HOW TO PLAN YOUR MONTH LIKE A BOSS
It's the end of October and as I gear up to go outside with
the kiddos for some family fun (#trickortreat) I can't help
but also be planning for my November that's quickly
approaching (yes, as in 1 day!).
I quickly learned that a good pre-planning session (or as I
say..planning party) makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in getting
things done efficiently. Not just any "things" though. The
things that really make an impact.
Have you ever tried planning out your month in advance so
you knew exactly what needed to be done........ and then
find a few days in you are not exactly sticking to the plan
and half the things you wrote down are getting forgotten
Why a few short productivity tips make all the difference when planning your month
It’s pretty common to have an “eyes are bigger than our stomach” approach when dreaming big and wanting it to all be done NOW (or like yesterday!)
So what do you do when you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur with more than 1 thing on your plate (mom, wife, business owner, day job?) and you want to get down to business and be as productive as possible (without losing your sanity?)
You take a moment at the end of each month and plan your month like a boss.
Follow these tips before jumping in and writing out your plan to ensure you are filling your month with the things that matter most..... for your business and personal life.
Let's get started:
1) First, “Brain storm” or "brain dump” all the things you
think need to be done for the next month. (If you’re already
planning in 90 day segments this will be much easier and all
you’ll need to do is look at your 90 day plan and add
anything you think is missing)
2) Second, ask yourself...What did I learn last month?
(about yourself, about your business, your children, etc.) &
What do I need to change or continue doing?
3) Look at your brain-storming page again and now based on
the answers to #2, either add more or start taking things
4) Ok, Step Four: block out the calendar with all of the
things that are time specific such as doctor’s appointments,
birthday parties, business meetings, etc.)
5) Now take another look at your brainstorm list and as you
pull them onto your weekly calendar (or weekly to-do list)
ask “Will this move me forward towards my goal and why/how?
Does this really need to be done?”If yes...do I have to do
it or can I delegate it?"
6) Map out what needs to be done in week 1, 2, 3, 4 based on where you want to be the following 30 days
Ok, you did it! Now, you’ve taken time to really turn within and only put things on your calendar that truly need to be there and are aligned with your goals.
What do you do with the recurring items or daily tasks you always have to get done?
Clutter up the calendar with them?
- You can have one document or space next to the calendar that is a list of the new daily habits you are trying to form or the things that always need to be done.
- Create space on your calendar for these items by simply writing “habits” or “dailies” or more specifically "social media"
This way, you’re prompted to look at your habits list (social media list, etc) and get it done on the specified day without it taking up space on your calendar.
If you use Gmail or iCal you can actually designate a different color for all things "habits" or "social media". You just create another calendar and name it as you wish and it will show up on your main calendar along with the other "calendars" but as a different color so when you look at your digital calendar you know which one is social media, family, personal and more. (wow, how many times can I say calendar in one paragraph?! :)
Personally, I keep my social media calendar on a big poster board right at my desk. I do use a digital calendar daily, but only for appointments or time specific events. I found having all of the social media tasks and habits cluttered up my calendar, even with changing of the colors.
Happy end O’ the month planning!
Need a little extra guidance on keeping your days more organized? Read my post about the daily 1-3-5 task list method here.
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Hey there. Welcome! As a productivity & Business Strategist I help entrepreneurs like you, find the time to grow your business without the overwhelm, so there is more time for what matters most . xoxo