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How To Schedule A Routine & Set Goals For Your Busy Life

Goal Setting

 

A step by step guide to creating a routine & setting goals for your busy life!

One of the most important parts of being organized and being at the top of your game is your ability to schedule a routine and set goals that you can stick to. I love finding ways to get & stay organized. As a busy teacher and business owner I have struggled to create a routine & set goals that truly worked for me until now. I’ve found that using a planner with Bullet Journaling is a winning combination. I am not looking back. This planning system has worked wonders for me. I’m sure you will find the same success with these simple planner hacks.

First of all, If you are not familiar with what bullet journaling is let me give you a little run down. Bullet journaling is a system of tracking your goals, scheduling and staying on top of your to-do list. It was developed by Ryder Carroll in 2015 and has taken off since then. If you are interested in learning more about the Bullet Journaling System I suggesting checking out The Pen Addict Podcast interview with Ryder Carroll.

 


 

Bullet Journal Meets Erin Condren Life Planner

Become confident and stress free with easy planning while having time to spend doing the things that truly matter to you!

ECplannerhacks

First things first, If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that the Erin Condren Life Planner is my planner of choice. I took my Erin Condren completely apart in order to combine it my EC TakeNote Notebook. Don’t worry, It’s not nearly as scary as it seems. In fact this process was WAY easier then I was expecting it to be and I am thrilled with the outcome.

I was able to create the perfect #frankenplanner, only including the pages that I really wanted/needed and included pages (like my business planner pages *cough, cough*). If you’re interested in learning more about how to make changes to your planner Jennuine Teaching has a great How-To video on uncoiling and recoiling your Erin Condren Planner.  Note: Erin Condren has FINALLY brought back the Deluxe Monthly Planner which would be ideal for this scheduling system.

Scheduling a Routine 

1. It’s #FrankenPlanner time! OK, if you don’t want to worry about something going wrong you can get a planner like the EC Deluxe Monthly Planner that will take all a lot of the work out of it for you.

2. Once I had my planner the way that I wanted it, It was time to start adding in different features of the Bullet Journal system. The first thing that I did was develop my own key, so that I could easily bullet everything and know if it was an event, work, errand, to-do etc. After my key was developed it was time to put it to use. You can use either a vertical or horizontal planner layout but I feel a horizontal layout works best to see everything at a glance.

3.The next is probably the feature that I like love the most – time blocking. I have been drawing in a block of time from 6am to 12am. Each day I will color in the blocks of time that are accounted for like school, working on my blog, even things as trivial as cleaning the house so I can see what I’m doing with my time and where I have extra time to be utilized. This system has made my days feel SO much longer. Kinda crazy how simple it is! You’ll notice by doing this simple step that you will start to see your routine taking shape. You will be able to see all of those things that you already do everyday. Knowing what your routines looks like will help you when setting goals for the future.

Goal Setting Made Easy

Time blocking helps a great deal when it comes to setting new routines & goals for yourself. Taking the knowledge that you now know from your daily break down, you can sit down and figure out what your goals are for each area of your life. I do this using the Getting Things Done model found here.

For example, I know that increasing and keeping sales consistent is one of my top business goals. Knowing this will help me to gear my actions towards obtaining that goal.  I know to get to my goal I will need to do X, Y, and Z. In my case this would be blogging more often to increase my business base, creating new killers products and having a bigger presence on social media. Now I can start to schedule in when & how I am going to go about meeting each of these smaller goals to drive business so that I can reach that bigger picture goal.

Make It Work For You

Now comes the fun part. OK so it’s all fun but this is where you get to start customizing your planner to fit your schedule. Remember those note pages we added to our planner? This is where you get to utilize them. Create pages that are geared towards your goals. For instance, I have one page where I outline each blog post I will be writing in the next 6 months and their date to go live. *A due date (even if it changes) is important when it comes to working towards your goal.

Time Management. By knowing what content I plan to put out ahead of time, I am able to work on a post a bit at a time. I can work towards my big picture goal without burning myself out. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are super woman and you can finish every task in one go. This will make you crazy and lead to procrastination. Instead, break your goal up into easily obtainable action goals that you can work on over a period of time.

How To Schedule Routines and Set Goals

 

 

Organize your business with the right planner

When you’re a blogger, business owner, and teacher it can be hard to keep track of absolutely everything. I have spent countless hours searching for the perfect planner to meet ALL of my needs.

The Erin Condren Life Planner. If you haven’t been introduced to this planner yet, please allow me to do so. This planner is durable and has a the ability to be broken up into sections that suit your life style. The Erin Condren Planner comes in both a vertical and horizontal layout, both are great but I prefer the vertical layout for my needs. I use planner stickers to change the morning, afternoon and evening headers to life, school and TeachersPayTeachers this helps me to see everything all in one place.

You can check try it at $10 off {here}. This is by far my favorite planner on the market. It fits perfectly into my purse or teacher bag {depending on the day}. I take it everywhere with me BUT I still needed more control and power over how my my planner looks and functions.

For a while I had both my Erin Condren Planner AND a separate binder for all of my TpT and blogging stuff. I quickly realized that this just didn’t work for me. I need everything in one place or I just won’t look at it. #Teachertruth. I needed to design pages that could be added to my existing life planner.

Enter, my TpT Business Planner {page inserts} that fit both Erin Condren and Plum Paper Planners. For those of you still wondering about size, these pages are 7×8.75 created to fit a 7×9 planner.

