23 January 2014

THE FREELANCE LIFE 11 / PRIORITIES

Graphic designed by me, original botanic drawing by Joan Ducore

At the beginning of the week, Trina and i had an interesting discussion about finding our passion, living the creative life and setting our priorities. That only had me thinking, how when having more than one interests like me, can make your life a chaos and be all over the place like i used to be. 

We're about to say goodbye to the first month of this year, and i'm proud to say i kinda have surprised myself. I usually get passionate and excited about new tasks or commitments to myself, but once life gets real, all the excitement vanishes and i get back to my old habits. I guess i'm growing more mature. I've been sticking to all my new health / exercise / daily chores routines. 

Even more than that, i realised than when i straightened out my priorities there was suddenly room for everything, peace in my mind and joy in my heart. When living a creative life, you definitely have more than one passions, so how do you stay in your deadlines, keeping up with everything, and still enjoying what you do? Isn't something in the end going to stay behind? 


When it came to my priorities i used to have none. I would do whatever pleased me, whenever it pleased me and in the end always stressing out about deadlines. Does it rings any bells? When setting out your priorities, you really have to be honest. What's the most important thing on your to do list that needs to always be on top? 

Juggling between being a graphic designer, having a jewellery shop, a blog and writing a book at the end of the day always something was staying behind (usually my brain). There are mornings that i just wake up, and i want to just start blogging, but if only it was that easy, and we could do anything we wanted! Setting up my priorities now, goes something like: Morning (8 - 2), working on graphic design clients. Afternoon (3 - 5), working on the blog and jewellery shop. Evening (5 - 7) working on my book. And at the end of the day, there is some room to rest and see my husband :) 

For me, it's all about staying honest between what you have to do, and what you want to do. Realise the difference between those two and be strict with yourself. It might be repressive at the beginning, but once you realise that you can make room for everything, be stress free and still passionate about would you do, it's gonna feel much more liberating. 



25 comments :

Loren Crosier said...

Totally agree with you on this! I just read an article about how "busy" everyone is. It's all about time management and priorities!

Quyen Nguyen said...

These are all really great tips! Time management is definitely the hardest to perfect!
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rooth said...

I am so with you - there's really not enough time in the day so it's really important to prioritize. Right now sleep and basically everything outside of work and riding is getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. I may have to spend some time rebalancing so that I can get the right amount of each of those things I want to do and have to do

Danielle Marshall said...

Just the post I needed, Corina! I, like you, would pretty much do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and at the end of the day, I was exhausted. It's time I got my priorities straight! Thanks for the reminder :)

Deepa said...

"When i straightened out my priorities there was suddenly room for everything, peace in my mind and joy in my heart." Totally agree! For me, having a child was the catalyst that forced me to prioritize. I may have less free time than ever, but I'm more choiceful, intentional, focused with what time I do have left for myself. And it's now easier to just say no!

Kristyn @ Milk + Crown said...

Corina, this is such a great post. You're right, being passionate about so many things makes it hard to prioritize, but when you do, life becomes more balanced. It's so important for our sanity, and also for our productive, creative success! :)

monika bliss morris said...

Thank you for this post. It so easy to have the whole day (or week) go by and still feel like your to-do list is just looming over your head! Thanks for the perspective, and for sharing your schedule with us. I'm loving following your stories.

Kelly said...

Completely agree. Creatives hardly (never!?) stick to one area only. And "No one is busy in this world, it's all about priorities". Holy cow! This absolute and undeniable truth! ;)

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

the ability to prioritize has become so important to me. I used to be like you as well and didn't do that. Now, it's a critical process in my life.

Love these posts from you. Thank you for continuing to share! =)

xo,
nancy

http://www.adoretoadorn.com

Sarah Wheeler said...

Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this post! I've recently been struggling with this. The minute I wake up, all I want to do is drink my cup of coffee and blog all day. But other clients come first! It's a balancing act, for sure.

gris-noir chic said...

great post. Couldn't more agree.

Court | love court xoxo said...

I love this so much, C. I've hated the word "busy" for so long now, but I always find myself using it almost daily. I think I'm going to write "no one is busy in this world, it's all about priorities" on a piece of paper as a reminder!

Angel Y. said...

I think my problem is that I tend to prioritize everyone else's needs over my own. This year I've already taken some significant steps to put my best foot forward and I'm excited about the changes that are coming. This is a fantastic post and I can't wait to hear more about your book!

Tara Victoria said...

THANK YOU!!! this is such an awesome post girl, damn i needed to hear it! i feel like that sometimes, i have 100000 things i want to do and (what feels like) 100000 things that need to get done. but there's always a way of balancing things and making things work. i don't like the word busy either. that is a fantastic way of looking at it.

Akshara Vivekananthan said...

This is a great post! I think it's really important to prioritize in life, so you end up having more time and more work done on accomplishing your dreams!

Miranti said...

This is a wonderful post… thank you for sharing your thoughts. I think priorities are super important and it all starts with deciding on the few things that are most important to you, pouring your heart into those areas, and forgetting the rest :)

Asia @ The Cracked Lens said...

This post is so great for me :)

Kate Amunrud said...

You are so right about choosing priorities and matching them up with a time. It's so helpful to frame your day with what is important and to keep an eye on how much time you're spending on each thing.

Latrina M. said...

You are seriously just the best, ever! I can't tell you how much weight you've lifted from my shoulders from our chat earlier this week... And then you go and write this beautiful and inspiring post!


I really love how simple you make it seem.. and it is! I just need to get in the habit of making a list of my priorities and stick to it. And guess what! I did just that this week and I feel like I accomplished much more than I normally would have. And I actually had time left over to have fun and do whatever else outside of the to-do lists. ;)


You're the best and I love you! Thanks, C. :)

hejjuni said...

girl, you are always on point. thanks for this!!

Emma Lock said...

This is such great advice! I am useless at making priorities! That is going to change from now on! I love how you have planned out your day to what works for you and your priorities!

Alecia Zasiebida said...

wow you are one busy lady! Great advice for someone that has been struggling with keeping up with everything going on in my life at the moment.

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Jorden Vilos said...

Love this. Thanks for sharing. :)

Amy Lynne Hayes said...

Excellent advice! I juggle school, an interior design job, a freelance writing gig, and the blog... it can really get overwhelming if you don't dedicate specific time to specific projects!