Thursday, September 15

working from home | time management

Working from home has got to be one of the most challenging things a woman/mother can do.
(It is for me anyway)...


You've heard me mention the word "balance" many times...(here, here and here)
and how the word seems so "elusive" when you are trying to juggle so many different things.


Juggle...
Such a funny little word to use when referring to life...
isn't it?
What exactly does it mean?  
Here's a great definition I found from Jane S. Gould:

"to handle or deal with usually several things (as obligations) at one time so as to satisfy often competing requirements"


What stood out to me about that definition?
"so as to satisfy often competing requirements"....


Those "competing requirements" for me are all of the things I feel I should be doing as a mom...
as a daughter....
as a sister....
as a spouse...
as a friend...
as a business owner...
and as an individual...trying to maintain her sense of identity in the midst of it all.


I know there are many others of you out there who struggle with it as well.
The guilt felt when you think you've dropped a couple of the balls...
(and we know EVERY ball is important...otherwise we wouldn't include it)...
Right?
Or would we?
It's important to step back (often)...
and re-evaluate what's REALLY important.
(and the answers will be different for each of us).


Today...
I want to share with you a list I found recently from Becky Higgins...
(a long-time inspiration for me from WAY back in the day when scrapbooking was merely a concept vs. a way of life)
These are notes she took from Julie Morgenstern regarding time management tips..
Tips I believe will help me (and maybe you), re-evaluate...




There are several things on this list that really spoke to me.
Perhaps there are some things that will lift and inspire you as well...
While you too are juggling the things in your own life...




KEEPiNG iT REAL
As I'm trying to finish this post...
Ella, (my almost 3 year old)...
sleepily wanders into my studio...
holding her blanket...
in a grumpy mood, mind you...
a bit whiny and needy...
and so my day begins...*wink*

7 comments:

Bird September 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

Totally needed this right now Jess! :)

Thank you for the inspiring post!

Siany January 4, 2012 at 4:18 AM  

Amazing inspiration! Thank you for sharing..

http://sianykitty.blogspot.com

Carly Fuller | Carly Fuller Photography March 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM  

Really inspiring and I think the perfect step in scheduling myself! Thank you!

GuidedByRavens May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM  

All I can say is AMEN! I'm a single, stay at home Paralegal with 4 kids (16, 9, 5, 1) and I've been doing it for five years. Sometimes I think my family and friends think that because I work from home that I should be able to take social calls and visits at the drop of a hat. It's not often that someone understands how regimented it is and HAS to be. One day I blogged my entire day in a timeline format to try to relay what it's like. (http://guidedbyravens.blogspot.com) And now that I've broken a cardinal rule of working from home by social networking before work.... I'd better go, the boss can be a real slave driver! ;-)

Jessica Kirkland May 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM  

Guided by Ravens - thanks for the comment. I know there are so many of us out there searching for others who can relate - and who have the answers. I love the feedback we've all shared and learning from each other is probably one of the most important things we can to help us reach some sort of sense of "balance". I'm going to check out your timeline format! *wink*

Maloma April 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM  

Could you post the list in text...the link to the pic is broken. Thx M.

Jessica Kirkland May 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM  

Hi Maloma - photo and links have been updated. Thanks so much for letting me know!!

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