We all know that in 2017 and beyond, the key to your business success is all about social media. Our online community is a testament to the hustle that happens behind the screen. STARTplanner has created a great tool to help you take your social media presence to the next level and we thought it could use a little love and attention. Let’s break down our Content & Social Media download and see how it can help you and your business.
First, did you know that our social media download is available individually or as part of a dandy little foursome with Start A Business, Business Travel Planner, and Mileage Log? Its just too easy…purchase, download, and use as many times as you want! (If you haven't grabbed yours yet, you can get it here!) So now let’s make it work.
The first page is laid out by month with a great space to organize your thoughts for each. It is important to think about each month individually, but seeing the whole year at once is awesome for ensuring we are pulling together the “big picture.” For example, at STARTplanner, we have certain months that always have big events. March and September are always preorder months for us. November is “Now Shipping!” So by laying out our year, we can drive social media with events happening each month.
Page two dives into the details by taking page one and breaking it down. The left side of the page has the days of the week with space to map out your daily themes for the week. We love “Monday Motivation: Are you ready to hustle?” Maybe Tuesday is a response to customer email or feedback. Wednesday is a great day for a repost. You get the idea. As your clients or customers move through the week, how do you want your business to stay with them? How will what you write or post ring true for them as they interact with your business? There is plenty of space for you to keep track of your notes and ideas in the Week section. Pull some details out, expand your thoughts.
The third section of Page 2 helps you keep track of your weekly social media goal. Write it down and make it happen. Speaking of reposts, there is a perfect spot in that third section for jotting down where those posts are located. Write down the URL, blog name, author, title, etc. And who doesn’t love a good giveaway? We do and we KNOW our community loves them too! What will you giveaway this week? Love on your people and check those boxes when it is posted, the winner announced, and the prize sent out.
We also love a good checkbox and this big awesome section of page 2 is all about checking things off and getting it out there! We gave you space to jot down your title or theme and – the best part - check boxes for content, images, video, and budget. And when you’re ready to go, the social media icons are there to keep track of where that information is going. Which platforms will you use to share information with your audience? Don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Circle it, cross it out, whatever. Just get it to the people!
And last but not even close to least, FUTURE IDEAS. This could be the 3 am thought, the idea that grows out of a customer need, or the inspiration that happens when you least expect it. Or maybe this is the perfect place to think outside the box! We know you believe in what you are doing and want to be the very best you can be. Whatever it is, we are here for you with the tools to help you succeed. Give our Content & Social Media Planner download a try and let us know what you think!
Sometimes a blog post is inspired by something we are doing here, and this is one of them. As our business grows and our team grows, we are feeling the need for some organization in-house. There is no better way to recognize a need than to sit down and teach someone how things are done. So often we “just know” things and when we have to explain them to someone else, we realize that there are opportunities to simplify, organize, and streamline. Here are a few tips for organizing your digital life that we have learned from and want to share with you!
Time. TIME. Time. The process of getting from Point A to Point B in your eLife, is going to take some time. We know you love time-blocking so allow yourself some nice big chunks of time to work. You might even try to assign yourself start-to-finish tasks within your schedule. For example, if you know you have Monday from 2-3 pm, assign yourself task that can be finished during that time. So on Monday from 2-3, I am going to organize my 2016 photos. This is important stuff and the time you give yourself now will save you later.
Plan it out. I know…of course we would say this, right? Create a roadmap for how you will accomplish your digital declutter. Think about what will work best for you when organizing files. Does it make sense to organize by date? By subject? Start high-level and break it down. Draw it out!
Stick to the plan. Whether it is a naming scheme for photos, a folder structure for email, or a cleaned-up desktop, be absolutely vigilant when it comes to maintaining what you’re working towards. Create a “cheat sheet” for things like naming structures and keep your roadmap visible so you can access it easily and remind yourself of what you are working toward.
A good digital declutter is worth every minute of effort. We think you’ll find the things you do in your electronic life will take less time and less frustration. Let’s hear it for the highly efficient HUSTLE!
This team loves us some fall! Call us basic, but we love pumpkin spice everything, falling leaves, long sleeves, and cool weather! I asked our lady crew to share their favorite fall things with me (and you) and this is what they had to say.
"Fall...I think of football. When you have three boys and a husband who is obsessed, you grow to LOVE it. Although I do love football, the community aspect is what I love the most. Meeting new friends at my oldest sons game and having friends and family over for games. Really it just brings people together. People and togetherness is what I love most!"
