Many of you know that working from home is a challenge to time management. It's so tempting to just send a quick email, look up a product, or make a quick call. Learning to carve out blocks of time in which to 'work' is a definite priority so that my girls and husband are still getting my quality time and undivided attention. Then there's the house work... And that's why I've been living a 3, 2, 1 life.
3 - Moving from one room to another - Take up to three items with you back to their homes. In my case this is mostly toys that have migrated. But maybe it's the empty toilet paper roll that needs to get to the recycling bin. Coming upstairs, bring up your frozen meat for dinner that night; Going back down - take a load of laundry. This rule has worked wonders for me. I feel like the house is more organized and tidy and I'm making fewer trips around the house empty handed. Sometimes though the baby does have to count for an item as she's often in tow.
2 - Courtesy of my friend Laurie this is a time rule. It states - if it takes less than two minute to complete, do it now. It probably takes less than two minutes to fold that load of towels, or put the swimming gear into the wash or up to dry, or sort the mail. Just get it done.
1 - My last rule is to do one thing at a time for important tasks. Don't check your email on your phone while you're laying on the floor with the baby or cooking supper; Focus (as much as possible) on one project at a time. This rule is making sure I finish what I start most of the time and that I'm not distracted. More dedication means less mistakes when it comes to work. More dedication means less breakdowns when it comes to my three year old. More dedication with baby and hubs means better less guilt about spending time on work.
I hope I can stay organized all year. Maybe even get more organized - ok, let's not stretch it. I've got some really exciting projects on the go and I can't wait to show everyone the finished products. Don't forget to give me a follow on Twitter or Instagram (both @thechippernest)