5 Simple Ways to Get Organized in 2019 #LikeABoss
CEO Jaclyn Johnson gives us the inside scoop.
Tell it Like it Is
Jaclyn Johnson created her career. A powerhouse entrepreneur, by the time she was 28, Johnson had sold her first business, (No Subject), invested in multiple female owned startups and launched her second multi-million dollar company, Create & Cultivate.
This summer, Jaclyn released her first book, WorkParty, via Simon & Schuster, offering her rallying cry for women in the workplace, First We Leaned In, Now We Stand Up. WorkParty is Johnson’s career manifesto sharing her story as well as advice on how she turned distrust into determination, frustration into fuel, and heartache into hard work—and how the reader can too. The book launched alongside WorkParty the Podcast - which expands upon the important topics covered in her book. Season one of the podcast is out now featuring special guests Kristen Bell, Phoebe Robinson, Sara Blakely and so many more!
For this guest post, Jaclyn gives us the inside scoop on how she keeps it all together.
Being an entrepreneur isn’t something that’s easy, but it does have its perks. Starting your own business, especially as a woman, is exciting and rewarding but you’ll definitely need to prepare for the ebbs and flows. For me, knowing your runway - whether it’s the runway you need to support yourself while getting your business off the ground, or the runway you will need to start that business - was a big focus for each of my businesses. Staying focused and organized played a big role in my professional life, so I’m sharing a few tips I’ve used over the years that have helped me be successful. My only other advice: fall in love with your idea and obsess about it, as it will truly become your life’s work.
Manage Your Time
I am really old school when it comes to my time management: I use a notebook and write daily to-dos list, striking things I get done and moving over items I didn’t get to. I am also a firm believer in a solid 15 minute touch-base with team members. One hour meetings are often a waste but coming to the table with quick questions and to-dos is the best way to get things done!
Plan, Plan, Plan
Each time I begin a new project - no matter how big or small - I always map out a plan with key milestones and dates. I am a big fan of planning ahead via lists and tasks; great ideas are amazing, but require a lot of actions before you can check it off your list.
Establish Your (Early) Morning Routine
For me, mornings are a huge part of making my day a successful and productive one. I get in to the office super early, around 7:30. This gives me an hour and thirty minutes of “me” time to catch up on emails and finish work before I start rolling calls, taking meetings and being bombarded by the every day. I feel like it’s my secret head start every week.
Know What Works for You
Everyone is different when it comes to staying organized. For me, I love Dropbox, Google Docs, lists and calendaring. You have to create your own system that works for you, because life and work are overwhelming. Organization is a great way to get ahead of that anxiety that creeps up on all of us! Don’t overcomplicate it, though, or work with a system you already know won’t work for you.
Make Time at Home
My husband is definitely the more organized one in our household. I am organized at home when it comes to the design elements, but I like to think I am a strategically messy person (e.g. I know why that jacket is draped over that chair, and I know exactly where to find things amongst the chaos). There are definitely perks to keeping your home in order, and I enjoy having weekends to organize and clean up and get back on track for the week.
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