Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Planning One Day At a Time

Make a date with yourself today to sit down and create a schedule for the next week. I dare you! Set aside some time to sit down and "schedule" what you are going to do for the next 7 days. No, really...I mean it. Here's why...

We sometimes wake up each day and take the day as it comes. When this happens and we don't plan how our day is going to play out; whatever happens from one minute to the next is really related to someone else's agenda, right? Why not take control of your day and carve out time to do those things that YOU want to get done? This way you aren't bound by each issue that comes your way.

Now don't get me wrong...there will certainly be instances where you will need to take a break from your agenda and attend to something or someone outside of your planned task...I get that. If you are a stay at home parent, your 3 year old that wants a bandaid for his "ow-wee" isn't going to understand that you have to finish writing a blog post by 2pm...NOT gonna happen! But wouldn't you feel more comfortable knowing that you have a plan to stay on track even with these kinds of necessary interruptions? You'll know exactly where to begin again because you'll have a schedule!

I use a set schedule each day to work on my business. Mondays are business development days. I only work on those things that build or enhance my business. Things like writing articles and blog posts, finding and researching speaking engagements, setting up conference calls, etc.

Tuesday's and Thursday's are usually marketing and networking days. Wednesday', Friday's and Saturday's are for client and vendor meetings. Now of course, this schedule is flexible when it needs to be but I've setup boundaries that I really try to stick to. It helps to keep me on track and helps to educate others on how I operate my business.

Now on each of those days, I always work in some social media time. Can't go a day without touching base with my virtual friends! But I'm very careful because 30 minutes can turn into 3 hours very easily.

Now go do it! Spend the next 30 minutes or so writing down everything you want to get accomplished today and tomorrow. Oh what the hey...Go ahead and map out your whole week!

I DOUBLE dare ya!

Until next time...

Aspire to Plan!


Grace Whalen said...

Wow, you have no idea how much you just helped me with this post. Thanks for the direction!

Stacey Strickler said...

Great post, and so timely. By making a schedule and planning out what you want to accomplish, you have a purpose for your days and not living your life haphazardly. Thank you.

Wendy said...

Grace and Stacey - Thanks so much for the kind feedback! Since planning is our business, the better equipped we are with our own plans, the better we'll be able to provide great service to our clients!

Let me know what other subjects you guys would like to see on the blog!

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