Juggling hobbies and lessons in productivity

I’ve been on something of a semi-self-imposed hiatus the last few months. My new job takes more out of me than I would have guessed, but is also far more fulfilling than I could have hoped for. I also started focusing more on photography, and when you barely have time to make things and decorate, well, it’s tough to run a DIY blog.

I actually decided to focus on my photography to the point where I launched my site – Rucha Tatke-Hickman Photography – and Facebook page, and started actively working towards building a business. It’s been hard, but I’m back and ready to tackle any DIY challenges, with the following tips in mind:

1. Know your resources

With the internet, it’s easy to get inundated with links and websites that have too much info to take in. My first concern was running a small business – something that many of you may have encountered or debated doing. I found Kabbage, which offers small business loans to budding entrepreneurs. I truly love their tech-friendly approach, and obtaining the loan is super efficient. Definitely something to consider. Pinterest is always good for DIY/decor inspiration, and I actually love Instructables as well.

2. Have a vision

Don’t do things just for the sake of doing them. I think I mentioned in my last post that I’d sometimes considered working on things just to produce blog content, but those things would ultimately not have made me happy. I love decor and inspiration, but I love utility as well, and I don’t want to flood my living space with stuff that doesn’t have a purpose. Well, except for certain things. Not all decor has to have a purpose.

halloween tablescape decor

Hello, useless but pretty pine cones and gourds!

3. Have a calm space to work and relax in

Life gets busy. And next thing you know there’s craft debris everywhere but you don’t care because you just want to go to bed. It’s important to keep at least one space that’s usually uncluttered, that you can enjoy. Matt and I don’t live in the largest space ever, so we have to make sure we have a living room and bedroom that we can both enjoy. However I now also work from home one day a week, so I’ll be working on sprucing up our desk and creating a mini-home office area for both of us to take advantage of.

4. Organize

Whether you love filing folders or virtual ones, having an organization system works wonders for productivity. It allows for prioritization and a hub to put all your ideas, tasks and to-dos in one place. There are great task-management systems out there that help with this – a GTD (Getting Things Done) System and an updated calendar are keys to success.

5. Don’t forget to relax and take some time off 

Whether you go on an actual vacation, or just go nap/read/eat in the park without worrying about tasks for one day, remember to take some time for yourself. Work out, hang out with friends, recharge. You’ll come back with fresh ideas and a new perspective, because you took the time to let your brain relax, and you’ll be better for it.

Helicopter front seat

xo Rucha