Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Juggling Struggle - A Question of the Day

Fellow Etsy & Small business Bloggers....do you work a day job and run your business? Are you a parent on top of it? Whew! The list of roles and duties could go on...but a question of the day is...How do you juggle it all?

Tips? Advice? I've love to hear from you!

Cheers ~ Jenni DutchTouchBeads

14 comments:

  1. I have a full time job that requires me to put in a solid 10 to 14 hours most of the days. I find that working on my jewelry allows me to relax. I had to cut down on my other pleasures like reading or having a home cooked food. But something got to give right?

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  2. I am an elementary school teacher during the day, but am currently on maternity leave giving me some time to do what I love!

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  3. I clean my house very infrequently. Something's gotta give . . .

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  4. I work part time, and am a mommy, have my etsy business and am captain of our travel team in roller derby meaning I skate 4-5 days a week. I would like to say I juggle it well, but I really don't. our house is usually a disaster, the baby is often playing in the toilet or standing on the table and I am never short of things to do!

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  5. Great-looking blog and jewelry! :)

    I work full-time, have a family, am a freelance author, create crafts for my Etsy shoppe, scrapbook for myself and am a Stampin' UP! demonstrator. :) To say I get it all done would be laughable!

    I've found that a few steps help me achieve more (even if it's not ALL I want to do):
    1. LISTS. I'm a list person. If it's not written down I don't remember. I keep a composition book in my purse and have lists for everything in there. I also write lists on my phone if it's super important, so I don't forget. This helps me budget my time as well.

    2. Work when I can. I write articles during lunch, update the blog (or post on blogs ;)), etc. I check email on my phone when I have a break.

    3. Dual-duty. If I'm giving a gift, I make it with my Stampin' UP! supplies, take a photo, and post it on the blog. My blog updates to my Facebook fan page, which updates my Facebook profile, etc. Try to get the most use out of your limited time.

    4. Let go. :) This one is sometimes hard for me. My husband and daughter are very supportive of me and my work, but they still need attention sometimes when I'd rather be working. They are most important to me, so I have to listen to their signs of fatigue/needing attention too. Work will always wait. This also applies to working on personal crafts - sometimes you have to let go and do your OWN crafting or you'll get burnt out.

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  6. Great Tips Mamabearstamps! I especially like #4..I have the most trouble with that.

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  7. Hmmm.. not sure.. I guess working as a freelancer helps, since my hours our flexible. Somehow, things seem to get done.... it is a mystery!

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  8. Hey Jenni, WOW! I am exhausted just reading these comments!

    I never really realised how exhausted I was until my youngest went off to college, looking back I do not know how everything got done, how everyone got to where they should be dressed and washed and even fed, miracles happen, that's all I can say :) T.

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  9. I work full time and then some for a nonprofit. Luckily, all of the events and fundraisers we plan and put on mean that I get to be creative a lot at work. I recently started carrying a little notebook around to write down blog post & new product ideas - otherwise I would lose them AND my mind!

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  10. Lists. Yes, lists are what save me from sinking into a quagmire :)

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  11. Lists and letting things go (like housework and fancy home-cooked meals) are tops for me. Oh, yeah--and the working during lunches. Pretty much MamaBearStamps' approac.

    Sometimes, like last week, even my blog writing has to go for a little while.

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  12. Sometimes I even have to leave letters off words. Like that missing "H" from the word "approach" in my comment above.

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  13. I'm a full time stay at home mom, I have an Etsy store, I write for two blogs and I go to school part time! Balance is a struggle, but I rely on my weekly planner and prioritizing a lot. Each day I decide what needs to get done...and two days per week the kids are in preschool half day, so on those days I do a lot of running around trying to get things done that are best accomplished when they are not at home! It's tough and sometimes I just have to accept that I can't do it all.

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  14. @Sharon..you are cracking me up! I didn't even notice until you pointed it out..how's that for noticing the details ;)

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