As I approach the 3rd birthday of my business I find it both frustrating and comical that I still can't stick to a personal schedule. If I were being interviewed I'd say that "my combined constant drive and creativity just refuse to let me rest. I'm always looking for the next thing to do. Also, my biggest fault is that I am just too on time." I digress...
When you feel frazzled it's hard keeping a smiling face when some sweet (albeit naive) stranger tells you how lucky you are that you "only ever have to work one day each week". For those of you on the other side of the fence, it's not all pinterest and cupcakes over here. There's a lot (and by that I mean an ungodly, unpredictably large amount) to get done behind the scenes and a lot of late nights spent on the computer. I've generally always got about 5 things I'm juggling. Sadly, I haven't been able to give any of them the attention I want recently.
We recently added to our team a wonderful, angelic, hallelujah-chourus-inspiring person and I cannot wait for her to learn all the bits and pieces and jump in. Once she starts, I will be able to spend a lot less time on administrative type things so I decided to re-work my old work schedule to better fit this new era in our business and (hopefully) be easier for me to stick to. My old schedule was great but I just didn't schedule in time for myself (or for things like... you know... lunch) so I didn't stick to it very long. I think that's the key to schedules. You've got to just be honest with yourself and not try to be superwoman (or man, let's not discriminate).
I'm happy with this new schedule. I actually scheduled in my yoga classes as well as a lunch break. I've also stopped trying to pretend like I'm not a night owl and I gave myself a lot of time in the morning to slowly wake up and get started. Emails are now checked once in the morning and once in the afternoon instead of constantly all day long. I can't wait to see how this saves me time. And editing/design is now in the afternoon which is the time of day I feel most creative. In case you'd like to see all the ins and outs of my days you can click on the photo to make it bigger and read what goes where. I hope it helps inspire you to get your own days organized. I'll check back in in a week or so and let you know how this new schedule is going. If you have a schedule of your own that you'd like to share, I'd love to hear how you section out your days.