This is the start of a series on achieving goals, I'm calling it "Getting Where You Want". The series will look at practical ideas of how to balance a busy life and achieve what you want.
School just started. Around our house that brings new rigor...my husband is a professor, I home school three days a week - there just isn't "slack" around our house during term time. With all this busy going on, I still want to work on my art. So, I have been reminding myself of the tools that I have used in the past to get it all done.
Getting Where You Want Requires Organization.
Two Simple Ideas:
- Put it all together - I have one notebook to hold everything I write down. There are art sections for my art to dos, possible blog posts, goals for the future, books I want to buy, things I want to research, notes I take when reading art books, etc. There are home sections for my to do list, preprinted grocery lists, menu planning stuff, inspirational pages, address book, calendars, etc. Stop spending your life looking for scraps of paper! My notebook is large so I do carry a small pad of paper to write down anything while I am away from home, but transfer it quickly when I get home.
- To Do Lists - I have two types - masters and dailies.
- A master that lists everything I've ever thought I need to do. (My household master is subcategorized by planning, online, errands, household, phones calls, etc. My art master is subcategorized by blog post ideas, drawing/painting ideas, business, website updates, research, etc.) This is so that I don't ever have to remember to do anything. I just keep checking this list and cross stuff off. Having to remember things stresses me out, I try not to have to do it.
- A daily that tells me what I need to do today.
- How I use them: Once a week I scan the master list, decide what needs to be done and slot it into the week on days. Each day, I scan the daily list (written on my calendar.) So, if I don't do the daily list on the day, then it won't get done for another week. This is surprisingly motivating. I did a huge mound of ironing last night simply because I knew that I wanted to paint later in the week and if I left the ironing until then I would get one less painting done.