on track. I ordered a lovely planner from Posy Planners on Etsy (I'll show it off when it arrives very soon!) and I also came across this fun and helpful app lately, called INSTANT, that helps you keep track of your daily activities. I find this app particularly amazing, because unlike other apps it doesn't require constant syncing across your different devices, which makes things much simpler for a busy mom like me. And the reason why I decided I needed this app is simple - in order to plan better, I need to first know how much time my activities, chores and work take up.
Instant automatically tracks your iPhone/iPad, fitness time, places, sleep and travel with Instant. Once a week, it gives you a report of your trends and patterns, and most importantly, the data collected by this app is completely private and for your eyes only.
I'm hoping the planner and the app will help get me through this insanely busy time and perhaps even create some better habits for the future.
How do you stay organized? Do you use a planner or Google calendar? Do you use any behavior-tracking apps? Let me know! I am always on the lookout for new ideas!