Prioritising for me is a balance of time, meeting responsibilities and wishes - and following your instincts.
Responsibilities come as a result of choices and commitments we have made in the past, to offer a service or product for sale, to be a parent, to do the work we are contracted to do - and we do have to meet them. It is also about working out how much time you have to do things over a period of time.
How I prioritise
I like to list things to do on my weekly planner, so its isn't just swimming around in my head causing overwhelm or making me freeze.
Good luck with your priorities - let me know how you do it I'm sure I have much room for improvement!!
It started by accident - I had downloaded another app for tracking my daughters phone (at her request) which required a layer of encryption (don't ask me what this means!) which interfered with my email login. And then I couldn't remember my log in details for my mail (just how many login combinations are we expected to remember, modern world?!). A couple of days later I wanted more storage and realised that after a few absent minded checks on the first day that I was living perfectly well without checking my emails at all times during the day. - I deleted it altogether. I had to log in to my laptop to see any emails I received. I know.
I do have apps that inform me of sales on my website and Etsy stores which in my daily life is the most important and timely thing I need to deal with (sometimes I am able to send an order out that same day). But emails? I have never had an email in my current work life that I need to respond to within even a few hours, so I don't even need to see that, certainly not hourly or more. I don't need to urgently know that Anthropologie have beautiful things for me to buy every single day, or that my bill of some kind is available online. So I now have gone back to what I must have done 10 years ago before my phone-is-everything days and I check emails in the morning, around lunch time and maybe a couple more times in the afternoon and evening - when Im not busy doing other life/work things. Because I have to log in and sit at my desk its a bit more of a hassle. Then I only sit down when I have time to actually look, read, reply, delete, and store up lovely things like newsletters for the evenings and weekends. Strangely I reply more quickly than I ever did before, rather than thinking 'I can do it later' - if thats the case, why on earth was I looking in the first place?
I think I have made a lot of time back for myself, by not having the temptation or distraction of another thing to check so I can just get on with things. I don't pull myself away from something and then have that 'now where was I' moment which actually takes some time to get back on track and re-focus.
I feel totally liberated by this for some reason. So how about you? Do you have any good tech management habits you would like to share? I would like to compile a list so please comment or send me a message if you have any great but simple strategies.
Also have you signed up for Makers Musings? if not you can on the homepage or on the contact page: musings from me, a maker, for other makers who muse, and details of mentoring/coaching/consulting for small creative businesses. I bet if you delete your email app from your phone you might even be more likely to read it!!
Although I consider it I don't normally make resolutions at New Year. I often have mixed emotions - full of hope and a feeling of a clean slate and a chance to start again. and on the other hand a house full of last years Christmas detritus, the post-christmas orders busy-ness fall out that I didn't get round to clearing because I was exhausted, my daughter still home from school and sometimes (like yesterday) a little sore headed and tired.
I do know that I want to be kind to myself, to try new things, to exercise and eat well, to carry on growing my small business which I am proud of. This isn't a new year thing though but a daily promise to myself. I like to spend January reflecting on the previous year and see what I want to repeat or keep going, and what I want to leave behind. I can add to this something new too. So its more reflectilutions than resolutions. I don't really enjoy setting myself up only to feel disappointed in myself. January is cold, dark and somewhat tricky. This year it feels very exciting as I begin mentoring which lifts me right out of that foggy feeling.
If you want to see my New Year reflections from 2018 Click Here.
My new thing is the 'Makers Musings' letter I will be sending to subscribers with some ideas and inspiration, thoughts and wonderings, exercises and advice. I'm excited about this as well as the mentoring I start very soon. Like, my heart is jumping kind of excited.
Instead of resolutions this year I have made three wishes which I am sending in my letter this week, subscribe if you want to find out what they are, and for more ideas to navigate the life of maker or small business creative on a regular basis.
Happy New Year everyone!
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I'm Kate, a jewellery designer behind @graceandflora, therapist and creative consultant, mentor and coach. I also like to write creative business tips, inspiration and advice
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