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I've gotten more high priority things done than I have in months.
Before I took Planning for Success, I was so stuck. I had a million half-formed ideas and vague intentions about my blog and I couldn't make progress on anything.
I've been brain dumping for months and wasted pages of my bullet journal because I had no idea what the next step was after dumping it all out. I also used to get distracted by whatever new idea caught my fancy.
My favorite part of the course was listing out everything I could think of to get closer to my goal and then prioritizing it. I feel like other planning and productivity resources either skimmed over this or I just haven't understood it until now.
After taking the course, I've gotten more high priority things done than I have in months. I updated my resource list and started working on an ecourse. All things I've had on a massive and totally unmanageable to-do list for months.
Cath Oneissy, This Mama Learns
For most of your life, other people have told you how to spend your time. In school and at work, you've been told where you should be, what time to be there, and even what you should do while you're there.
So, it makes perfect sense that it's hard to manage your time now that you're the boss. It's a skill most of us were never taught and haven't had to practice.
You're already crunched for time because you're trying to balance so many different responsibilities. You're a blogger, a solo business owner, maybe a parent or an employee in a traditional job. You already have a limited amount of time to work on your blog or business.
And then, within your business, you're the CEO, the head of marketing, the accountant, the graphic designer, and the person creating all that content. Just to name a few roles...
It's no wonder you feel overwhelmed, or sometimes discouraged, or like you're not making any progress.
I used to struggle with time management, too, because I didn't understand that effective time management is more than following a schedule and checking items off a to do list.
Before I had kids, time management didn't really matter. I could take as much time as I wanted to pitch freelance clients, post three times a week on my blog, and read novels. Because no kids!
But now? I have no choice but to manage my time better.
Here's what 2016 looked like for me:
I started my online business the same week I found out I was pregnant. Blogging + morning sickness = fun times
I moved three times in two different countries. A solid 6 weeks of my year was spent packing and unpacking.
I had a baby. Between taking care of the baby and my three-year-old, mommy brain has hit me hard. I sometimes have to write down "Take a shower" on my calendar, otherwise I'll forget to do it.
But I also managed to earn $4000 from a single freelance client, triple the size of my email list while on maternity leave, and lay a foundation for monetizing my blog in 2017. All while working an average of 10 hours a week.
I'm not special.
I don't do anything crazy like wake up at 5 am to work on my blog. (But kudos to you if you do!)
I've just spent a lot of time researching and testing time management strategies.
And here's what I've learned:
And here's what I've learned:
If you don't know how to set clear, actionable business goals, how to prioritize, or how to plan effectively, you won't make progress in your business. Even worse, you'll constantly feel scattered and overwhelmed.
That's the awesome thing about good time management: If you manage your time well, you reach your goals AND you feel an immense sense of clarity and purpose.
How do six-figure bloggers do it?
They have the same 24 hours as the rest of us, but they are somehow getting so much more done.
Here's the secret of successful entrepreneurs: They're not getting more done than you. And they don't have more time than you. They're just getting the right things done.
Successful entrepreneurs are crystal clear on their business goals.
They know how to prioritize.
They make the most of their time.
They know how to create a schedule that works for them (even if it doesn't work for anyone else).
They wake up in the morning knowing exactly what they need to do and how they're going to do it.
In short, they get things done. And the things they get done gets results.
I'm a stay-at-home mama, freelance writer, and an expat. I'm passionate about time management because getting things done efficiently is the only way I stay sane in my chaotic life. Without robust planning and time management systems, I'd be lost. And so would my family.
I have a Master's degree in teaching from Brown University and taught both middle and high school language arts before becoming self-employed. My love of time management and productivity began when I was teaching 130+ students a day. Now I'm lucky enough to combine my love of teaching with my love of time management to help busy business owners like you reach your goals.