Weekly Planning and Scheduling for your Business
If you’ve been following this blog for any time, you’ve likely noticed that we love to plan. We rely on both pen to paper and digital tools daily to create to-do lists and keep us organized. If we didn’t plan, it is safe to say our productivity would likely suffer. So planning effectively is a golden ticket.
With so many projects and clients on the go, we have to be strategic about how we spend our time.
That’s why we think it’s essential to plan your week.
And, the truth is, although we believe this is especially important for everyone — business owners, network marketers, direct sales consultants and so on will benefit without question.
Taking the time to plan your week before it arrives allows you to prioritize certain activities. You can review what needs to get done and schedule time into your days to ensure you can accomplish everything.
This will Increase your Productivity.
The difficulty when we fail to plan is that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
We create obstacles that wouldn’t necessarily occur had we planned effectively.
Planning helps us stay on track with our goals and ensure that the work we are doing falls into Income Producing Activities. Therefore, I suggest that weekly/daily planning should be included in your bigger goals. This means deciding the long-term plan and working backwards.
Start with your goal(s) for the month. Then, what does (do) that look like for you concerning your business?
- New income level (pay raise!)
- Rank advancement (for you or a team member)
- Attend a company event (or conference)
- Recruit new distributor(s)
- Gain new customer(s)
… and so on! Be specific.
Weekly Planning Tips
Weekly Planning Tip #1: Take advantage of the Weekend!
You might not want to think about work during the weekend, but it will be a valuable use of your time, we promise. I appreciate that network marketing is a 365-day hustle, so choosing a day that works best for you — works.
Our suggestion? Set aside time every Sunday to look at what needs to get done in the week ahead. In our home, we attend Sunday morning service and enjoy some family time before we get to planning the week. But we always get to it.
Reviewing your schedule before the work week begins will help you get a better grasp of your workload.
You’ll also be able to schedule a time to ensure you get everything done.
You won’t have to worry about forgetting to do a Facebook Live, Reel or following up with a prospect. Instead, a refresher before the week will prepare you to prepare for ahead mentally. It’s also an excellent opportunity to remind yourself of any important things coming up.
If you have appointments, conversations to revisit, a conference call to be on, etc., write them down!
When you plan your week, you can enter it feeling confident and ready to take on each day at a time. You will have a plan to conquer everything in the most efficient way possible.
Your time is precious, don’t lose sight of that!
Weekly Planning Tip #2 — Prioritize your Activities!
When scheduling your time, you will want to begin by listing all the things you have on your plate. Then, you will need to prioritize them by ranking everything in order of importance.
The best way to do this is to figure out which things are time-sensitive. There’s nothing worse than rushing to finish something last minute (like month end!), which will only leave you feeling stressed.
If they don’t have timelines specifically, you should assign them ones.
Determine how important it is, how soon you would like to accomplish it, and how much time it will take you. These are all appropriate steps to practical goal setting. And scheduling your day/week is all part of that process.
Deadlines need to be manageable. Realistic.
There are various ways you can note the importance of the tasks on your daily list. For example, this one here —> EXAMPLE DAILY PLANNER highlights this as ‘Focus.’
If digital is more your jam, consider using something like the Alarm or Reminder app on your iPhone does this when you set the priority for a reminder. On Google, their Calendar app will let you highlight different colors based on preference — another great digital option.
Weekly Planning Tip #3 — Theme your Days
You can easily plan your week is to creating themes for each day. We see this a lot in the network marketing and entrepreneurship space, especially social media.
This means that you’ll always handle specific tasks on certain days to anticipate and predict what’s next.
It’s also going to make it easier to choose where to schedule specific tasks into a blank, wide-open week. For example;
- Motivational Monday — Share a quote or inspirational story or testimonial
- Taco Tuesday (Coach Fryer’s favorite! might involve Chipotle) OR Testimonial Tuesday 🙂
- Wild Wednesday — use curiosity posts to share a funny video.
- Throwback Thursday — share an older picture, create a narrative around it
- Follow-up Friday – Great time to share a tip, value, etc.
These are just a few ideas, but the key would be tailoring it to who you are — your audience.
It is also helpful to plan your days around your most productive time of day. So, if you’re most effective in the morning, you can schedule more challenging tasks since you’ll likely be in a better mindset then. And we know that mindset is vital.
Then, it would be best if you estimated how long a task would take you to accomplish and then blocked it off on your calendar. This isn’t always easy, so be careful not to get frustrated if a task takes longer than you expected.
It’s essential to allow yourself some buffer room for moments like this.
A few final thoughts ..
Lastly, try not to beat yourself up if you do not finish everything you had planned. The reality is, sometimes life happens, and we cannot accomplish everything we intended. That’s OK!
There is always going to be another opportunity to do that. So reschedule it for as soon as possible, don’t table it too long!
Finally, make sure you also plan time for self-care and/or self-development while organizing all of those ‘to-dos. You must take care of yourself to stay healthy in both mind and body. That is also key to doing your best work possible.
Taking some time for yourself will help you have a better week (and month) every single time.
I would love to hear about your daily or weekly planning tips. Are you a pen to the paper planner? Digital Planner? Both? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
p.s. Pinterest has a TON of planner/planning ideas if you require inspiration!
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