I think I’m having trouble getting organised.
Trying to juggle running a business, a family, a blog, a side hustle and a very active social life has left me feeling rather frazzled recently.
I’m beginning to question if I’m doing any of them particularly well? If spreading my attention in too many areas means that I’m only skimming the surface in each?
Lots of projects – lots of sticky notes and reminders, a cluttered workspace – and a rotten short term memory. None of this is helping me progress and I think its about time, that getting organised has to become one of my immediate priorities.
Most importantly, am I giving my business clients a good value for money service? After all – these clients provide me with my daily bread and butter, and help keep a roof over my head. No matter how many other projects I’m trying to juggle – the business I’ve been running for the last 5 years will always remain my number one priority as it provides 98% of my income.
That said I don’t want to give up any of my other activities – I enjoy them all.
In addition to running my own company – I’m also beginning to spend an increasing amount of time on this blog (which I enjoy and find very useful in helping get my mind in order – by writing things down, it helps me think things through properly). As the blog grows and matures – I hope to recoup some of the time that I have spent on it, by selling small amounts of advertising space.
Is blogging about something you like the ultimate side hustle? Maybe not – but I think I’m already getting tremendous personal benefit by writing things down, ordering my thoughts, and putting a plan into action.
I do have a rather lame side hustle though -last year – my eldest son and I set up an ebay business together (more on this in a later post), selling ladies handbags and purses which we bought from a local import warehouse. From a very slow beginning, our monthly sales have been steadily increasing to reach the point where in July and August 2013 we made a profit for the first time. However, Ebay have recently changed their terms and conditions, resulting in increased cost of sales. These cost increases mean that our small margin has been wiped out and we both now feel that we are working for the benefit of Ebay rather than for ourselves. I have a feeling (well actually I KNOW) that after the Christmas sales period – we will shut the Ebay shop down and sell off our remaining stock for whatever we can get for it. Now that Ebay have increased their costs for a basic store, and are taking a % of the shipping cost as well as the selling cost – its just not worth it anymore. Ebay is no longer small seller friendly – it only wants to deal with seller of thousands of items.
The orignial reasoning behind setting up the store was an attempt to get my son interested in running a business of his own – however in hindsight it was never going to work with a 17 year old who is mad on sports and has a busy social life. His initial interest has diminished over the months and now its me who does all of the listing, photographing, packing, posting etc. Its now become more effort than its worth.
One thing I am determined not to give up is my social life. I am the chairman of my local angling association – and we have over 1500 members. I moderate the clubs facebook page, maintain our membership database and represent our club on countless committees and on a government committee for environmental improvements in our region. Fishing and my fishing/environmental related activities is the one thing in life which is so totally different from the financial world I spend my working life in. Its a role that I’ve grown to love over the years, its my way of putting something back into our local community. I get to meet so many interesting people, help lots of people to learn to fish, and if I could – I would do more not less.
Like everything else in my life – deep down – underneath the veneer of everyday life, I know what I should be doing to help rectify these feeling that I’ve taken too much on – but I’ve done nothing about it.
Its simple really – I’m just not organised.
I’m not organised in my thought patterns or processes. I’m not organised in my business processes. I’m not organised in my record keeping (well i am, but not enough) and most importantly I’m don’t organise my management of time.
Being a happy go lucky – easy come easy go character is all well and good. But the point has come in my life that change is necessary – and BIG changes at that.
So for the first time in my life – I’m going to start getting organised.
The first thing that I am going to do as part of this new getting organised regime, is to start using a TO DO LIST !
The “To Do List” – will be written out at the end of each working day – so that I can mentally prepare myself for following day, and hopefully stop me rolling over too many “to do”s
I know that many of you will think that its crazy that someone as busy as me has been able to manage life without a “to do list” for so long – but I was fine for many years juggling stuff in my head – now as my age advances my ability to hold a list of short term tasks is diminishing. I’m beginning to annoy people by not completing simple tasks which I promise to do. Theres so much spinning around in my head and not enough of it is sticking any more.
Getting organised is now an essential part of my progression from bum to financial freedom fighter. Once I’ve managed 14 days on the “to do list” and feels as though its becoming part of my normal working day, then I’m going to then start a process of time allocation – to see if I can condense my working life by working more intensely and effectively – thus freeing up more time for hobbies and family.
To be honest – as I’m sitting here writing out this post – I cant believe that I’ve run my life on such an adhoc / disorganised basis over all these years. No wonder I’m in such a financial mess.
Its about time I started getting organised. So…..
I raise my tea cup to change – Vive la change!