"I don't know how you do it" must be one of the most common phrases I hear on a regular basis. Sure, my moniker might be "Super Stamp Girl", but I assure you, I am anything but. How do I find the time to work full-time in a crazy, world traveling job, work part-time with Stampin' Up! and hold one to two classes per week, volunteer at the local animal shelter, plus clean my house, bake, do laundry, etc. and all those other household duties, not to mention sleep. "When do you sleep?" I hear second most often.
I'm going to let you in on a few little secrets!
#1 - I have NO kids. Kids=less time, less money and more mess. It's that simple.
#2 - I Live and Die by a Calendar
Or, in my case, THREE calendars actually. Two in paper format and one on my cell phone. I make sure they are all in sync daily. If it is not on my calendar, it is not happening!
#3 -Organization and Planning
To go along with my calendar, I write everything down again and when it's due. When I have free time, I work on a challenge card or two first, and then tackle my "to-do" lists. **Note, they are not always this fun. Most notes say, "Home Depot, dry cleaning, chimney guy, script refill, call Grammie, etc."
#4 - Weekends are for F-U-N!
Along time ago, Mr. SSG and I realized that since we spend all day working, we had to do all the errands on our weekends. We were thinking about this all wrong! Weekends are for F-U-N! So, now housecleaning and laundry is done during the week after work. Yes, it makes for a VERY long day, but it's less to do on the weekend. Except for cooking. Cooking in large doses (lasagnas, casseroles, crockpot dishes) are done every other Sunday, therefore they feed us for the week (and the next, when they are frozen)! During the week we simply re-heat nice home cooked meals. However, when I do "cheat" these are my secrets:
#5 - LOVE
Love in two forms. Loving Mr. Super Stamp Girl, because ssseriously, I couldn't do half of what I do without him. Everyone knows just how amazing he is. Having someone help you is the key. He'll do laundry while I clean the house. Or, he'll scoop litter while I run out for groceries. The second love is loving what I do. I love my work. I love Stampin' Up! I love my house, my friends and my family. My life is full of love.
So, those are some of my secrets! I don't proclaim to know it all, but I do know what works for me!