Organize your Week as a Freelancer

Organize your Week as a Freelancer

Organize your Week as a Freelancer

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
— Napoleon Hill

Organizing your week takes some steps and some dedication. Napoleon said it well with his quote. Observation, transformation and reality.

I consider myself an organized person, with a hint of ADD. I can focus on one thing very well, but my thoughts are constantly racing until I can brain dump them into a list.

Do you ever feel like this?

Towards the end of 2017, I had to start organizing myself a little more, or my business was never going to get where I want it to go. I have a lot of roles in my life. I am

  • A mother
  • A wife
  • A daughter
  • A sister
  • An aunt (and those familial roles go on)
  • A friend
  • A nurse
  • A research nurse
  • A writer
  • A coach
  • A virtual assistant
  • An avid YMCA member
  • and more.

In all those roles, I have to be organized. I can't figure out my schedule as a nurse, without knowing my schedule as a mother. I have to-do lists at work for my institution as well as lists as a wife/homemaker. I have lists for the kids activities, outings we have going on, and ofcourse...my business.

I am overwhelmed by reading what I just wrote, but hear me out.

If I can get organized, so can you.

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Organize Your Week(s)

I started with this concept I learned on a Podcast about organizing my work week.

Here is a picture of my calendar.

My Ideal Work Week (Week 1)

My Ideal Work Week (Week 1)

 

Now, I get it, you're a nurse. You may have fluctuating days off. I do too, but right now, my babysitter needs a set schedule, so my boss it working with me (and I am orienting all the new people for her). With that, I get to have Mondays and Wednesdays as well as every other weekend to work.

I have to plan my schedule at the gym, or I won't work out. I need to wrokout to feel my best and less stressed. As you see, my "catch up" day is Tuesdays. I do the grocery shopping like a good wife and the laundry (when do we clean?? In between and weekends off). My boys like this schedule, believe it or not. We didn't like to live in chaos. It is stressful.

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
— GEORGE SANTAYANA, Dominations and Powers

 

Your Turn

I created a free template for you to try organizing your week. Now, you see, I have two weeks. Why? It coordinates with my weekends off. I have a weird schedule (but if I didn't, I couldn't be doing this side hustle, so it works for me -- my hubby can do the 9-5 thing).

How to start using your template

First, practice with it. Come up with colors for yourself, your kids, your work activities.

Second, start adding your mandatory things. For myself, work, kids activities, my activities, that will not change weekly.

Then, add in work times.

Need more help? Reach out to me, or read about how Micheal Hyatt does his. His is a little different because he is not freelancing, working part time, or have crazy children like me.

Good luck. Let me know your comments on this. Do you organize your week? Any pointers?

 

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