We took a quick trip down memory lane during this week’s Facebook Live inside our community of amazing women business owners and pros. This week’s topic was all about why you need a CEO schedule.
But first I have to say, let’s go Seahawks! Shout out to my college Alma mater, UNC Wilmington.
A trip down memory lane took me back to my days as a resident assistant (RA) during my sophomore year in college. I loved being an RA! It was an opportunity to foster a community with the ladies on my floor who were journeying through their first year in college and all that it entailed.
So many tools that I learned, especially time management, have become a huge part of my life. We were given an hourly daily planner to block out our class times, RA events/floor duty times and any other activities that we needed to manage.
That planner was everything and it kept me organized.
Fast forward to now owning my own business, I have set up a daily planner that looks somewhat similar to my old RA schedule.
It’s now called my CEO Schedule.
This schedule helps me to not only keep my weeks organized, but it also helps me to make sure that I’m focusing on more of the right things in my business and not simply checking off a to-do list every day.
Do you love making lists and checking them twice?
Well, here’s why you need a CEO schedule.
You know that I’m a list girl, but you want to make sure you have a good mix of to-dos and needle movers in your business on that list too.
At the end of the day, we want to be moving that needle towards our goals, making an impact, and serving with purpose.
So, what needs to be on your CEO schedule?
Let’s start with a list of the needle movers: YOU (Self-Care), Marketing, Leads, Sales, Consultations, Service, Elevating Your Brand. If you don’t have a team yet, I’m going to add Operations and all things Admin.
Now, you’re going to create blocks of time on your CEO Schedule for each of the needle movers and administrative tasks can be sprinkled in as needed throughout your week.
So, for instance, you might have one day of the month for financial tasks to get things to your bookkeeper. That task may only take a 30-minute block of time and can be sprinkled in as needed and not as part of your main CEO schedule.
If you take a look at my schedule, you’ll see that I have photoshoots on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If I don’t have a shoot on Tuesday of my current week, then I know that is a day that I can use for administrative or operations tasks.
Does that make sense?
Once you have your CEO Schedule in place, I’d recommend using some kind of scheduling tool to help you manage consultations. I use Calendly, and it has been extremely helpful in managing consultations for the studio. It also syncs with my Google calendar and does not allow me to become double booked.
Okay, so now you have your CEO schedule and you’re ready to rock your business right?!
The last tip that I’d like to share is to remember that it’s okay to change your schedule. Be flexible! As seasons may change in your life and business, your CEO schedule can change with you.
Comment below if you’re saying yes to a CEO schedule!
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