How To Plan Your Week When Your To-Do List is Overwhelming

Clock Photo

When you’re the owner of your own business there’s never enough hours in the day to do everything you have in mind! So, I've outlined 5 time management techniques on how to plan your week when your to-do list is overwhelming.

*Insert lyrics: I got my mind on my money, my money on my mind. 

GROUP LIKE TASKS

Managing several tasks all at the same time is a great skills, however the first thing you should focus on is to group like tasks and carry them out without procrastinating nor postponing. For example, if you’re sourcing images for a blog post don’t just choose your selection and move on to another task. Instead, once you’ve made up your mind on the images you want to go live, edit them, resize them and optimize them. This way once you’re happy with your blog post you can go ahead and publish it straight away!

REWORK YOUR OLD CONTENT

You hear the word EVERGREEN when people are talking about content. Evergreen content is content that is always relevant. I like to stress out this point: reworking older posts is money! It’s great for SEO, it can help you grow your traffic and, most importantly, it can save you time and allow you to work on other tasks! 

DREADED TASKS FIRST 

You know what they say, take the bull by the horns! It might not be the most enjoyable part for the day but if there’s a dreaded task that you keep postponing, it’s time to act on it! Instead of having it in the back of your mind while doing something else, go on and take it out of the way! You’ll feel more relaxed and ready to deal with everything else left to be done without that horrible feeling of  anxiety. 

KNOW YOURSELF

The early bird catches the worm but thats not for everyone. There are people that give 100% in the early mornings hours and others work best at night. Therefore it’s important to know yourself and know the time when you’re the most productive. This doesn’t mean that you should only be working during a specific set of hours but instead to plan your working day in favour to your natural work tendencies and preferences. If there’s a big task that requires your complete attention, carry it out during the hours when you know your concentration reaches its peak and use the rest of the day to finish other smaller duties.

BATCH PLANNING AND SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE

For any industry, scheduling is almost as important as breathing! First things first, set a day and lay out your editorial calendar with all the content you want to produce. Once you’ve set up your editorial calendar, you should also plan your social media posts. This way you won’t have to worry about posting on your Instagram feed! Your editorial and social calendar go hand in hand: once you’re done writing the blog post you scheduled, don’t forget to write and schedule the related tweets or IG pic: this goes back to the first tip about grouping like tasks! 

*Download my one month calendar of IG content here.

2018 Goals

Hello darlings!

I am tickled pink to have you join for a new year and new adventure.

2017 was hard but one as sweet as a Georgia peach. It was a year of restoration. I packed up my back and moved back to Texas from North Carolina. I reconnected with some of the best of friends and celebrated the passing of my mother and the adoption of a sweet baby girl. Spent some of the best days with my daddy watching him heal the loss of my mother. Helped care for sweet Amelia Gail as her mama transitions in this new season. I have laughed and cried a lot. But oh the JOY in the in-between. 

I am heading into the new year with hope that it will truly be the best year yet! 

IMG_5446.JPG

My 2018 word is root. More on this later because I wrote this out on my Cultivate application and I can't remember what I said for the life of me right now but it was really good. 

My goals for 2018 can be best summarized as: 

  • I do really excellent work. 
  • HE will help me to be creative and original.
  • HE will give me a message he wants me to share to encourage others toward HIM.
  • I am a blessing to my clients and people I get to work with. 
  • HE gives me discernment in the projects I take.
  • He would enable me to maintain my boundaries for the benefit of my family and mental/emotional capacity.
  • HE would grow my business in a way he see fit and not allow me to grow in ways that simply feed me ego. 
IMG_5770.JPG

I'm cheering you on in 2018 as you live your best life. 

 

Benefits of a Tidy Desk

Although cleaning your workspace doesn’t make your daily to-do list, it does have its benefits. Your workflow, your creativity and your health could all suffer. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Mess = Stress

Just looking at a messy workspace first thing in the morning can raise your stress levels. It can make it hard to find needed items and slow you down. Why do that to yourself? An organized atmosphere will limit distractions and help you focus on your work, not your clutter.

Increase Efficiency and Limit Distractions

A messy desk is distracting and can pull your mind off of working. You’ll also find yourself with lots more space to get things done than pushing the mess to the side and adding more to the pile. This also applies to clutter on your computer, like old files on your desktop or an overflowing email inbox.

Your Health

Did you recently have a cold? Do you sometimes eat lunch at your desk? Leaving the surface untouched, can harbor germs. Make a point of cleaning your desk and computer keyboard with proper cleaners.

Sometimes, a Little Mess is Okay

Believe it or not, there are times when having an untidy desk can actually pay off at work. A Psychological Science study found that having a messy environment at the start of a project can promote creative thinking and help people come up with new ideas. Whereas a clean working space makes the mind focus. If you need to come up with unconventional and new ideas, it can help to start a bit messy and finish clean. That’s good news for creative types!

There are many good reasons to keep your workspace clean: your efficiency and your health will all benefit from a neat environment. Taking time to tidy up won’t feel like a chore if it helps you get ahead.