| Written by Ronnie |
In response to a number of email requests that I've been receiving, I'm planning a series of blog posts on time management - a topic which I believe to be pertinent to all memory keepers.
However, as a prelude to the series, I want to have a brief chat about the concept of 'doing it all.' I believe this is an important discussion to have, otherwise we end up setting unrealistic expectations of ourselves when it comes to managing our time (and life in general).
First up, I am not a believer in doing it all.
Instead, I believe in making choices that reflect my priorities in life, at any given stage. Right now, those priorities are supporting my husband in his ministry work, looking after our family, running the business, keeping up with my memory keeping, and writing my heart out whenever I can.
I believe in investing time in what I truly enjoy doing. Memory keeping is something I truly love - my primary creativity outlet these days. It combines two of my other loves: writing/journaling from the heart, and documenting moments through the lens. And because of this, memory keeping is a huge part of my weekly routine.
I believe in getting/receiving help, and 'outsourcing' where possible. Rick's mum, Mary, comes over once a week to look after the boys on a Thursday, and she has been doing this for several years now. This frees me up for seven uninterrupted hours to do the work that I need to do for the business. (In fact, without Mary, I don't think LIFE:CAPTURED Inc would even exist as it does today.) We also use an agency who sends someone out to clean our home once a fortnight. This saves both Rick and myself a lot of time and we honestly believe it's worth the money we spend.
I believe in working as a team with my awesome husband, and we both believe in working to our strengths. As such, we've each taken on rather 'non-traditional' roles in our family. While Rick looks after all the cooking and all the washing (I merely help with sorting out the clothes once they're clean and dried), I'm responsible for all our finances, admin, tax, and legal stuff. This has worked well for us for our eleven years of marriage, and I see it continuing into the future.
Lastly, I believe in not comparing myself to others. We're all in different circumstances, with different time constraints, at different life stages, and with different interests and gifts. What someone else is able to accomplish in the course of their day or their week has no bearing on me. We are each our own person.
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What are your thoughts on 'doing it all'? What are your priorities in life right now?