Planners! Planners! Planners!

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Last week we went over time management, but how are you actually supposed to keep track of that time? Planners!

Planners are so essential for keeping track of your day, appointments, and even your personal activities. We often have so much going on and just expect ourselves not to forget something. Well, I got news for you, forgetting often happens; minimize it with using a planner.

When picking a planner to use you have quite a few different options. The two main types would be paper and electronic.

If you are a pen and paper person, you could really benefit from having a paper planner. They may require a little more maintenance since you have to be sure you are writing everything down in them, but it can be totally worth it.

Paper planners let you find the design that works best for you!

You want it to be aesthetically pleasing; I mean you will be looking at it all year long. Functionality must also be up to par. Think if a daily few or a weekly view would suit your needs better. They can be travel sized if you like to be on the go, or desk size so everything is easily available.

Electronic planners are everywhere in this age of new technology. They can be very convenient and have lots of extra features consumers love.

Many electronic planner options have apps available and can send reminders directly to your smartphone. Along with syncing to your phone, it can sync to the different applications that you might use for business, some examples being: Google Calendar, Trello, Calendly, and Zoom.

Things to look for when picking an electronic planner… Is it user-friendly? Make sure you can know the ins and outs of all its features; if it’s not easy to use it is not worth your time!

Does it offer a backup? Even worse than missing your appointment would be for the system to crash and you lose all your data for the year! Make sure that you can save it to your cloud, google drive, or whatever system you use.

It’s okay to use multiple planners!

Some people like to visualize with a paper desk planner but also like the phone reminders with an electronic planner. You are allowed to experiment which works best for you!

Tell me… What do you prefer, paper or electronic? Or do you use a combination?

 

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How to Manage Your Time

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Fun fact, there are 1,440 minutes in a day!

While that may seem like a lot on paper, it often seems to go by in just a blink of an eye. Before you know it, the day is over and your to-do list somehow got longer.

Managing your time can be a daunting task.

Between calendars, planners, reminders, and all the other ways you should be able to manage it; somehow the day still gets away from you.

I’m going to let you in on my favorite tips for time management…

Prioritize!

Simple, I know. First thing in the morning needs to be when you spend the time on your most pressing tasks. You will be much more productive in the morning!
Urgent comes before important. If you’re having trouble with deciding what is urgent vs important, think about it in terms of your goals.

Will finishing this help me reach my goals and how quickly?

Focus!

Eliminate distractions (like that cell phone attached to you at all times). You’ll discover how much quicker you get things done in a quiet place, not scrolling down your news feed whenever a dull moment arises. Do one thing at a time and try to avoid leaving things half-finished.

Let things go!

Don’t let your perfectionism get the better of you. Nobody is perfect and you are no exception. It’s okay to step back, breath, and say “I did my best”. Quit over-editing and press send. You are an expert and your work will show it no matter what.

Ask for help!

It’s okay to feel overwhelmed in your day, but if you consistently feel overwhelmed it’s okay to ask for help. Outsourcing and delegating might seem like adding more on your plate, but if you find the right person with the right skill-set you can free up large sections of your day to focus on those urgent tasks.

These can be useful for work, home, or your stressed out bestie who is in denial (because we’ve all been there).

Take back control over your schedule!

How do you manage your time?

Hit reply and give me the details! Your favorite tracking tools, strategy, or even a color code that helps keep you organized and ready to tackle the day.

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Why I love MailChimp

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This may not be something you think of often, but how do businesses get out their emails to you? (Kind of like this one.)

You give a company your email and next thing you know you’re always in the loop on their promotions, blogs, events, and everything else under the sun.

This is called email marketing.

This is an awesome way to grow your business.

What you probably don’t realize is you might do something similar in your personal life already!

From sending mass emails to the family trying to plan that reunion or an announcement to all the PTA moms, you might already be email marketing savvy.

There are a few different services out there that offer email marketing. The one that I personally use, and would recommend to any newbie, is MailChimp!

I LOVE MailChimp for a few reasons: it is great for building up your email list, you can have up to 1000 subscribers without having to upgrade to the paid version, and it’s very easy to insert offers or videos.

I’m going to share my expertise with you in this video tutorial showing how you can use MailChimp with ZERO experience.

I will go into detail on how to get emails from customers, make a list to narrow down your audience, create campaigns, and even designing your own email (including a sneak peek into using the free graphic design tool Canva).

Check out my tutorial below!

Watch the Video

After watching, comment and tell me… what are your ideas are on how you can apply MailChimp to your life?

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