Finding Time

There is no denying that since going back into the work force trying to find a work life balance has been a struggle.

I’ve been a parent for the last 8 years, and had loads of free time to do what I wanted when I wanted, and still manage family life and my photography business.

Working for yourself is completely different to working for someone else though, just putting that out there.

Only the other day while I was having a tag cut off my shirt at work (as it was itching my neck), that I realised that I have been at Woolies (Woolworths supermarket) for 8 months.  How quickly has that 8 months gone by!

In those 8 months I have learnt a lot of things, it hasn’t been easy and it has been a learning curve.

Here are 3 things that have helped me to find the time to work, be a parent and achieve my goals.

Three Tips to Finding Time

1 – It’s ok to say no

Why does saying “no” have to be so hard?  Well it shouldn’t be, and sometimes you have to say no for your own benefit.

If you struggle to say no, or if you are not sure you can say no straight off the bat this phrase has helped me out a few times.

It’s not no, but it’s not yes either.

2 – Set Goals

goals-dreamsThere is no denying that I’m a huge fan of making goals.

If you are not sure on how to successfully make a goal and follow through with them, then check out my blog post Lets Get Baking with Goals.

Goals will help you to become motivated and be better organised.

Which brings me to tip 3.

3 – Use your Calendar

Your diary / calendar will become your best friend.

I have my online calendar sync with Tom’s so we don’t double up on bookings and appointments.

I schedule all my commitments in my calendar for the month, and I look at it every day.  Sometimes multiply times a day.

This helps me to stick to achieve exactly what I need to achieve each day, week and for the month.

Bonus – Keep a To-Do List

A to-do list is a great way to keep you organise, stay committed to your goals, but also help you find the value in the high priority items to that of the lower ones.

One of my most popular blog posts is this one about Getting Organised with a To-Do List, if you haven’t read it, please do.

How do you find time?

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