COLOR – it makes such a difference! I suppose I am a very ‘visual’ person, but the use of color is part of the tool set I use to help me stay organized. A calendar on the side of the fridge… right by the electric tea pot… was a must for our busy family and still is for us today. Since I was working part time and a busy mom the rest of the time, I needed a system for almost everything and color is a big part of our family calendar system!
When it was just my husband and myself, our calendar was not so busy. Once the boys came along and our activities and obligations grew and I was still working part time, color saved the day and helped us stay organized. Each activity was color coded by person, so you could easily see who had an obligation, practice, etc. each day at a glance.
Here is how it worked. We were very original- not! When our first son (Kyle) was born, everything for him became… say it with me… blue! For son number two (Matt), we used green. Mom was pink and Dad was yellow and yes, I sought out those multi-sided highlighters that sometimes had three or four of my target colors on one! Colored pencils were a must in our pen draw as well.
On our family calendar, if Kyle had a practice at a particular field or location, I just had to put down the time and place and highlight it in blue. Often Matt might have a practice on the same day but a different time or place that would be highlighted in green. The use of color allowed me to write a minimal amount of info in that small space and still get the point across and keep us on track. My obligation were highlighted in pink and yellow was for my husband. With two boys in sports, going to parties, involved in Scouts, having play dates and whatever else life was throwing at us, the use of color saved the day. A reflection on the month at a glance also sometimes made us realizes that we had to pull back and slow it down a little.
And I was sure to make good use of the ‘down time’ associated with all the running around to different events. I would bring a book or sort coupons book or even a pad of paper and turn the waiting place into an efficient working place. Now that down time list includes a smartphone and other electronic devices for research, connecting and working.
To this day, they boys still gravitate to their ‘assigned’ colors. Prime example, Matt’s room is painted green and Kyle’s is blue! And now we mark down when they are coming home in those colors instead of when we have to take them somewhere as a young family. I miss those busy days of running them around even though at the time, it seemed a little overwhelming. Enjoy it while it lasts and try mixing a little color in to organize your calendar.
Add a color for your business in the mix so you are sure to give it the block of time it deserves for your future success. I use orange! If you don’t have enough ‘orange’ on your calendar, you need to adjust. A great part to working part time is the flexibility. When you are working a part time business around a busy family, a precious few moments can go a long way! Get your ‘orange’ time any way you can.
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