Sunday: Style Your Week For Success

IvoryMixJuly2018(3)Back in the day, Sunday was a day of rest… In the ‘laptop lifestyle’ times we are in, Sunday is rarely a day of rest. It boggles my mind that some people don’t have a single day of rest throughout the whole week!

I regularly work on Sunday, but I have strict boundaries around what type of work I do. I think it’s important to start your week right and that’s why I use my Sunday to dream, plan and ultimately style my week for success.

Most weekday mornings I am jumping out of bed into a flurry of breakfast, uniforms, school letters, last minute homework and usually an argument with my seven year old daughter over why she isn’t allowed to wear glitter tattoos to school.

So on a Sunday, I like to wake up slowly. I wake up earlier on a Sunday than I do on a weekday, because I like to have the house to myself before everyone wakes up. I lie in bed for a good half an hour, setting intentions in my head about what my day will look and feel like.

Once I get out of bed, I make my way into the kitchen and make myself a huge mug of very strong coffee. I’ll do some reading (currently reading Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson), and then I’ll write a couple of pages in my journal.

It’s during my journal writing that I usually come up with my plan for the week. Then I’ll get my Passion Planner and Productivity Planner out, write out my weekly to-do list and slot those items into my daily plans. I also give each week a theme or focus. Sometimes it’s something lofty like ‘abundance’ or ‘compassion’ and other times it’s something simple like ‘Get Shit Done’.

Once I have my plan for the week, I feel so much lighter, but styling my week for success doesn’t stop there. I know that in order for me to smash my to-do’s during the week, I need to do certain things to help myself along the way…

I’m one of those people that can’t relax around mess or clutter. It makes me anxious. I am also the Procrastination Queen, so if I have an important deadline looming but there’s housework to do, the housework will get done first. So, I’ll make sure that all of the housework and domestic chores are done to give me the best possible chance of success. I also love to go into my office and have a good de-clutter and deep clean. That way, when I walk into my office on Monday morning, I’ll feel clear headed and actually want to spend my day in there.

All of the above probably doesn’t sound like a day of rest to you, but the satisfaction and peace it gives me far outweighs a day in my pj’s watching netflix and eating junk food.

This Sunday, I invite you to try it. Style your week for success and let me know how it goes. Did you get more done and feel more calm and productive as a result?

 

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Three Steps to Simplify your Business

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I am forever raving on to anyone that will listen about simplifying business processes.  ‘What does it mean?’ I hear you ask… Simplifying your business processes basically means breaking down all of the tasks you have to complete on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis – and creating a system to complete all of those tasks on time and with the least amount of stress as possible.

This means that you know exactly what tasks you need to complete on a daily basis, knowing that everything that needs to be done for your business to function, grow and make money is taken care of.  I go into a lot more detail during my coaching program, but following these simple steps will help you gain more clarity and be insanely productive in your business.  Ready?  Let’s get started…


Step 1:  This is the most time consuming step, but the most important.  You will need a large sheet of paper and some coloured pens/highlighters.  This is the breakdown phase.

First, I want you to write down every task that needs to be completed within your business.  I’ve created a sample list below:

  • Publish a weekly blog post
  • Create Instagram graphics/quotes
  • Schedule Social Media updates
  • Client calls

Make sure you include everything.  You may want to do this over a number of days so that you don’t forget anything – but you can always add to it at a later date – this is a working document.  Once you have completed your list, highlight all of the tasks in each area of your business in a different colour.  For example, all tasks relating to social media are yellow and all tasks relating to sales are blue…


Step 2:  Now that you have all of your tasks and your business areas, we can move on to breaking down each task.  Choose a task and list underneath all of the steps involved in the process.  For example to publish a weekly blog post, I need to choose a subject, do some research, draft the post, proofread the post, create the graphics… etc.

Do this for every one of the tasks you identified in step 1.


Step 3:  Now comes the fun part – planning!  All of those steps you need to go through to complete your task need a due date.  Some of these will be obvious… If you publish a blog post every Wednesday, you know you will have to complete most of the steps before Wednesday – so get out your planner or open up your calendar and start scheduling in those steps and tasks.  Make sure you highlight each task with the relevant colour, so that when you glance at your calendar/planner you can easily see what area of your business you are working on.


Now, you have a simplified plan for your business.  If you follow your schedule and complete each step on the day and time you assigned for it, you can be confident that everything your business needs to run smoothly is getting done.

If you have more than one team member in your business, make sure you delegate the tasks appropriately and your team members know what they need to do and when.  I use Asana to schedule all of my business processes.  You can easily sync to your iCal or Google Calendar and it makes it easy to delegate to your team members and see where they are up to on each task or project.  I’ve got a post coming up that goes into more detail about how I use Asana, so keep your eyes peeled.

Let me know how you get on with simplifying your business processes and if you have any questions or need help with anything, drop me an email!

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