I have been playing around with how to create a foolproof system for me to work more efficiently on my TpT store during the hours I have. Over the last several months I have moved my planning into a composition notebook, that I keep with my laptop at all times.
I wanted to show you the evolution of this notebook over the last few months. Hopefully, looking at the system I use will help you develop a system that works for you too.
I started my notebook with a section for each part of my business. Blogging, YouTube, Products, CEO Teacher School, and a to-do list. By creating this notebook I no longer had notes and scraps of paper everywhere. Sometimes I will still grab an index card or post it, but I try to stick to my notebook as much as possible. I don’t want to lose the small list I was working off of.
In August I want to try to bring all of these sections together with my monthly goals and calendar. So I tried something. I turned to the next clean pages and made a plan. I planned out my YouTube videos, blogs, and products, and monthly goals. I laid it out neatly and sketched a calendar. Then I started to put my goals on the calendar.
In the next few pages, I put my SEO research and product details that I thought I might need easy access to without opening all sorts of different files.
I liked how it worked out and helped organize me for the month. It kept my goals at the forefront and focus on what I did each day. As soon as I sat down to work I opened my calendar to see my working plan for the day and make adjustments based on how I did with yesterday’s goals.
After working with this layout for a month I decided to keep working with this system. One thing I like about this system is that if I have just a little bit of a car ride I can grab my notebook and work on organizing and planning tasks even without wifi. It also gives me a place took keep any extra notes I want offline. This would probably be a bad thing if I had a team working with me, but since it’s just me it works out great.
This September, I did what any TpT creator would do, and set up a fancy layout for my notebook. I made a sheet to track blogs, videos, and products for the month. I left a space to write down goals above the calendar that I print out. I’m just gluing it into my notebook right now. I really like notebooks much better than binders so I use them more. I don’t know why I like notebooks better but I do.
I know this system is going to continue to evolve as I work with it, but I’ve felt less overwhelmed by having this in place