"My favorite thing about fall is EVERYTHING!!! I love love love living in the PNW because we have 4 distinct seasons. I love cozy plaid flannels, furry blankets, football Sundays, crockpot soups, hiking with my dog in the fall leaves, and yes… I’ll admit it, I'm a sucker for the pumpkin everything craze! If I had to pick JUST ONE thing, it would be the smells of fall —the first rain, and mulled cider. That smell warms my heart!"
"What I love most about fall are all the fun memories that are to be had... attending festivals and craft shows with my mom, picking apples at Mercier Orchards with my hubby, carving pumpkins, and filling the home with scents of apple cider and cinnamon broomsticks. Oh, and how could I forget, CANDY CORN! Umm, jumbo bag right here, please ;)"
"My favorite things about fall are pumpkin farms, hay rides, apple orchards, moonshine festival and the Cumming fair. I love, love this time of year with the leaves changing and the weather getting cooler."
"As a girl from Wisconsin, I crave the cooler weather that comes with fall in Georgia. The best day ever is the day I can put on a hoodie and be comfy all day. Its time for butternut soup, slow-cooker dinners, and movie nights!"
"My favorite things about fall are scarves, boots, pumpkin spice lattes, lighting fall scented candles and warm cozy sweaters!"
Ready? Set? Go! Is anyone ever really ready for the start of another school year? How did these babies become real little humans who are able to learn math facts and carry lunch trays? Wasn’t it just weeks ago that we were up all night trying desperately to decipher their little cries? Ok, so we can’t stop time. We can’t keep our little ones little forever but we can be prep’ed and ready as we send them out into the big world. Here are five quick and simple tips for a seamless transition from the lazy days of summer to the structure of another school year.
Every day is a chance to send those little humans out the door knowing we have their backs, we’ve got it covered, and we can do this! At least we are trying, right?
Tell us a little about yourself and your mission? (who you are, what you do, why you do it)
I’m Morgan Downum and I am a freshman at West Forsyth High School. I am involved with cheerleading and DECA within West Forsyth along with being a small group leader to 4th grade students at Browns Bridge Church. I love and enjoy getting involved because I like to make a positive difference in all of the environments I’m around.
What is your success in one sentence?
My success in one sentence would be working hard and achieving goals… big or small.
One routine or tip that others could apply to their lives to make it better while balancing school?
One tip is to use the planner to your advantage to stay on top of tasks and assignments to be able to balance school obligations with social activities.
Ready to get started this school year with your Legit Planner? Let's do this!!!
You're a super mom with a busy, hectic lifestyle. You're trying to manage obligations to your family, have a successful career, and still enjoy leisure time. If your life is becoming too overwhelming, what you may need is a lifestyle planner. Lifestyle planning services are geared toward all areas of your life and can assist you with personal and professional needs.
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Your life is busy; you have obligations to work on while balancing family, work, and leisure activities. A personal planner can assist you with managing issues that come up with your marriage, children, and family relationships. Whether you need a mentor, personal counseling, or coaching, trained professionals can offer the advice you need and guide you in the right direction.
One of the most important aspects of lifestyle planning for individuals is retirement, and a financial advisor can help you manage your finances now, so you'll be ready for retirement when the time comes to stop working and enjoying a new lifestyle.
Management Planning Services For Professionals
Whether you own a company or are in a management position, career planning services can help your business run smoothly and be more productive. A professional planner can assist you with strategic planning, managing changes with company policy or personnel, and setting long-term goals.
Learn skills to communicate more efficiently with your management team, and the most productive methods of team building and increasing profits. A professional planner can help you to create a positive environment within your company and help you to develop leadership qualities.
When you're retiring, you should consider your lifestyle, your health, your finances, and what your retirement goals are. You have to make the best choice for your circumstances. When making the choice of when to retire, your finances are one of the biggest considerations.
If you have extended family such as grandchildren or elderly parents, will you be responsible for their financial needs? You have to think about possible medical needs when you retire, and whether you'll be living in your current community or moving to a different location to be closer to the family. A professional planner can advise you about relocating if health concerns are an issue.
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How will your lifestyle change when you retire? You may be involved with community activities or have close friends that you socialize with frequently. If you move, your lifestyle will change. When you and your spouse are retiring at the same time, you'll be spending more time together, and you'll have to give a lot of thought to how you'll be spending your leisure time. Some people choose to travel, work on a part-time basis, or even start a new business. If you aren't sure about your choice, a lifestyle mentor can help you with all your options.
The Do-It-Yourself Option
If you want to handle all our financial and personal details without professional assistance, you need to identify your goals, challenges you face, and steps you need to meet all your goals, whether professional or personal. Consult a professional to get you started may be advisable. The main thing is to record all your personal, professional, and financial goals, and establish a timeline for reaching them.
