I love paper. Paper books. Magazines. Fancy pens to write on paper. Post it notes. Spiral bound notebooks. Legal pads. All things paper! I wrote this blog post out on paper before I typed it out for the blog.
When I was a kid I would practice my handwriting for hours. As an adult now my handwriting often gets mistaken for typed fonts in my planner. You have heard the saying "Practice makes perfect," and practice has certainly helped my handwriting. However, I am not a perfectionist; as I believe done is better than perfect.
We took our kids to the book store yesterday and I absolutely love taking in all the new and exciting things found there. I love showing Livia all the information that is at her fingertips. Sure, YouTube is great, there is so much information there... BUT nothing beats the information you can find in paper books. Paper makes things so real for me.
At the bookstore I actually found a magazine on paper. It was all about the love of paper, textures, cutouts, and activities; so I know I'm not the only person who loves paper!
My printer for the planners email signature reads "P.S - It is okay to print this email. Paper is a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable product made from trees. Growing and harvesting trees provides jobs for millions of men and women, and working forests are good for the environment, providing clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and carbon storage."
I love the feel of paper. I love having all my thoughts out of my head and onto the paper. I understand digital has its place. After all, our new sister company is Websites Managed and we sell our paper planners online. However, I don't think we will ever fully replace paper with digital.
What are your thoughts on paper?
This week is the official week of planning (according to me)! You are the project manager of your life!
Taking the time between Christmas Day and New Year 's Eve to plan for the year is a great use of time. Many people take this time off to recoup from the holiday season. I think taking the time to play project manager of your own life is really important.
Here are some steps you can take to set up an awesome 2018:
Here are some examples of clarifying your goals:
A - Goal: Buy an RV
Defined Goal: Buy a 2000 or newer 24ft bumper pull RV with lots of room for storage and 1 popout before May 1st
B - Goal: Get out of unsecured debt
Defined Goal: Pay off x credit card with x balance with tax return. Pay off x medical bill with x balance with bonus in July. Pay off x with x balance by paying x monthly.
C - Goal: Get down to pre-baby weight
Defined Goal: Eat ketogenic diet with one cheat day per week until back to 155# (Lose 1# per week until June)
Erasable pens and highlighters! I love to write in pen and these save me having to carry white out too! Friction is how they erase. Give them a try... you will not be disappointed.
Transparent sticky notes are awesome because you can still see what is underneath in your planner... just give you some extra room for temporary notes.
Magnetic bookmarks so you can easily flip to the current month or week view.
It is time to start taking your schedule seriously. I don't believe the tiny calendar on your phone is taking your schedule seriously. You can only see one day at a time. If you are on the phone trying to set an appointment it is awkward at best. Most people are not tech savvy enough to use the calendar on their phone 1/10th as effective as our basic quarterly planner.
The principles used in developing the Time Managed planner are based on personal development practices that have been in use by highly effective people for ages. We take project management principles and give you a blueprint to help you reach your full potential.
Here is what makes Time Managed different:
Lessons in time management are a waste of time. You already know what to do. So do it!
Believe it or not... people buy planners year round. The busier times of year are back to school and at the beginning of the year. The other times that we are busy are at the beginning of each quarter (we sell quarterly planners) and whenever one of our network marketing companies has a conference (people are excited about their goals/dreams).
So why should you buy a planner in May? Are you on track to reach your goals this month, quarter, or year? A planner is a great way to help you stay on track; daily. It is the daily action that you take that gets you closer to your goals and if you are not focused on your goals then you are standing in your own way.
Accomplish lofty long term goals by thinking on a shorter term basis.
One of our quarterly planners is a great way to stay focused on your goals. Another great tool to help you focus on your goals is our top three goals sticky notes.
All of our planners have an inspiring quote with each week view and are fill-in-the-date (unless otherwise stated) so you can start anytime. Look at planner details for other features like notes between the weeks.
If you want to accomplish your wildest dreams write your goals down and look at them every day.
Ubiquitous (adjective) present, appearing, or found everywhere.
There is not business (at least that I can come up with) that does not require time management. All businesses whether service related, products based, or in technology have some element of time management. The attorney has to keep track of time so they can bill their clients. The retailer has hours they are open. The software developer has timelines and the stock broker can make many trades in the seconds between your trades.
How do you currently manage your appointment book? Task list? Time Managed can help you streamline your life and grow your business.
What are your goals for this quarter? Next 6 months? We want you to think on a shorter term (quarterly) basis in order to accomplish those lofty long term goals.
Leverage your time and get more done!
"Time management is life management." - Robert Sharma
In order to be more present in life, it is important to clear your mind! We encourage people all the time to "Get it out of your head." You should not be having the same thought twice! The act of writing things down helps your brain to process information as well as frees your mind to have creative thoughts. It is proven that when you write things down that you remember more!
It is one thing to write everything down on post it notes, or to have three different notebooks in various locations. We want you to have one place to put EVERYTHING! Our planners have TONS of room for notes so that you can have it all in one place. The quarterly planners have the most room for notes (4 pages between each week) but our Ultimate Annual also has two pages for notes between each week.
Have a system for recording your thoughts, feelings, ideas, activities, conversations, etc and USE IT! You will find yourself being more productive!
Jenny Cerda is a Gold Premier consultant with Perfectly Posh. We interviewed her to get her story and learn how she got to be so successful with Perfectly Posh. This lady has her Time Managed! She says she is always trying to be more efficient.
