Written by: Brienna McWade
Creative Director + Brand Designer
Need a little more structure during these long days? We got you! Business owners + entrepreneurs have a lot going on, probably more so while working from home... Get our PDF download to help keep your days organized.
In my experience, planning is EVERYTHING...
After leaving my corporate career in 2007 to be a full-time parent, I quickly realized I needed the stimuli of work so I created a freelance career out of my writing + photography experiences by gaining work in computer program testing with technical writing, and into social media management.
Work came fast, parenting became harder... I had to figure out how to balance client project in several states while potty-training one kid and volunteering at the school of another.
I am confused why I was not content at only that but I found my way into teaching elementary art, weekly Sunday school + serving on community boards while also training for a half-marathon. It was, and IS, a lot to manage (in hindsight, it was for me too much and my mental space + marriage both paid the price) but the key for me was planning + organization to a fault. I learned a lot about calendars, structure, routine, and building efficient calendars. Before completely burning out, I became acting CEO of a cannabis startup that took planning + organization to a different level.
All that experience has become both my path to success and my Achilles heel. Just ask my significant other what happens to me when plans change... but I digress.
Quarantine has forced many people into the new territory of planning + juggling several roles. For those who are seeking a bit of day-to-day structure, I’ve created a version of a daily planning tool that I’ve been using for years: since the start of my freelance days. It has barely changed and is as reliable as ever. It is overly simple and it’s amazing how well it works.
Many argue that our phones are enough for planning + scheduling but I disagree.
I love an old-school approach to writing out the day, or the weeks, with the main events + responsibilities. The act of writing feels intentional + thorough to me compared to robotically entering tasks into my google cal.
I also love a piece of paper hanging on my fridge or taped to a mirror that actively reminds me of the week’s structure. This gives me a calm that I am taking care of what’s required while also finding the pockets of free time to greedily spend on myself. I’ve been known to pencil in a bath or “quiet time” to preserve the work/life balance and believe you should too!
Pop below to download a blank template to print for yourself. Happy planning!
Let me know if this works for you or what tips you have for staying organized and sane through what are seemingly like endless days.