Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girls bosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girl boss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Annalisa Parent shares hers!

Annalisa HeadshotCan you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?

HI! My name is Annalisa Parent of Date With The Muse, LLC. I am a writing coach. I help writers start, finish and bring to publication writing in all genres.

How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up?

Monday is an early morning for me, though I let the time be flexible. I am always writing by 9 AM, so on Mondays I get up well before that.

I plan out my week, align the individual tasks for the week with my monthly and quarterly goals.

What is your favourite way to plan out your week?

I keep a running tally of to-dos in google tasks. That allows me to brain dump, when I am doing task A, but task B pops into my head. Monday morning is my time to prioritize all of those tasks, and place them on a day of the week  for actual completion.  Deadlines are SO crucial to getting things done. Plus this is a time for me to be really realistic about what can be done and what the real scope of any given project is. (I am a specialist in biting off more than I can chew.)

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

Just as mentioned. In addition to that ritual: Every day around 3 pm, I get the sleepies. I give myself an hour for journaling, reflecting, reading business books (which is where a lot of my to do tasks and ideas come from) or just dozing off if I need it.

How did your week planning change over the years?

This is my first year as a full time entrepreneur. It’s nice to have more time to focus on the business and not have a job on the side. That said, sometimes tasks can fill as much time as you give them, so that’s hard.

I’ve always been a planner and had a very structured calendar.  The challenge in transitioning to full time entrepreneur has been setting my own priorities and bringing projects to completion.

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I am SUCH a paper person. But it’s just not practical–I can’t find what I need when I want it or I have to do lists that cover several sheets of paper. I force myself to go digital for practicality’s sake, but it’s not my preference.  The one concession I allow myself is that my daily task list is paper. There’s something gratifying about crossing things off.

One unique thing I do is keep a DONE list. Do you ever have those days where you feel like you spend the whole day chasing loose threads and got NOTHING done? I keep a done list so I can say “Oh yeah, I did some stuff today.” It also allows me to look back and see how well I am keeping to my priorities.

I just keep it as a narrow column in my journal that I keep anyway. Maybe my grandkids will look back and say “Why did she keep a running tally of how often she did laundry and sent invoices?” 😉

Which planning app or program is something you can not live without?

Journal. Hands down. Must write and reflect. We run around so much, but the thinking is an important part, remembering the why, evaluating if this to-do is still relevant, and just dumping my brain at the end of the day.

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What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

It will ALWAYS take 86,000 times longer to finish than you think.

Can you share your number one planning tip?

Stay on top of it. Planning is a discipline. It’s like the bills–if you let them pile up, you are NOT going to want to attack that monster stack (Yup, I’ve done that.) But if you have a relationship with your goals, and think of planning time as part of that relationship, things go a little more smoothly.

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Where can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

You can find my website over at www.DateWithTheMuse.com or on Twitter, Facebook or Medium: Chair & Pen: Musings on Writing and the Writing Life.

Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girls bosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girl boss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Ashley from The Party Girl shares hers!

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Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m the girl behind The Party Girl Blog + Party Shop! The Party Girl started as a place for me to be creative and avoid burning out while I was at college, and then I couldn’t stop! I love coming up with new ideas to help make every day feel like a party, so the blog became a place to share recipes, printables, party tips – anything that made celebrating simple. It’s since grown into an online Shop where I sell handmade party props (like cupcake toppers, cake toppers, greeting cards, and more!).

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How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up?

I’m actually so lucky because I work from home, so I just get up and get started. I usually get up around 8am so I have time to play with the dog for a bit and read over breakfast.  I try to settle down with a tea at my desk and start going through my email at about 9am.

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I’m neurotic, so I have about five million different planners. I have a planner I use for my regular day job, so tracking meetings, projects, reminders, etc., and then I also have another planner I use specifically for The Party Girl, where I keep track of blog project ideas, tasks, webinars, markets, that sort of thing. I also use a calendar on my phone to keep it all in one place on the go. I try to spend some time at the end of each day noting some projects to start the next morning – I find it helps me shut down and get out of work mode, which can be tough when your work is just a room in your house!

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

My Monday’s aren’t usually different, but I think that’s again a “work from home” perk. Or maybe a curse. I’m the national coordinator for a charity event in Canada, and so I oversee organizing committees across the country. That means working with volunteers who work on the event outside regular business hours, not to mention time zones. So that means a lot of emails come in over the weekend. If I’m busy during the weekend, Monday mornings are usually pretty busy sorting out anything that has come in, but if I’m not busy I’ll usually tackle them as they come, so my Inbox is never too crazy.

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How did your week planning change over the years?

