Hello fellow readers, I apologize for my delay in my posts, the holidays are upon us and life somehow becomes that much more insane. Making this the perfect opportunity to talk about time management. We are have the struggle of finding time to fit things into the daily schedule, but I have found that the busier I am the more I find time to fit in the little things. Have you ever heard the saying “Give it to a busy person, they’ll get it done.” I didn’t quite know what this meant till I hit college, day one of orientation we were sent to the counselors office to build a time management chart for the quarter. My belief in this was minimal and I was under the impression that my time management skills far surpassed the ability this tiny piece of paper. It takes a lot to admit when you are wrong, but here I am admitting that this small piece of paper saved my sanity…for the most part. It didn’t take long for me to become a little bit of a crazy person with my schedules, coming down to a 15minute by 15minute schedule. Although many thought me crazy, time management allowed me to finish a 3 -year program in 18months, all the while traveling the world. Yes I was that person doing her homework on the plane and there were several occasions where I packed my sewing machine in my suitcase to finish a piece before I returned to class the next week. A lot of my classmates asked how I did it, or why on earth I would keep “adding”. Well here are a few things that helped give me the ability to do all this: first and for most, sit down and make a game plan for the week. Whether you are in school or running a business, always have a game plan/schedule, even though it will most definitely change during the course of the week. Ask yourself these three things as you are making this: What you HAVE to do? What you WANT to do.? & What you SHOULD do? These three questions are how they should be prioritized: What you have to do. Always make sure these are the tasks you accomplish first, we tend to procrastinate on these, hoping they might just go away. What you WANT to do. Allow yourself to really acknowledge the fact that there are things in the week you would like to do, whether it’s going to a movie or just relaxing for an entire night at home without working. Make sure you work your schedule to work at least one thing you would like to do that is non work related as a reward for your hard work, I say this from experience, if you pencil this in you will be working extra hard to finish early. If you ask me, this is the worst of them all: What SHOULD I do. This is where we have to be a real adult and do the things that are not also the most fun or what we really want to do. But in doing these tasks or making these decisions, we will not only become more disciplined, we begin to see the things we can actually life without. If you go into your week without a basic idea of what you are doing, it’ll leave you with too much time on your hands. Idle hands are dangerous. With all this said, I am not telling you all to become workaholics. To this day I still make a schedule, I even have a good ole fashioned paper day planner on top of my iPhone calendar. I am not as psychotic with my minute by minute planning, but I have to say that my time with such a strict schedule taught me become a pro with time management. To finish this up, let me say the holidays are a special time. It is the exception to the rule, meaning. It can be the busiest time for your business and it will take up a lot of your attention. The opportunities could be ones you can’t pass on, and you will have to pour yourself into getting this done. But with all this said make sure you take some time to spend with those who are special to you and who have been by your side since the beginning. As Entrepreneurs we tend to get wrapped up in our business, at least this is the case for me. This is our baby, we will do anything for it and it takes up most of our attention, everything is about the business. In my case and maybe in the cases on you young designers, my friends and family have put up with hearing about my new designs or the newest fabric or advertising on the market, all year long without a complaint of the repetition. I like to make sure to look up from my life and take interest in those I care for, it’s the season of giving and you don’t have to give a gift to show you care. If we become complete machines we will look up one day and realize it’s just too quiet. This will be rejuvenating and it will help you start the New Year stronger. Trust me, it works.