I've been working for myself in some form or the other for the last 9 years. In that time, I've had seasons of intense organization, complete chaos and lots of moments of pure burnout. I've worked each time to make a small adjustment here and there to ensure that I can create a sustainable work/home life. One that's preemptive and easy to manage. I have things that I do monthly, weekly and daily to make sure my work life feels good to me and to the people that I serve. Over the next three weeks, I will be giving you all of the monthly, weekly and daily tasks that i do to make sure I kick ass at life and business for FREE.
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For each month I do my best to:
1. Set an intention for how many people I want to be reaching.
I like to create number goals for how many Instagram followers I would like to have by the end of the month, how many clients I'd like to book & how many people I would like to have on my e-mail list. It works really well for my brain to have a target number to work toward. It keeps me motivated and driven to push a little bit further to make it happen!
2. I evaluate my work habits.
I think the combination of change & routine is one of the key ingredients to staying motivated. I create a routine that works for me and then at the end of the month I question everything and make a new plan. One month I may be focused on going into the office everyday from 9-5 and the next month it may feel better for me to just go to a coffee shop and wok when I feel like it. The key is listening to my needs instead of picking a routine and not wavering from that even when it quits working for me.
3. Set an intention for the projects I want to accomplish.
I like to choose only one or two large projects that I would like to see finished and live by the end of the month. I choose what topics I most want to promote and I may even break down a few of those larger projects into smaller bite-sized tasks.
4. I determine how I want to feel that month.
I find so much value in knowing how I want to feel. What do I want this month to mean for me? I set that intention at the beginning of the month and I use it as a filter for decisions I make throughout that time. If I want to feel spacious and inspired I may take on less meetings and open my schedule a bit. If I want to feel connected & energized I may pull in more meetings that month & even host a workshop.
5. Determine which habits I may need to adjust and make a plan.
We all have areas of our lives that don't quite serve us and it can be overwhelming to think about them all at once. Every month if I have the spare energy I like to think about what I would like to adjust that month. Some months it's spending less money on coffee, other months it's spending more time with friends or spending more time outside. Then, I make a small plan. For the coffee month my partner and I decided to not spend money on coffee during the week. We made coffee at home in the mornings and went out for coffee on the weekends.
6. Maintain a monthly to-do list.
Because I have the kind of nature that struggles to cut off from work, it's important for me to not maintain a running to-do list that I look at every single day. Instead, I keep a monthly list and each week I pull tasks over. This helps me to stay focused and to not overwork.
7. Get rid of something.
It's just plain good for my brain to go through one set of items each month. Oby and I have been going through The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and getting rid of one category at a time. I believe shedding possessions can be emotionally cleansing and open up space not only in your home but also in your mind.
8. Get out of town.
I try to get out of town at least once per month. This is sometimes a trip out of the country but, more often than not it's a trip to another small city a couple of hours away. Just something to help me change perspective, step outside of my routine and get a fresh new look at my life.
9. Schedule in my period.
This is something that came out of the work I was doing with my coach. I used to work through my periods with intense pain and stress. I would sit in meetings on the verge of passing out and be unable to give my all because I was so focused on my pain. Now, I block that time in my schedule and don't take meetings on those days. I work from home and don't expect too much of myself. It has been a game changer for me.
10. Evaluate & Edit.
One of the greatest tools that I've ever picked up was to sit in with myself and see what's working, what's not and what I want to happen next. I love sitting down with myself each month and checking in with where my business and life are and where I would like them to go. It allows me to move into another month with a plan of action, it tells me which things I can just let go and what things I want to nurture more.