How I Find the Time
The first question I get asked when I tell people about this is "How do you find the time?"
I am very dedicated to my job where I also volunteer my time starting a new women's networking group, I teach classes to college and grad students a couple times each semester, I mentor for AWNY/She Runs It, and I have a toddler. I won't say it's easy by any means, but it's possible.
One morning I woke up 30 minutes early and sewed two pieces of the laptop sleeve bag before Hudson woke up. It's not much, but if I do two pieces every day for a week week, I'll have it done by Friday.
My tips for balancing it all:
- Let yourself be bored every once in a while. Don't immediately grab your phone to fill the down time.
- Use your down time. I save articles as I come across them and then spend my 25 minute commute each way educating myself about this new business venture.
- Wake up just a little bit earlier. You will be amazed at what you can do if you maximize a bonus 30 minutes each day.
- Have a plan. Really think it through and think through the steps to get there. You might not stick to it exactly, but write it down and really work to make it real.
- Make small incremental goals to complete the big goals. You don't need to sit down and do an entire project at once. Break it up and plan it out so it's more manageable.
- Want it badly enough. If you tell yourself you don't have the time, you will never make the time.
- Have a Mike. None of this would be possible without having a super supportive husband and coparent.
PS- I don't actually "do it all." My house is never as clean as I would like it to be, I answer emails while I'm walking, sometimes I forget to brush Hudson's teeth at night, and between my husband and Seamless, I pretty much never cook anymore. And you know what? It's okay. Well except the brushing teeth part... Really need to get on that.