Friday, November 27, 2015

How do you find TIME for memory-keeping?

I ran a poll here on the blog for about six weeks, asking what the biggest obstacle is to preserving photos and the memories that go with them.

61% of you said TIME
38% of you said MONEY
And, wouldn't you know, 0% said INTEREST.

A hashtag I often use is #icanhelp.  It's one of the things I love most about what I do!  So let's see how I can help you today!  You have the interest in preserving your photos & their memories, so let's get you the time.  (We'll talk about money next time.)

First off, it's important to remember that nobody ever "finds" time for anything.  We don't often have 6 extra hours or 2 extra days with nothing to do.  We MAKE time for everything we do.  I attended a women's conference back a thousand years ago when I was in college.  One of the things that was said was:

"If we didn't have too much to do, we wouldn't know 
what was important."  -Jeanne Innoyue

Don't read on too fast here.  Think about that statement.  We are meant to prioritize.  And it's hard, I know.  I am SO there.  But when we have to prioritize, we learn more about what is really important.  So let your photos and their memories be important, because you already know they are.

Remember this graphic I posted a few months ago?

One of the things that stuck out to me the most when I did the research for this graphic is that we would have 5 more hours a week if we just stayed away from Facebook.  (approximately)  Or how many more hours if we didn't watch so much TV?  Now, I'm not saying that you should give up Facebook or TV, but what if you just cut your time in half?  Or what if you just took 2 days off from Facebook or TV or sports?   

And how about that 90 Minutes For Life idea?  What if you just spent 15 minutes a day with your photos and their memories?  I must say, too, that once you get in the habit, it's easy to keep doing.  Enlist help if you need to!  Find a memory-keeping buddy who needs time to scrapbook (or storybook) just like you do and report to each other.  Find a family member who can work with you.  Or I can be your "accountability partner."  There are lots of ways we could "work together," even from far away.  I'll tell you about two of them in a minute. 

I know a great gal who is a business coach.  One of her fabulous tips that she repeats a lot is:

"If it takes more than 15 minutes, it should be on your calendar."  

I can't even tell you how quickly my calendar fills up.  I'm (mostly) a SAHM (a complete misnomer because I'm not home that much!), and usually when someone asks me if I can do something next week, it's already full.  So I can tell you that this tip is absolutely true.  I LOVE memory-keeping, and it is SO EASY with Heritage Makers, and I could happily spend hours and hours doing it.  But when my calendar gets full and I have a memory-keeping project I really need to get done, I put it on my calendar.  Thursday afternoon I am spending two hours on this book, period.  Then I just don't schedule things over it!  It's how I prioritize.  I have too much to do, just like you, so this is how I make sure the important things get done:  calendar it!

How many of the ideas I've gone over so far sound good to you?  Which ones would especially work for you?

I have ten more tips for simple steps to memory-keeping {right here}, too.  See which of them help you the most.  

One of the best things I do to make sure my memory-keeping gets done is I work with other people.  I do several different things.  I set up "digi-crops" at a local restaurant (we all bring laptops and work), and I also host some online "digi-crops" where we all sit at our computers and work together, checking in with each other and posting what we are working on.  Whatever you do, when you work with someone else, it's easier to get things done because you've committed to another person that you'll be working at the time you've reserved on your calendar. 

If you're not really sure how a digi-crop works or how it could help you, I explain it right here "in person."  :)
(If you would like to be a part of my digi-crops, whether you're local or not, contact me and I'll set you up!  My contact information is at the "contact me" tab in purple above.)

Don't forget:  I offer Scrapbooking For Hire, too!  The details are in the purple "Scrapbooking For Hire" tab above--this is just one option.

Which of these ideas and tips will YOU use to MAKE time for memory-keeping?  

Be a Heritage MAKER, not a Photo Keeper.

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  1. Such great ideas for busy moms and even those of more than one child. I will take these tips and put them to use. Many Thanks

  2. Amanda, I'm so happy to hear it! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  3. It is fascinating to break down your week and see how you really spend your time! I totally agree that calendaring and coordinating with other people are huge! Thanks for sharing. #heartandsoullinkup

  4. I love these ideas, Jennifer! Especially the digi-crop. I've definitely been outta the photo keeping area for quite a while now. Once I make time on my calendar (as you do), I know I will get 'em tackled. Thanks for sharing! #heartandsoullinkup

  5. You give such down to earth logic and advice about how to truly capture our memories!

  6. Thanks, Alicia. :) I totally agree--when we really break down how we spend our time, we can learn a lot! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. I'm so glad, Penelope. :) The digi-crop really is a fun way to get things done. Yes, setting aside time is the zinger. :) Thanks for reading!


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