My Practical Bullet Journal

Oh, the bullet journal. You should see me geek out on #bujo on the gram. I simply can not deny the artistry, the organization, or the simple stationary lust that it inspires in me. I also don’t have time for that sort of bujo!

What I love about bullet journal (bujo) is that you take a regular old notebook and turn it into the planner that you need. I’m going to tell you about 4 key elements that make my journal work for me.

  1. The Index –  It took me a while to figure it out when I first started but the index is the one thing that transformed my old notebooks into a bujo. Your index will have as many topics as you find relevant. Since I have a lot of different projects at work and home, mine is extensive.
  2. Rapid Logging – It seems that I had a lot of rules about what did and didn’t go into my notebooks before I encountered rapid logging. In rapid logging, you just write everything down and use a key to tell the different types of things apart at a glance. It’s a major time and task saver.
  3. Migration – Writing all of this stuff down won’t matter at all if it doesn’t get done! They call the time you take to put everything left over from the day into its place migration. Appointments go into the calendar, place incomplete tasks in the correct place, index thoughts/ideas. Depending on your life you could migrate a couple of times a day, once a week, once a month. You do you.
  4. Weekly spread – I create a somewhat attractive weekly spread every Sunday that helps me envision my week. It includes appointments, meal plans, bills, deadlines, etc. This is where the bullet journal meets the planner. One book, two duties. I love it.
  5. LISTS! – Everything from book and movie recommendations to blog post ideas to special dates.  Pages set aside to keep running lists of things I want to have at my fingertips are a practical must-have bujo inclusion.

So that’s it! 5 elements of bullet journalling that keep me on organized. Do you bullet journal? Does it work for you? What are your practical uses?


3 Tips to Organize Your Days

3 tips for you day blogWhen you have a zillion things to do it’s easy to get off track. Here are three tips that I think will help everyone have a more productive day!⁣

1) Do a Walk Through – Taking the time to step through a mental rehearsal will help you get ready for a successful day.⁣ It’s important that you do it in a way that works for you. If you are a night owl, make it the last thing you do at night. If you love lists, jot it down in your daily planner. Morning or night, written or in your mind, do it in a way that’s comfortable for you to make it a lasting practice.

2) Schedule Play Time – Whatever makes you happier and healthier should be part of your plan. Not something you get around to later.⁣ This can be anything from 15 minutes of Facebook time to your hour at the gym. What do you need to feel happy and thrive? Don’t let it be an afterthought. Also, we tend to recall the things on our “to do” list. Take the time for yourself and acknowledge how important it is for a more productive life.

3) Don’t Overplan – Things are bound to happen that you didn’t anticipate. Make sure you have space in your schedule to deal with them.⁣ If you can’t stand the thought of wasted time consider having an “I could always” list. That’s a list of things that need doing but aren’t urgent.

These are three simple things that help me stay on track every day with the help of my practical bullet journal. What do you think? Would this help you? Do you have any great tips to share?

Planning on Going Viral

Social Media marketing is the answer to all of your problems! It’s free! It’s easy! You just pop something on Facebook and boom you go viral!

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If only it were that easy. Social Media channels are crowded corridors which makes them great places to share information but also creates a lot of competition. It might not take you viral but a good plan goes a long way. Below are the components of creating a social media campaign plan that I consider “must have’s” for success. I created an easy to use a two-page worksheet to walk through each of these steps that you can download by joining my email list.

So WAIT! What do I mean by campaign?? In this case, we will be creating a series of social media posts that work toward a particular goal.

Campaign Name: This may sound silly but I often have 4 or 5 different SM (social media) campaigns running at the same time. I name them all so I can keep them straight in my mind.

Description: A campaign can be for anything. It can be an event promotion, a product launch, sharing specific information, or pretty much any tight focus. Writing down a description (or the focus) of the campaign is a great way to keep our focus on the right things. What are you hoping to accomplish?

