I like a plan. I’ve always been a planner. When I didn’t have a plan in place it would make me extremely nervous - which didn’t help anyone. Since working for myself I’ve become more relaxed, and have realised that plans CAN be flexible. 🙌
Being flexible in your approach to work/life will bring variety, less conflict and more understanding to your day-to-day. It will help you re-organise your schedule when something unexpected happens without having to stress over the details.
Here are some of the ‘plans’ that I have in place to keep me in check:
I have a content plan. I use this to document ideas, status and progress for Tweets and blog posts. When I first started off my plan was to post a blog post every week and Tweet at least once a day. At the beginning, I was smashing this out of the park. But as time went on and life/work became busier my content fell right off and I got really annoyed at myself. But I quickly realised I was trying my best. Finding the right balance between things also takes a bit of time, so don’t stress. You’ll figure it out.
I created my 2022 plan at the beginning of the year and I’m happy to say that I’ve done ok(ish) so far with sticking to it. Here’s what I’ve learnt so far.👇 • Rebranding is a lot more work and a lot harder than I expected. • Being a consistent content queen becomes harder the busier I get. I really do want to achieve these goals, but in order to do this I need to switch up my current approach. I’m going to start investing solid time into the business. Instead of being sporadic in my approach, I will dedicate specific time to putting my business hat on and getting my head down.
I use two main platforms for my daily plan. Google Calendar and Timo. I time block in Google Calendar so I know when I need to jump on to certain projects. I then use Timo to time track and call out specific to-dos for those projects. This works extremely well for me because nothing is set in stone(old me would be driving herself mad!) I can be as flexible as I want to when it comes to my tasks. Time blocking helps me understand my exact hours for each week and when I should start tackling my to-dos.
It’s useful to have a plan but it’s more important to understand what your goal is. What is your North star? Once you know what you’re aiming for, you can start building a plan(ish) on how you’re going to get there. As you learn and progress, your plan will probably change and it should! Be excited for the change in plan, you never know where it’s going to take you! ✨