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TFF: How to stay on schedule + free 2018 planner

January is that time of the year when everyone is filled with optimism and new energy, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to get organised! In 2017 I spent a lot of time refining my processes and studio workflow, and there’s a few things that really helped me to pace my clients and myself along the journey. If staying on schedule is your kryptonite (like the rest of us), then these are my top tips for getting stuff done in 2018, on time.

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1. Contracts and boundaries

If you still don’t have a proper contract, then don’t delay any further! Dedicate a full day to thinking and researching every single thing that you would like to communicate to your clients before a project starts. Also think about how you would like to handle communication with your clients, to make sure that you keep your work and personal time separate. Set the rules that you need in order to run an organised business.

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2. Set realistic deadlines and block out a certain amount of time per project

Pre-booking and scheduling projects ahead of time really changed my business. Many designers, especially those that are just starting out, feel like they need to work on 10 projects at the same time to keep everyone happy and pay the bills. This is simply NOT sustainable, and you WILL burn out and drop the ball at some point. Set your prices according to how much time you intend to spend on something, and stick to it. Work and charge like a professional, so people won’t take advantage of your time. Make it clear to yourself and your clients that a project has a specific end date, and that certain phases has to be completed by specific dates. This makes you look and feel like you’re in control, and will also motivate and excite your clients to play their part.

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3. Routine and Rest

I found that introducing a new routine into my week really helped me to find structure and I could get a lot more done on a weekly basis. To rest is just as important as work, and I learned that the hard way. I find that my creativity fades and my mood darkens when I don’t take the time for self-nurture and rest. So, make rest a resolution in 2018, and prioritise the time you take to recharge and get inspired.

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I’ve designed this nifty 2018 weekly planner to help you out!

This is exactly the tool that I use myself to get organised. I always start by blocking out time for myself first, like yoga and a proper lunch break. I then move on to slotting my daily admin or marketing responsibilities in, followed by client time.

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Hope this helps! Let me know how you go 🙂

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE WEEKLY PLANNER

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2018: A year for rest + free any-year calendar

Happy 2018 friends, and welcome back to the hustle! I took the longest break of my career last year during a 3 month travelling adventure. Closing my business for that long seemed impossible at first, but somehow it actually worked out. It was an incredibly transformative time for me where I came to a very important realisation.

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To be productive, is not the only objective in life!

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Before and even during my big break, I felt super guilty about not working. I felt bad about not creating, almost like I was falling behind somehow. It was only after I came back, that I understood the true value of breaking away like that, and I realised that I’ve actually been taking big steps forward while I thought I was standing still.

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To rest is not the destination. To rest is part of the journey.

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We live in a world where everything is about MORE. More work, more money, more stuff, and we obviously want all of that to make us more happy. We’re taught that “hard work” is the path to more, and that nothing else will get us there. But that’s not true.

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Balance.

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The biggest truth that I found during my travels is that rest, self-nurture and disconnection from the digital world is the cure to so many ailments in our society. Rest for your mind, body and soul will fill you with energy and positivity, and essentially make your MORE productive when you need it.

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Let’s make 2018 a year for rest.

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I’ve designed this freebie any-year calendar just for you, as a way to set monthly goals for rest. Don’t make it too big (and possibly unattainable), but actually pay attention to setting intention for small things that will help you to rest.

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Make rest your #1 goal for 2018 and see what happens. I have a feeling that you’ll be just a surprised as I was. Pulling back, will push you forward.

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Simply download and print this A3 calendar on any thick paper stock that you like. Most good printers will also give your the option for ring-binding on the top. Enjoy, but remember, only for personal use guys! 🙂

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