Since the beginning, this blog has been about learning from other creative parents for me and anyone else who needs it. If you struggle with finding focus, procrastinating to watch House Hunters International, or you just don’t know where to find the time to get your project done, I hope some of these can help.
Here’s some productivity tips to get more out of your day
These are all great tips. Some are from this site, and some are from elsewhere. I linked to the source for all of them if you want to read more.
Priorities over balance
“I find when I focus on priorities rather than balance, that allows me to shift, maybe, my focus such that if I’m at a conference, that conference for me for three days is my top priority, and giving it my best is my top priority,” Moll explained in a video series highlighting innovative people and their ideas. “And then I get back home, and family moves back into top priority. But that allows me to at least juggle the amount of stuff that’s on my plate at any given time, knowing that the long-term priorities are set, and I just have to deal with what the short-term priorities are.”
Top 5 Things
“I break my workday into sections and block out time based on project priorities. I also end each day by creating my top 5 list. These are the 5 most important things I want to accomplish the next day and they are where I am going to start every morning.”
Taryn and I had a weight lifting class together in High School and I’ve been intimidated by her ever since 😉
I was impressed by how quickly she grew her blog and following so I reached out to see if there was something I could learn. Of COURSE there was…
Read on if you’re into interior design and need some inspiration
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m Taryn! I am the author of Design, Dining and Diapers, a home & garden and interior design blog that covers everything from DIY Projects & Tutorials, Home Decor, Seasonal Crafts, Entertaining, Food and Life with Kids! I live in the greater Seattle area with my husband of (almost) 7 years and our two kids (soon to be 3)! We recently moved into our dream home out in the country, so as of late my blog has been focused on decorating our new home and making it our own.
Portrait of Taryn Whiteaker, creator of design, dining and diapers
Why did you get into interior design? What made you decide to start your blog?
I’ll try and keep it short but there is a story behind it! It really has been a combination of things that led me to where I am now. The saying really is true, ‘everything happens for a reason’. I have always loved the arts and being creative. I learned how to sew at the age of nine by watching my mom make my clothes and before I knew it I was making most of my own wardrobe in middle school and high school. I always had plans to go to design school but in the end I decided to attend The University of Arizona and get a major in Communications and minor in Sociology & French. After I got my degree, I was lucky enough to land a great job doing Public Relations for some amazing companies around the world. It was right around this time when blogs and social media started to make their way into mainstream media and companies started to see the value of having an online presence. I found myself working with bloggers on behalf of my clients and learning a lot about the industry.
Fast forward a few years….In 2011, our daughter was born and I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. I was so grateful to have the opportunity to be at home but it was a hard transition going from the corporate lifestyle to being home all day. I needed something to keep me busy (as if a newborn wasn’t enough). During nap times I started reading DIY blogs and found myself digging into my creative side again. Instead of making my own clothes, I channeled all my creativity into transforming our house into a home and I was loving it! I felt like I found a piece of me again. It wasn’t too long after that I decided to use the knowledge I gained in my professional career and take a chance on starting my own creative blog! I literally had no idea what I was getting into….or what it would become.