A lot of you guys have asked how I organize my calendar.
To be completely & utterly honest, I am EXTREMELY specific about it.
Really though, it’s rather obnoxious.
Like OCD-ish sort of obnoxious.
First off, I used to be a rebel.
Like a rebel who didn’t calendar properly.
According to TSC Team, they’ve never seen worse.
Seriously, two years ago I would just go with the flow, you know? Sort of wake up & do a million things at once in no particular order. Just kind of did whatever I was feeling. Super laid back. To be frank, I was perplexed on why anyone would do anything any OTHER way.
But cracks started to show.
As I began to really aggressively grow the brand I realized, SHIT, there’s a serious need for a LEGIT calendar.
I mean I always had a calendar BUT I needed like a gnarly, GIRL BOSS, NO BULLSHIT calendar.
Basically I couldn’t fuck around anymore.
This was/is business…& I needed to get my shit together.
And as annoying as this is to admit, it worked.
& it worked WELL.
Having a real deal, balls to the walls calendar that accounts for my whole day has been game-changing.
Sure, pre-SERIOUS CALENDAR I’d write down my schedule before…& sure I’d ‘try’ to add it to my iPhone…& sure I’d most definitely miss conference calls, appointments, or deadlines.
So YES I’m a firm believer that if you want to grow any idea or company, spend like an hour a week ( I usually do this on Sunday’s ) making your calendar Gone With the Wind fabulous.
Here are three tips that help keep mine on track:
♡ GOOGLE CALENDAR:
Ok so, if anything happened to my phone’s Google calendar App, I’d cry a couple of Lauren Conrad tears. Really though.
Every morning before I start my day, I pull up Google Calendar & it’s perfectly color coordinated with times, names, & conference dial-in’s. EASY. I like how it goes start to finish & guides you through the whole day. Plus the colors are cute & coordinated. AKA meetings= pink.
Now don’t think I’m crazy but I literally keep a schedule from 8 AM to 8 PM.
This calendar tells me when I’m working out, talking on the phone, posting social media content, e-mailing, planning posts, shooting posts, meeting TSC Team, filming video, editing posts, working on TSC Bombshell Body Guide, taking meetings, hanging out with friends, going on dates, running errands, going to appointments, AND even getting my nails done.
Also, a lot of what I do is multi-tasking. Like walking on the Treadmill & returning e-mails, so I will schedule those together.
ALL in my Google calendar. Literally, I’m surprised it doesn’t tell me when to sleep.
I even went as far as to schedule an hour for reading…
Also, my entire month is scheduled in advance. Obviously things are added last minute but my calendar is set up so things are scheduled weeks & weeks in advance.
Trust me, as a former flower child business woman, this way is more efficient.
♡ MY BIG WHITE DESK CALENDAR:
Speaking of flower children, my white HUGE desk calendar is very vintage-esque because, who writes anything down?
Writing my thoughts out of what I have to do just WORKS.
A huge to-do with a couple of PRIORITY thing to do that day keeps me on schedule.
I don’t know why but something about the whole writing things down with a ball point pen is therapeutic.
It sits & stares at me throughout the day taunting me to GET IT DONE.
Also, recently we bought a HUGE white board for our home which has really helped too. Highly recommend both.
♡ SOMEONE TO HELP SCHEDULE:
I hired someone who’s main job is coordinating.
He coordinates every last detail.
This has been really essential to grow The Skinny Confidential because it’s allowed me to focus on what’s important.
If you’re just starting out, I highly recommend finding an intern who can help manage your schedule to get to your goals.
Have them help you map out a plan of action & strategy. Work backwards. If you want to launch an eBook, have them help you set up a timeline working backwards on a calendar. Does that make sense?
Say you want to launch your eBook in June. Set the work in your calendar ( a little a week ) months before June. So when June comes you’re not overwhelmed. Planning is key.
Typically every time I do a post like this you guys have 29384237 more amazing tips to follow. So add to my list, I’m open to testing out your calendar tips.
NEXT UP, I’m thinking: how to schedule blog editorial content. Thoughts?
Ok, I’m off to watch House of Cards. Claire is killing the girl boss game this season. I spent the better half of last night scouring the Internet for business suits because of her.
Chat soon, lauryn x