Happy New Year! I can’t believe how quickly 2016 flew by and that we’re in 2017 all of a sudden. Now that we’re almost at the end of the first week of the year (!!), let’s talk productivity and planning.
I used to be one of those poor saps that wrote a daily to-do list every morning. It was part of my ritual: chug a giant iced coffee, check my social media accounts, write myself a full page to-do list. Honestly, it was an addiction. And like any addiction, it turned ugly.
I couldn’t stop myself at a few tasks. So, I kept going back for one more, until soon I was scheduling myself impossible workloads every morning. Because I wanted it all: an empty inbox, impressed clients, and perfect products finished ahead of schedule.
I was burnt out. With no time for myself, I was getting caught up in the busywork and missing the big picture. At the end of the week, I couldn’t pinpoint which major goals I had helped move forward. I felt like I was just running (as fast as possible) in place.
If you’re mapping out your day instead of your week, you’re probably running into the same problems. Overcommitting, under-producing and losing sight of your real goals. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you change all of that.
Read on for my Ultimate Guide to Planning a Productive Week (AND grab the free printable weekly calendar!)
Oftentimes Small Business Owners fall into the trap of feeling that it is imperative to have a right-hand man or woman that is an employee of the business. It feels like a natural next step, and a lot of us are natural born leaders, so we are eager for someone to lead.
If you have a brick and mortar, Business to Consumer business model that can make sense. You need someone to man the store while you’re away and want someone you can depend on. Totally fine. If you have a service based, Business to Business model though – think again. If you are the face of the business, if you and your brain and services are what people are paying for, do you really need a full time or part time employee?
When I decided I wanted guidance, focus, and direction in my life I really did not know where to begin. I looked all over for resources, but ultimately I had such a difficult time finding the right kind of inspiration. I put together this guide to really help eliminate the guess work that comes with trying to find things that can inspire and resonate with you.
There’s a ton of career advice out there. Some of it is great, and some of it doesn’t apply to anything ever. Over the course of my career I have been blessed to work under some amazing people. Throughout this time I’ve been able to pick up on their skills and have fine-tuned my own abilities. I’ve had many jobs and I’ve worked with a lot of different personalities. It might have taken me a while to find my groove (and the right job for that matter), but I am definitely confident in my abilities today.
Here are a few of the best practical career tips I’ve ever received, along with the things I’ve learned along the way.
Reminder: if you’re “coasting” you are probably going downhill.
You don’t have to plan every single day in your life, but you really should at the very least have monthly goals to keep you on track. Things come up, obviously, but having a broad overview of the month and knowing what you need to accomplish (big or small!) is something every successful person does.