Logistical Clusterf*ck (and 5 tools that help save me time)
Let me start by saying that keeping things organized is NOT my superpower. I remember sobbing to Dan when I was pregnant with Van:
I can hardly get myself out of the door in the morning…how am I going to do this with a baby??
And I meant it. I’m not the mom that has her diaper bag packed and ready at all times. And I’m certainly not the mom that is cool, calm, and collected heading out the door in the morning. I’m the mom that is hanging by a thread hoping that Dre’s milk is in the cooler and that Van’s cherished elephant made it into the half zipped canvas bag that just got caught on the door handle and made me almost trip down my front porch.
So, when we decided that this year, what would be best for our family and my business, is to spend two month in Michigan, two months in Seattle, rinse repeat, I 100% panicked. Well, I believe my exact words were:
That sounds like a logistical clusterf*ck.
And, I won’t lie, it is. But, we absolutely make it work and somehow actually thrive in doing it. That’s not to say that I haven’t had some serious failures along the way. And some serious meltdowns (I’m not talking about the kids). Because there have been a lot of them. In the end, I chalk those times up to learning experiences and it makes the systems I have created even stronger and more efficient — because I’m not about to repeat the mistakes I have made!
For my business logistics, if a client in Seattle wants to book a photoshoot and I will be in Michigan for a while, I give them the option to book with my amazing associate photographer (who I have taught to shoot like me and then I do the editing) or they can hold off until I get back. Sometimes they book with her and sometimes they wait for me. As for marketing, I do it in both places. I’m part of networking groups in both places, I make social media posts about both places…I basically do everything twice.
As for the boys, we have really lucked out this year with caregivers who are willing to let us come and go without losing our spots (you can read some tips about finding great childcare HERE). I know this won’t last forever, but it is working for us this year.
People often ask us what we will do when the boys start school. My answer is that we aren’t there yet. Ask me when it gets closer. haha.
So, as you can imagine, with a baby, a toddler, two photography studios in two states, going back and forth across the country and packing up my family every two months, managing the Sue Bryce Education Facebook group, and personal fun time, things can get pretty hectic.
In my constant quest to NOT be busy all the time, I have found some really great tools to help make the logistics of it all a little bit easier AND to save me some time.
There are 5 tools/apps that I absolutely love and use all the time! I created the list and descriptions and how they help to save me time and put it all in one free pdf for you to download (I’m not affiliated with any of them, by the way). Enjoy!
I hope this helps you to free up a little more time in your own life as you balance it all!