About 6 weeks ago, I embarked on a journey to try and organize my “free” time better. Admittedly, my time management skills are pretty craptastic and in attempting to multitask a billion things, I end up falling flat on my face. I started my first 6×6 card and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t looked back since. (If you missed my posts earlier in the year, check out the rational behind the 6×6 plan here and my first set of goals here).
Those 6 weeks have come and gone so it’s time to let you know where I am and how I did with my goals.
1. Set up my re-branded Photography site and materials. This was by far my biggest task. Starting a business it tough. Restarting one for reasons that are completely outside your control is downright disheartening. Aside from the enormity of the challenge for me, I had to be patient while waiting for licenses, permits and various other government requirements be done for me. That said, I managed to get about 90% there in these last 6 weeks. I set aside time to work on a website (95% done and oh-so-close to launch!), set up new emails, come up with a sweet plan for marketing that will keep my budget low and supplies to a minimum. All I really have left to do is that last bits of tweaking to the website, one more form to complete for billing and a logo design (I’m thinking I may have to source this because my creative juices are completely tapped out right now. Any volunteers?). Overall, focusing specific time on working on this and nothing else has put me way farther ahead than I would have been otherwise.
2. Clean up/Organize my emails. Oh. My. Goodness. This was not fun. Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER will I let my emails get that bad again. Ever. This took a lot longer than I thought but getting multiple accounts organized, unsubscribing from dozens and dozens of useless junk mailers and creating folders and labels has me (finally) breathing a bit easier. Now, I try to spend 20 minutes every night making sure everything is organized.
3. Create/implement a 2013 budget. This was actually a lot easier than I thought it would be. Hubby and I sat down over an afternoon and got all our ducks in a row, discussed priorities, projects and how far we needed to stretch our buck in order to have a bit of breathing room in our budget. We’re now on an updated budget and I have to say that knowing how much I have to spend on certain things is enormously helpful in keeping me on track and it’s a time saver in a lot of ways.
4. De-clutter the House. My eyes were seriously opened wide doing this. We have a lot of crap. We needed to get rid of a lot of crap. Read more about this one in my post about discovering minimalism. We accomplished a lot and plan to do a lot more in the coming months. Let me just declare that in choosing to live more simply and with much less, we are so much happier. I am so much less stressed being in my house and continuing down this road excites me to no end.
5. Reading time. My plan was to read 2 books and catch up on my Google Reader. I only finished one book and barely started a second one but my reader is now squeaky clean for the most part. It meant having to say goodbye to some blogs that I like but in the interest of knowing how much time I have to spend reading, I was subscribed to way too much. I hated saying farewell but my plan is to rotate my subscriptions every few months so fear not lost blogs…I will be back soon! I still consider this task accomplished because I enjoyed some quality “me” time reading.
6. Meal Plan each and every week. Booya! I nailed this sucker! Meals were planned, eaten AND in doing so, I managed to stay under budget with my food spending for the month of January. Rock on Donkey Kong!
I’m still finalizing my list of my next 6 weeks but stay tuned, I will try to get that up sooner than later. So far, this process is working for me. So much so that I felt able to concentrate at work when I started back 2 weeks ago because my mind wasn’t swirling with a million and one things that needed to be done and writing endless lists and notes to myself about things I needed to remember to get done. Now if only I could remember to bring my coffee with me to work in the morning…