How to build a routine that works for you

How to build a routine that works for you

routineLet’s talk about your routine and how you can bring all the things you love into your own world.

If you been around here for a while, you know I am quite a multi-passionate person and I refuse to deny myself anything I love to do, just because people think it’s crazy.

And if you are filled with lots of ideas and interests it can be hard to embody them all, when people insist on focusing on that one thing. But the reality is we are multi-dimensional.

There was a time where I tried to do a little bit of everything every day but that wasn’t working too well because I would get caught up in an activity and was so involved in it that other things would fall to the wayside.

And there is something to be said about routine, you just get more done!

So, no matter how many interests you have, you can do them all if you include flexibility and clarity of everything you want to do. It really comes down to you, what you love to do and managing your time.

My motto is: You can have the cake and eat it too!

Creatives have the hardest time with routine and strategy but I promise when you work out what works for you, the better you can focus and create all the things.

So just to give you a glimpse of what I do:

I have a coaching business, artist business, apparel, and gift business.

I love writing and am working on a novel, freelance content writing, and blog often, including a food blog just for fun.

This often comes across as A LOT for other people. People who don’t really get me or know me, and I am totally okay with that. This isn’t for everyone. Some people are better off just focusing on one thing, I am not one of those.

So here is what I did:

I designated a day to specific business or activity.

  • Mondays I am working on writing blog posts, course content, social media posts.
  • Tuesdays is a day of writing my novel or freelance clients.
  • Wednesday is my design day as well as blogging to share the story of how the design came about.
  • Thursday is accountability call, food blog if I have a new recipe and other miscellaneous activities.
  • Friday is art day which means I am focusing on my art business.
  • Weekends are kind of free for all depending if we are doing family things or not. This often includes a money review and other administrative tasks.

I get most of my activities done in 3-4 hours, giving me enough room to

  • connect with clients
  • do the dreaded housework
  • fun yard
  • working out
  • family time

Some of the activities I can do in the evening in front of the television, especially on days where I have several calls or networking activities going on.

Something that I find super important is to know how you work and create. Self-awareness is the best tool in doing all the things.

Since I know how long it takes me to write a blog post, I can estimate how long a week’s worth of posts will take me. Being able to hyper-focus on an activity for 2-3 hours really steps up the productivity in life and in business.

How do you create a routine that leaves you fulfilled?

  • Create a list of all the things you want to do
  • Write out what your ideal week would look like with all the things
  • Schedule in the activities where it intuitively feels good
  • Be open to adjusting as you play around with a routine that works for you

Let me know in the comments what you would like to do more off but haven’t made time for and how you can start creating that time!

 

The multi-passionate guide to getting things done

The multi-passionate guide to getting things done

Are you a multi-passionate, multi-faceted individual?

Do you have lots of interests, passions even?

Are you finding it difficult to figure out what to do first and you end up doing nothing at all?

All too often you may hear that you should focus on ONE thing. I call bullshit!

Because we don’t have an inability to focus but struggle to decide. And sacrificing one of our passions is like going through a hell.

For multi-passionate focusing on one thing is just like giving them a death sentence. We are passionate about so many things, that denying just one – no thanks!

The key to making it all work is truly a personal journey of fitting the pieces together. I am going to share the things I do and maybe you can find a way to make it work for you.

Let’s call it the multi-passionate guide to getting things done!

Ready? Okay, here we go!

Think about what you want your week to be like and feel like. 

Emphasis on the feeling! This is an important piece to know as this will allow you to structure your week in a way that feels good. Get visual and write it out. Include the things you want to do and what you want to experience.

Do you want to create art? Go into nature? Work on your business? Go on a date? Have a massage or spa day? Read a book?

Yes, you can have time for all those things once you know what it is that you would like to create.

How much time to you want to spend on each of those things? 

Now figure out how much time you want to spend on creating art, being in nature or work on/in your business. Do you want to spend a whole day doing art? Do you want to work in your business 4, 6 or 16 or more a week?

I spend about 6-8 hours working my business 5 days a week. This includes connecting on Facebook, writing blog posts, talking with clients and working on client projects. I prioritize my day around client projects first and then my own activities.

I dedicate one full day to art and sometimes I make it two days. And then sometimes I add on an hour or so during the week.

Plan your day accordingly. 

At the end of my work-ish day, I spend time planning the next day. I look at the things that I need to get done for clients, for my own business and whatever else I want to make room and time for. Remembering all the things I want to be, do, have and create helps me support my many passions. Multi-passionate type does well tapping into intuition.

Do the things!

And then, of course, you should execute and follow through on your plans and actions. Sitting around, scrolling through Facebook for hours on end, isn’t exactly getting things done. Decide, again connect with your intuition, what is important right now. The key to filling your passions and living is to do them!

Sometimes, multi-passionate lets a project go to the wayside, just to pick it up later again. This is okay, seriously!

For me sometimes is to look at all the things I want or need to do and then batch my time accordingly. I spend a few hours creating content, writing blog posts and schedule them out. This gives me room and time to create and do other things and not feel overwhelmed on client days.

Screenshot 2016-07-19 10.45.12This is roughly what my week looks like for the moment.

I begin every day with journaling to clear the clutter in my head, to create focus, acknowledge my gratitude and so on. Content creation is anything from blog posts, social media posts or course development.

Content creation is anything from blog posts, social media posts or course development.

You’ll note the weekend isn’t included here. Weekends are for more art, for family time and unless we don’t have anything plant, I may do some work. Also, note that I tend to stop working at dinner time unless I am so incredibly inspired that it cannot wait. After dinner, it’s yard or housework, family time and just chills out time.

