Hello there and happy Friday! Welcome back to the Fitting It All In series here at PurpleMailbox. If you missed the previous posts, you can check them out here:So, hopefully we are all on the same page here and we have thought a bit about our priorities...
Go ahead and jot them down.
A quick note to those non-list people who might be reading this:
You don't have to do this in a list format. Don't let that discourage you. Mind map it. Doodle it. Art journal it. Whatever works. Just put pen or paint to the page and get the thoughts out of your brain...
As you can see from the list above, I tried to keep it simple and broad and I also listed the items in order of importance.
Your list might have some similarities, or it might be vastly different.
It doesn't matter.
Your priorities are yours and yours alone. Own them.
Don't write down what you think Nosey Neighbor Nancy wants your priorities to be, or what your mother thinks they should be.
Write down what you want them to be!
As you write your list, you will probably start to notice that you don't always prioritize properly. Well, at least that is what happened to me when I made my list. That's OK!
Don't get distracted by that and by no means are you allowed to hop on the guilt train.
Just write down what you want your priorities to be and stay encouraged that each day begins anew...
Now... Remember that Order of Events from the last post?
Take a look at it and then at your newly made list of priorities. Using your colored pen, go ahead and cross out the priorities that are already a part of that Order of Events:
Then, circle the ones that you need to "find time" for.
As you can see from my list above, my faith, my children, my home keeping, and my health are all an integral part of my daily order of events. And if I am functioning at a relatively human rate... they will be accomplished.
Now for those that were circled...
Remember the Order of Events where you jotted down those areas where you could "find time?"
That is exactly where the "extras" can by filled in. I don't know about you, but I find this so freeing!
You see... I won't be able to fit all of my priorities into every single day. However, I know in my order of events exactly where I have a bit of "extra time." This gives me permission to fit in those priorities, that are circled on the list above, as I am able.
- On many days, it's quality time chatting with my husband.
- Some days, it might be a power walk.
- Other days, it might be time in the studio.
- And every now and then, I might just do something social :)
Now - I know what you are thinking...
You work all the time. After you get home, take care of the family, etc.... you are just whooped.
Ah yes! I think we can all relate to that at some point in our lives.
Here is what I would say - use your "free time" to perhaps engage in something more passive.
- Watch a craft video.
- Listen to a Podcast.
- Plan your next page in your head. (more on that soon :)
This also applies to those moments where your "free time" is only free on a mental level.... commuting, exercising, vacuuming, etc...
Use those moments to mentally multi task!
Or, maybe you do have the time to do something more active and engaging, but you are just too tired and can not seem to find your crafty mojo....
- Organize some supplies.
- Clean up your scraps.
- Edit photos.
- Browse an online gallery.
Trust me... there are many, many times when I am not actively engaged in making something, but feel I am utilizing my creative energy by engaging my brain in certain tasks, like the ones mentioned above.
But, knowing where I can "find" that time, allows me the freedom to plug in those priorities as I see fit!
And the freedom to say, "not today."
You see, once you know where your "extra time" lies. You can make use of it however you wish.
"Ok - that's fabulous Ashli... I have now figured out that I do indeed want to prioritize scrapbooking and I may or may not have a select few 15 minute increments on any given day to get that done."
"How, dear Ashli, do you suggest I actually make that happen?"
Glad you asked! We will get to that, I promise!
I will see you soon as we take a slight breather and look at some everyday tips and tricks to have in place that will actually make it possible to be a productive scrapper with just little bits of time.
In the mean time, I encourage you to ponder your list of priorities, make any adjustments you might think of, and get ready to plug them into those extra bits of time!
See you soon!