To be successful in business you have to have a strategy. Strategy is your roadmap to success.
Particularly with online business, things change so often, and you have to plan for that.
Business planning usually can be dull, dry and just plain ole boring. Yet, when done correctly, you are truly working towards building an empire.
A few months ago I shared with you a post on The Best Planners for Women in 2016 and shared with you my love of planning on paper. There’s truly something magical when pen and paper meet.
It featured the Erin Condren Life Planner which is currently the bloodline of my business. [more about that in a bit]
The lovely peeps at Erin Condren reached out and sent over some luscious goodies for us to add to our business organization and development.
I immediately gravitated to their jot your thought journals to manage business planning. The paper quality is perfect and there is minimal to no bleed through, if that type of thing bothers your creative process. The journal trio comes in graph paper, lined paper and blank paper.
Here is a breakdown of how those three notebooks are being utilized:
House of Chanel:
The creative hub of the empire which houses product development and potential timelines. To include -
service ideas and upgrades w/ development timeline
product ideas and upgrades w/ development
The Biz Bible:
The heart of the business, which includes -
Mission and vision [outlines company culture]
Trilogy [what 3 things are we focusing on/positioned as an expert on]
Big dates across other biz/life
Running TDL :
To do's that you come across throughout the day/week that isn't on your or your teams radar.
- Write it down in this Running TDL.
- Add to your calendar to add this to your business hub at the end of each week. [Even if you just take a picture and upload it but delegate to your team to add it to the business hub online.]
Last year I used the life planner as a LIFE planner, but this year I wanted to focus on just content creation. The set up is amazing and very practical for getting your content done! Click here to save $10 on your first Erin Condren order.
Planning means nothing if you don’t put the ideas into action.
On the note pages before each month, I outline ideas for blog posts, podcasts, periscopes and YouTube videos.
Then break each task down into the smallest subtask for completion on the weekly pages.
The Erin Condren Life Planner vertical layout is perfect for business planning. On the left there's lines for to-do's which are synced in our Asana, but it helps to see it in the planner to know exactly what to conquer and the time available to knock it out.
The individual boxes are used for: content creation tasks, social media tasks, and client work tasks. Underneath the last box is four lines which I use to write down the top three people I need to contact or respond to on that day.
The snap in dashboards [laminated paper that snaps in the planner] are perfect for jotting down TDL's and random ideas that come to you throughout the day. I keep one on the current monthly spread, one on the current week and one on the next monthly spread. Use wet erase markers to write and wipe off with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel.
The sticky note [post-its not created by post-its] dashboard is my bestie. I have an insane addiction to sticky notes. I write quotes I see on Instagram and Twitter and make notes to myself all day long. The dashboard makes it convenient for when I'm away from my desk.
I added additional folders into the life planner to add marketing inspirations, I may get in the mail or pretty postcards that spark creativity. And on a bad day, because let's face it the biz rollercoaster can be rough, I may throw in a nice card from a client.
Speaking of cards, I love writing out cards to my current and past clients...just because, for their birthdays or when they make big accomplishments . So when, I saw this box full of cards, I was excited to send some love around the world.
The cards are thick and colorful. The picture doesn't show the true beauty of these. The wording is in rose gold, silver and gold foil with coordinating stickers to enclose the envelopes.
I’m a doodler (is that even a word?) I doodle when I’m bored, busy and just because. So when I saw the Creative Color coloring book and sketch pad my heart jumped a few beats. Coloring is so therapeutic, so on those days when you can’t get your biz bestie on the phone or Skype...pull out an adult color book and calm your nerves. Or when your ADHD is flowing with energy doodle away. I just leave it on my desk and finish where I left off from the days before when I need a break. I love that paper is thick and can actually be framed around your office for positive vibes with the various inspirational sayings.
Thank you to the Erin Condren team for sending me these wonderful products to review and share.