I think since I started working full time (I graduated last winter) the biggest change has been tracking tasks and projects. Whereas before I used to just use a weekly planner to jot down deadlines or high-level projects, I realized that it was easier and kept me more on task if I tracked individual checkpoints, like “follow up with Edmonton RE: proposal” or “email Rachael Save the Date design draft”. Being a bit more detailed takes up more room, but it’s easier to check off those items. At the end of the day, I feel way more productive too!

What planning system do you use? And do you prefer paper or digital?

I’m a hybrid, so I have my two paper planners, but then I have my calendar app that keeps me organized on the go. I think there’s something to be said for both – I like having the day laid out in front of me on my open planner, but when you’re in a dinner meeting and someone asks you to set up a call next Thursday, it’s a hell of a lot easier to get out your phone than it is your giant leather bound planner!

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Which planning app or program is something you can not live without?

I’m obsessed with the Simplified Planner App from Emily Ley. It’s so pretty but it’s also very functional – I can sync with my Google Cal (which I use for work) and my iCal (which I use for everything else) all in one place, plus it has space for To Dos where I keep track of tasks and a Notes page where I jot down reminders. Plus you can change your theme colours, which is always fun.

What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

Have a Top 3 for the day. My planner has a section where I can keep track of my top three priorities for the day, and honestly, it’s a lifesaver. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t forget about your biggest projects.

Can you share your number one planning tip?

Give yourself a buffer between appointments, always. I always go by the 15/10 rule. So I generally leave myself 15 minutes between meetings (calls), but then I tack on an extra ten just in case. It’s saved me countless times.

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Where can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

My website is www.thepartygirl.ca. You can find my Blog and the Party Shop there. You can also catch me on Instagram & Twitter @bythepartygirl. I also have a Facebook Page.

Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girls bosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girlboss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Angie Grimes shares hers!

DSC_4640Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?

Hello, I’m Angie Grimes, also know as Muse Maven and I provide Inspiration, Knowledge, and Motivation to Entrepreneurs in Business & Life. I am an e-Commerce Strategy Advisor, Business Leader & Tech Advocate.

I’m a serial entrepreneur and experienced strategist that has consulted with many successful eCommerce startups and served as Co-Founder and President of SHOEBACCA.com. Please read my full story here.

How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up?

I am a perpetual night owl. I get up between 7am-9am, but the real magic happens in the wee hours of the morning for me as I don’t typically go to bed until 12am – 2am.

What is your favourite way to plan out your week?

I like to be organized and for me that typically means creating productivity lists. This allows me to sort all my tasks into an 80%-20% (80% of your outcomes come from 20% of inputs). From there I can ensure that I begin with the tasks that are revenue generating first and work through my list based on financial impact.

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

I meditate every morning before my son gets up. Monday for me is about getting prepared for the week so that I can really execute. There is typically so much pressure to come back to, being off for the weekend. I try to never schedule any meetings or interviews on Mondays. I also, work on keeping my stress down by focusing on catch up and plan for the remainder of the week. I treat Monday like a very tactical day, which creates the strategies for the remaining of the week.

How did your week planning change over the years?

It has evolved a lot over the years. I never used to meditate and I used to do Monday morning meetings with my staff (first thing) and then try to get caught up on email, reporting, financials and overall business health from the weekend. Running eCommerce is 24 hours a day 7 days a week, which is amazing but clearly has its drawbacks as I cannot operate at that pace. I use a softer, kinder, self-care practice now which helps me to focus on working smarter, not harder.

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What planning system do you use? And do you prefer paper or digital?

I have found that for me mind maps create the best highest use of tapping into my creativity. This can be done paper or digital, but I prefer digital. Mostly because I do not care for my handwriting.

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It’s often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

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Which planning app or program is something you can not live without?

I use MindJet for my mind map creations.

What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

Be flexible. As you grow and learn your trajectory changes and you need to be open to self evaluation and adapt to move forward. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither are our lives. Enjoy the journey.

Can you share your number one planning tip?

Yes! With every piece of your business and life I have come up with a system that I refer to as RDAA  (Research, Deploy, Analyze, Adjust).

  1. Research – put your facts together, how does it work?
  2. Deploy – once you define your plan, how do you bring it to market?
  3. Analyze – what are the metrics to measure by? are they meeting your goals?
  4. Adjust – this is optional based on your analysis

Don’t just do this process once. You can’t set it and forget it, you need to do this periodically to ensure you are still hitting your targets.

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Where can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

You can find me at Angie-grimes.com, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Periscope.

Disclaimer: Header photo by Patryk Dziejma.

Monday morning habits with Angie Grimes. How she plans her week using a mind map and sets herself up for succes.

Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girlbosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girlboss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Mary from Uncustomary Art shares hers!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?

I’m Mary, AKA Uncustomary, and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I’m a writer, teacher, and artist who is passionate about self love and creative expression, so my business reflects all of that. I blog, create courses, and share street art installations that are all about falling in love with yourself and creating a happy life you enjoy.

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How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up?

Monday mornings start very early, which isn’t exactly natural for me. I’m a part of a Mastermind Group, and we have a weekly video chat at 7 AM in my time zone, so I groggily log onto Google Hangouts to talk about my goals for this week, progress from last, and support my fellow members.

What is your favourite way to plan out your week?

On Sundays evenings, I get a mix of overwhelm and optimism. I write down my progress and goals for this week on a sticky note which I can reference in my video chat Monday morning, and update my Happy Journal with good things that happened that day and week. I make a to-do-list in my notebook of everything I need to accomplish over the next seven days, and ten I break it down into smaller lists for each day in the Google Keep app in my phone.

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

Mondays are definitely different than the rest of the days of the week. I get a lot done on Mondays because I’m forced to wake up earlier, but I’m a night owl by nature and simply haven’t been able to convert into a morning person yet! Tuesdays through Fridays start later in the morning, but I really appreciate the reason for waking up early on Mondays because it sets the tone and intention for my week.

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How did your week planning change over the years?

I used to have a planner I neglected all the time and a notebook with an ongoing to-do-list without deadlines. I had goals, but no timeline or consistency. My weekly planning still transforms as necessary, and I’m sure this time next year my system will be different.

What planning system do you use? And do you prefer paper or digital?

I use both. I use digital (my phone) for daily to-do-lists and calendar reminders. I use paper for ongoing to-do-lists to demonstrate my progress. I also really love the tangible act of keeping paper lists and the ability to write urgent things down on sticky notes as reminders!

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Google Keep is the app I use on my phone for all my lists. I write my daily to-do-lists and all ideas down there. I have different sections for future photo shoots, blog posts, street art projects, products, and gifts for friends. I also write down quotes I just heard, songs to download, and I even keep recurring hashtags so I can just copy and paste them into my Instagram captions.

You can use voice to text with it in case you’re driving, you can colour code things, and you can set calendar reminders!

What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

Consistency. I can plan my heart out, make lists till I run out of paper, and buy new agendas every six months but if I’m not coming back every day and referring to my original plans then it’s completely useless. You can’t be productive without consistency.

Can you share your number one planning tip?

I find it really helpful to make a list of things I want to accomplish the next day and write down good things that happened that day right before I go to bed. Keeping a Happy Journal keeps me in check, so even if I don’t meet all the goals I want to I can remember all the good things in my life! Planning is important, but appreciation is key.

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Where can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

You can find me on my website Uncustomary.org, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Oh and if you want to get a free gratitude e-course, check out the button below.

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Mary England's from Uncustomary Art Monday Morning Habits

Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girl bosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girl boss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Victoria Klein shares hers!

Victoria-KleinCan you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?

I’m Victoria Klein, but many call me VK the VA. I’m a Virtual Assistant with a passion for supporting fellow entrepreneurs 1:1, helping them reach the vision they have for their business + their life.
Along with 1:1 support, I’ll be releasing two courses in 2016, helping even more entrepreneurs find the support they need + work effectively with the VA they choose.

 

How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up?

Every weekday, my alarm goes off at 7am. I cuddle with my husband in bed, then get dressed for the gym (I go during lunch) and meditate before having breakfast, then diving into client work. I have tea with breakfast every morning to help me approach the day with ease and excitement.

What is your favourite way to plan out your week?

I plan out my week progressively. As new client assignments come in, I schedule time to work on them in my calendar – by Friday, Monday and Tuesday of next week are usually full. I make sure I take extra time on Fridays to prepare for the upcoming Monday because the last thing I want to think about during the weekend is Monday.
I also make sure to schedule time to work on my business, including course creation, webinar creation, blog posts, social media … etc.

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

I don’t currently have a Monday Morning ritual, but I love the idea of that! I would say I could light a candle during my Monday meditation though the scent would likely distract me. But now you’ve got me thinking about this!

How did your week planning change over the years?

Oh wow, it’s changed a lot! I have had five or six different businesses in the last twelve years, so each business brought its own schedule. Before working full-time as a Virtual Assistant, I was working as a full-time Yoga Teacher and Blogger. When you’re a Yoga Teacher, each day is different, depending on the classes, workshops, and private clients you have to see.
Now that I’m very happy as a Virtual Assistant, I’m able to have a flexible but predictable schedule – the best of both worlds, really. That makes it much easier to plan week-to-week.

