I need lists. I am very definitely a list person. Even more so since having children. I’m not sure whether it is that my memory is worse, or simply that I have to be the memory bank for four people now rather than just myself so I’m a little overstretched!
But, and here’s the problem, lists discourage as often as they motivate me. I tend to get carried away when I write my lists, and they turn into monsters that haunt my dreams and are entirely disproportionate to the amount of time I have available to spend on them. And yet I keep on making new ones. Is this a sign of optimism, or of foolishness?!
Today, I think I have made an achievable schedule. But of course, I’m not factoring in time for Erin to have a tantrum, or an unexpected phone call from a family member, or for either of my sons to want help with their homework. But I’ll plod on through, and hopefully there will be more crossed off at the end of the day than not.
In November, I’ll be going to the Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza retreat in Farnham, both as an attendee and as an exhibitor at the vendor market. I found out yesterday that I got my first choice of classes and I will be hanging on to Tara Swiger‘s every word as I learn about “Map Making” and “Getting More Done In Your Business” from her. I’ve been watching Tara’s periscopes and podcasts for a few months now, and everything she says about overwhelm and suchlike resonates with me. So I’m very excited to see what improvements I can make to the organisational side of my business (and my life!) after hearing her speak.
But for now, and until I learn better, I will soldier on with all my lists on scrappy bits of paper which are scattered around my house, stuffing my pockets and filling my handbag. In the hope that I can be at least somewhat productive, even whilst juggling being an attentive stay at home mum and self employed business person!