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When you plan your week as a business owner, are you making sure to plan the important things first? You need to schedule your priorities first and let the other smaller details fill in the cracks. In this video, Anne reminds us how you can schedule your week effectively so you keep your business on track.
Hey everyone, in today's video we're gonna talk about the importance of setting goals for the week and how planning ahead can really help to set your week on a positive note.
Planning your week can help you to be more productive and effective in your business. I'd like to share with you some strategies that I use that help me out. I like to plan my week when I have downtime. When I have about 30 minutes where I can just relax and really think about my priorities. Things that are going to be coming up in my week. Having that time really helps me focus.
I am a calendar fanatic, I use my calendar every single day, as a matter of fact, if I didn't have my calendar I'm not sure if I would survive. It really helps me to efficiently plan things that are happening. Make sure that you're planning the important things first and filling up your calendar with those items first, and then all those other little things can come and fill in the spaces afterwards. So I make sure to prioritize my clients first and get them spaced out in my calendar. When I can, I absolutely plan my client sessions. I do my best with that, and a lot of times there will be clients who are the very last minute will want to come in for an emergency session. So I make sure that I leave space in my day to do that as well. So that way if I have a client unexpectedly call, I will have a space in my calendar to fit them in.
Another thing is that you need to actually make sure that you're leaving yourself space for downtime as well. That's almost as important. The other week I actually did not allow myself time to just take a break and even lunchtime was scheduled. I'll tell you what, it really wreaked havoc on my energy and on my performance. Just about on everything because I literally had no time to just relax and decompress. So when I didn't plan my week very well it really showed.
Make sure that you're also planning time for yourself as well as time for all of your tasks. I have specific days that I use for marketing, I have specific days that I have for meeting with my assistants, I have specific days that I set up on a weekly basis to meet with my accountant. So for all of the major components of your business make sure that you set aside that time. Those are what I consider to be my major events in addition to my podcast.
So then what are your events? What are the pieces of your business and how are you arranging for them in your calendar? In your weekly schedule get those in there first and then you'll be able to manage all the other things that unexpectedly happen, which gosh I wish they didn't but they do. The unexpectedly happening things like a client are great but sometimes you'll have those technical issues or those difficulties that pop up when you least expect them. Like maybe your website went down or maybe your computer decided to crash or all of those things. It really helps when you've got a mapped out week for those things that come up because they'll take your time and your time is precious
The other really cool thing is that once I've got my big plans scheduled successfully, and I've gone through my week, it's really cool to be able to look back on my week and see what I have accomplished. So leave yourself some time to do that as well because I think that's really important for your emotional health. Because seeing what you've accomplished in the past week, you can use those positive moments in your week to help fuel your momentum into the next week.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.