Weekly Planning and Scheduling for Network Marketers
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ve likely noticed that we love to plan. We rely on both pen to paper as well as digital tools on a daily basis to create to-do lists and to keep us organized. If we didn’t plan in advance, it is safe to say our productivity would likely suffer. Planning effectively is a golden ticket.
With so many projects and clients on the go, we have to be strategic about how we spend our time.
That’s why we think it’s important to plan your week in advance.
And, truth is although we believe this is especially important for everyone — business owners, network marketers, direct sales consultants and so on will benefit without question.
Taking the time to plan your week before it arrives gives you the opportunity to prioritize certain activities. You can review what needs to get done and schedule time into your days to ensure you’re able to accomplish everything.
This will Increase your Productivity
The difficulty when we fail to plan is that it is easy to feel overwhelmed.
We create obstacles that wouldn’t necessarily occur had we planned effectively.
Planning, helps us stay on track for our goals and ensure that the work we are doing, falls into the category of Income Producing Activities. We want to suggest to you that weekly/daily planning should be included in your bigger goals. This means, decide the long term goal and work backwards.
Start with your goal(s) for the month. What does (do) that look like for you in relation to your business?
- New income level (pay raise!)
- Rank advancement (for you or a team member)
- Attend a company event (or conference)
- Recruit new distributor(s)
- Gain new customer(s)
… and so on! Be specific.
Weekly Planning Tips
Weekly Planning Tip #1 — Take advantage of the Weekend!
You might not want to think about work during the weekend, but it’s going to be a valuable use of your time, we promise. Now, we appreciate that network marketing is a 365 day hustle, so choosing a day that works best for you — works.
Our suggestion? Set aside time every Sunday to take a look at what needs to get done in the week ahead. In our home we attend Sunday morning service and enjoy some family time before we get to planning the week ahead. But, we always get to it.
When you review your schedule before the work week begins, it will help you get a better grasp on your workload.
You’ll also be able to schedule time to ensure you get everything done.
You won’t have to worry about forgetting to do a Facebook Live, or following up with a prospect. A refresher before the week begins helps you to mentally prepare for what’s ahead. It’s also a great opportunity to remind yourself of any important things that are coming up.
If you have appointments to make, conversations to revisit, a conference call to be on, etc. write them down!
When you plan your week in advance, you can enter it feeling confident and ready to take on each day at a time. You will have a plan in place to conquer everything in the most efficient way possible.
Your time is precious, don’t lose sight of that!
Weekly Planning Tip #2 — Prioritize your Activities!
When scheduling your time, you will want to begin by listing all the things you have on your plate. Then, you will need to prioritize them by ranking everything in order of importance.
The best way to do this is to figure out which things are time sensitive. There’s nothing worse than rushing to finish something last minutes (you know, like month end!), which will only leave you feeling stressed.
If they don’t have timelines specifically, you should assign them ones.
Determine how important it is, how soon you would like to accomplish it, and how much time it’s going to take you. These are all relevant steps to effective goal setting. And, scheduling your day/week is all part of that process.
Deadlines need to be manageable. Realistic.
There are a variety of ways you can note the importance of the tasks on your daily list. This one here —> EXAMPLE DAILY PLANNER highlights this as ‘Focus’.
If digital is more your jam, consider using something like the Alarm or Reminder app on your iPhone does this when you set the priority for a reminder. On Google, their Calendar app will let you highlight different colors based on priority — another great digital option.
Weekly Planning Tip #3 — Theme your Days
One way you can easily plan your week is to create themes for each day. We see this a lot in the network marketing and entrepreneurship space. Especially, on social media.
This means that you’ll handle specific tasks on certain days so you can always anticipate and predict what’s next.
It’s also going to make it easier to choose where to schedule certain tasks into a blank, wide-open week. For example;
- Motivational Monday — Share a quote or inspirational story or testimonial
- Taco Tuesday (Coach Fryer’s favourite! might involve Chipotle) OR Testimonial Tuesday 🙂
- Wild Wednesday — use curiosity posts, share a funny video.
- Throwback Thursday — share an older picture, create a narrative around it
- Follow-up Friday – Great time to share a tip, value, etc.
These are just a few ideas but the key would be tailoring it to who you are — your audience.
It is also helpful to plan your days around your most productive time of day. If you’re most productive in the morning, you can schedule tougher tasks for that time since you’ll likely be in a better mindset then. And, we know that mindset it key.
Then, you should estimate how long a task will take you to accomplish and then block it off on your calendar. This isn’t always easy, so be careful not to get frustrated if a task takes longer than you expected.
It’s important to allow yourself some buffer room for moments like this.
Final Thoughts on Planning your Week/Day
Lastly, try not beat yourself up if you do not finish everything you had planned. The reality is, sometimes life happen and we just aren’t able to accomplish everything we intended. That’s OK!
There is always going to be another opportunity to do that. Reschedule it for as soon as possible, don’t table it too long!
Finally, make sure you also plan time for self-care and/or self development while you’re organizing all of those ‘to-do’s. It is important that you take care of yourself if you want to stay healthy in both mind and body. That is also key to doing your best work possible.
Taking some time for yourself is going to help you have a better week (and month) every single time.
We would love to hear about your daily or weekly planning tips. Are you a pen to paper planner? Digital Planner? Both? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
p.s. Pinterest has a TON of planner/planning ideas in case you are in need of inspiration!
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