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Studies show that handwriting lists and plans are more effective than digitally tracking. To some, the idea of carrying around a monthly calendar brings up images of small, monthly calendars the size of a checkbook kept in mother's purses and used more for monthly reminders and appointments than anything else.
Life coaches and household organization experts agree that keeping a pen-and-paper record of goals, to-do lists, and appointments aide in reaching goals and finishing to-do lists much more quickly and effectively than those who do not.
Nowadays there are so many more options for planners that are a far cry from the small purse calendars of our mothers! Regular planners bought in box stores offer the standard monthly, weekly, or daily view on a page in a generic font and standard cover. However, the internet provides many specialty stores that offer luxurious planners that can be customized to each individual customer.STARTplanner.com has the best tips and tricks for helping you improve your efficiency. Check us out at https://startplanner.com/collections/fancy-pants
These luxury planners offer a range of choices and styles to truly customize and personalize each planner to the individual. High-end, or luxury planners, allow you to go section by section before ordering to create a layout that will work best for your life.
Choose to have your weekly layout start on a Sunday or Monday; add a timeline with thirty minute intervals to each day; or have the daily sections go horizontally or vertically. Many of these planners also give you the option to use a personal picture as the cover, or to choose from a wide-variety of standard colors and designs.
Function And Fashion
Not only are these planners much cuter on your arm than the former, standard issue black, customers can add options to help organize and plan out whatever path their life is on.
Being a mom on the go requires being able to organize and plan many aspects of your life easily. Luxury planners give you the ability to not only plan out short and long-term goals, but also financial planning and budgeting, sections to plan important events and vacations, as well as a section for grocery lists and meal planning.https://startplanner.com/collections/collections shop our store for the best organizational tools online
All In One Planners
Speaking of grocery lists and meal planning; for the fitness freak, most of these planners offer the ability to help you reach your goals (whatever they may be). Try adding options like goal planning or nutrition tracking to the weekly layout in addition to monthly health check-ins and the ability to track working out, supplements/vitamins, water intake, and calories burned and consumed daily. Along with daily reminders to keep you focused and on target.
Want even more options? Today's planners are large enough to add even more personalization. Adding accessories such as dividers, pockets, and customized sticky notes create even more organization for your busy life. There are some great ideas for even more sections on each website. Make sure to check out all the various options available.
With every section (including the cover) able to be customized and in some cases even personalized, these cute planners are able to become an effective tool in your life rather than clutter in your purse or backpack.
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Does the idea of running your office from the beach excite you? How about working while soaking in the atmosphere of the cobbled streets and historic buildings of Europe?
If either of these images excites you, then working as a digital nomad may be the right career move for you! Being a digital nomad means you get to embark on a life of adventure, travel, and flexibility. For many people, living this lifestyle means living their dream.
However, you can't skip right to sipping pina coladas at the beach. To become a digital nomad, you have to put in the work first.
So what exactly do you need to do to achieve this dream laptop lifestyle?STARTplanner.com has the best tips and tricks for helping you improve your efficiency. Check us out at https://startplanner.com/collections/printables
You need to start planning, right now. While the lifestyle is a dream, getting to the dreamy lifestyle is going to be tough. You need to be prepared to work hard, work smart, and make sacrifices.
Keep reading this article to learn what you need to do to make your nomad lifestyle a reality.
1. Find the Right Work For You
Unfortunately, not every profession is suitable for the nomadic lifestyle. For example, if you're a dentist, it's pretty much impossible for you to take this career on the road.
If you have a profession that you can't do from your laptop, you need to start thinking about a new career trajectory. Ideally, you'll also want one that can be done during anytime zone. Trying to pull off a 9-5 New York work hours while you're partying it up in Bali will not be fun.
Blogging, online marketing, and copywriting are a few avenues worth exploring.
2. Plan Your Attack
Once you have a career in mind, you need to plan your attack meticulously.
While those living the laptop lifestyle may seem carefree, most are actually intense planners.
You need to learn anything and everything you can about your planned destination. You should join online groups for expats and travelers, follow local news sites, investigate housing options, and stock up on any necessary medications.
3. Understand Visa Regulations
This step is the most critical, as you can get in huge trouble for violating visa regulations.
Before traveling to a country, make sure you know if you need to obtain a visa beforehand, if you can get one on arrival, or if you need one at all. You can look at the US State Department website for details or contact an embassy near you.https://startplanner.com/collections/collections shop our store for the best organizational tools online
4. Be Open-Minded
No matter how much you read up on your chosen destination, you need to be prepared for some level of culture shock when you arrive.
Moving countries is entirely different than moving cities, so don't think you're an experienced traveler if you've moved a couple times domestically.
Whether it's a different political perspective or a different way of greeting people, you need to be prepared to embrace the new.
