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Keeping Life Balanced

7 years ago I had no idea or intention for Today’s Creative Blog to become my full-time living. It was just a fun way for me to share some of my favorite creative bloggers with you. I was a busy mom teaching 15 fitness classes and 8 corporate fitness/injury prevention classes each week, and helping out in my son’s classroom a couple of times a week, as well as being very active in the PTA. I had a passion for creative living, decorating my home, scrapbooking and crafting. Today's Creative Blog Fast forward and I’m busier than I’ve ever been, working on brand campaigns, going on press trips, crafting creative content and still teaching a few classes each week. I no longer volunteer in the classroom since my son is in high school…but we’re pretty busy with club soccer. To say I have a few irons in the fire is an understatement. Like many women and bloggers, I wear many hats and it can be hard to keep it all organized. I absolutely LOVE what I do and feel so fortunate that you all love TCB as much as I do. Without you, TCB would not be successful. Thank you.

 Staying Organized

I’ve struggled with finding the right system to help myself stay balanced. Since I’m a visual person, needing to have everything I’m working on in sight, it is very challenging to keep things tidy, and if things aren’t kept tidy, then Momma gets cranky and I drop a few balls. I also needed something tangible. Organized I need a calendar I can write in, where I can see the full month with big enough squares. I’ve tried many types and have finally found one I love. I’ve learned to use highlighters for items that have deadlines. I’ve tried to keep my calendar on Google calendar, but it felt too disconnected. Maybe I’ll eventually figure it out, but for now, I’m loving my 18 month calendar from Erin Condren. organized blogging   About a year ago, my husband told me about a system called Kanban. It sounded complicated but simple at the same time. It sounded like something I could work with. He showed me how it basically worked and thought it would be perfect for me. Of course, there is SO much to this program, but I took just a small bit of it and have found that it works pretty well for me.  You basically triage the tasks on hand.

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Kanban Time Management System – Photo borrowed from PMBoss.com – Source

  I’m warning you…this may look ridiculous, but I couldn’t live without it! I write down my tasks on a small sticky tab, in the order than it needs to be done, and I stick it on the side of my computer screen. As I complete it, I move it to the top of my screen. After about a week, I’ll clean the tabs off the top, making sure I’ve completed all the requirements needed. My Kanban System It’s not perfect, but it’s been the best system so far…for me. Once I remodel my office I’ll create something based off the Kanban system for my wall. I have also incorporated folders. I have folders for each campaign, with all the printed information inside. I use one of my tabs to flag the folder with the date. I keep these in a staggered file holder next to my screen. Everything is there when I’m ready to work on a project. I also keep folders full of ideas for different themes throughout the year. I wish I could say I was one of those tidy workers, but I’m not. If it’s on my desk, then I’m working on it. My husband and son know not to move a thing, because what may seem like a mess is actually an organized system. This is how I keep it all together! This is how I balance my life.

 

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Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog
Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and InspirationDIY.com where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!
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  1. says

    I try to have dinner ready before we call the kids to the table, and get the bath ready before I tell them it’s time for one- doing things ahead of time helps our family a lot!

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  2. Natalie says

    I try to prepare as much as I can over the weekend by making my lunches ahead of time and cooking some dinners to freeze. I also lay out my clothes for the next day.

  3. sheri schooler says

    Because I am retired, my schedule is much more flexible then when I worked full time as a Human Resources Manager. During those days I learned to use a 1-31 system. It was actually a class I took from Webber and associates. “Those who excel at life are the ones who block out time to do the things that matter most” David Weber
    Now that I need time for my spiritual growth, family, physical, and social life, I continue to use the program. My current passion besides those named are scrapbooking, learning more about different techniques, and then sharing that information.

  4. heather says

    I keep lists of things that I need to get done during the day or week to keep organized. I also make sure that I spend time a lone to balance my life and relax.

  5. courtney b says

    i try to create a schedule for myself and stick to it. i dont get side tracked and try no to let things slow me down like other stresses in my life.

  6. Jodie says

    I keep a lot of lists and use a lot of post-it’s, but after my kids are in bed I unwind with a good book! It relaxes me and allows daily stresses to disappear for a while.

  7. says

    I found the program evernote recently and I absolutely love it! I still forget some things, but I’m more organized than I have been.

    • says

      I have evernote…….if I could transition to keeping everything digital, I’d use it. I love how it’s set up.

  8. Wanda McHenry says

    I keep from being overwhelmed by not having a care in the world. I don’t work and retired early and my day is care-free, simple and our lives are happy.

  9. says

    I absolutely must have a planner that I can write in, and then I have to remember to actually look at it! I’ve been known not to when I’m getting super stressed, and it has caused a lot of problems for me! I like the idea of having your daily tasks on your computer screen like that. I may steal that one.

  10. D Schmidt says

    I balance my life by keeping a day planner, preparing ahead of time and carrying snacks and spare clothes for my children.

  11. courtney b says

    i take lots of medicine! lol i know that sounds horrible but sometimes you need it when you have a super stressful life…which I totally do working full time with lots of kids running around!

  12. Linda says

    I take advantage of organizational tools and like to make lists to help me plan out my day and tackle each thing in an organized, methodical manner so I am not as overwhelmed by the often, numerous tasks I need to do daily.

  13. Ellie W says

    I keep a calendar/planner on my computer desk and use it to keep up with schedules, bills, and even prescription refills.

  14. Melissa M says

    I keep a planner with me at all times to right down any appointments and things to do.

  15. says

    I use an Excel Spreadsheet that I check daily and make a new one at the beginning of each month. Some of the items are the same so I just copy and paste. It really works well :)

  16. Gina M says

    I rely on my google calendar to help remind me and keep me focused on what needs to get done.

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  17. shelly peterson says

    I make lists and have reminders, I try to stay on track as best as possible.

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  18. Amy says

    Handwritten organizer definitely helps keep me sane, but also a gigantic calender on our kitchen wall, you know so I’ll read it everytime I walk by it on my way to the fridge for a snack… lol which happens a lot when I’m home lol

  19. Margot C says

    We try to balance work and play around here so everyone doesn’t burn out. We also never watch TV (not ever, don’t have a cable).

  20. Betty C says

    I’m very much a list maker and not so much because I have a ton on things to do. I discovered early in life that I tend to be very forgetful unless it’s a major issue. I won’t forget a birthday, but I may forget to pay the light bill.
    My lists keep my household at least somewhat under control.

  21. Debbie B says

    i balance my life by taking each day as it comes- i am laid back and easy going!

  22. Dandi D says

    We try to stick to a weekly routine as much as possible to make things run smoothly.

  23. says

    Whenever I need to get something done, I put it in my phone calender, so I get alerts to remind me. And I can easily see all the things I need to accomplish in a day!

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  24. Sarah L says

    I use a great program called Time and Chaos. I helps me keep up with all I have to do. I get everything ready the night before since I don’t think well in the mornings.
    Thanks for the contest.

  25. Tabathia B says

    I use to use sticky notes, but now I just use google calendar with alarm reminders to stay on course and to get things done

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