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What planning system do you use? And do you prefer paper or digital?

I’m a digital planner, using Google Calendar. I used to be a paper person, but it’s much more convenient to have my calendar accessible anywhere (since it syncs to my computer, tablet, + phone).
For larger projects, especially planning for each year and quarter, I keep things organized in Asana. As plans change and new aspects are added, I can easily move things around.
That being said, I do enjoy using printed paper calendars for initially planning big projects like course launches.

Which planning app or program is something you can not live without?

I’ve become more and more attached to Asana since I started using it in 2015. It helps me keep track of my big ideas and projects, as well as random things that I want to get to eventually. It’s really of my thoughts in 1 place (which is a hard thing to do, let me tell you).

What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

If it’s not planned, it’s not real. Make time on your calendar and get it done.

Can you share your number one planning tip?

Make it easy to adjust when things change. People get sick, meetings are moved, unexpected projects come in – the easier you make it to change your schedule around, the less stressful it is when the unexpected occurs (and it will surely occur!).

VK-the-VA-logoWhere can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

I’d be delighted to have you visit my on my website. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,  and LinkedIn.

Monday Morning Habits with Victoria Klein

Garfield hates Mondays and most (not all!) people with day jobs frequently agree with him. But for us girl bosses Monday is another start of a week doing what we love. So how do you start your week with a bang and make sure you get a ton done? Each week an awesome girl boss will share her Monday Morning habits to inspire you. This week Sarah Von Bargen shares hers!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your business?

Hi! My name is Sarah Von Bargen and I’m a writer, blogger, and online mentor. I’ve been publishing almost daily on my lifestyle blog Yes & Yes for seven years and writing/consulting for four. I help bloggers and businesses look at their online spaces through fresh eyes and make little tweaks that add up to a big difference.

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How do you start your Monday Morning? And what time do you get up? 

I usually get up around 6 am. My husband has to get up early and I like to eat breakfast with him so I find myself pulling myself out of bed in the dark to do that. We make the bed together (dorky, I know, but it makes the whole room feel clean!) and then I have a glass of hot lemon water.

I usually eat oatmeal with a chopped up apple for breakfast. After breakfast, I allow myself the luxury of one coffee cup’s worth of novel reading. Once my coffee is finished I get dressed and start working!

What is your favourite way to plan out your week?

I don’t do anything particularly revolutionary – it’s pretty much just Google calendar! I do try to group ‘like’ tasks into the same day – all my conference calls on Monday, all my appointments on Thursday, etc. I’m not sure if really saves time but it feels like it does. 😉

Do you have a Monday Morning ritual? Is it different compared to other days of the (working) week?

I don’t! I try to use Monday for creative work and working on my own things, rather than client work. I like to keep Monday open and free of calls, obligations, or commitments.

How did your week planning change over the years?

I’ve gotten a lot more realistic about what I can accomplish in a given amount of time and I’ve realized that some tasks carry a lot more ‘emotional’ weight than others. If I’m on the phone with clients for three hours, I’m probably not going to want to socialize that night. If I have to write an awkward, confrontational email that will probably tire me out – even if it only takes five minutes to write.

I’ve also started to include fun things in my planning process. I actually have a reminder in my Google calendar for the tenth of every month: “Book yourself a massage, dude.”

What planning system do you use? And do you prefer paper or digital?

I keep all my appointments in Google calendar, but I plan my day in an Ex-libris spiral bound journal. I like them because you can lay them flat and the pages are unlined. When I’m working on big projects with other people, I swear by Trello. Really, it’s changed my business and life!

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Which planning app or program is something you can not live without?

Trello! You can assign tasks, assign deadlines, attach photos and documents, create and duplicate checklists. I’ve used Trello to manage my business, plan a move, plan a wedding, plan a 6-week, 9,000 mile road trip. It’s amazing. And free!

What is the most important planning lesson you’ve learned?

Writing things down is magical. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a list of goals or wishes, lost the list, and rediscovered it years later to find that I’ve accomplished all those goals. I literally made a 13-point list of the kind of man I wanted to marry, lost that list, and found it after I met my husband (who checked 12 of those 13 boxes, BTW.)

Can you share your number 1 planning tip?

Break things down into small steps. And then break those steps down even smaller. It’s easy to lose steam if your to-do list says “Paint bedroom.” You’re a lot more likely to stay on track if your list includes items like “pick up paint swatches” and “choose paint color.”

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Where can we find you, your website and your social media accounts?

My lifestyle blog is yesandyes.org and my small business blog is sarahvonbargen.com. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram under handle yesandyesblog.

Monday Morning Habits with Sarah Von Bargen from Yes and Yes