Even in a pandemic, we've got to keep moving forward
When schools and businesses closed their doors in March 2020 and we all went home, there were so many people who suddenly found themselves with so much new time to learn a language, to take up painting, to write the next great American novel. Apparently. And then there were those of us with kids; trying to do our jobs and run our businesses from home while also taking on the impossibly hard full-time job of getting our kids through remote learning. In place of so much free time to create or learn something new, we were lucky if we got a bathroom break without a kid following us there talking, talking, talking. It's been exhausting.
As the schools go back maybe for real this time (however that looks and for however long that lasts) we have to get on with our new normal. It's not what we hoped for, but it's what we have, and it's time to make it work and get stuff done. Part of that adjustment is finding a new way to plan when you no longer have long stretches of uninterrupted work time and you're responsible for making sure that your kids also get their things done.
Now more than ever, we need a way to keep sight of the bigger picture while completing all the tiny details. A way to stay focused on what we're trying to achieve when we're so tired we can't remember our own names. Plan The Things is here to make that easier with simple and minimal planning tools to keep you moving forward, even if those steps are sometimes microscopic.
Like so many people, I went from being ridiculously busy and pretty productive to being even busier, but waaaaaay less productive when the pandemic hit. It was a bit like having a newborn again in some ways, when simply taking a shower constitutes a major achievement.
I've always been low-key obsessed with finding the "perfect" planning system (yep, I know that's impossible, and yet I keep dreaming...). I started this business under a different name three years ago, but it got pushed to the side a little when other things took priority. The pandemic has reignited my enthusiasm to make planning simple, straightforward and minimal; something that works for people juggling with all the things, whose eyes cannot deal with any more chaos.
I'm a British artist, designer, teacher and entrepreneur. I live in beautiful Portland, Maine with my Danish artist / writer / teacher husband, our three amazing but very opinionated girls (ages 16, 14 and 9), three cats, a bunch of fish, a lizard-y thing and our two stubborn but hilarious pugs, Waffles and Pepper.
I teach art at a local university, I'm launching an art and creativity subscription box and I have a handful of design clients. I've been building businesses online since 2008; both product and service-based design business. Keeping sight of the bigger picture while looking at all the tiny steps (and all the freaking Zoom meetings) is helping me to keep moving forward wearing all my different hats.
With my glorious three part-days a week when I'm not teaching and the kids are actually in school (for now, fingers crossed) I'm running round the house shouting I'm freeeeeeee, by which I obviously mean I'm getting loads of quality work done in the delicious silence :)
Looking after our planet so we can all have a future here is hugely important. Plan The Things partners with One Tree Planted so that we can help reforest the world, one tree at a time. For every paper item sold in the shop, we plant one tree.
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