Nowadays I wear a lot of different hats, the three biggest ones being mom, wife, and full time business owner. And truth be told, at times it can be tough to juggle these three roles and all of the responsibilities that come with them. In conversations people often make the comment to me, "I don't know how you do it all..." And while my initial answer wants to be, a little luck and a LOOOOT of coffee,
I know that the success at which I strike a balance and juggle all that I needs to be done takes more then luck and caffeine.
There are three things that I did when first starting my business and was in the hustle phase of making my dream of being a full time photographer a reality that had a huge impact in helping me juggle all I had going on. And with all I have going on now years later, they are three things I still do to this day to get stuff done and win each day. And let me tell you, for me they still make ALL the difference. They don't appear to be "hard" or earth shattering, and truly aren't once they become an integrated part of your routine.
1. Get up earlier.
Boom. There it is. I said it. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this has single handedly made a HUGE difference in my life throughout different stages of my life. And now especially being I mom. I am most productive from 5:00am - 7:00am when there is a quiet stillness that enables me to focus on the list of things to do and just get 'er done. When I was starting my business, I would get up a heck of a lot earlier then that to make progress and work hard before going to my full time job. I had the most clarity and the most drive at that time of day and after putting in a solid two hours working on my passion, it was easier to then go to my job which I was less then passionate about. I knew I was making progress. Same goes for now. I feel like I get a head start on the day and feel less distracted with a To Do list looming in the back of my mind during the day, because I already completed all or most of it before the sun even rose. Getting up earlier each morning helps me win the day and be a more intentional and present mom and wife.
2. Have a schedule
. Being a mom and being a business owner is no easy task and truth be told, more times then not it can feel like there are only 2 hours in a day to do everything that needs to be done. It can be overwhelming to think about all the to dos from doctor appointments, going to the grocery store, cleaning the house, and playdates to answering emails, editing, album design, calls, photoshoots, blogging and so on. And those are just the basic things to keep things rolling. It is a fine balancing act, but having a schedule that reflects my priorities and what needs to get done has made all the difference. Planning out my week and each day, but knowing that things could and will change around has helped me be more efficient, effective, and much more intentional.
3. Know your priorities.
This is the golden egg right here. Getting up early and having a plan and schedule makes no difference if you don't know what your priorities are. This goes for your priorities within your work and business, and also within the other areas of your personal life that you are balancing, like for me being a mom. Knowing your priorities is only half of the equation though - ACTING accordingly is the other half. You can have an idea of what your your priorities should
be, but knowing and acting in a way which reflects them is equally important. Giving your priorities, well, PRIORITY is absolutely crucial and helps in decision making. For example, if I have the choice to book an extra photoshoot over spending a day as a family, you can be sure that I will chose being with and making memories with my family because they are what is absolutely most important to me. They come first and I want my decisions, choices, and daily juggle to reflect that best it can. This isn't to say that my work and photography doesn't ever get picked over my family at times - photography it is my passion and what I absolutely love. But my decisions and choices in general are always made with my family as my number one priority.