Being an Organized #Girlboss
As a student, I was obnoxiously organized. Everything was color coded, written nicely, and my days were planned to the minute. As a #girlboss, I cannot say the same. Why? I have no idea what each day is going to look like. I used to try and plan everything out and stay organized, but if I'm being honest my life is just a bunch of calendars, dry erase boards and post-it notes.
The biggest lesson I have learned being the boss, is to be flexible. Roll with the punches. Even when I have everything organized, something is bound to go wrong. Here are some things that I do to stay organized in the mess that is my life.
1. Write Everything Down
While it might not be in an hourly organized planner, I do write everything down. I've recently made some fun daily planners that help with staying organized.
There are daily ones for you to plan each day, week at a glance, meal planners, to-do lists, notes and more. I had one of these in college and I used it with my monthly planner. I love the 8.5x11 size, it allows you to fit everything you need to do in a day. Lets be honest, you can't possibly fit a full day of goals, plans, to do's, etc. the few inches that a standard planner provides.
2. Set Goals
I can't stress this one enough. In December, I set goals for myself and my business to complete this year. I set three month, one year, and three year goals. You know the best part about writing down your goals? Being able to look back and say, "Wow I did that." This year my goal was to have one person work for me. I have six. I set an annual revenue goal, that at the time I thought was far fetched. We met that in September. My 3 year plan I wanted to move out of my home office to a real office. We did this is five months, not three years.
Whether they are small goals, like getting organized, goal setting can be the difference between success and failure. I make space on all my planners to set daily and weekly goals.
3. Find your Groove
Screw being a morning person. Do you know how many blogs I have read that say that successful women get up early? A lot. But you know what? I'm a successful full time girlboss and I'm not a morning person. Oh how I want to be, and boy have I tried. Of course there are days that I have to get up early and kick the day's ass, but there are plenty of other days I get my beauty sleep.
I always joke that my prime time is from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am.
I am not ashamed to say that I do my best work, have my best ideas, and feel the most awake after a good meal with a glass of red wine in hand. I always joke that my prime time is from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am. It works for me! Being in the design business is awesome, but sometimes the stress of a day makes it hard to create. Quiet nights alone with wine are when I find my best ideas. My husband can tell you I've woken him up many nights with "I JUST HAD THE BEST IDEA." #sorrynotsorry
4. Helpful Tools
Dry Erase Boards. Dry erase boards changed my life. My office has five dry erase boards and we utilize them all. We have boards for paper that needs to be cut, breakdowns of what needs to be printed, assembled, etc. This all goes back to writing it down! I love being able to write something down and cross it off.
gets used and updated every day. It has all our clients with up to day changes, paper colors, and any other notes that need to be made. I don't know how I used to live without this. It's so nice to be able to turn around and see how many invitations someone has, what color they're doing, etc. without having to pull out their file.
Asana. If you have employees, I recommend finding an app that works well for your team. Asana has been a great asset for us. It's a tool we use and a place where we can make tasks for each other, apply them to a specific job, and make important notes. Kayla often works out of the office, so this is a great way to get her the information she needs on the go.
Notes. Before Asana we used Apple Notes. We are all on the cloud, and you can invite people to join and edit notes. We still use these for sharing a quick link between computers or to jot down important notes that we can all refer back to later.
5. Invest in Rest
Get your sleep girl. Whether you're a night owl like me or an early bird, you gotta catch some quality zzz's. You'll be so much more productive with a solid 7 hours than if you force yourself to be a morning person and only get a few hours of sleep. My attitude, attention span and productivity is significantly higher on the days followed by a good nights sleep.
You deserve a break, too. I promise you do! Even a quick 10 minute walk outside or few minutes away from staring at those screens. Your mind and eyes need a break to get those ideas flowing again. Take some time to stretch, grab some water or a snack. Sitting all day destroys my back, too. It's important to take that time for your whole body, not just the sake of your sanity.
There is no formula for success, you just have to work hard and find what works for you. I hope you can use these planners to get more organized and take your side hustle to the next level!
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