As a business owner, how do you organise your life?

Someone asked me that exact same thing, the other day. How do I organise my life. I said that I’m a juggler. I’m a wife; Mum; daughter; Auntie; -in-law; jugglercolleague; collaborator; contractor; coach; listener; and friend – and a combination of all of these things, in varying orders, every day.

And then the same week, someone else asked me how I do it. How do I bring all of those things together, and organise my whole life, not just my business life?

Until recently, I thought juggling was quite a clinical, process-driven thing – I had a diary; a giant week-to-view magnet on our fridge; various reminders on my phone and a weekly planner on my desk. It’s the way I’ve always worked, and I’ve always felt pretty organised. Certainly I rarely had any complaints – compliments on my efficiency were (and still are) more the norm.

So if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it, right?

Opening my eyes…

As it happens, at the beginning of this year, I met the lovely Chloe Leibowitz, who makes it her mission to inspire women to do things differently, and focus on progress, instead of perfection. I realised that while my rather clinical, list-making approach worked pretty well to organise everything, perhaps I was missing the opportunity to grow and progress. Nearly a year into owning my business, one thing I have learned is that learning and development is key.

So I signed myself up for Chloe’s Bullet Journal workshop. (For those of you who don’t know what a Bullet Journal is, you can read more here).  The idea of spending three hours of my precious juggling time sticking stickers; creating vision boards and carefully choosing between felt tip pen options was something totally out of my comfort zone. As was the prospect of dispensing with my trusty, but definitely uninspiring in terms of design (apart from the pink colour), diary. I was yet to be convinced how it could help me to organise everything, but I hoped that I would learn a lot.

But I was to be thoroughly surprised – I LOVED it!

… and moving forward

After the workshop, I found my outlook and approach to be completely transformed. My first reaction was to rush Bullet Journalhome, head straight to Etsy for supplies, and keep working on my new journal (which I did – the contents of my daughter’s ‘Make and Do’ box just wasn’t cutting it!).

But what were the serious takeaways from this particular journey?

  • Organisation doesn’t have to be regimented and clinical – if you let in a little creativity, in whatever way works for you, you can achieve even more
  • There’s no ‘right way’ to do things – even if something appears to work, looking at something from a different perspective can sometimes lead you to a much better approach, and one that perhaps you didn’t even know existed
  • Allowing yourself time to be creative in business doesn’t slow things down – it enhances the ideas you have, and makes them better
  • By scheduling in time for selfcare (in my case, drinking more water and taking time out for myself), I can be a better juggler, which will then benefit everyone around me.

So what about you? If you consider yourself a juggler like me (and I think many of us do), how do you keep everything going? And is there a better way out there, just waiting to be discovered?

Personally, I love, and will be sticking with both my Bullet Journal and the Progress not Perfection mindset.

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