A Behind-the-scenes look of the office of a multi-passionate

A Behind-the-scenes look of the office of a multi-passionate

An office just for me! There’s no question, I need my own space. A space to think, to dream, to create.

officeThere is beauty in having an office, a place to go to so you can create. A place to just let your mind wander, to write about all those random thoughts in your head, but also a place to make art.

One of the things that have been becoming very clear over the years to me, that having such a space is crucial for my own needs and in some way even survival.

There is a lot going on in my life on a consistent basis, businesses, family, and self-care needs. And every so often, someone will ask me how to do you do it all.

So, I thought I would share a wee bit about how I manage to fit in all those passions of mine without really sacrificing myself or anyone else for that matter.

It really starts out with getting clear on my values and the things I wanted to embody every single day:

  • Freedom
  • Peace
  • Joy

And every day before doing anything at all, I ask myself, what actions will not only support my business but support me in feeling free, peaceful and joyful.

It all begins here at this desk. Where I journal in the mornings about everything that is in my head, the ideas, the doubts, the thoughts that support me to do it anyway.

This is such an important part of my morning routine, it helps me get centered, brings forth awareness and so much more than without journaling, well I wouldn’t function as well.

And then, I create my list of things I will be working on for the day. Another key part.

I only plan on working on 3 main things while keeping a list of fewer priority things to do, you know in case I get done with the big things, which often include writing my blog posts, social media posts, client work, and other writing projects I am working on.

I literally have specific workstations for my interests and passions, because despite the creativity and at times chaotic mind I still need some sort of organizational structure to support my many ideas. When I am working on a new wood-burning, I switch to the desk on my right. And don’t mind the chaos right now, I am still packing things away from my recent move.

And then, of course, I have my table with candles, cards, and all that jazz to burn incense, give myself a reading or simply just be.

And it naturally transitions into my bookshelf with all the books I currently feel important enough to have a presence.

Creating a space that will work for you is not only smart but supports you in how you want to be as you are working towards your goals. Working in a room that makes me feel alive, helps me stay sane and productive, and now you know where the magic happens.

You have permission to be a multi-passionate

You have permission to be a multi-passionate

empowerYou know what drives me bonkers?
Focus on one thing … that… absolutely maddening.

Why?

We are not one-dimensional – we are people with multiple interests and quite dimensional in a wee hexagon kind of way.

I don’t know if you feel this way, but for me, focusing on one thing would lead me to not have an interest in that one thing. I need multiple projects, businesses, hobbies, and activities to keep me feeling alive and seriously harnessing all that I love.

We need to explore different things, do the DIY, do the exploration and learning to see what we like and what we don’t like.

Years ago, I went to college for an accounting agree, something I am incredibly good at because I have a keen sense for detail. What I am not good at is sitting in a cubicle and being an employee.

I then build my first business, selling my handmade creations – not just one thing like crochet items, but multiple handmade things by me because I love to create like wood burning and occasionally painting and making jewelry.

I have some mad skills because of this because I taught myself how to build websites in WordPress – I am techy this way … and I am so good with that. I can learn just about any program in a matter of a day or so.

Then I earned a master’s degree in counseling because I love the brain, love learning how it works and specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy because your thoughts influence your behavior and vice versa and I use this modality in my coaching.

So now I run 3 businesses, by myself – thought I do outsource some things!  Because I love to create (handmade and build websites and I am not developer or designer but I can take a theme and make it happen). But I also love to coach people in going after whatever it is they want.

All of this is WHO I am. A multi-passionate individual who listens to mostly rock music with a heavy dose of love for The Beatles and John Lennon. I love to be in nature, hike and go out for karaoke.

The thing about this is that you CAN absolutely own your passions and make them happen, you just have to find your flow in it all. So, if focusing on one thing, isn’t really your thing, own that – it’s okay – other people do it and it CAN work.

Own your gifts and stop hiding

Own your gifts and stop hiding

Ok, so I have a wee bit of a confession to make.

I have been hiding some of my gifts, skills, and talents from you but in recent weeks, I felt called to share all of them in on place or space. This thought really was brought on when I visited my friend Linda and spend a few days with her and sharing what I love to do.

Here’s the thing, we always hear about to specialize in one thing or focus on that one thing but for some of us multi-passionate folks, it isn’t quite that easy.

Some of has can be good at multiple things but I think the thing to remember is to be really clear about it. For one, I am a coach. I help you get unstuck and remove frustration. I help you embrace your fear because fear can pretty much keep you stuck and well frustrated. I coach on starting the movement towards what you want to create and finding the confidence to make it happen.

But coaching and mentoring isn’t all I do, even though it is a very big part of my world. I am an artist, the kind who is ridiculous with all the things she likes to do. I own that because I struggled with it. So many times, again we are told to focus on one thing but man I can crochet and wood burn, I can paint and I can make jewelry. I don’t like to be told I can’t make it happen but I gravitate towards different things at different times.

Multi-passionate people like me, tend to struggle with sharing their skills, gifts, and talents. There is this notion that we can’t do it all and have it all and I agree with part of it. We can certainly not do it all but we can do the things we love and owning what we are good at doesn’t mean we are wishy-washy – we are just good at several things.

Being overwhelmed by your own interested is hard because you don’t know what to focus on but one practice that helps me stay grounded, focused and own all these quirky parts is to write out my ideal day but I have different versions of it and then combine them into an ideal week.

While I don’t think, true balance is achievable (hello I’m a Libra) I think we can create a life with ease and flow when we can take stock of how we want to live. I can do all the things I love to do and still spend time with family and friends and just good about my life and mostly myself. But it seriously helps to plan it all out.

If you are finding you are having a hard time balancing all that is you, I invite you to write about your ideal day and your ideal week and if you are still finding it too difficult to figure out on your own, come see if the Rebel Soul Connection is a good fit for you!