JPMS National Educator.
It's a question I get asked ALL the time. "How do you do it all?" Secrets out... I don't even get close to being done what I wish I could every week, but I've learned a lot of tips and trips along the way that have helped me maximize my time. Hopefully these will help you organize your busy life a bit.
Before we get started - I'm a recovering work-a-holic. No, seriously. I used to brag about how busy I was. And it's incredibly hard to let go of when you love what you do, but being so busy that you don't have time to take care of your mind and body isn't something to be proud of. I'm here to tell you... it's okay if not every single hour of the day isn't "productive." Your mind and body need time to recover every day, so take time to yourself each and every day. You're worth it!
Ok, so first and foremost, you definitely need a schedule, every week, with designated times you're going to get specific shit done. The biggest game changer for me was waking up earlier... I know, crazy! But honestly, that's when I get the bulk of what I do behind the scenes done. I started waking up between 4:30 and 5:00 am (or earlier) instead of 7am, and it's amazing what that 8-10+ hours working ON your business(es) will do for your life. This is also the perfect time to get in a quick workout, some meditation and something healthy into your body. If you're looking for a guide to setting up your morning routine, check out this book: The Miracle Morning. This is how I started developing a morning routine that worked for me. Shifting a lot of work to the morning has allowed me to enjoy my weekends and not feel as guilty when I make time for whatever I want to do.
OK! Confession: I'm ADDICTED to planners. Like seriously, obsessed (I'm a nerd who wants all the school supplies with me 24/7). I have to physically write everything down and the planner I go back to every year is the Freedom Mastery Planner (check and make sure it's the current year). I also really liked the Corie Clark Purposeful Planner, but it's a little too bulky for everything else I need to carry in my bookbag, but it's definitely an amazing planner. It was great for a personal planner, but didn't work out as well for my business planner, and I don't want them separate. Side note, I HATE that there isn't a full page for Saturday and Sunday - they're condensed into one page, and I no likey.
*Pro tip: One of the things that I use my planner for is writing down everything that I accomplished in the time slots instead of it just being a schedule. It's a friendly reminder that from 10-12 I worked on my social media and from 2-3 I wrote out thank you cards, etc. It reminds me every week of how many things I actually got accomplished instead of focusing on what wasn't crossed out. Try it out and let me know what you think!
I also use a Digital Calendar, so I always know where I have to be. I use Fantastical 2 (yes, I paid for it... desktop and iPhone versions), but I love them both. I have everything color coded and keep a lot of details in the notes (bill due date reminders, flight deets, class deets, if I paid a deposit on that appt, location of events like showers and weddings - where they are registered, etc). It's what keeps me where I need to be and helps remind me of upcoming events if I need to buy a gift, etc. Every Sunday, I sit down and look at my calendar for the week, fill it all into my planner and then plan my week and what I'm going to get done in my office hours times. Yes, it takes a second to write down, but it helps me keep prepared for each week and lets me focus on the most important tasks at hand. Do whatever is your top priority each week first, and worry about the small shit last.
Another HUGE key in what keeps me going is what I eat every day. As much as I LOVE to eat (pizza, bread, pasta...carbs!), I definitely know how food impacts the way I feel, so I've had to train my brain to eat to fuel myself. The best advice I can give you: MEAL PREP. Not only will this save you time, it will also keep a majority of your meals healthier AND save you some money. So, once you get your schedule done for the week, know what days are your long days, your late days, the days you aren't going to be home at all, etc. Build your menu around that. I plan to cook a full meal 3-4 nights a week. That leaves enough for leftovers, eating out or heating up something quick (like a frozen pizza). My super long days behind the chair, I plan those nights for leftovers or throw something in the crockpot before I leave. After I plan 3-4 dinners each week, then I make my grocery list. If you haven't done grocery pick up, you seriously need to check it out. It is, by far, the BEST thing that has happened to my meal prep. The hour and a half I would spend in the store, I now spend prepping lunches or chopping up veggies for the week. SO much less food waste and it saves me a ton of money. Do it. ASAP. And if you have a reliable grocery delivery in your area, do that!
