As I travel around the country and meet so many great new friends, I’m often asked, ‘how do I get so much done?’, often followed by – ‘do I ever sleep?’ The quick answer is that I’m very organized, and yes, I LOVE to sleep! I wouldn’t have the energy to do as much as I do if I didn’t get my rest. But what I don’t do is waste a lot of time, or watch much TV.
Yes, I’m human like everyone else, and can get caught in the time-suck that is the internet. I can also get bogged down if I’m having an off day, or if I succumb to the social-media-comparison trap. But my desires to succeed in my business outweigh my desire to worry too much about what other people are doing, so I pretty much set daily/weekly/monthly goals for myself and try to stick to them as much as possible.
Being efficient – taking a trail walk with my husband and son to shoot some styled photography of my quilts. It’s an example of family time, exercise, and work all rolled into one!
I think of it this way – quilting is my job and even though I think it’s the best job, I still treat it as my job, with work to be done on a daily basis, and larger projects that are spread out over a longer period of time. When I used to work as an accountant, no one ever wondered how I managed to complete my audits on time, or marveled at how many tax returns I was able to do during tax season. (Of course maybe if they had, perhaps I would have never left! Just kidding!!)
I will admit to having more ideas and things to accomplish than I’ll ever be able to do in my lifetime, but it is still fun to dream about getting them done…. someday. When I’m on a super tight time crunch like when writing a book, I’ll certainly slow down in other areas, such as blogging. I went from blogging almost daily in 2012 to about once a week at my busiest in 2015. Now I’m keeping up with a manageable schedule of about 2-3 times per week, with no pressure to stay on a strict schedule.
This year I probably said yes to travel too many times. Once I realized I was over doing it though, I slowed the pace by raising my teaching fees and only booking one event per month for 2018 and beyond. I certainly don’t want to do too much and experience burnout, so I’ve been much more careful about what I say yes to now.
I’ll end with an answer to another often asked question – ‘how do you achieve work/life balance?’ My answer is that my work is a part of my life, just like anyone else’s job is a part of theirs. If I didn’t enjoy quilting so much, I wouldn’t be doing it in all of my “free” time. 🙂