Planning

How to Be the Most Organized Blogger Ever

Don't you hate it when you have nothing planned ahead? It makes me so nervous. The very last thing I want to be doing is staying up too late (past ten for me) or working during my non-work hours on something I really could and should have done a long time ago.

I work best when I'm strict with myself and when I create a system that I can stick to. I've shared this template before, but I want to share it again because it keeps me on track and it helped me plan months ahead for my maternity leave. 

This template helps you go from the ideas in your head to putting down the final blog post link. It also has the reminders that I need to have in order to officially complete a post. So, yours might be a bit different, but you'll get the gist!

I love creating templates like this on Google Sheets because not only can I work on it on my desktop computer, but I can also access it from my phone too, which is super handy!

So go ahead and grab all of your blog post ideas that you have written everywhere, download the template, and make it your own! You will be the most organized blogger ever!

How to Stop Doing Things that Aren't Working

It is so easy to convince yourself to try this and to try that when it comes to new and bright ideas for your online business. We are all so desperately trying to make something stick that we suddenly realize we have about 4,000 irons in the fire.

Now you can go and learn this lesson the hard way (have everything come crashing down on you) or you listen to me and take a look at what you have going on in your business life. 

When I first started my coaching business I was FULL of ideas. I was constantly listening to podcasts, writing down everything that came to my mind. I was so anxious to get out there and stand out I was willing to try a little bit of everything until "my time" came. I was involved in WAY TOO MANY PROJECTS. 

And the worst part of all was I was the creator of them all. So, I felt like I had to keep them going otherwise I'd look like a quitter. 

Are you nodding your head? Do have a feeling in your gut that you're tackling too much?

One of the first things I started to look at when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed was money. I wrote down all of "irons" I had in the fire and then I wrote down if they were passion projects, money makers, time suckers, making me money or costing me money (you get the picture). 

I noticed there were a few things on my list that I spent way too much time on AND that were costing me money. No brainer huh? It took me a little time, but I finally made the decision that I was going to step away from those time and money suckers. These projects didn't relate to my main purpose and goal and the more I thought about it I was totally OK with letting them go. 

I'm a pretty spontaneous person, but I did take my time closing the curtains on the projects I could no longer devote to. I mean I spent a lot of time on these things and it sure wasn't easy to let them go!

One thing you have to remember when you decide not to do something any longer is..sadly...not many people will even notice. And the few that do will just shrug their shoulders and think, "hmm, she must be focusing more on ___." It's really not as big of a deal as you may make it out to be. 

So, what are the projects that you're devoting all of your time and money on that don't bring in any money?

I'm not all about the money here. Don't get the wrong idea. But it's a big priority! However, another really important (actually the most important) thing to me is TIME! I have a full time job, three kids, a husband, and a home to take care of. I literally CANNOT spend all my time doing things that have no promise. 

Once I got that through to myself and scraped some things off my plate I felt like I lost 100 pounds. It was so much easier to schedule my work time, plan ahead, and focus. Now, when I think back to everything else I used to do for pretty much no reason, I just shake my head. I can't get mad at my past because it taught me a lesson and made me who I am today.

How to Get Your Act Together and Get Things Done

When you work from home, the best feeling ever is having a a clean and organized workspace where you feel like you can be creative and work as efficient as possible. It gets a little chaotic work from home though.

Random things end up on your desk. For me it's little toys, snacks, diapers, or sippy cups. When things get cluttered around me that's how my brain feels and that doesn't work to well. Especially when this is a one woman machine. And I know I'm not alone!

I created a challenge to help you GET IT TOGETHER! If you have kiddos at home, they'll be starting school again soon. And how nice would it be to just finally....have it together. 

I like to make lists and work in doable sets. I learned that tactic from my lovely grandma. So, I took that approach when I created this challenge. Each day is a new and totally doable assignment for you to get it together. 

By the time you're done with this challenge you are going to feel so amazing and proud of yourself! And it's only 5 days! I am super excited because this is not just a challenge you can and will do once. It's something you can come back to again and again when you need it. 

So, what are you waiting for? Let's get it together!

How I Prepared My Business for Maternity Leave

As I'm writing this post I am 28 weeks pregnant and it's April 19. When you finally get to read this I will have a newborn hanging out with me and I will NOT be worried about blogging, social media, or building my list. The only things I will be focused on is our new baby and my family. And I'm only allowed to do this because I prepared myself and my business. 

Having a baby is a pretty major life event. Even if you get months to prepare it seems like the last couple sneak up on you. Especially when you have other little ones running around. 

My online business is very important to me. When I found out I was having number 3 I knew right away that I didn't want to hit pause. I went into full blown planning mode for a few reasons:

  • I didn't want to have to worry about blogging for at least a month
  • I didn't want to have to worry about social media for at least a month
  • I didn't want to have to worry that my email list was collecting dust

The thought of nursing a baby and trying to figure out what to blog about just didn't mesh well. I wanted all my focus to be on this new little person (right now I don't know if it's a boy or a girl.) #drivingmycrazy

So, I thought about the next (this was at the beginning of April) 5 months and I started writing ideas on a piece of paper. I ended up with 17 different ideas.

Then I looked at each one and labeled them as to what category/theme they would fall into. Like email marking, personal development, sales, etc. 

I ended up with 5 different themes, which worked out perfectly. I like to plan my months in chunks so I knew this system was working well for me so far. 

Here's an example: for the month of May I blogged about email marketing. I had 5 different ideas/blog posts and they fell under the email marketing theme. So, May's blog schedule looked like this:

How I prepared my business for maternity leave

I did this type of planning all up to the end of August. I assigned myself to get 1 blog post done a day (more on the weekends) and I ended up finishing everything in less then two and half weeks. That's a lot of blog posts for that amount of time! 

