We’re already a month into the new year!
You’ve identified your 2020 goals. You’ve even broken them down into do-able, bite-sized chunks. So how do you stay “on track” and organized as the busy-ness of life accelerates? Inquiring minds want to know!
I was recently asked how I stay organized in day-to-day operations with my business, specifically as a solopreneur speaker and author.
The organizational geek in me loves practical questions like this. So here goes…
From a technology standpoint, I depend heavily on my iCalendar (along with some specific speaker-centric software and a CRM) to track events, contracts, travel, and commitments. But for personal day-to-day and weekly to-do’s, I still like to go old school with pen and paper.
My tool of choice is a personal planner by a company called Ink+Volt. I came across this planner through their initial Kickstarter Campaign in 2014 and have ordered one each year since then. Their planners are both beautiful and functional.
I like how the planner guides me in setting yearly objectives with monthly and weekly goals. Writing these goals out helps me to time block efficiently and break them down into doable daily tasks.
Admittedly, I’m a list maker. Yes, I get a big charge out of checking the tiny little box that signifies “TASK COMPLETE.” ✅ And my planner gives me ample space each week to list my top 10 to-dos.
Each week, the planner also has a section called REFLECT + CELEBRATE where I get to jot down what went well the week before. It might be booking a particular client or nailing a presentation. It might be what I did to fill my tank on my day off. It is a happy little space where I get to celebrate the good stuff that happened by writing it down, like a party minus the champagne. I think it’s important to take a few minutes at the beginning of the week to reflect on what IS working before you tackle your tasks.
The creative writer in me also appreciates the planner’s weekly journaling prompts. If you receive my monthly e-newsletter updates, you already know about the power of journaling.
I should point out that I am not in cahoots with the folks at Ink+Volt. I don’t get any kickbacks for writing this or pushing their products. That being said, I really like their planners both in content and quality. Their style works for my personality type and professional needs.
Enough about my organizational tips. Your turn! I want to learn about YOUR tips and tricks.
Do you have a favorite planner?
How do YOU stay organized and productive?
Please share your ideas in the comments below.