Goals: I am a BIG believer in SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. It’s easy to get caught up in SM platforms vanity metrics (like reach & engagement) but I like to stick to things I can see. RSVP’s for events, reactions, comments and shares for posts. If you are driving people to a landing page or sale use those measurements instead.

Target Audience: Who are trying to reach? Sometimes it’s your existing social audience. Other times you are looking to branch out. Think about who they are and how to find them.

Campaign Length: How long do you want to run this campaign? 7 Days? 1 year? This can be determined by how long you have but it can also be a matter of freshness. How often do you want to serve the content to your audience?

Post Frequency: So many folks cannot imagine posting once a day. They don’t want to bother people. Did you know that a Facebook post has a half-life of 90 minutes and 120 minutes for Twitter? Go see how often your favorite business page posts.

Platforms: Wooo. So many platforms to choose from. Each one has it’s own pro’s and con’s and its own personality. I’ll be delving into that topic soon. For now, here is a sample list and you should stick to where you feel comfortable being social. Facebook pages, Facebook groups (your own and others), Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat are a few options.

Relevant Tags: There are two types of tags you should consider. The first (and simple one) is tagging collaborators. If you are working with someone use the @ sign (on most social media platforms) to tag them in your posts to mention them. It will get their attention and often result in a comment or share. Win/Win! Hashtags identify messages on a specific topic and are especially helpful on Instagram and Twitter.

Post Preparation: Once you have put some thought into all of these items it’s time to begin creating a list of posts. I like to use a checklist style to make sure I have everything ready to go!

  • Title: What will you call this post?
  • Platform: What platform is it for?
  • Image: Make sure your images are the right sizes if you are using them.
  • Link: If you are linking somewhere double check the link AND the image it scrapes (or pulls from the link source).
  • Text: Write the text that will accompany the post.
  • Call to Action: Don’t forget to tell the audience what you would like them to do next.

Posting Schedule: Before I begin posting I like to create a full schedule that includes all platforms and the posting dates. Then I can check them off as I schedule or live post them.

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My Values

Core ValuesMy mission at Gefjon’s Gifts is Embracing Your Values, Serving Your Business. I spend a lot of time talking about how important your values are to running a successful business that fits into your life and fulfills your personal needs. As a small business owner it’s just as important for me. I thought you might like to know a little bit about Gefjon’s Gifts values and why they are so important to me. I wrote these with some potential future in which GG isn’t just little ol’ me so please forgive all of the “royal we’s”.

It’s Personal – At Gefjon’s Gifts it’s always personal. We put people first. Clients, their employees, their customers, and the public interest is at the core of everything we do. Above all we are respectful.

At the tender age of 42 I’ve spent more than 2 decades working for various small, medium and large businesses. One of the most reliable indicators for how happy (and therefore productive) I have been at any of them is how well everyone was treated. When you put people first it shows.

Keep On Learning – You can always rely on change. While some tools that help people succeed in business seem constant, others evolve or dissipate completely. We strive to learn all about them so we can help people navigate changing landscapes.

I love technology. I know, it’s weird. I recognize that it comes with a lot of pain points but as long as we are still putting people first I don’t think there is anything to fear. I was going to keep on learning about this stuff one way or the other. I may as well tell you it’s something I find very important and valuable 🙂

Always Mean It – We mean what we say and we say what we mean. We are sincere in our dealings with everyone and candid about our capabilities. We won’t always be a good fit. You won’t always like our advice. We won’t always be able to offer what you need. If you need to look elsewhere, we will try to help you find the right resource.

People lie. People also say things they think are true but it turns out they aren’t. I might be a little to literal at times. It’s just really important to me that my word has weight always meaning it is my final cor value.

So those are my values. I welcome your feedback. What are your values?

Thank you 2018!

2018 learning

Good judgment comes from experience — and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rodgers

Before you hit the ground running for the new year, why not take a moment to give good old 2018 one last moment in the sun. Spend some time thinking about what you have to be thankful for, what memories you will treasure and what lessons where granted to you.

Here is a worksheet to get you started. What good judgement did you gain in 2018?