Many of our members still have jobs and families to run, kids to manage and still want time to hang out with friends and catch up on the latest season of Parenthood. This leaves very little time to work on your creative club.
Lack of time is an issue and makes it tricky to make progress.
In today's video I’m going to talk about 5 tips to make time to work on your kids crafting club.
So, let’s dive in.
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Today we’re going to talk about my 5 tips to make time to work on your crafting club.
When it comes to working smarter and not harder, you know the conventional wisdom: make lists, manage your time, take breaks, get enough sleep, tackle the big projects when you feel the most focused, and the list goes on.
You know all this stuff, but why is it so hard to act on it?
And the worst part, we end up feeling guilty about it. And feeling guilty is not a productive emotion to have and it won't get you anywhere.
I thought I would be a natural when it comes to juggling the needs of my family and managing a kids crafting club, and what I realised is there is no such thing as easy and perfect.
My son reminded me of this. Henry loves to play in his sandbox. Playing in his sandbox is simple and actually it is pretty perfect when I think about it. It is a box of vibrant imagination, experimentation and child-directed uninterrupted play.
When I was looking at him through the window as I prepared for this episode, digging and carting sand around to make a huge mountain, placing his dinosaurs on top, I realised that this is the same mindset that we apply to all of our decisions as we grow our crafting club. Just keep it simple!
Now, the great thing about a kids crafting club is that you can manage it around your family’s schedule. You can host classes when your kids are at school and for after-school clubs your kids can join in on the fun!
A study done by Stanford shows that working from home increases productivity by about 13%.
Hearing this you’re probably thinking - ya right!?
But let me tell you after working from home for the past couple of years, initially with a baby who’s subsequently turned into a very busy toddler. I’ve learned a few tricks of how to make time and then when I have time, how to avoid the endless temptations to make another cup of coffee, do the washing or get sucked into an endless stream of cute dog videos on Instagram.
Close your eyes.. Ok. Imagine your crafting club, inhale, smell the paint and crayons, imagine all the excited kids that attend your classes and you are creating a new amazing craft with them every week. Imagine what kind of impact you want to create.
Does this make you feel excited, perhaps a bit nervous, but mostly excited?
Here are some of my working from home tips to keep making progress even when there’s chaos going on around me.
Get a calendar or planner! Maybe you don’t even have a one. That’s cool — no judgment. Get one.
Once you start using a calendar to block "time" out you will start protecting "your work time". Start by blocking out a few hours a week — as much time as you feel comfortable with — to work on something life-changing, YOUR kids crafting club. It really is going to make a difference in finding those little gaps of time when you can work on your business.
Take this seriously, i.e. make sure your family is aware of your time-blocks and respects them.
This means you ONLY do work in that space and nothing else. Workspace = Work. Everywhere away from workspace = Play.
This will help you set boundaries for yourself and with your family as well. My 2 year old knows his boundaries. If I am drinking coffee he will go “shu shu, coffee” and he won't touch my cup. The same goes for my workspace, he will run past and go, “mom’s space” or in our first language Afrikaans “mamma s'n” and off he goes. Communicate boundaries with your family.
When you really want to get things done, you have to switch off the distractions.
Let me give you some stats:
The average mobile phone user checks their phone about 150 times per day. So that’s 150 distractions right there.
Did you know it takes nearly 20 to 30 minutes to refocus after you get distracted?
So every time you check your phone (which is about 150 times yikes!) or feel that urge to just quickly jump onto Facebook it not only hurts your productivity, but research shows that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.
So switching off distractions can be a simple way to get more stuff done. Simple.
To do lists can be overwhelming.
Make a weekly list instead of a daily list. This gives you grace and space to make things happen. Ask if it NEEDS to be done. Does it need to be done by ME? Does it need to be done NOW?
Pick a few important things you want to accomplish this week and focus on those things only. This will make you feel in control and ensure you don’t set unrealistic goals. This way, once you’ve wrapped up your work, you can be fully present with your family to support them and have some fun together.
That is the beauty of running a kids crafting club, you get to practice hosting classes and create with your kids at home. Some of our members are even including their kids in their classes. This is what I love the most about this job, what other career will allow for kids to be included in such a fun and creative way?!
Let’s do a quick recap of the 5 tips to making time to work on your kids crafting business.
So there you have it!
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
Tell me in the comments below.
Until next time, cheers!
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