About The Next 12 Months Planners

 Why These Planners Exist

alaia williams online business operations manager and specialistI love planners. Really. Folks who know me have seen me write about planners, make videos about planners, carry my planner around daily and talk about how it is one of my go-to business tools. There are so many fantastic planners out there that I had little interest in entering the planner market. I created this because it was the planner I needed. I wanted something suited to my daily use – it had to be the right size and have space for the right kind of information. 

And now, here we are. Like many of the business owners in my community, I run a very small company (a “micro-business” if you will) and at times I wear multiple hats. I love my digital tools without question, but I hold my planner near and dear as it captures my thoughts, my plans and my vision. 

I hope The Next 12 Months becomes one of your go-to tools as well! 

 - Alaia

 

How to Use the Planners

The Next 12 Months planners come in three different versions - monthly, weekly, and daily (quarterly/90 days). All three options are undated – you can pick them up and start using it any time. Hopefully, regardless of the one you choose, you use it daily. Even if you don’t, each planner is flexible enough to use exactly when you need it. Here’s how to get the most out of it: 

Use the monthly planning pages (in all versions) for “big picture” goal setting for the month. You can use it daily too, of course. I use it to track travel, major deadlines and launches. There’s also a great spot to mark down your big goals for the month. Narrow down the number of goals you’re focused on at one time to avoid overwhelm. 

the next 12 months planner for small business owners

On the weekly pages (weekly planner), keep track of appointments and things to do. Things always come up when we least expect it – so capture those tasks in the space provided and leave your valuable mental space available to focus on the most important matters at hand. On the weekly pages, there is also space to identify what your top priorities are. Each week, use the Marketing Tracker (available in the weekly planner, or on its own) as a guide to help you stay on top of your online marketing priorities. Decide what your schedule will be. For example, if you plan to focus on LinkedIn three days per week, don’t worry about checking off boxes for all seven. There’s space at the bottom to drop in other things you might want to track. Do you create YouTube videos? Are you livestreaming regularly? Is attending networking events a priority for you? Use this space to capture and track those efforts as well. 

In the quarterly/90 day planner, you can drill down and plot your schedule, top priorities, wins and notes for each day. This one is in full color and the monthly planning pages have a Sunday start.

At the end of each month, before you flip to a new set of planning pages, take a minute to do a monthly review (available in all versions). What worked? What didn’t? What can you do differently next time? Answer those questions and you’ll be on your way to setting better and more focused goals next month. There’s also a place to track your stats. You’re doing all that marketing – is it working? Update your numbers each month.

With consistent use (and consistent effort), your planner can become an awesome record of how you’ve grown over time. 

And last, but not least – note space! There are always things that come up that don’t quite have a place in our daily plans. Capture your notes, product ideas, blog post ideas - and more! - on the lined pages at the back of each planner. 

Here’s to your success over the next 12 months! Enjoy!