I’m often asked how I “do it all”? Well, first, let me say, I don’t. But keeping up with everything I do choose to tackle isn’t always easy. Today I’ll share one of the tools I use to organize/keep track of all of my stuff and 3 Ways the Brilliant Life Planner Keeps my Cake Business on Track .
But first… have you ever used a planner? An actual paper & pen deal? I’ve been writing in planners since high school and honestly can’t imagine not using one.
If you haven’t ever used a planner, but you struggle to keep up with appointments, plan out your weeks ahead and just keep track of life events in general, I’d love to encourage you to give planner life a try!
One of the fantastic things about buying a Brilliant Life Planner is that you can also attend free “Planner School” where Beth Anne (the creator) will walk you through how to get the most out of your planner and share with you all of the amazing features she’s included! This is a 10-part video series bonus that you get when you order!
When I started using planners, they were small, plain little things I picked up at the local dollar store. But as the years have gone by, planners have evolved and now there are hundreds (if not thousands) of options out there.
I’ve had some I loved and others I hated and others that were just so-so. But last year, I fell in love with the Brilliant Life Planner. It’s by and far the most beautiful and most useful planner I’ve ever held in my hands…
Six Beautiful Covers to Choose From:
A few days ago Beth Anne released the new 2018 planners and I had mine ordered with hours of the announement! The planners are gorgeous (6 covers to choose from) and encouraging and incredibly helpful with organzing my life, my cake life, my appointments, my goals and more!
But since my readers here are all about cake, I thought today I’d share 3 ways that the Brilliant Life Planner keeps my cake business on track. I’m including the beautiful blank pages from the new planners and pictures from my actual 2017 planner… I’m not the neatest “planner” but it works for me 😉
3 Ways the Brilliant Life Planner Keeps my Cake Business on Track
1. On the weekly pages, I keep track of my appointments for cake tastings, delivery days/times, etc. and personal details as well! While I keep a spreadsheet of my actual cake orders with details and I do cake contracts for weddings that require even more details, I love being able to flip open my planner to specific things I need to do during the week
2. I can map out my month ahead of time! Planning day-to-day and throughout the week is vital, but so is planning ahead and scheduling out weeks in advance so that you can have (much needed) time off and family time!
With my monthly pages, I can see which weekends are booked, block off holidays so I don’t schedule then, and what days I have to deliver, and pencil in appointment times when I’m doing consulatations. This is also crucial for managing my blog work. I keep track of when sponsored posts are due, when I’d like to post specific repeat events (like the monthly cake contest), etc.
As you can see, I like to use Post-It sticky tabs to mark most of my posts/appointments here. I do this because often I’ll plan to write/share a blog post on a specific day, but I don’t always hit that goal so I can move it without any trouble. I can also move cake pick-up days if I need to (if the client decided to get her cake on Saturday morning vs. Friday evening).
3. I can write out my goals for my business (and personal life), track the progress of them, and prioritize my tasks each week. These weekly in-between pages are so fantastic! I’ll admit I didn’t follow through on using them for all of 2017, but on the weeks/months when I did use them, it really made me feel good to be able to see how much I’d accomplished and to list things I was grateful for and note how I overcame difficult situations!
So… that’s that. I barely scratched the surface on all of the features included with this planner. There are yearly goals pages, pockets in the front and back, habit-tracking pages and more! You can click here to see lots more pictures and details.
Are you ready to order and start planning to have a Brilliant 2018?? From now through November 10 you can get the 2018 Brilliant Life Planner at an Early Bird Price of only $45! You can also add on some gorgeous matching stickers for only $8…. I want those too 🙂
Have questions? Leave me a comment!