With the start of a New Year! People are looking for types of business organization.
I hope that this is YOUR year to shine with your business online.
My husband asked “How was your day?” I replied “I don’t know, but it sure was busy though” Ok he said.
Can you relate to that? Sometimes owning and running a business can feel like you are running a zoo, a very busy one! That busyness rarely leads to productivity unless it’s grounded in a plan. It’s very easy to get knocked off that plan with facebook notifications popping up, the cat meowing to go out, the phone ringing, kids interrupting, your best customer wanting to chat. All that going on!!
So what types of business organization can you do?
I have found a great person online that has managed her own particular zoo, a Mom blogger who has set up a great organizational system. I am trying it out, and so far it’s working well in combination with some other things I have found.
Such as breaking down your goals into action plans. Instead of focusing on accomplishing all of the goals at one time, break them down to what is most important. I have created a step by step action plan for my goals for 2017.
See the recommended resources at the end of this post.
Build The Habit First
“Something happens as you start to build your ridiculously easy habit. You start to feel good about it. When you feel good about it, you start to enjoy it. When you enjoy it, it’s easy to do.” Like anything else, you learn how, and it becomes a habit.
Notice These Important Elements of Building the Habit:
“The habit is ridiculously easy.
You’ve only agreed to a week at first (because that’s ridiculously easy), and you’ll do a month if that works out. You have no way of knowing if the habit will serve you beyond that….
You’ve pre-established a time and place to perform your habit. This makes it harder for your habit to slip away.
Whenever possible, make the habit every day. If it’s every day, it’s harder to put it off.”
– Ryan Holiday
Weekly Routines, Not Daily Routines?
“Your energy levels and mind state changes throughout the week. You should work accordingly.
For example, I learned to make Monday and Tuesdays (especially late mornings) my prime creative time on my most important projects. Later on in the week, as my discipline wanes, is for meetings and administrative stuff.”
– David Kadavy
This shows my blog weekly standard of work. The activities are colour coordinated by roughly how much time it will take me to complete them.
Morning, after I arrive home from my offline business that my husband and I own.
- Orange Things I can not change appointments- PAC work
- Turquoise for things that will take about 1 hour -USING MY TIMER.to focus.
- Pink for 2-hour sessions -writing a blog post or doing research for one.
- Lime green 15 mins
This helps in setting realistic expectations and helps to attain my goals for the week and so I don’t get stressed out.
My Work Schedule
I print out a weekly work schedule (2) sheets that I keep for reference.(a paper trail) to what work was done.
Research is done early in the week. Getting items together. Thursday or Friday to post my weekly blog for my site or Research for my monthly more extensive blog post for PAC. ( Power Affiliate Club See tab on my site for more info on this blogging community) Promoting Frid, Sat.
Create a Blog Vision Board with An Editorial Calendar
I colour coordinate my categories so I can easily see how many of each type of post I have when I move them over to my editorial calendar. For information on that you can read a previous post here.*
Monthly Blog Post Ideas
Going to include them on a spread sheet One theme for the month on the blog. Open up Google docs and start your spread sheet with …
Day and Date: These are pretty much self-explanatory. I decided to add the day of the week.
Category: Is your post a sponsored post? Personal post? I will be trying to do one sponsored post a week so this column helps me see that.
Topic: This is just a short description which usually ends up being my SEO title.
Blog Title: Again, self-explanatory. This comes in handy when my Blog Title isn’t the same as my SEO title.
Description: This is what I will put in my SEO description and will come up as my “blurb” on Facebook and other share sites.
Keywords: With some sponsored posts, the sponsor will provide certain keywords they would like you to use in your post. This is one of the first fields I fill in after I confirm the post with the sponsor. I will also consult Google Keyword Tools for some other SEO keywords for my post.
Published URL: Once my post is complete and scheduled, I grab the URL and put it in the spreadsheet. This acts as a reminder to myself that the post is completed and scheduled for promotion.
Syndication: Type of networks used:
- Twitter 1 or 2 , Tweets: I’ll plan out some tweets for the week and place them in the column before scheduling.
- Facebook 1 or 2
- Instagram 1 or 2
- Facebook Groups
I have been consistently drafting out posts two weeks in advance with the help of the editorial calendar.
Blog Writing Processes, Publishing, and Promoting
I use a separate board with post -it’s for this exercise 30% writing and 70 % promotion.
Tools I use are:
Buffer, Post Planner, IFTTT, Instagram, (personal and business) Twitter (personal and business)
Google + I have several accounts, A Youtube account. LinkedIn (several groups with blog posts posted)
Pinterest Business Account with over 35 boards
Facebook (5 business pages, 1 profile page) (1 Private Group of mine.) Women in Business
Facebook Groups Promo Schedule
If you are like I am, you’ve joined multiple Facebook Groups. All to help be visible and drive traffic back to your blog right?
You don’t want to miss the promo days that each may have. You need a system./
Use the promo days to promote your own blog posts so you never miss another opportunity to share your hard work.
You want to build a brand so connect with the admins and also check out their blogs. Say thank you for adding you.
In conclusion -So now if my husband asks “how was my day “I can show him in great detail what I was doing, I think he is impressed with my type of business organization.! He says so! lol
Suzie’s Book Blog By Number E-Book
Step by step Guide to How to Start A Blog for Moms. Suzi Whitfield Her book <click
.A video on the inspiration for this article
About Kathryn Maclean http://www.facebook.com/marketingofflineonline
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