How to Find Your Organization Process to Help Get More Done
March 23, 2021
By Jason Eisenberg Community Program Manager for Office Depot
The world, your business… life is always changing. According to Lauren Ladouceur, founder of Plan with Laur, that also means your organization processes need to change with it. Also a 9-5er, business owners and side-hustlers like Lauren gradually pick up more responsibilities as their company gets bigger. That means they need to better optimize their planning and scheduling in order to complete all of their work-related and side-hustle tasks, while also setting aside time for themself and/or loved ones.
Get Started Using Trial and Error
Everyone has their own process and methodology that works for them. Going through the process of trial and error really helps identify the methods you want to utilize and the ones that aren’t applicable to you. Lauren always tells people before they go out and buy their planner to take a basic notebook, use it for a week, and look at the types of things they are writing in it.
Are you time blocking your day by the hour?
Are you simply writing out a to-do list?
Are you referring to your planner every hour or are you checking in only in the morning and before bed?
The idea is to see what you are already doing naturally without a template because those are the things you can incorporate seamlessly into your organization process.
“Yes, we want to push ourselves to grow and improve but we can’t start at that point. The point you should start at is with things that are easy to incorporate into the rhythm and systems you already have in your day-to-day life.” – Lauren Ladouceur
Three Organization Pillars
There are three pillars Lauren shares when developing her organization process to get more done for her business. Each is fundamental to what she preaches and if applied, can help you create a process uniquely suited for you.
Figure out what season of life you’re in, and make a plan for that. Don’t focus on things that may change for you in the future, focus on who you are today.
It needs to be natural. Whatever you’re trying to incorporate in your routines or habits needs to be true to who you are today.
Planning is the key to consistency – you have to go through the physical act of planning on a day-to-day or even a week-to-week basis to achieve consistency.
Use Tools Suited for You and Your Processes
“First and foremost, just having something you love that’s nice and fun to write is incredible. I have a million pens in my house but I will tear my house up and down to make sure I find my TUL pen.” – Lauren Ladouceur
Lauren’s business is very focused on content creation, but she also does talks/interviews, virtual events, blogging and she has her own community – all of which require different aspects of planning.
Organizing to Get More Done
For Lauren, organization and getting more done does not mean having your entire life schedule filled so you’re always doing something. Here are a few more tips Lauren uses to organize her business processes to get more done.
Simplifying your time to simplify your task. Being intentional with time you allotted for yourself.
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