Learning how to manage time and productivity with Skillshare

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Earlier this year I shared a post about my attempt to learn how to be a better photographer with my DSLR camera and Skillshare. And honestly, since making a concerted effort to put away my smart phone and pick up my actual camera, I’ve been so pleased to be able to have more high quality images of the boys! It’s a skill that I’ll never regret working on.

At the start of each calendar year, Justin and I try to take some time to talk through what our goals and plans are for the year. We discuss what happened last year, good or bad, and try to look for ways we can make adjustments in the new year to set ourselves up for success. It’s easy to do this with him because I have him to hold me accountable to it, but I’m pretty terrible at prioritizing systems and goals for my business.

I was happy to have the opportunity to work with Skillshare again and tell you about their classes on productivity. If you are familiar with Skillshare, you already know that you can find classes on nearly any subject from baking to game design to wellness. In fact, they have over 18,000 classes available to choose from! But with the start of the new year, and my mind learning towards planning and goal setting, I wanted to take some classes on productivity first!

Skillshare is also giving my readers a limited time offer of three months of unlimited access for only 99 cents! You can click here to get your three months and try out some of their awesome classes

I took a few classes, but my favorite of the bunch was this one on Time Theming. The instructor covered a lot of facets of organizing and structuring your day, but I took away a bigger picture of setting up more themes for different seasons of my life.

I really love that he explained ways to organize and manage your tasks on paper or digitally. There is nothing better than drawing a line through something on a written out to do list, and he even had suggestions for certain marks to make that represent different things. Basically, whether on paper or digitally, he is encouraging you to do something with each task right away so you can give it the right attention it needs.

I got out a pencil and paper, wrote out the next 7 months, and filled in things that I knew would already be happening, or goals I wanted to set for myself. After I finish the list I’ll type it up and make it into a nicer document, but it’s helpful for me to scribble out everything that is in my head first so I can see it all on the paper.

If you are wondering why I only chose to work on 7 months, it’s because my third baby is due in May and I didn’t want to be unrealistic about what kinds of themes I could set for the months after the baby arrives. I’ll wait until he or she gets here, and then adjust my calendar and monthly goals once I have a slight handle on what it’s like to be a mom of 3 kids!

If you haven’t checked Skillshare out yet, you really should. It’s replaced some of the time I would spend listening to podcasts, and I feel great knowing I’m bettering myself or learning a new skill while I’m doing another mindless task.

The Premium membership, which gets you unlimited access to learning, is normally $8/month but you can get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for $0.99 by clicking right here!

This post was sponsored by Skillshare, all opinions are my own.

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Comments (8)

  1. Posted January 11, 2018

    Thanks for sharing, I’m always trying to improve and better myself 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  2. Kate says
    Posted January 11, 2018

    Thanks! I just signed up (and made a note in my planner to cancel in 3 months 🙂 ) and I”m looking forward to the classes. So many good options. My new job has me busier than ever and I really need good tools to improve my organizational skills.

  3. Allie says
    Posted January 11, 2018

    I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography and computers without taking expensive classes. This is so perfect! Thank you! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

  4. Anne says
    Posted January 11, 2018

    The best resource for mom’s and time management is Laura Vanderkam. She has written several books, a blog and a podcast. Good luck! http://lauravanderkam.com/

  5. Posted January 11, 2018

    Always a good idea to invest some time in productivity…even if it’s learning it! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks, Kate!

  6. Posted January 11, 2018

    This sounds interesting, I will have to try it out! Thanks for sharing <3

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  7. Andrea says
    Posted January 11, 2018

    I have been wanting to try this. Thank you for sharing your experience. I am going to go sign up now. Love your blog! Hope you are feeling well.

  8. Heather says
    Posted January 13, 2018

    Thanks so much for the skillshare trial! I’ve been wanting to try it and this gave me the push I needed!