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Sick of struggling to organize your direct sales week?
When you are self-employed in direct sales, it’s easy to get sucked into the minutia that can easily consume your day. You look up at the clock, it’s 4:30pm, and you realize you’ve been on Facebook all day.
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Luckily, we’ve found a system you can use to organize your direct sales week.
Once you join your direct sales company, your next goal is to create a system that you can make your own.
Each day of the week is designated with a certain objective around which all your tasks and activities are organized. Create to-do lists for each day of the week, so as things come up, just delegate it forward on your calendar.
Assign a focus task for each workday.
This means on every day of the week, you can focus your energy into one facet of your business.
Here’s an example of how you can organize your direct sales week and manage your calendar better. Feel free to change around the names of the days as needed to fit your schedule.
In direct sales, it seems there is a never-ending supply of mail. You’re always mailing catalogs, hostess packets, team incentives, prizes, or any other number of things. All that gets delegated to Monday, if possible, on one master list. One task to address labels, weigh and postage, and run to the Post Office.
This is the day where you focus on your team. Not necessarily just communicate on Facebook, but really dive into performance:
Look at various reports, and assess where coaching or training might be necessary. Use this time to update your incentive tracking, check-in with newer team members, write your weekly team newsletter, and post any new training documents or videos that have been created.
Don’t have a team yet? Spend today working on your sponsoring and team building activities.
Work it Wednesday
Your day for your personal business.
Phone calls, lead management for team members, hostesses, or customers, hostess coaching for upcoming parties, customer order and return handling, and anything else associated with your own business.
Not everything in a week can necessarily wait until Wednesday, but this does allow the bulk of activities to be concentrated into one, organized day.
If you spend time on social media activities, try grouping them all into one day. This includes scheduling Facebook posts, writing and sharing blog posts, creating graphics, and researching or studying new techniques, sites, or strategies. Try to create and schedule content for a good portion of your future week, on Thursdays. You will find that it saves you a lot of time later.
Follow Up Friday (Or Free Friday)
Depending on how effective you were at staying on task all week, use a day for general catch-up, or freebie day for yourself. Nap? Movie? Shopping?
Of course! You earned it!
And, of course, there are a ton of tools out there that can help you save time and work more efficiently. A scheduler like CinchShare can help streamline your presence on Facebook, while PicMonkey can help you design awesome social media graphics in no time.
You will probably still spend some time everyday on general administrative activities such as email and Facebook, since that’s where a lot of team activity takes place. But now you can control it much more efficiently.
Whether you work in a direct sales business full time, or are a casual or hobbyist consultant, or a part-timer, staying organized is even more important since your “work” time is more limited. No matter how much time you have to dedicate to your business, make that time count.
Use any system that works for you, whether it’s post-it notes, a to-do list, an electronic task list, the awesomeness of Evernote, or a super cute planner, hold yourself accountable to the system you setup for yourself. It will make a difference in how effectively you manage your time.
And hopefully, will help control the time-suck that is Facebook!