I’m sure that most of you will already know that Online Personal Stylist is my full-time business. Life as a blogger and fashion stylist is as fun as it is busy, so I have to make sure that I organise my time well, using an effective and manageable system. Over the years that I have been working for myself, I have tried many ways to stay organised – all sorts of planners and methods, but this is the one I have found works best for me. So without further ado, I am going to jump right in and take you behind the scenes to reveal my method of planning.
Organise Your Time According to the Type of Business You Have
Before becoming self-employed, I always thought I was a relatively well organised person. Then, as soon as you make the decision to become your own boss, the never-ending number of tasks you have to deal with can trick you into believing that you are the most unorganised person on this planet! Curiously, you may also notice fellow business owners around you claiming the same, despite appearing as though they have absolutely everything under control. Having tried to juggle everything myself and also tested out outsourcing work and hiring help, I can safely say that both require careful planning and organisation skills.
Secondly, through experience I’ve learned that the scheduling system you choose to adopt has to compliment the type of business you’re running. Online Personal Stylist is not my first business. I regard this business as a creative business, whereas my previous businesses have been more corporate, powered by logic and action. Therefore, I have modified the way I plan and organise my working time accordingly. Previous strategies and ways of working just wouldn’t be effective in my blogging and styling business. As a creative, I have to have set tasks to be getting on with and completing money-making tasks, while at the same time allowing myself the time and freedom I need to create. A large proportion of my work is creating, whether that’s creating for clients, styling my own photos for my content, and writing my own blog posts.
My 12-Month Editorial Planner
I use what we call an “editorial planner” because the majority of my work involves creating content. I’ve explored both digital and offline diary and planning tools. Personally, I just love a simple notebook or pen and paper method because when I am offline, ideas flow better and I can think more clearly. For me, lists work really well and when I say lists, I mean listing off everything I need to do in every area of my life. The micro/macro lists concept encourages you to do something similar. Basically, break down every task you need to complete into very small, manageable steps that each take 30-60 minutes or less. I then group similar activities together and this is what we call batch tasking. Similarly, because I have so much going on in my business – from content creation to working with brands and clients, I plan these activities in the same way. First, I think about absolutely everything that I need to do and then I break down these jobs into manageable tasks and add them to my to-do list. I use my Bullet Journal method for my to-do lists and check lists and I created my very own 1-year editorial planner that reminds me of all the tasks I must complete in order to successfully run my blogging and styling business. It helps me to manage and boost my income, as well as plan blog content way in advance. Plus, this is where I’ve stored all those handy tips, tricks and prompts that I’ve acquired over the years. As well as keeping me organised and helping me to stay ahead with content and get all of those brewing ideas out of my head and organised on paper, this planner also assists me with monetising my blog content. It has made all of the difference to the running of my business and since using it, I’ve seen a significant increase in my income. I’m really happy with the way I organise and run my business now. Finally, 11 years into my business journey, I can firmly say that I have my planning and organisation under control. You can purchase my exact editorial planner here. It’s a digital planner so you can fill it in online, copy it into your written planner, or print it out as many times as you need.
What organisation and planning methods do you use? I’d love to know!
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