How I schedule my day…

No matter how many hours we have in a day, we tend to long for more. Yes, we were able to check off some items on our To-Do List, but if we are honest with ourselves, there is still so much to be done. And quite honestly, you wonder how and when you will get to it.

Not only do I want to complete my tasks with excellence, but I want to make sure that I am living into my priorities, making and taking time for those things that matter most in my life: God and family.

So, how do I do it without losing my mind and sanity? Let me share some of my top tips to making my days successful:

  • I rely HEAVILY on my iBloom Planner: The truth of the matter is, without my planner, I would be LOST! The iBloom Planner is the first planner that I have used completely and that has really allowed me to keep my life organized and balanced. Believe me when I say, I’ve TRIED multiple planners and this is the one that works for me. I want to highly encourage you to get yourself a planner. Find one that works for you (If you haven’t tried the iBloom planner yet, be sure to check it out HERE)! You need one place to keep track of your appointments, business goals, business projects, health goals, family goals, etc. If you fail to plan, you will fail to see the success you were hoping for in each area of your life.
  • Plan your week ahead of time: This is key! One of the BIGGEST distractions that women face is last minute meetings, phone calls, emails, etc. One of the things I do every Sunday is plan for my upcoming week. My goal is to wake-up on Monday knowing what my week will look like and having a plan for each thing that is listed in my planner for that week. Now, don’t get my wrong, but I COMPLETELY understand that things just pop up, especially if you have a family. This happens. So, I ALWAYS make sure that I have included some “Wiggle Room” in my planner. Instead of planning to write my blog post the morning when it’s due, I write it a few days out, so that if something pops up unexpectedly, I can still accomplish the goal I set out to accomplish.

Find an hour on a certain day that you can plan for the following week. Sundays work for me, but for you, it might be a Friday or Saturday. 

  • Set a time for EVERYTHING: I have found that I am much more productive when I set a time for everything. Instead of having a To-Do list with a ton of things on it that need to get done, I actually assign times to those tasks in my planner. And when the time arrives, I close out the other task I was working on, and start working on my new task. I have found this method to help me in SO many ways! Not only am I getting more accomplished, but also I’m not wasting time on things that don’t matter. This method keeps me focused and moving!

One of the BIG things that I have learned as an Entrepreneur is that discipline is KEY! If you want to succeed, if you want to see changes, if you want to see yourself accomplishing all that you have set out to accomplish, you have to discipline yourself. And planning is a discipline that EVERY Entrepreneur needs to cultivate if they want to see their goals turn into successes!

Share with me below, how do YOU schedule your day?

Jen Bennett

Dr. Jen Bennett is the Inspirational Communication Specialist and Project Manager at iBloom. Jen’s passion is helping businesses, ministries and individuals, #BeWorthFollowing. Jen enjoys speaking, training, and writing on all things that inspire and help leaders build a digital footprint and personal brand that is different and that helps them stand out and influence people in a crowded and noisy social media world.

Comments

  1. Unfortunately I don’t plan my week nearly as well as I would like! I find myself using the monthly section of my iBloom calendar much more than the daily/weekly part. I KNOW this is a problem for me because I am constantly forgetting things and double booking. Or changing things up. Thank you for encouraging me that it CAN be done as I NEED to make this happen properly in the new year! I am starting now. I will say the biggest thing that the iBloom calendar has helped me with wasn’t planning my day, but my year! I know that sounds nuts, but I went through and put all of my business sales in it and then planned out my advertising and posts about the sales. I may not be following it like I should, but I at least have it in there! Eventually, with baby steps, I will be able to be organized like you!

    • Oh Suz! I LOVE that it helped you plan out your year! That is HUGE!!! And I have no doubt that in 2016 you will do even better when planning out your daily/weekly activities. Excited for you and what this new year will bring you! 🙂

  2. I just got my planner at Allume and look forward to using it…kinda bummed that I have to wait. But I want to use this waiting time to get strategic and figure out what the ‘rocks’ are for this season and do what you’ve described above. My husband and I used to have weekly management meetings on a Sunday evening or Monday morning to look at the week ahead, figure out who was doing what with which kids, what the budget demands were for the week, etc. It was one of the best and most effective tools we ever implemented and one that we need to re-instate. A major life change pulled the plug on that and we sorely miss it, time for a resurrection!!

    • I’m SO happy that you got it Lani and I’m excited for you to start using it! This is the PERFECT time for you to really get focused on what you want your 2016 to look like 🙂 And the great news is that next week is our Virtual Retreat that you get access to, that will help you plan for 2016! 🙂

  3. I’m thinking of getting the ibloom planner. Is there someway to see a few sample pages in a slow version?

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