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Introducing: Time Management Lightbox SF Style

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I am very excited about becoming a new monthly guest blogger here at Handmade Success. I am half of a San Francisco based company, LightboxSF, that I am very proud to say I started with good friend and marketing expert Genevieve Robertson. At Lightbox our goal is to help and empower creative people to run their small business successfully and meaningfully. I run our Creating Space program, motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently, explore their bad habits and establish new organizational systems. What I do just isn’t about filing and timers. I ask our clients to really look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. In an ideal day what would your business look like? How can you try to balance time with family and friends and time for creativity? This is just the beginning of the process.

Here at Handmade Success, I will be focusing on helping you find good time management techniques that will result in more hours and space to live more meaningful lives. In the spirit of Creating Space, I will be asking you to do a lot of reflecting and soul searching. My goal is to guide you to find the ways that will work for you. We will definitely look at great ideas for managing your to do lists, scheduling events and other productivity tips and tricks but only you know what systems will be sufficient. There will be a lot of trial and error while you explore new techniques but I promise that through this process you will find what works and does not work for you. Think of it like starting a new exercise routine or food plan. It has to be something you enjoy doing. You have to adapt and change processes as your business grows and you have to understand this as a way of life, not a quick fix. No crash diets here.

I spent a lot of time trying to find the secret of balancing family and friends, creativity and work and finally I must agree with Danielle LaPorte and say it just doesn’t exist. There will always be something a little off balance while you try and please all of your needs. My first suggestion is to just try and accept that truth. The best we can do is ride with the ebbs of flows of life, try to be flexible and surround ourselves with supportive people. However, the reality of unbalance can be eased with some good systems in place and scheduling time for you and your loved ones. I promise with some good planning you will find more time for you and people you love will notice your intentions. Your work will be much more productive and hopefully your life, more fulfilling.

So this being our first post I want to leave you with all of this to digest and just a little bit of homework. For the next month, really explore what you are struggling with most when you think about time management. Is that new to do and scheduling app not working for you? Why not go back to the old fashioned day planner for a month and start to really take note of what else you need. My complaint was that there was never enough space to write in planners and then I discovered sticky notes and started to use them on the pages for additional memos. I also liked that I could move them around to other dates if needed. I have found a few apps that do work for me like Teux Deux although it is still not ideal because in order for me to feel secure everything must link to my Google calendar. So I use them both plus daily note cards (more on that next time) Perhaps try a new app but promise to try it for more than a couple of weeks. I have suffered from app overload plenty of times and it is important to give things time.

Is it not your systems that are causing you points of stress but lack of time with family?  Lay out your schedule this month and really look at what is taking up your time. Are there obvious ways you can change your calendar to have time for coffee breaks with friends. I have invited people that I haven’t seen in a while to my yoga class or for a nice long walk. Are there points of business that you can hire someone else to do so you have nights free for family? Often the money spent is worth peace of mind and satisfied partners.

Please keep me updated on some of your findings as you start to explore how you manage your time and feel free to ask a lot of questions in the comments section. I or somebody out there might have the answer you are looking for.

Next time we will discuss a few tips and tricks and we’ll see if any work for you!

Shelly Kerry   {Lightbox SF}

Shelly is the motivation and creativity side of Lightbox SF. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – weekly advice to help keep you motivated, push through those stuck times, and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find the space in your head and the space in your life to pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.

Besides creating and running her own jewelry design business, em’s studio, Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.


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7 Comments on “Introducing: Time Management Lightbox SF Style

  1.  by  amy nicole

    Really looking forward to this! Sounds like just what I need. I have such a hard time deciding whats going to be best for me organization-wise whether it be my planner, iCalendar, or if I need some app. My organizing shouldn’t be more stressful than the things that are being organized!


  2.  by  Kerry

    Thank you so much for this great post Shelly! Our readers are going to love this new column!

    Amy – I am right there with you when it comes to not wanting to get stressed about orphaning your todo list. It will be fun to see what works for us!

  3.  by  Kerry

    Heehee! I am typing after boarding a plane with my 11 month old in my lap. I meant organizing not orphaning your todo list! Although some days that may be the case 😉

  4.  by  Shelly Kerry

    I completely understand! So many options sometimes can make us feel so overwhelmed. I hope this column and other readers input can help us all find us some relief!
    Thanks for reading!

  5.  by  Mrs. Munki

    Really excited to hear more! In the meantime, wanted to let you know that I *have* to have my tasks co-mingle with my google calendar too and found Gqueues to be the only one that does it seamlessly. The iPhone app leaves a little to be desired but the drag and drop ability on the desktop wins! :)

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