Congratulations! After years of grit and determination, you’re finally the boss. But if time management is not your superpower, all your hard work could be squandered. Well, you're in luck. August 1st is National Planner Day, and we’re celebrating with tips on harnessing the power of positive planning. So get ready to conquer the world, one well-scheduled day at a time!
Spending too much time putting out fires? Here are a few ways a planner can help you manage the chaos and work smarter:
1. Master time management: Small business owners like you often have limited resources, including time. A planner can help you optimize your productivity by scheduling tasks, appointments, and deadlines.
2. Set goals and prioritize: Still feeling overwhelmed? You can track your progress and stay focused by writing down your objectives and breaking them into actionable steps. And with a planner, you can itemize tasks based on their importance, and set up notifications to meet deadlines.
3. Conquer collaboration: Is your day spent herding cats? Digital planners can foster improved communication and collaboration with team members.
4. Stymie stress: A clear plan can reduce the potential stress and anxiety of running a small business. And keeping track of completed tasks may give you a much-needed boost to build momentum and stay positive.
A planner is only effective if you use it! So it’s essential that you choose a planner that works for you and your business. Before you get started on your planning journey, let’s review the pros and cons of various options.
Are you an old-school paper lover or a digital maven? Both have their unique perks and drawbacks.
You know that piece of clothing you love but never wear it because it’s not quite the right fit? Well, the same is true for business tools. And when it comes to finding the right planner, size matters.
A pocket planner is a great way to jot down notes on the fly, but it may be too small to keep track of all your tasks. Whereas, a medium-sized paper planner can fit in a purse or backpack and offers enough real estate for detailed to-do lists. Larger paper planners will have more room for notes, but you might find yourself leaving it behind on the desk.
Are you looking to plan daily, weekly, or monthly? Each layout offers unique advantages, and it’s important to find one that works for your equally unique style:
If you’re a one-person band who loves simplicity, a basic paper planner may fit the bill. But if you work with high-powered teams and need to constantly collaborate, you may want to consider a more robust to-do app such as ClickUp or Trello. These apps allow teams to plan, visualize, and assign work using dashboards and highly customizable cards.
Even with the best-laid plans, the unexpected can happen. And at Simply Business®, small business insurance is what we do. We understand the types of coverage that can help small business owners plan and prepare for what may happen.
We can make getting a quote fit in with your plans. Our online quote tool is available 24/7. Spend a few minutes on your laptop or mobile device and we’ll get to work shopping among some of the top insurers in the country. You simply review the results and choose the policy that fits your needs and budget.
Not sure what you need? Questions about coverage? Our licensed insurance agents can help take care of your needs over the phone. They’re here to help at 844-654-7272, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (ET).
With its ability to organize tasks and prioritize essential activities, a planner can be a transformational tool for your small business. And even if you somehow missed celebrating National Planner Day, it’s never too late to embrace the power of planning to overcome challenges and achieve your entrepreneurial aspirations. So let’s get planning!
Born and raised in the fishing port of Gloucester, MA, I grew up listening to the sea stories of local fishermen. My first job was “chum girl” on my dad’s tuna boat, where I spent my formative years covered in fish guts. Since then, I’ve worked as a researcher, blogger, and writer for documentary films. When not at work, you can find me surfing the cold waters of the North Atlantic or searching for warmer waves around the world.
Courtney writes on a number of topics such as risk assessment, starting a small business, and financial resources.
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