All in all, I definitely don't believe that the to-do list is ever done, but I definitely have learned there is a time to turn it off every day. We overestimate what we can get done in a day, but underestimate what we can get done in a year. Be proud of what you get done every day, take time for yourself, take care of yourself and have fun in everything you do!
Hey there, and thanks for stopping by my blog. My name is Angie and I'm a Licensed Cosmetologist from Martins Ferry, OH (Go Riders!). I've been doing hair for about ten years now, but really it feels like so much longer than that. I grew up watching my dad do hair (yes, he's in the industry, too!) and now I'm incredibly lucky to run my business (Eclectic Hair Studio) within the same four walls he had his salon (Hanover Hair Design).
Yep that's me and my dad at Disney World in the early 90's!
People ask me all the time if I always knew I wanted to do hair, and the answer is no. When I was really young, I spent a lot of time putting rollers in my grandma's hair (actually just pulling the shit out of her hair...bless her heart) but kinda grew out of it. To be completely honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I did the post-secondary program while I was a senior in high school, meaning I attended OUE taking college classes instead of going to HS every day, and just took classes that meant I only had to go to school two days a week. At the end of my senior year I decided I was going to major in education. I woke up about 3 days into my last quarter of my freshman year of college and was like nope, not doing this. I called my dad and said hey, I'm going to get a business degree and then go to Cosmetology School. There was literally no turning back.
The only thing I was really passionate about was makeup. I LOVED doing makeup. I would do my friends makeup for school dances and I also did makeup for everyone on my cheerleading squad (yes! I was a cheerleader). I was lucky, and my dad hired me to do makeup for a hair show when I was probably 19 or 20. I absolutely loved it, and I knew I was going to do everything possible to finish that business degree and get through Cosmetology School.
Fast forward to 2009 and I graduated from OU with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and I was about half way through Cosmetology School. Yes, I did both schools at the same time. My schedule was insane. No really, I'm going to draw it out because I hate when people say they don't have time. If you're determined, you'll figure it out.
Monday - Class at OUE then worked 8 hours in the computer lab.
Tuesday - Scott College 9a-4p and OUE 5:30p-11p
Wednesday - Scott College 9a-4p and OUE 5:30p-11p
Thursday - Scott College 9a-4p and OUE 5:30p-11p
Friday - Scott College 9a-4p and some time's I'd work at Outback
Saturday - Scott College 8a-3p and some time's I'd work at Outback
Sunday - I'd always work a double at Outback
I did this for about six months until I completed my bachelors degree because I was hungry and ready to start my career. I felt like I had wasted years in college and I was too old to start Cosmetology school (lol... I started when I was 21). Let's be honest, I was ready to do something I love and make some money...and I was hella over that schedule.
I graduated from Scott College of Cosmetology in 2010 and opened Eclectic Hair Studio in 2011. By this time, I was also working as an instructor at SCOC and a few months later became a National Educator with John Paul Mitchell Systems. Education has been a passion of mine since day one. I love to learn and share my knowledge with others.
I still hold all of those titles, and have now really found my passion behind the chair as an extension specialist. I'm fortunate to work with an amazing team who help keep the salon up and running when I am at the school or on the road either teaching or taking classes. I absolutely love business and marketing, and I literally love my job every single day.
It wasn't easy to get where I am and I've worked SO hard to build my dream clientele and business, but I never take that for granted. Being able to wake up every day and love going to work is an absolute blessing and I could not be happier that I followed my gut and went to Cosmetology School.
When I'm not working, you can find me spending time with my two English Bulldogs, Bonnie and Clyde, hanging out with my family and friends, cooking or anywhere there is live music.
If you're interested in starting a career in Cosmetology, Esthetics or Manicuring, click this link to learn more about Scott College of Cosmetology (where I'm currently the Director of Education). I'd LOVE to help you on your journey to finding a career you love.
If you're interested in experiencing Natural Beaded Rows Extensions for yourself, click this link to learn more. I'd love to help you have the hair of your dreams!