It's the best feeling ever to see all of the scheduled posts ready to go in the backend of my site!

I also scheduled all of my Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, and Podcast images (and episodes) in this amount of time as well.

I wouldn't have been able to do all of this so seamlessly if I didn't have a template to guide me right through it all. I got a huge feeling of satisfaction every time I got to check off a new task as complete. 

You don't need some fancy project management system to get things done. All you need is all you need. Make sense?

You can use this template for anything. Being pregnant is not a pre-requisite ;) I highly suggest you take a peak and see it's something you'd use because it saved me!

Plan Your Next 30 Days in 5

Wouldn’t it be amazing to enter the month of April without panicking because you don’t have anything scheduled for your blog?

The month goes way too fast. It can be incredibly frustrating when you feel behind because time creeps up on us busy bodies so quickly!

It seems like every month I used to panic on the last couple of days because next months calendar was completely blank and I would either tell myself/convince myself that I had time or I would try the “plan as you go” method...which never worked. For me anyway.


Having the next 30 days planned for your business is simply glorious. And guess what? I challenge you to do it with me. Wanna?

How to Grow Your Business and Take Care of Your Family

Building a business from home can make you feel like you're constantly making choices. Choices like:

  • Should I clean out the dishwasher or write this blog post?
  • Should I throw the clothes in the dryer or finish this e-book?
  • Should I just go to bed for once or finish this book?

It's not an all or nothing arrangement, but it can sometimes feel like it. We have to make choices and a lot of the times, when we choose our work, we feel GUILT. We feel selfish and we feel like we're neglecting everyone by sitting in front of the computer. 

I don't feel guilty anymore. But, I used to. Here's why:

  • I didn't have set hours
  • I didn't have a structured plan
  • I had no boundaries with what I was creating

By not setting my hours I was working like a mad woman. From the time I was let off from my full-time job I was in my office working away. I was only taking breaks for dinner with the family and kiddo "emergencies." My only trigger to stop working was bedtime. On weekends I did the same thing. I worked. All. Day. 

What the heck was I working on? EVERYTHING! I was creating random content, hosting webinars, creating Facebook ads, networking, creating sales funnels, and a ton of other busy work. I had zero structure. If you asked me what I'm working on that week, I would have said, "everything!" Makes me cringe. 

When I finally SET MY HOURS and started to really think strategically on what I wanted my business to do for me the next year...well that's when shit got serious and the light finally appeared. 

It was such a relief to have a PLAN and to know exactly what I was going to focus on for a year. A year! That helped me zoom in and get into more detail about what I will do quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily. 

So, now, when I get off work from my FT job I'll play with my daughter for a bit, clean up the kitchen, maybe call a family member for a quick chat, and then off to work I go. Let me tell you, this system has completely cleared my brain fog. I finally know EXACTLY what I have to do. If I get done early with what was on the agenda, great! I'll either move the next days up and get ahead or I'll just pat myself on the back, close the office door, and go enjoy my family.  

Be sure to get the planning system that I've created to help you do just this! 

How to Work From Home and Accept the Interruptions

I sometimes feel like people don't understand what we, as moms, go through in our daily lives. We are always in "mom mode." We always have our mom caps on and we're usually thinking ahead and trying to predict the future. I have yet to master that part. 

Now, throw in creating and building your own business, while staying home, all on top of your other responsibilities, it can definitely seem like a lot and can get quite overwhelming. 

I created a workbook that will save you so much time! If you're a mom and you work from home-you need a plan and you need something you can stick to. This workbook will walk through the same process I use to go from an idea to planning out each hour of my work day. It's something you'll refer back to and print over and over again because it is just that useful. 

It can be very exciting to start an online business. At first, you're gathering up as much information as possible on Pinterest, you're reading blog posts, listening to podcasts, and making a ton of notes (and work) for yourself. You're basically running off of adrenaline at this point. 

Then a kid gets sick or something unexpected happens in your family and everything has to be set aside. You feel like such a failure for not giving your new baby (your business) the attention it deserves. You make a promise to yourself that you'll get back to it when you have time. 

After a week or more goes by you're either going to do one of two things. Dive right back in or find another reason to not move forward. You may have a perfectly legit reason for not moving forward at the time, but more than likely you're scared. You ran out of steam and you're not sure how to get it back. 

This is why we need to have a plan mom. Because it happens to ALL OF US. When I found out I am having my third baby this fall I was completely floored. This was not written down in my planner! Once I accepted the fact that things will change again this coming Summer I knew I had a really good reason to get my shit together and become a master of time management and planning ahead. Strategically. 

I've not only cut down on my hours, but I've planned out the next year. Because I have to. I really don't want to be laying in the hospital bed thinking, "oh shoot! I forgot to publish and promote my new blog post!" That's just not going to happen. When that new baby comes I will be able to know the wheels are turning without me. 

This is not only how I plan for big life events, but I also plan my days this way. Because, like I said before, I have no clue who is going to wake up sick today. I have no power over what my 2 year old will think entertainment is on a Tuesday afternoon.  And I have no clue if my 7 year old just needs some mom time or would rather hang out in his room when he gets home. I don't know. And that's OK. 

What I do know, is that I will plan to work on my business from 1-5 every week day. I do know that I have a  weekly blog post, a weekly podcast, client work, networking, marketing, and creation to be done. And I do know that I have a theme for each month so I'm not struggling with writers block. I also know that if my husband wants to take us all out for supper on a Friday, I will more than happily shut my laptop and get the kids ready because I can wake up early on Saturday and get some work done too while everyone is sleeping. 

My biggest tip for working from home is to not be so hard on yourself and set boundaries. As I said before, I have set hours. That's that. If you haven't implemented this into you day, DO IT. I can't tell you how much more productive I've become after knowing I have an hour to get this done.