3 Ways to Plan Ahead

By Tico+Tina

Last updated March 19, 2019


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Have you ever had a bit of a disagreement with yourself? I thought I told myself I was going to post one thing today, but apparently myself didn’t hear me too well and thought maybe I was going to post something else. And here I am, just starting this post at 10:00pm! I’d say that’s a problem, wouldn’t you?

In light of the fact that this was obviously poor planning on my part, what better time than now to go over some ways to plan ahead!

1. Google Calendar is my favorite way to plan things into our week.

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I love that you can schedule reminders for yourself! If you’re anything like me, you need it. Big time. Basically anything in the future that I need a reminder for goes on our calendar. It’s saved my butt many a time.

2. Evernote is my favorite way to take notes and keep running lists.

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I have a folder at the top with all my frequently referred to stuff so that I can find it better. It always stays at the top because I used a hashtag. Ha. I like to use one note to take stock of what we’re working on for the week and delete what’s done and move other stuff up each day. I know there are a million to do list apps and whatnot, but somehow I keep coming back to Evernote because it always feels the simplest – next best thing to a paper list – which I would promptly lose.

3. WP Editorial Calendar obviously applies to bloggers, but wow is it great.

(and if you’re not blogging, you probably should be)

editorial-calendar

Blogging can be very overwhelming without a plan. It makes me salivate to think of actually filling up the the calendar a week in advance, let alone a month! I’m working my way there, slowly but surely… I love that you can jot down a post idea right there as a draft.

Bonus: because I’m really *that* bad about remembering things, sometimes I also (or sometimes if it’s just something simple I don’t want to put on the calendar) send myself a text at our Google Voice account and make sure I don’t mark it as read until I do the task. It’s one of my pinned tabs and I’m checking in there constantly throughout the day, so it usually works pretty well. Which reminds me that I’ve had one unread task that I keep shoving down for a while…

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Putting it into Practice

Usually on Sunday night David and I will have a quick conversation about what we’re going to focus on for the week and then each week night before we go to bed do a quick recap of what we need to prioritize for the next day. All I know is that when we don’t have those little checkups our productivity plummets.

Because after all, friends,

Failing to plan is planning to fail. (paraphrase of Winston Churchill)

What about you guys? How do you plan ahead and actually get stuff done?!


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