The TpT Business Planner was designed with TeachersPayTeacher sellers and bloggers in mind. Each page focuses on  a specific aspect of the TpT selling experience from social media stats to blog and product planning.


Who does this planner benefit? Everyone interested being a successful business owner or blogger. You’re thinking to yourself but I don’t blog that seriously, is this really for me. My answer, yes. It ia s never to late to take a serious look at your blog. If it’s something that you love, build it up! This planner will help you to set goals for yourself and keep them.

I’ve printed the planner now what? 
Here comes the fun part. Chanel your inner crafter and lets get started. In just 5 easy steps you will be #tptplanninglikeaboss

What You’ll Need:

  • Exact Knife
  • Small Hole Punch 
  • 1inch Lamination Strips (or Washi Tape)
  • Laminator


1. After selecting and printing your planner pages, use the trimming guide to cut the pages down to  size. An exacto knife works best for a clean cut.

2. Cut a 1inch laminating strip to place along the edge of your page. Running this through the laminator will give you extra durability when adding or removing pages from your planner. **You
can also do this with washi tape.**

3. Using your planner cover as a guide you are going to want to punch holes along the laminated edge using your small hole punch.


4. Next, cut a slit into each hole punch.


5. Carefully insert into your planner and your ready to start planning like a boss!

Share your TpT Business Planner and how you’re using these easy to use planner pages on Instagram using the hastag #tptplanninglikeaboss. Happy Planning!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/TpT-Business-Planner-Insert-Editable-2627781

Intentional Goals & a Free Goal Setting Worksheet

Hello, hello. I’m a big fan of setting intentional goals for yourself. I know I’ve said it before but intentional goals are so important to staying on track and reaching your end goal. I find that setting goals for myself in my personal life is just as important as setting goals to keep my business on track and growing. By setting intentional goals in all areas of your life, we can be at ease, feel happier, and maintain control of what can
otherwise feel like an overwhelming amount of responsibility as teachers and or teacherprenuers.

I created this {free} goal setting worksheet, after joining Kelli Alaina in her #GoalDigger Workshop, as a way to have all of my goals in one place. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable and working towards my goals. We may have a lot on our teacher/teacherprenuer plates but we don’t have to feel rushed or like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. Setting goals = getting rid of all of that mental clutter.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Goal-Setting-Worksheet-Editable-2352191

How do you set goals in your life? I would love to hear from you!

Have a creative day!

Setting Intentional Goals for your Business in 3 Easy Steps

 

Happy New Year Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the new year. First of all, thank you all for sticking with me through this very busy time in my life. For those of you who are not aware of where I’ve been, I have been busy learning the ins & outs of my new school, getting to know my students and their families & finding my way in the wonderful world of kindergarten..And let’s not forget the holidays!  I am now officially an Art teacher turned Kindergarten teacher who still rocks out fun supplemental art projects with my kiddos.  It’s been a crazy, great end to 2015 and now I’m ready to bring bigger and better to both my classroom & my TeacherPayTeachers store. This year, I resolve to be the best teacher, person & teacherprenuer/ TpT Author I can be.

My big focus for this year is living a life with INTENTION #olw. I am focusing on adding intention to my work/school life, my business and my personal well being. In this post, I am going to share with you a few of my tips for taking charge of your work and personal life while still finding time to be a rockstar teacherprenuer.

 

Figure out what your goals are and work towards making them a reality.  Work on setting goals that take you outside of your comfort zone. An intentional goal is a goal that is focused, measurable & meaningful.
Each day, record what you are working on today. Making these smaller steps will keep you from feeling overwhelmed by your end goal.
My intentional goals for 2016 are:
  • Focus on Laura (Me). This is a BIG one. I tend to always forget to take time for me. This year I am going to add a real focus to taking care of myself. I used to do yoga everyday…now I make excuses and say I’ll do it later. NO MORE! Being a better version of myself starts today.
  • Focus on my business.  I’m really going to be paying attention to creating a lot more and building up my brand. My business has grown so much since my start in 2014 and I intend to keep growing, building, and getting better!
  • Focus on being the best teacher I can be. I strive to bring my kiddos the best resources and activities that I can. I am constantly listening to podcasts from other educators and entrepreneurs, now it’s time I do something with the wealth of information I have.

 

I like to sit down at the start of a new week & plan out what I want to accomplish that week. I plan to do one or two things per day. This way I am more able to focus on the projects that I need to get done. I am beginning to take a look at when I am most productive and planning my intentional goals around this.

I have created this downloadable sheet To keep track of my work, TpT, fitness and life goals. By scheduling out when I do things, I hope to cut down on some of the feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-sd6n7FJZxHdlh5SC15UUdUOGc/view?usp=sharing

Organization = less stress and a happier life.  🙂

My favorite way to create a monthly overview is to use Evernote. if you don’t currently use Evernote as a planning too, you need to. It will change your life. I love having the ability to write out my plans while on the go, or in the classroom and have them later on my computer when I sit down to work.

Your overview can be as simple as making lists. For me, I have a grid set up into 4 categories; clipart & resources to design, marketing strategies, blog posts & membership clubs (tips & tricks). In each category, I list all of the things that I want to accomplish.

These lists will be your base for creating your weekly schedule. Choose no more than 2 things to work on per day & put them in order of importance. This will help you to focus & become more efficient in your weekly scheduling.

**Because of the delay in Membership Club product releases – each active membership has been extended by 1 month.**