Time Challenges

It’s a common lament that there aren’t enough hours in the day. You’d think that would get better if you ran your own business, but it actually gets worse. I don’t call myself a “Work At Home Mom” because I don’t consider Bewhiskered to be my main job. I’m a Stay At Home Mom. My job is to care for and raise my boys. My part time job is to manage the household (a nice catch all phrase for handling everything from the dishes and laundry to scheduling doctors appointments to killing or relocating stray bugs). My other part time job is caring for our two cats which mainly involves letting Pilsbury in and out of the house hundreds of times a day.

Pilsbury, our brain damaged Manx

After all that, I have a husband who sometimes wants attention too. When I have free time (insert laugh here) I have to decide between sleeping, spending time with my husband, having “me” time or working on the business. I’ve gotten better at scheduling my time during the day so I manage to work a bit but it’s getting harder as Erik gets older and his naps get later. At one point I was getting so frustrated that I considered shutting Bewhiskered down.

I know other craft business people who have full time jobs (not involving kids) have the exact same problem. If anyone comes up with any sort of solution that doesn’t involve staying up later or waking up earlier please let me know. I’d love to stay up all night and work since that’s when I’m most productive, but on the rare occasions I’ve done that I’ve regretted it the next day. No matter how tired I am, I still have an energy filled three year old and toddler to deal with. And when I’m tired and cranky it’s not pretty. And I have never and will never be a morning person.

Almost human after hitting snooze three times and two cups of tea.

So until I come up with some magic way of doing it all (which personally I think is bullshit and something women put far too much pressure on ourselves to do) I’ll be bumbling around as I am now. I have found that the more organized I am, the better. When my space and supplies get disorganized I spend more time looking for things than I have to spare. I actually spent a couple of days last week getting even more organized which should help.

I try to keep in mind that running Bewhiskered should be fun for me. So I don’t schedule too many customs in too short a time. Being overdue on shipping them stresses me out big time. I’m going to give myself even more time when school ends and I’ll have both boys at home. Can I make a living working like this? Hell no. But that’s not what I’m going for right now.

It’s way past my bedtime, but this was the only time I had to update the blog. I’ve discovered it’s all about managing the tradeoffs. And naps. Naps are very important.

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