She has been her own boss since 2012 when her son was a year old (he is 5 1/2 now). She worked in higher education for 20 years but when she had her son she know she wanted to do something different. Network Marketing was the perfect social selling tool that she was looking for. She says she loves being her own boss and helping women more than she ever thought she would!
Her passion for her business shined through our conversation. Her mantra "we simply pamper" is really how she grows her business.
What does a typical day look like for Jenny?
5:30am Rise & Shine (Brain is sharper in the AM) She admitted to using her alarm snooze button; but uses those 10 minutes to look at phone and check into the "electronic world." Once she is up her morning consists of checking in with her business:
to be continued...
In this book Grant Cordone suggests that the reason that some people have ten times the success is they have ten times the results. They may also have 100x the activity in order to get ten times the results. He encourages you to change the way you think about competition and encourages the reader to take massive action. Here are some of our favorite points he makes:
This book is available on Audible and we highly recommend giving it a listen!
I am often referred to as a "planner" and people tend to think that when something doesn't go as planned that I will crumble. I am changing my personal paradigm to being a strategist. I know that plans change and that I have to be able to accommodate anything that life throws my way. A business plan is really a strategy; full of how to do things the best way. It has to have contingencies because things don't always go as planned. So, I want to ask you: Do you have a plan or a strategy?
While watching YouTube videos on motivational speeches an advertisement from Tia Lopez sparked my interest. It brought me to his website where he outlined what his mentors taught him. He talked about us all striving for health, wealth, love, and happiness. He also said something else that struck me "The common enemy is the ignorance of our upbringing." Here are the points he shared:
He emphasized that they need to be in that order. To accomplish anything you want you need to love knowledge, create strategies, and then execute.
I suggest starting with loving knowledge. You can read a book or find on the internet anything that you want to know to develop the strategies you need to accomplish great things. KSE
This blog post is all resources for you to set and attain your goals! Please enjoy the downloads for your personal use and leave comments about what has worked for you!
Best Practices/SMART Goal Setting
Main things to remember about goal setting:
Our mind, body, and soul are how we get through life. What steps can you take to get things done, be insanely productive, and keep healthy? You have to address at least those three aspects of mind, body, and soul. We have come up with five steps to help you on your journey:
1. the center of interest or activity
2. the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition
-the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
We define these two terms because it is what we believe Time Managed planners can do for you. We offer focus and freedom. We put what you need to focus on in one place and you can use it to gain the freedom that you want.
"Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it." -Alan Lakein
There is so much to do! Life can be overwhelming! Many people struggle with how to get everything done. Then there is this idea that we need work/life balance (in our opinion there is no such thing). We have goals and aspirations; then the daily grind gets in the way.
Here is where we introduce the ideal week exercise... designed to make you feel good about your schedule and time management. It is an exercise to make you realize that it is all possible (and if it's not then you need to delegate). I use one week out of each quarterly planner in order to perform this exercise; but at the end here I have provided a blank set of pages for you to use.
Here are the steps:
Here is my sample of an ideal week:
Here is the handout for you to create your own Ideal Schedule:
Here is a short video explaining the process:
The right amount of sleep will help you be more productive. Entrepreneurs often think that if they are sleeping, that they are wasting precious time. Successful entrepreneurs know that sleep is what helps keep them successful. Sleep is your body's time to recharge. Here are our five steps to better sleep:
What are your tips and tricks for getting a good nights rest? Please share them with us by commenting.
How often does someone have to do something over because they didn't listen the first time? If you have kids then the number of times that comes to mind is greater than the average. There is an under-appreciated value in listening skills. When you listen to someone at a party and ask relevant questions you will likely be viewed as a great conversationalist. When you do most of the talking you will likely view the other person as a great conversationalist.
Why is such value placed on listening skills? We think listening is valued not only because people want to be heard, but because when you listen, time is saved. You save the person from having to repeat themselves. You save yourself the time of researching something. If you listen with intent to understand you gain valuable knowledge about the person you are interacting with. The customer that you listen to with intent to understand; you are better able to help solve their need.. The employee you listen to to understand; you are better able to lead because you know where they are coming from. The spouse you listen to with intent to understand; you are more able to communicate with. Take time to hone your listening skills... Listening is a crucial part of good relationships.
"Most people do not listen with intent to understand. Most people listen with intent to reply."
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.”
In a digital age it is easy to neglect the pen and paper for a keyboard or stylus and a computer. However, it is important to recognize the importance of writing things down. Here are 5 reasons you should write things down:
These are all reasons why we utilize a paper planner system. Time Managed isn't just a planner; our quarterly planners are a notebook and planner combined (with plenty of room for notes and mind mapping).
“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”
We often get asked why we offer a quarterly planner versus an annual or even six month planner. We have many reasons; in fact, we started out with annual planners but quickly found more value in quarterly planners. Traditional business owners naturally think in quarters as they have quarterly financial evaluations, taxes, sales goals, etc. In the non-traditional business of network marketing people need to think in quarters, but often don't. By utilizing a quarter system you are forced to re-evaluate your goals, gratitude, and schedule more than once a year. In network marketing, excitement around goals is often renewed around convention time and maybe again around the beginning of the year. Gratitude we often evaluate every Thanksgiving. Gratitude and goals should be evaluated quarterly and more. We actually encourage looking at your top three goals daily, and writing down things you are grateful daily as well. Another really good reason to keep your paper planner to quarters is that it is easier to keep aesthetically pleasing.