Online businesses have boomed in the past ten years and being an online entrepreneur is no longer a ‘niche’ career move. I built my own career primarily in the online world and have a good idea of the challenges that online business owners face in getting all their ducks in a row.
In this post I want to talk about the importance of starting and maintaining a digital day planner for your online business. It’s doing that for myself that got me into the wonderful world of planners in the first place, and it’s why I’m here to help others like you find a planning method that really works!
Call it a day planner, call it a personal organizer, call it ‘Barry’ - whatever term you use day planners are a must-have for busy online business owners looking to improve their processes and make the most of the limited hours in each day.
A digital day planner is an organizational tool that you can use on your phone or computer to bring clarity and efficiency to your online business.
Day planners can help with everything from time management, scheduling, productivity, task tracking, and record keeping, to stress relief, health and wellbeing and creativity.
Here are just a few ways in which a digital day planner can help you take your online business to the next level:
If you’re a lone cowboy or have a limited team then fulfilling and shipping orders may rest solely on your own shoulders. When you’re busy with all other aspects of your online business, keeping track of orders can feel overwhelming.
Make your digital day planner work for you and put it to work keeping track of orders in and products out the door.
If you’re cringing at the idea of addingmorescreen time to your day then our newDARK digital planner may be a great way of cutting out some blue light time while still smashing your business goals.
Your digital day planner isn’t just good for daily task tracking. Use it like a journal and keep a page where you note down those lightning bolts of inspiration or the great ideas you have over your morning cornflakes.
If you’re anything like me, amazing schemes can land out of nowhere and quickly be lost in my frazzled brain after a long day of business admin. Your digital day planner is the perfect place to jot these ideas down - capturing them to be picked up again when you’re not quite so busy.
Entrepreneurs are creative souls, and that creativity often (though of course not always) lends itself to a lack of organization. When you get an online business off the ground you’ve done half the hard work, but keeping it afloat and thriving requires a mental shift towards a less creative, more organized approach.
A digital day planner is the perfect tool for helping you stick to your daily tasks. By setting reminders for important meetings and business goals you’ll find your mind freed up for more creative thinking while your planner carries the daily burden of your to-do list.
TheBOSS digital planner even has a section to help you prioritise your daily tasks so you can make sure the most important tasks get done ahead of more menial things on your to-do list.
Keeping a digital day planner helps you combine your own business organization with the digital nature of your business environment. Using your planner to schedule client meetings means you can easily share details from your planner in email invitations and will ensure you’re never late to an important networking opportunity.
A planner is also a great place to keep all your business contacts - making it a business bible for all your most influential clients, customers, and contracts.
Often us online business types can be a bit ‘fly by the seat of our pants’. We can have roaming attention spans and prioritization strategies can often fall by the wayside.
Keeping up a good routine is one of the most important things you can do when trying to boost your online business operations. A digital day planner is a wonderful way to achieve an efficient routine - just enter in all the tasks and activities you want to achieve regularly, and the planner will help keep you accountable to those goals.
Without writing down a routine it’s incredibly easy to simply drift through your day ‘fighting fires’ within your business. Sometimes that’s simply unavoidable, but if you allow it to take place every day then you’ll become a slave to reactivity and never find the time to do other things that are important to you.
All the best businesspeople use the power of routine to boost their success. Get on the bandwagon and start planning your own routine too!
Your digital day planner isnotjust for your professional life. As important as your online business is, scheduling in personal activities is actually just as important.
Using your digital day planner to schedule in self-care activities like breaks, meditation and yoga sessions, walks, and social outings may sound like mere distractions to the busy entrepreneur, but scheduling in some time for yourself will actually boost your productivity in the long run.
Want to get started with a digital day planner for your online business? Here’s agreat place to start!