5 BUSINESS PLANNING STRATEGIES FOR STAY-AT-HOME MUMS
Incorporating planning into your life becomes even more necessary when you decide to become a mumpreneur. You’ll need to plan your life and business, ensuring it’s flexible so it can adjust to the unexpected. Sometimes things just don’t go to plan. Every day will be different, especially when there are kids around.Planning can be difficult, but once you find your own system it can be a lifesaver. Adapt planning methods to your own needs, and inline them with your business goals.
Here are 5 planning strategies for mumpreneurs to help you save time, and stress less. Plus a bonus tip to motivate you to do more planning.
1. DAILY PLAN: TO-DO LIST
If you’ve done little planning a good place to start is with a daily to-do list. This type of planning is good for short term goals. Grab a diary and write at the top in big letters ‘TO DO’, then in bullet points write the tasks you would like to complete during the day. Putting our thoughts on paper clarifies tasks that we’ve had swimming around in our heads. To-do lists tend to help us work more effectively because our short term goals are broken up into smaller parts, and they show us what needs to be done for the day. A daily plan help you stay focused, and save time. At the end of the day cross out all the tasks you’ve completed. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and make the work you have done at home, whether housework or business work, more tangible. If you didn’t completed all the tasks on your list, don’t worry, just add them to your ‘TO-DO’ list for the next day and, VOILA!
2. WEEKLY PLAN: CLARITY
Once you’re comfortable with daily plans, you can devise weekly plans. Knowing what you have to do for the week when you wake up every day helps you to start your day with a clear vision. A weekly plan assists you in allocating tasks more efficiently. It also helps you in creating a routines, and at some point hopefully you’ll know what tasks you do at what time of the week. Try and be as specific as possible.
I do my weekly plan every Sunday night. On my weekly plan, I write down what I have to do each day with time allocations from the moment I wake up, to the time that I am going to bed. I even include Valentina’s breakfast, siesta time, playing time, cleaning duties, etc. Why? Because timing gives a strong sense of purpose to my weekly plan, it help me to be organised and gives me a clear vision how my time is looking for the entire week and I can see clear what I have achieved in a week. To do this is satisfying and at the end of the week, see all the tasks that I have done motivate me and help me to keep a positive mind.
3. MONTHLY PLAN: FUTURE PERSPECTIVE
Shape your future with a monthly plan. It gives you the bigger picture. It helps you prioritiseweekly tasks more efficiently. You don’t have to be as specific as the weekly planner, bullet points are fine because this plan is just to know what’s ahead. If you want to get even more organised, you can do a 90-day plan. When I first did a 3 month plan, it was all over the place, so I decided to start small with a simple to-do list. This list evolved into a weekly plan, and from there eventually I graduated to a 90 days plan. As long as you have some kind of system in place, the way you plan is up to you.
4. BUSINESS PLANNING: TAKING ACTION
As a mumpreneur there is a lot to plan, not just for the family, for your business too. For that reason I have divided this planning into 3 stages:
- Action plan: It is a step-by-step document with all your business tasks listed to follow in the pursuit of a profitable business. It will include goals, researches, branding, strategies and techniques.
- Content calendar: A monthly calendar is where you will plan carefully and write down in advance all the content that you need to create for your business. You can learn how to create a content calendar with Bailey Richert on her blog post, a good resource to start with.
- Social media calendar: A monthly calendar where you will plan your social media posts in advance. Content calendar and social media calendar work together because after you have your content calendar done you are very clear about what you need to be promoting to your audience.
5. MEAL PLAN: MUMPRENEUR LIFE
A family meal planner for any mum is a lifesaver. Planning your family meals ahead will give you peace of mind as well as saving precious time. I usually cook weekly lunches and some dinners on Sundays, this way I save time during the week, and focus on my family and business. The Organised Housewife gives you some useful information about how to meal plan.
JOURNALING: RITUAL PLAN
This is the free bonus tip: JOURNALING!
You may be asking what journaling has to do with planning? Well, let me tell you that journaling is very important for planning because journaling is the place where you can see all the results of your planning. Journaling allows you to get to know yourself a little more deeply. You will discover an opportunity to have a real talk with yourself. Your journal is where you will gain a clear vision, find out what is holding you back, set new goals, and discover what in you needs to be satisfied. And from there is hopefully you’ll be more motivated to do more planning. Journaling is the perfect opportunity to recharge energies, and set new short and long term goals. To start journaling get a book that is designated only to record your thoughts. I try to journal every night but sometimes it’s difficult, so at least once a week is fine.To start, write down all your frustrations, your irritations and what has upset you during the day or week. After you have expressed what has been affecting you in a negative way, move to the next step. On step two you will write down what are you grateful for, all those positive things that make you feel good. Always start with: “I am grateful for…” Part three is about desires.Write down what you desire in your life. The last step is about how you will feel once your desires becomes true. Be as honest as possible. You have to explore your inner-world in order to find the right answers.
These are my 5 planning strategies that will save you time and stress, plus my bonus tip to motivate you to do more planning. Remember planning gives you direction, it will allow you to see where you are, and where you are going. Don’t live just day-by-day. Shape your future and start your stay-at-home journey.
What’s your best planning technique? Do you journal? Comment below, I would like to learn from you!