When you have a creative mind, sometimes it’s hard to keep things organized in your life. And not just if you have a crafting business. Sometimes our personal lives can become a little messy too because we’re just simply overwhelmed with being our own boss! No one is telling us what to do and when to do it, so we’re just winging this thing! And it can be… messy.
So to help organize the clutter and realign your focus, I’ve created this challenge. Skip what doesn’t pertain to you and spend extra time on things that do. I bet you though that no matter if you do 5 days or all 30… you will feel better overall!
Here’s the overview! Below this, we’ll break it down day by day!
||Clean Up Computer Desktop
||Clear Out & Organize Email Account
||Delete Unused Apps On Phone
||Donate or Sell Craft Supplies That Aren’t Being Used
||Delete & Retake Pictures of Items That Don’t Fit Your Current Branding.
||Take A Nap
||Delete Files From Your Computer That Are Not Being Used.
||Organize Your Design Files
||Update Your Social Media Profiles
||Update Your Social Media Banners
||Gather Customers Email Addresses For Your Newsletter
||Unsubscribe From Email Newsletters That You Don’t Read
||Take A Walk
||Review & Amend Your Business Mission Statement
||Update Your Pinned Post In Your FB Page and Group
||Create A Financial Plan To Save For Your Next Purchase
||Place Your Favorite Motivational Quote Somewhere You Can See Everyday
||Organize Product Pictures to One Folder On Desktop/Laptop
||Ask A Friend For Honest Feedback On Your Website/Etsy/Facebook
||Drink Hot Tea
||Create A Schedule For Social Media Posts This Week
||Look At 3 Of Your Favorite Shops to Buy From & Notice What They Have In Common
||Explore Avenues for Your Business To Grow Into
||Create A Daily Schedule That Is Realistic For Your Lifestyle.
||Deep Clean Work Space
||Take New Pictures Of Products
||Pray or Meditate for 15 Minutes.
||Create Something Completely New
||Make A Goal List Of Where You Want Your Business To Be This Time Next Year
Day 1 – Clean Workspace:
Usually creatives get more work done with their space is a little messy. But too much mess can cause a cluttered mind. Take some time today to clean up your desk/actual work area.
Day 2 – Clean Up Computer Desktop:
If your computer takes a while to boot up after being restarting, or runs slow throughout the day, try to delete unused desktop icons or at least move them to a folder. This will help speed things up a bit for you!
Day 3 – Clear Out & Organize Email Account:
Creating folders, archiving, color coding, whatever you need to do to get that inbox number down. Also take some time to check your junk/spam folder just in case you’re missing something important!
Day 4 – Delete Unused Apps On Phone:
You know you have at least 3 you could dump but you’re scared to pull the trigger because you MAY need them one day. Just do it. Push delete. You can always reload it if you need it in the future. But you haven’t used it in months, so the chances of you needing it are slim. But if you do, that app store isn’t going anywhere!
Day 5 – Donate or Sell Craft Supplies That Aren’t Being Used:
See, I suffer from “I can make that disease.” It causes me to walk into a craft store and not leave until my bill is over $300. It’s all on sale, so I must have it!! This disease caused me to buy 7 yards of fleece because I was so sure I was going to build a baby bib empire. *Insert… eye roll.* It was 70% off so it was a great deal! Know how many bibs I’ve made with it? Two. Know how many looked semi decent? One. Know how much fabric I have left? Over 6.75 yards. It needs to go. See what you can round up from your piles to clear out some space today!
Day 6 – Delete & Retake Pictures That Don’t Fit Your Current Branding:
This one may be tricky if you don’t have the same products around the office. However, even if you can’t replace them all today, start taking notes of the ones that need to see their way out and replace them as you can. You may notice a product or two that hasn’t sold in a long time and it may need to also need to head on over to the retirement house.
Day 7 – Take A Nap:
Naps are proven to make you more creative! Go on… take one!
Day 8 – Delete Files On Your Computer That Are Not Being Used:
You may have noticed when you opened up some folders on your desktop that they are full of files that you haven’t used in a very long time. Take some time to dig deep and delete some of those today!
Day 9: Organize Your Design Files
You may have noticed when you opened some folders on your desktop that they were full of files that you haven’t used in a very long time. Take some time to dig deep and delete some of those today!
Day 10 – Update Your Social Media Profiles:
If your Facebook business page “about” section says “I make stuff.” It’s time for an update! Go into detail about what you specialize in, when you opened your business, and any business hours, contact info or other pertinent information that your potential customers would need to know.
Day 11 – Update Your Social Media Banners:
No need to hire someone to do this for you. Online tools like Canva.com, will make this a breeze! You can even do your Etsy shop banner and logo here is well!
Day 12 – Gather Customers Email Addresses For Your Newsletter:
If you are in business, a newsletter is necessary! Even if you don’t have a newsletter set up just yet, start gathering customer’s emails for your list. CraftMama University will break down how to do a newsletter with MailChimp, which is FREE for your first 2,000 subscribers!
