Let's take a poll. When you come back from the holidays or any vacation, do you hit the ground running? Or do you take it a little slow? Do you allow yourself to take a few deep breaths, get organized, and set a solid foundation? When I came back from our Christmas vacation I had a lot of organizing to do. I had set new goals for the year, I was ready to implement new systems, and I also had so many ideas and thoughts floating around in my head. I felt like my brain was going to explode. ;)
I knew the best thing to do was to create a system that I could use over and over again when I returned from any vacation. This way I wouldn't be scrambling, or trying to think of all the things that needed to be done. I could simply pull out my checklist, go down the line and make sure everything was done.
Have you ever felt this way? Scrambling after vacation, feeling like there are so many thoughts and notes, and things to do?
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Now that you've downloaded your business checklist, let's go through a few ways that you can get organized for the weeks and months ahead. Implementing quality systems will help you do business better and save you time.
MAKE A LIST OF DAILY AND WEEKLY TASKS
Once you've created your list, you are ready to start batching items together. Batching can drastically help you save time. Creating a batching system will also allow you to see how much time you spend on each item in your business. Items that you can batch together:
- Marketing - this can include scheduling social media, creating your newsletter, creating images for Pinterest, archiving old posts, and managing your content calendar.
- Photo Management - planning for a photo shoot or managing your stock photos is another area you can save time.
- Creating content - It's far easier to create content all at once then having it scattered over a variety of days. If you're like me and writing is a challenge, you know when these times are scheduled and you can prepare for them better.
SCHEDULE ALL YOUR "BATCHED" ITEMS ON YOUR CALENDAR
Now that you have your items batched together you can begin to block out time on your calendar. This is a perfect way to manage your time well and make sure you're not wasting time doing the same thing over and over again. You can set these blocks of time within your regular working office hours, that way your devoting business time on business and personal time on personal things. It's okay if you're not 100% sure how long to block out time for all the items you've batched together. Add your items to your calendar and over time you'll learn how long each item takes and you can adjust your calendar.
Organizing your business and implementing systems can take time and a little bit of work, but in the end, it will allow you to do business better. What are some of your favorite ways to organize your business? xoxo! Samantha