Guest Post By Mia
Today I’m honoured to share a beautiful guest post by Mia who is an inspiring blogger over at SheDreamsAllDay.com. Don’t forget to check out her amazing blog full of helpful tips for all you lovely dreamers out there.
How To Plan Your Best Week As A Blogger
Everything changed when I started to properly plan out my weeks.
As dramatic as it sounds, it’s totally true.
I went from not planning at all to becoming a complete planning maniac when I started my online business a little over a year ago.
It had to be done.
If you’re like me, and you work full-time on top of blogging – you need to introduce a little something called learning-to-plan-like-a-true-queen into your life.
This is how you plan your best week, ever – when blogging and working full time.
1. Plan For Planning Time
As “interception” as it might sound – you gotta plan for your planning time.
Browse your calendar and carve out 1-2 hours to plan your week. I like to plan my weeks on Sundays and I do it right after I do my weekly review.
Monday morning or Sunday are great alternatives for planning days.
You do want to make sure that you’ll have a few undisturbed hours on your hands, so ideally find a time when you have some time to yourself.
2. Make It Cozy & Set The Mood
Before we dig into the actual planning part of this process, you need switch up the mood and atmosphere to make your planning time a true breeze.
It’s important to plan your week from an abundant place and with the right mindset. Take some time to get into the right frame of mind to plan. Planning from a negative place won’t do you or your plans justice.
Some examples of activities to try out before planning:
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes (I love the Headspace app!)
- Journal freely for a couple of pages to clear your head
- Name drop 3 things you’re grateful for
- Do a little mindset work to limit limiting thoughts
- Take 3-5 deep breaths to calm down the body and mind
The space and environment in which you’ll plan like a queen from is important too. Take a minute to set the environment up to support you and make it really cozy.
Things you can do to set the mood:
- Light a few candles
- Put on some peaceful piano tunes or any type of music that soothes you
- Grab your favourite drink
How are we feeling? Good?
If so, it’s time to plan your best week, girl.
My Weekly Step By Step Process
Step 1 – Thought Download
You’ve just had a long week, so your mind is likely filled with a lot of thoughts, impressions, to-do’s and general wonderings.
The first step of my planning process is to do a thought download.
No need to put on a filter or edit your thoughts.
Just let them run freely onto the page. Get it all out – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Set a timer to 20 minutes and write freely until the timer goes off.
I like to use an old fashioned pen and paper while doing this, but you can go digital in Google Docs or Evernote if you prefer. That’s totally up to you – whatever floats your boat.
Step 2 – Do A To-Do Dump
As funny as this step is to repeat out-loud, it’s an important one.
Do a to-do download or “dump” of all the to-do’s you have going on in your mind – empty it all out.
As for now, there is no need to write down your to-do’s in any particular order, we’ll arrange them in a later step.
Think of tasks that were left untouched the past week and the tasks that are incoming in the next few weeks.
You can leave your pen and paper for this step and jump back on your computer.
Step 3 – Arrange Your List of To-Dos
Time to prioritise!
This is the part where you arrange your to-do’s in order of importance, starting with what will move the needle for your dreams.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are there any tasks that can be eliminated completely?
- What is urgent?
- Which tasks align with my dreams and goals?
- Any low hanging fruit?
- What can I delegate?
- How can I automate some of these tasks?
- Which tasks can wait for another week?
- Is there anything I can do now, in literally under 10 minutes? If so, do it.
Step 4 – Turn Your To-Do’s Into Results
We want to work with results, not the activities.
Be very specific about the results you want to produce.
What I mean by this is – don’t just write down “work on blog” as a to-do, but rather focus on the results you expect to get from that activity.
Activity: “work on blog”
Result: “write a 1000 word blog post about how to overcome anxiety”
The more detailed and specific you can be, the better.
Turn your to-do list into a results list.
Step 5 – Calendar Your Results
This is the fun part.
Get out your prefered calendar and schedule all your results.
I love using Google Calendar for this step.
You can color-coordinate and it syncs with your phone.
What more do you need?
Plot all your results from your list on your calendar for the coming week and allot each result a specific amount of time.
I challenge you to give yourself less time than you think you’ll need. Sometimes, we tend to overestimate the time a task takes us.
After scheduling each result, ask yourself:
- Is this realistic?
- Have I planned too much or too little?
- Is there enough white space next week (breathing room and downtime)?
Step 6 – Take Action
The last and most important step is to actually do what’s on your calendar.
Planning is all good and great but if you don’t do what you have planned for the in the given timeframe you will not get the results you want.
This has to do with the relationship you have with yourself.
Treat yourself with the same respect you would a CEO of a big-shot company. Afterall, you are the CEO of your life.
Make the commitment to yourself to show up at all of your scheduled appointments on your calendar.
Showing up, being consistent and taking action is how you will get more done in less time and get your dream result.
Planing is tedious work but it’s so worth it. If it’s not scheduled, it won’t happen.
A quick note: don’t overdo the planning. Planning too much leads to procrastination and you don’t have time for that when you’re trying to make blogging your full-time gig.
You need one solid planning process (and preferably one planner) and that’s it.
You got this, dreamer.
Off you go on your new planning adventures and make this next week the best week yet.
If you want to take this work deeper and further up level your life, this is exactly what I teach in my online course, The Dreamer To Doer Academy. Learn more here.
About The Author:
Mia is a blogger, dreamer and motivator over at SheDreamsAllDay.com where she devotes her time to help dreamers achieve more, live happily, start online businesses and above all go from full-time dreamers to full-time achievers.
Learn more about Mia and She Dreams All Day by heading over to her blog.