Gear Up for the New Year
Are you ready to get organized and be a goal crusher for the year of 2018? If you are like me you live on checklists, notepads, and all those cute irresistible desk accessories so let me get you started off with a desktop calendar. I designed this organizational tool to not only keep your busy life running smoothly, but to also meet your feminine girl boss branding needs as well 🙂
As a bonus in this week’s blog post, I am sharing a few tips that help keep my week organized and on track. I hope that it helps you out with keeping your own personal and or business objectives on the right path. Keep in mind that if you are not a naturally organized and detail oriented person that it is even more important to stick to these tips until you create a routine for yourself and they come naturally. So, here we go…let’s get started.
Girl Boss Tips
Being a small business owner means that you answer to yourself and if you’re not accountable for your work habits no one else will be calling you into their office for a motivational chat on your dependability or time management. So, as a girl boss I have to make sure that I create habits that make my business successful as well as make sure that I am accessible to my customers during my business hours.
Don’t get me wrong though, I do get those days where I just want to sleep in or snuggle on the couch with a festive holiday movie. Those are called mental or personal days and everyone needs them so don’t feel bad if you take one or two, just hit the next day even harder with your set goals or reprioritize goals so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
Tip 1: Write down your goals
I am a visual person so my success thrives on seeing what I need to accomplish. I use a planner, dry erase board, and a desktop calendar pad to write down what I need to get done that day or week. Personally I plan by the week because it seems like something always comes up and crashes my daily plans so by organizing my goals weekly I can be flexible in what I accomplish and can rearrange what I need to.
Tip 2: Autopilot your business goals
Work smarter not harder is my motto! Using apps is such an essential step in keeping a busy girl boss like myself well organized and also redirect that time to more important projects. Ill share a few on this post, but also check out my Blogging Resources board on Pinterest for so many blogging tips and tricks. The three most used apps I use for my business are:
- Buffer: Schedules social media posts automatically (FREE & PAID)
- BoardBooster: Schedules Pinterest pins for your selected boards daily (100 monthly pins/$30 a mo)
- Canva: Designs social media posts from pre-designed templates (FREE & PAID)
Buffer is an app where you upload your art or file and it places it in a queue where you can either let Buffer choose a date or time or you can select your own. That’s it, now you just sit back and let your awesome graphics post to your different social media sites throughout the week or month if you are super organized. This app covers twitter, facebook and instagram, but for instagram you do have to post it manually as Instagram hasn’t allowed other programs to post to their app yet, but Buffer does send you a reminder to post and all you have to do is just hit post when that reminder comes up. This is so helpful to me and has kept my social media followers engaged with content!
BoardBooster is a paid subscription, but is so worth it let me tell you. They usually have a free trial available and as a business owner these promotions are so great to determine if it’s a good fit for my business before investing money. I actually had a 1000 pins free, which lasted for almost a year before I signed up for the 100 pins per month for $30. So, this one is important if you want to be visible on Pinterest and particularly for me I want my products to be seen and drive traffic to my site for the same reason. In order to be seen on Pinterest you have to be considered a “top pinner” and that means you have to consistently pin daily and really who has time for that right?! So, instead of spending every day pinning multiple pins to a variety of boards you can spend a few hours one day a week to pin them all. I spend the first hours of my monday pinning my Pinterest pins while drinking my coffee.
Being a graphic designer myself I try to design my own social media posts myself of course, but when I am on the go Canva is the app I go to first. My fellow graphic designer’s know that you can’t just take your Photoshop/Illustrator program or iMac with you on vacation so during those times this app comes in so handy and as an extra bonus it is so simple to use. Once you pick the social media you want to post to the only things you need to change are the text and photo, the program automatically adjusts the photo size to the appropriate proportions.
Tip 3: Give yourself credit when meeting goals
When you create goals you either meet them or reprioritize them for a later date. Celebrate those goals that you crushed and met with a moment for yourself. Being a visual person, I take that big beautiful black marker and draw a line or check next to my goal. For big goals or projects I treat myself to a coffee or something personable to me because success needs to be celebrated. No matter how you do it make sure you take time to give yourself credit.
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