October blew me away. I'm just now getting back up on my feet. Like I'm not even sure it actually happened. It was so fast and painfully slow all at once! Between my husband gearing up (aka lots and lots of paperwork and stress galore) to take on his dream job and me achieving one of my October goals (which I'll go into in a minute) it was bananas. B-A-NA-NAS.
I was to the point of crazy when you're in the thick of it and all rationality goes out the window and you just keep going on robot mode trying to get what you have to get done, but all you really want to do is hide under the covers. I feel so much better and look forward to a smoother next couple of months! Which is basically crazy since the next couple of months include Thanksgiving and Christmas and I'll be gone for two out of the four weekends in December, but a trip with my love and another trip with my girls is just what this girl needs!
Okay, back to my series, A NOTE FROM MY DESK Vol. 3... It's kind of comical that my last blog post was Vol. 2 and it's already mid/late November, but thats just how life goes sometimes! The quote on my Letterfolk letter board is one that I first heard from Emily Ley. It really struck a cord with me. I always say that you can tell I haven't been using my Simplified Planner on a daily basis when my life gets crazy. I'll be honest, sometimes I just don't want to see a to-do list on a daily basis. If I feel like I'm not tackling enough each day and the previous day's list starts spilling over on to the next day and the next day, I start to shut down. Another issue I run into is that I've been really bad about working on the weekends and it hasn't gone unnoticed by the Mr. We constantly argue over me always being glued to my phone and computer. So not staying in my Simplified Planner and on top of my to do lists plus not allowing myself to shut down on the weekends really sent me in to October in a bad way. This is where I feel like I failed October. I left things to the last minute. I missed deadlines. I tried to cram everything I possibly could into the smallest amounts of time. I was needed more so than ever by my husband to help him get ready for a huge training he's been at for the last two weeks to prep for his dream job. I spread myself too damn thin. Emotions were HIGH in October/ Early November y'all.
In my business, I work on a monthly schedule. So each month I'm utilizing the work I did the previous month on a daily basis while working for the next month on a daily basis as well. The sweet spot lies in the time period each month after I've gotten my client's plans for the next month out for approval and their current post's scheduled. I'm currently in the sweet spot writing this post and I'm thinking this is gonna be the time I need to hunker down and write the 4-8 posts I want to put out here on the blog each month. (Also, I just want to say I'm really sorry because this is probably not the least bit interesting to all of you, but it really does help me in my thought process and maybe it will help you too? IDK haha)
BUT ALAS, this is not what today's post is supposed to be about at all...
Back to "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." In October, I failed at planning so hard. With all the stress I was under, I just couldn't look at a to-do list that I kept failing at over and over again too. So I shut my Simplified Planner and tried to do the best I could and just go off my memory. Big mistake. Huge. (Name that movie!)
My memory sucks. I joked all October long that my phone, my computer, and my brain were all out of storage space.
Well after you've all stuck with me and my rambling here is what I'm doing to make sure that I don't fail at November/December/LIFE.
FIVE TIPS FOR PLANING TO WIN INSTEAD OF FAILING TO PLAN:
1) Whatever you do... DON'T I repeat DON'T CLOSE YOUR SIMPLIFIED PLANNER or whatever planner you use. (But, really you need a Simplified Planner.)
2) Don't think you can finish whole projects in one day. Spread that ish out over a week and chomp into it BITE BY BITE. No one can eat an elephant in one bite. No one.
3) TAKE TIME to breathe and check out of work mode. If you are a creative or someone whose business is email driven. You don't have to work every weekend. I'm going to be better about completely checking out at least 1-2 weekends a month.
4) PLAN out your next month in advance. It's much easier to give yourself a time cushion to get big projects completed when they are still ahead of you rather that swarming all around you.
5) CELEBRATE your completed project and TAKE A BEAT before starting on the next one. No one feels good about finishing something big if you just immediately disregard how awesome you are for tackling it and just dive straight into the next one. This is where planning your month out in advance comes in handy. Plan your celebration time. That way instead of feeling like you are working towards a deadline you'll feel like you're working towards a celebration!
I've listed what my October Goals were from the previous A NOTE FROM MY DESK Vol. 2 and my progress report at the bottom of this post! As well as my goals for November!
OCTOBER GOALS & PROGRESS REPORT:
- Book a new client // YAY! I made it happen! I've been wanting to take on this client since June or July when I first started and after an initial "not right now" I was consistent and asked again and I booked a wonderful new client that I am over the moon excited to work with!
- Streamline my daily tasks // Ha! Ya'll I tried. I succeeded and failed at this. I'll keep trying for sure and let you know what I come up with!
- Get ahead on blog content // Double Ha! Total fail. But I'll try and try again because I love writing and creating pretty content!
- Work smarter. Not Harder. aka Work Ahead To SAVE my sanity during the crazy holiday rush
- Date my Husband (Definitely not business related, but definitely work/life balance related)
- Blog Twice A Week... from now on :)
That's all she wrote! Whew! What are you goals for November? Anyone else still a work in progress? I'm super proud of what I've created in the last five months and even more excited to see where I am a year from now!
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