5. Take the Plunge
Once you have your laptop lifestyle all planned out, it's time to take the plunge! Get your tickets and go for it!
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Are you the kind of a person that constantly worries about the future? Do you spend a lot of time wondering if your life is headed in the right direction? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. While it's perfectly normal to be concerned about your future, you should be careful not to worry too much that it ruins the day you are having today. It's possible to spend the day in such a way that its sets you up for a better tomorrow.
Today can have such a great influence on whether tomorrow will be a great day, and by making today count, you set yourself on a path to excellence. But right now is all that matters, not tomorrow or the day after. Here are a few ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your day:
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Be punctual in everything that you do. Being late results in anxiety and stress. It's not possible to seize the day with a cloud of stress and anxiety hovering around you. For all items on your to-do list — meetings, tasks, meals, etc. — set an end time. Make good use of each minute.
Nobody likes to float around aimlessly. Many people have a to-do list for their days. It doesn't have to be put down on paper or saved on your smartphone, but it is always in the back of your mind. Of these tasks, which ones are the most productive to you? Not all task are equal vis-à-vis productivity and effectiveness. Start with the most productive tasks and work your way down the list.
Starting your day with the right attitude can go a long way towards ensuring its success. Maintain the positive attitude throughout the day, and you are definitely going to have a good one. Approach each day's tasks right away, and you are off to a hot start.
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Goal setting is a great way to ensure that you are not drifting through the day without a plan on how to spend it. Set goals. Leaving everything up to chance allows interruptions and distractions to dictate how the day goes. It sets you up for failure, and that doesn't result in a good day for anyone.
Be Strong, Yield
Not every day will go on as planned. There is always going to be forces beyond your control trying to throw you off your game. Yield and don't let anything knock you off track. If something unexpected interrupts your day, acclimatize and get back on course.
Be grateful, let someone else feel appreciated. It's easy to get caught up in our day-to-day activities and forget the important people in our lives. Taking the time to appreciate someone will make them happy and give you a great sense of productivity.
Make today count. Doing that gives you the best shot at everything you've ever dreamt of. It also helps you stay happy and avoid the stresses of life. Doing your best to make the most out of your day will also give you peace of mind and the energy to keep going on and on.
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Leadership comes naturally to some people, but others must actively work hard to be an effective leader in different facets of their lives. If you have a managerial or executive role in your profession, you may be able to use SmartPlanner.com products in different ways to become a better leader. With a closer look at some of the most important tips that you can follow to become a better leader, you will see how this is possible.
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In order to lead others to achieve great things in their own positions, you must first and foremost be a good role model. This means that you must be well-organized and structure your use of time wisely. More than that, you must be efficient in all that you do so that you can tackle more tasks and devote ample time to everything that crosses your desk.
Keeping a detailed planner or schedule ensures that you never miss important meetings or overlook items that require your attention. More than that, you can better allocate ample time to each task so that you can focus more fully on it.
Delegate Tasks Efficiently
A leader certainly does not tackle all tasks in his or her department or business. Leadership is about delegating tasks to the right individuals so that the work gets done right and in an efficient manner. More than that, it also is about helping your team develop and refine their skills so that the individual and the business as a whole can benefit from it.
Planning and creating lists is important in efficient delegation, and your planner or calendar can assist with this process. For example, you can establish times for team meetings, determine which tasks you do not have time to handle properly yourself and more.
Be Available to Your Team
While you may need to plan numerous meetings and events in your calendar outside of the office, you also need to allow ample free time so that you are available to your team. This may mean that you schedule 15 minutes of free time after every meeting to chat individually with different team members.
It may mean that you schedule individual or small group lunches or coffee meetings to keep in touch and to foster their creativity for innovation in the business. You always need to be available to your team as needed if you want to become a better leader.
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Communication is a two-way street, and it involves active verbal and written communication as well as the time to listen to or read communication sent to you. You need to give ample time to your email and text messages, and you also need to devote your undivided attention to your employees and team members when they are speaking to you face-to-face.
Many managers and executives unfortunately feel stressed and frazzled throughout the day because they are overbooked or because they failed to manage their time wisely. If you want to be a great leader in your organization, you must be able to manage time wisely so that you can improve your communication skills.
As you can see, there are many aspects of time management and planning that relate to your ability to be great leader. If you are interested in becoming a better leader, you may be able to make great leaps forward in each of these areas through the use of a planner or schedule. It can also be helpful to analyze your specific leadership weaknesses and to get feedback from your team if you want to improve yourself in the most effective ways possible.
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STARTplanner understand the hustle of everyday life and we fully believe that goals are not achieved without proper planning,