No this is not a sales pitch for Passion Planners even though it has saved my life more than once. This is about having a simple, focused, and consistent schedule whether it be for you, your family or for your direct sales business.
As women, we have at least three or four balls juggling at all times: work, children, home, direct sales business and oh, course there is our life on social media, right? How quickly do your best laid plans for the day go array when you get lost in the black hole of social media?
Yes, it is FRIDAY and I am already talking about next week. WHY? Because I have found when I take about an hour or so on Saturday or Sunday to plan out the upcoming week, this get done. I know, many nights you fall into bed feeling like you worked your butt off but yet feel like you got absolutely nothing accomplished. Been there, done that and have more than one t-shirt! Some weeks, my planner looks like this:
Nothing written in except maybe a doctor’s appointment or two. It is the weeks like this when I squirrel. Running around putting our fires and trying to get something, anything accomplished.
Squirreling find come with the MS – the truth is I have squirreled for years when I worked from home. A load of laundry here, wash the dishes there, oh and I went to look for something in the “junk drawer” so I spent time cleaning it out. For women who work at home (not just in direct sales but also as moms and wives), having a focused plan each week allows us to get so much more accomplished with time to spare. Yes, you can have spare time to just sit and enjoy your coffee before it gets cold!
As we head into November which is the true start of the busy holiday season, I am trying something new (for me). I have heard it a million times but always found a reason NOT to do it. A simple “days of the week” system to help you stay focused and work your biz (or your home) with intention. This is a system you can tweak to fit YOUR needs but at least give it a try…..
Me Monday: A clear focus starts with a strong personal business. Spend the first day of the week working on your personal calendar. That includes booking parties, scheduling Facebook Party posts and hostess coaching for up-coming parties. When your calendar is full, you’ll feel more confident and ready to tackle the rest of your goals. Go you!
Team Tuesday: Follow up with sponsoring leads and set coaching calls with anyone on your team who wants more support. Being an effective coach is about asking the right questions, being a good listener and stay in the reality zone.
Win (Woohoo) Wednesday: This is the day for me to connect with my team and my customers. I am planning to celebrate the past week’s accomplishments, give reminders on upcoming events and encourage different aspects of training linked back to the weekly calls hosted by the company. This is also the day I am going to introduce our “team consultant of the week”. This will give team members an opportunity to get to know each other building a stronger bond of support.
Thank You Thursday: Keep your hostesses and customers coming back by saying THANKS! Use graphics on Facebook Parties, Facebook Live shout outs to your $500 Club Hostesses ($500+ Parties) and handwritten personal notes to all. Don’t forget to include a reminder to send referrals your way for a bonus gift!
Follow-Up Friday: Congrats! You made it to Friday and you had a focused, productive week. Take some time on Friday to follow-up with anything left on your to-do list and get ready to enjoy the weekend..
Mind you, in the midst of this focused plan, emails and social media seem to be missing, right? The truth is, my notifications for Facebook are turned off on my phone and on my computer. When I am working in my office, I close both my email and my social media windows. Then I set aside some time to check them and respond BUT only for a short period of time.
What are you best tips for staying focused when working your direct sales business OR managing your household. Share them with us….
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!