Day 13 – Unsubscribe from Newsletters You Don’t Read:
If you get a lot of e-mails every day for newsletters you subscribed to, or even if you didn’t, take time to delete the ones that have no value to you.
Day 14 – Take A Walk:
Go outside and just let your mind wander with no limitations and no set rules.
Day 15 – Review & Amend Your Business Mission Statement:
When people purchase from a small business, they want to know their story. What is the vision for your business? Here is a perfect opportunity to connect with people on a personal level. Be honest and express who you are and what you ultimately want your business to accomplish.
Day 16 – Update Your Pinned Post In Your Facebook Page & Group:
Keeping the pinned post fresh will teach your customers to look their first for the most recent information. Post hours of operation, sales/discount codes, or any other relevant information that your customers need to know!
Day 17 – Create A Financial Plan To Save For Your Next Purchase:
If you have an “Oh, I would love to have that” item that stays on your mind constantly, sit down and write out a plan to purchase it! It can be as simple as having a set amount each week going to the fund, or you can even run a special sale and all profits go directly towards it. Too many times we look at business purchases as personal purchases, and that’s just not the case. If there is a product that will help your business run more efficiently, get a goal in motion!
Day 18 – Place Your Favorite Motivational Quote Somewhere You Can See Everyday:
It’s been proven that if we surround ourselves with positive thoughts and repeat them over and over like a mantra, the negative cycles in our life will begin to disappear. It’s like a magnet. What you put out, you will attract. So if you put out good, you will attract good. A few of my personal favorite motivational quotes are “I believe in the good things coming” and “she took a leap of faith, and grew wings on the way down.” If you don’t have a quote off the top of your head, spend some time searching for one that speaks to you today.
Day 19 – Organize Product Pictures to One Folder On Desktop/Laptop:
If your product pictures are all over the place, take some time to organize them for easy reference.
Day 20 – Ask A Friend For Honest Feedback On Your Website/Etsy/Facebook:
You’ve put a lot of work into your business pages, and you should be proud! Sometimes though, we may miss little things that stand out greatly to others. Having a second eye glance over our sites for ease of use, will be very beneficial to our success! You can even give them a list of tasks to complete such as, find your e-mail address, find sale pricing, find sizing info on certain items, etc. You want your sites to be easy to use for customers, and who better to help than a friend!
Day 21 – Drink Hot Tea:
Hot tea or hot lemon water is a great detox and relax! Try taking deep cleansing breaths while you enjoy some much needed relaxation time!
Day 22 – Create A Schedule for Social Media Posts For The Week:
Social media advertising doesn’t have to be hard if we set time aside to plan it all out for the week. Using a tool like HootSuite will help scheduling out posts on Facebook and Instagram a breeze!
Day 23 – Look At 3 Of Your Favorite Shops to Buy From & Notice What They Have In Common:
Whether you shop from handmade shops or from big retailers, take a look at three websites and see what you notice about all of them and what entices you to buy. Pictures? Pricing? Product placement? Mission statement of the company? What is it that makes them stand out for you personally above their competition? After you analyze those areas, take some time to look for those elements in your shop. See if there’s any ways you can improve if you were trying to reach YOU as a customer.
Day 24 – Explore Avenues for Your Business To Grow Into:
If you’re primarily selling on Facebook, maybe Etsy is your next venture. Maybe you have those venues down so then maybe a personal website, Amazon handmade, or even a storefront is on your horizon. Whatever you feel is next for you, spend some time today to explore your options.
Day 25 – Create A Daily Schedule That Is Realistic For Your Lifestyle:
Okay, if you’re anything like me, the “dust the baseboards and sweep the chimney on Thursday” schedule does not work. But a schedule that is basic, simple, and realistic does help tremendously with productivity. Even a check list of things that need to be done daily helps with the brain fog that sometimes comes alongside a busy schedule. If you find that it’s hard to blend work and household chores, spend some time today to look for or to create a schedule that works for you.
Day 26 – Deep Clean Work Space:
Yep, it’s time. Yep, sweep/vacuum under there… yeah… there too. Get out the duster, the window cleaner, trash bags… and probably some goo remover. Clean up, clean up! Everybody, everywhere! I won’t keep you… you have some cleaning to do.
Day 27 – Take New Pictures Of Products:
With a fresh clean space, you should be able to get some great new pictures in today! Remember that natural lighting is the best!
Day 28 – Pray or Meditate for 15 Minutes:
Whether you have a daily devotional that you read or a trail you walk on. Spend some time in silence today.
Day 29 – Create Something Completely New:
Now that you have a clean work space, calm mind, and an organized mission, take a leap of faith and create something completely new. Maybe there’s something you’ve been wanting to try but it’s just been on the back-burner for a while.Take time today to jump out of the box and let your creative mind lead you.
Day 30 – Make A Goal List Of Where You Want Your Business To Be This Time Next Year:
Look at how far you’ve come in these past 30 days! Imagine where you can be in a year! Set your goals and then DO THE WORK to get there! Things don’t just happen on their own. Every day is a chance to set your future in motion.
I hope you enjoyed this challenge! Stay turned for the March edition for another fun challenge and feel free to leave your comments and
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