Alright we are on our way!! It's week 3 and I'm feeling FABULOUS for a few reasons right. Number One I'm happy to say I am down another 3lbs and I'm 5 lbs away from hitting my first goal!! So that has already BOOSTED my confidence quite a bit! Remember last week we discussed how a small win can boost your confidence and that's ONE thing that helped me this week! Another is my planner peace!!! Yes I have found Planner peace and I'm EXCITED because I have a system that works for ME... I'm a busy mom of 3 and business owner and often times I want my planner to be beautiful and give me something I WANT to look at but I also wanted to really make the MOST of the time I spend planning and allow me to get ahead of the game. What do I mean? Well.... my planner now has so many uses it also helps me map out my week for my social media and my home biz tasks and the method works so well I will also make a version for my home tasks so that I can make a cleaning schedule (maybe next week's blog will show this one) but here is what I came up with using a tip from a Planner group on Facebook about using a transparency to track repetitive tasks.
Ok so first and foremost here is my planner spread for the week (happy Planner classic) and I used some washi for the borders and mostly MAMBI stickers and social stamps I got from a kit I found at Michael's for $5 as well as a few studio l2e stamps to mark conference calls, water intake, home tasks and more... now the placing of the social media stamps is strategic because it helps me know when and where to schedule posts for the week on my FB fan page (and personal page) because sometimes I totally space out or I get caught up with the kids and miss posting something important at the right time (for instance to remind my team of a training or to make an online party)
. Using a dashboard kit I purchased from Michael's, some thin washi tape and a permanent sharpie pen (permanent so it doesn't smear but it can STILL be wiped off from this surface- this way I can chances around the tasks if I want to. For my particular way I set up my posting/sharing I like to mix in my product posts with my inspirational quotes and I also like to make sure I mix up when I work on which social media platform i.e. FB vs IG or twitter. This way I can focus my Time and not feel like I'm all over the place AND with the help of apps like buffer or hootsuite and grim.co I can set up my posts in advance and the posts will share at the perfect time for me! Each Sunday I do the first half of my week it takes me appx an hour to plan 3 posts a day (including making the photos and editing and writing captions with hashtags and scheduling etc. And then on Thursday mornings I finish out the rest of the week's posts/plans. You wouldn't believe how much time this frees up for me AND the relief I get knowing I don't have to stress about what post will go up today or tomorrow and if I miss my "peak" time window because I was busy with the kids or something else because life is CRAZY!
Overall using this method has helped me map out my work week with ease!! Social media is not intimidating because I have a perfect plan each week! Hope this helps and make sure to leave a comment with YOUR favorite productivity hacks too!! See you guys next time for more Hacks for the planning entrepreneur!
Be sure to find a scheduling app that works for you when Pre-planning your posts, I use Buffer Pro and I can posts to several social media platforms and schedule my weeks ahead of time!
Dawn aka Javi is a Super Cool 32 year old wife and homeschooling mother to 2 young boys and now one new baby girl!!