The pleasures of planning
At the start of 2018 I had the opportunity to redesign my website and put some of the building blocks in place for a more productive business life.
Create new website - tick.
My website template gave me some ready-made social media icons - and this is what gave me the impetus to rejuvenate my Twitter and Instagram presence. I’m very ‘wordy’ (most of my education has been to do with words in several languages) and often struggle to be concise - which makes Twitter’s 280-character limit a helpful taskmaster!
Rejuvenate social media presence - tick.
Not only have I been building my social media following for my business, but I have discovered things through Twitter and Instagram that are proving really useful.
I found the bullet journal system, which I’m now using for project planning, keeping my to-do lists (and getting those tasks done), running my diary, making notes (and being able to find them again) and so much more besides. Now I’ve had some experience of working with the system I’ve found the confidence to make bigger, better, more useful plans - and it’s really paying dividends. I’m so much more productive.
I found The Design Trust and their fabulous tool, the Dream Plan Do planner. I bought the 2018 edition in the spring, and was really excited by it. Initially though I was a little daunted. I wasn’t quite ready to commit to it, and I’d arrived three months late to the party.
Adopt new planning tools - tick.
Become daunted by new planning tools - tick.
But here I am at the end of November 2018, and last week the 2019 edition of Dream Plan Do landed on my doorstep (yes, I’d diarised the launch date in my bullet journal to take advantage of the generous early-bird discount, and to get my book as soon as it was available).
Become excited by planning tools - tick.
This time? Reader, I am ready!
I’ve got just over a month to go until 2019 - so I’m spending some time getting some building blocks in place ready to dive into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of it in January.
I’ve been blocking out some intentions and events on my 2019 Dream Plan Do wallplanner.
On today’s to-do list in my bullet journal is ‘Complete p33-36 in DPD’, and I’m looking forward to tackling - and completing - that task later.
Build on my business - tick in progress.
Want to make a plan? Then do!