Do you ever find yourself sprinting from day to day? You're trying to get the most important things done and the little, mundane things, get pushed to the side? We push aside the things that we know can wait, even though we do need to do them eventually. The next thing we know we're feeling behind like we can't catch our breath.... like our to-do lists are a million miles long.
That's what I did last year. I had all these dreams and goals I was excited about. So I was focused on the big things and pushedoff the little things. I was feeling it and I knew I couldn't keep going in that same direction because I was feeling overwhelmed. So, at the end of the summer, I planned a week of maintenance in my business, where I could focus on all the little things I was putting off. I didn't do any photo shoots, I didn't do any editing, I didn't do any blog posts. For a whole week, I just worked on the little things.
Fast forward a few months and I stumbled unto the best idea to replace my current system, which I wouldn't say was working the best, haha! I definitely wanted something that helped me to feel less overwhelmed and more put together in my business all year long, not just for a week. Ashlyn has "duty" day, my equivalent of maintenance, but she does her's once a month. Absolutely brilliant! I don't know why I didn't think to try to tackle these things once a month. Instead of running around for months on end.
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ADD IT TO YOUR CALENDAR
Once you've downloaded your maintenance day checklist, I recommended you block out a day on your calendar. It's so easy to let things build up, but if you block out time on your calendar now, you'll be ready. I usually pick one Friday a month, because Friday's are sometimes a catch-up day for me. If I add it to my calendar, I know it's there and I can't fill up my calendar to the brim and not have time for it.
Don't stress about adding a maintenance day to every month for the rest of the year. During your first maintenance day, take a look at your calendar and schedule your next maintenance day for the following month. Remember having a maintenance day is meant to reduce overwhelm so keep things simple and fun! You can even pick up your favorite Starbucks drink before you get started. I actually love having a maintenance day because I'm able to review the business systems and things I've been putting off and it's like starting fresh every month.
PERSONALIZE YOUR CHECKLIST
You'll notice on your checklist that I left spaces for you to fill in for yourself. We all have different needs and priorities so remember to add items to your checklist that are unique to you. This could be scheduling a haircut, scheduling time for self-care, or making a nail appointment. Your maintenance day is meant to help you do life and business better. Having a maintenance day also means you don't have to be distracted by the smaller things when you're trying to accomplish bigger things throughout the month. And you don't have to feel stressed out wondering when you're going to get to certain things because you'll know you have a maintenance day on your calendar.
Having a maintenance day every month, instead of once a year has definitely helped me stay on track with my business, reduce distractions, and helped me feel less overwhelmed. I always get excited when I see my maintenance day coming up because I love how it sets me up for the following month. What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized in your business? Share below! xoxo! Samantha