How do we do it? How do we juggle all the balls of life and make sure they don’t drop?
I am often challenged just fitting in my work as a designer! Fulfilling my clients needs, keeping up with a blog, networking, using social media and keeping my passion for design and my business alive and well. It’s a lot to fit in but let’s not forget I’m also a mum, a step-mum and a wife so I’ve got all my boxes well and truly full.
It’s very important to me that I work. I am not built to be a clichéd ‘school mum’. I love to create and I love my job as a designer. It’s varied, exciting and filled with lots of wonderful people who provide me with the opportunity to work on some great projects. It’s part of who I am and it always will be. I’m going to be a granny with a Mac, you watch me!
Wanting to be everything to everyone is a hard role to fulfill and to alleviate my juggling fiasco’s I remember the advice of the fashion designer Carla Zampatti who said, when you’re a Mum you’re a Mum and when you’re a designer you’re a designer. The two don’t mix. They need to be separate so that each one is given the attention it deserves. That means that I stop work at the end of the day and ‘don my pinny’ for my ‘Mum’ role. Well, not really, I don’t wear a ‘pinny’ as such, but let’s use it as a creative metaphor. I then do all the things a Mum does and return to my graphic designer role either late at night when buggerlugs is asleep or I leave it until the next day.
One of the best things I’ve done is structure my working week. Each hour and every minute is accounted for in a weekly planner so I don’t forget what I’m supposed to be doing at any given time and I stay clear and focused. It works really well. I break up my time to include a mix of social media, new business creation, admin and the all important concept and design work that takes up the majority of my time and is a joy to immerse myself in.
Design rocks but so does my little girl. Very much. I love being a Mum and I love being a designer but to do both really well I need to keep them separate and appreciate each role when I’m available to fill it. That works for me.
What works for you? I’d love to know how other working mummies juggle their roles in business and in life? Do you have any golden recommendations on how you manage your time and keep your balls in the air?
Until next time, I shall continue to practice my juggling.