Organizing your year? Join me!
I am organizing myself and my year for Teachers Pay Teachers as a teacher and a teacherpreneur. Too many times this past year, I would remember an event and think, “That isn’t next week!”
And whatever “that” was, it was this week! And I had plans for writing a blog post or completing a product. And it was too late.
I am now proactive. I am organizing my year now. Since I’m writing it down anyway, I thought I’d share it with other sellers.
This may not be what everyone does and it may not even be the best method, but I’ve been working on this calendar over winter break and I’m excited. I’m keeping the emphasis on organization. Last year I had goals for my TpT store and blog, but they were loose. I’m creating bigger goals and this calendar is part of it. I hope it helps other sellers.
Specifically, here is how I am organizing my year for TpT:
1. I printed a calendar from TpT. I used this cute one from RebeccaB Designs. This is my overview calendar and one that I will leave by my computer on a clipboard.
2. I filled out basic dates. I wanted to find National Holidays (I’m in the USA) because I need to advertise my products that align with these before the holidays hit. I marked standard dates too – Valentine’s Day.
3. I filled out important TpT dates. I am attending the conference in July (yay!) so I started there. I also included other TpT dates, such as sales – Back to School, Cyber Monday, the Big Game, and Teacher Appreciation. (These aren’t set in stone, I believe. We also had a 3 Million Teachers sale too).
4. I found fun and randomly celebrated days. I’m talking about Sandwich Day (November 3) and National Pizza Month (October). High schoolers enjoy it when I spread that goofiness around, or I tell myself they do.
5. I marked important education dates. Even if these vary within states and districts, I know that parent-teacher conferences usually hit in October. Since I teach ACT prep classes, I marked dates for the ACT.
When I marked these dates, I drew attention to them a few weeks before on the calendar. I hope to have blog posts or at the minimum, Facebook interactions about these dates. Which leads into…
6. I wrote ideas for future blog posts. Currently, posts are timely and deal with my current thoughts and struggles and achievements. I still want some posts like that, but I am planning others too. For instance in May, many schools have potlucks. I have a great and easy and not too unhealthy vegetable dip. It’s on my calendar to write about the recipe at the end of April.
7. I marked when to send notes to my followers on TpT. I’m bad about sending a note, which is silly because this is free advertising. If you write this on your calendar, take notice that you can send a note once a month, so make it count.
8. I marked fun blog hops and link ups. I noted these at the top of each calendar.
9. I noted when to change my TpT banners. This seems simple, but like I’ve mentioned, I forget!Fun activities like linkies and blog hops may seem to take time away from product creation and blogging, but they are enjoyable. They also allow you to meet other sellers and like-minded people.
10. I marked breaks. Sometimes my ambitions get the best of me and I think that I can work 100% of my life. I either burn out or am too tired for the rest of my life.
For example, two of my three kids have birthdays in the same week. I need to be doing a million things the days leading up to that family gathering, so I shouldn’t plan a researched blog post that week. I’m also marking when my husband travels since I will be a solo-parent those days.
I marked when I need to take breaks for the reasons I work so hard the rest of the time.
What isn’t on my calendar? My TpT growth (in a Google spreadsheet), my to-make list of products (in a Google Document), and my advertising schedule (still TBD).
Lots of organizing, but this is the bones of what I need to meet my teaching goals. What would you put on a calendar for organizing your year? Did I leave off any major additions?