Getting organized and being productive is high on every entrepreneur’s list of qualities. We want to be organized, we want to be productive. But how do we get there?

Lindsay Stead, a mother, wife, teacher, and entrepreneur knows fully well the importance of an organized life. She’ll be the first to say that she still has a ways to go in her journey of an organized and productive life, but she’s eager to share what she’s learned thus far. I hope you find her story inspiring!

Before you read further, Lindsay clarifies that what works for her may not work for others. We’re all different and have different ways of processing things. She hopes her story encourages you to find practical solutions for a more fulfilled, organized, and productive lifestyle.

A discouraging mindset

In the beginning, her journey provided more discouragement than anything. Lindsay says she was stressed about getting organized.

The more disorganized she’d become, the more stressed she’d get. She was caught in a vicious cycle of disorganization and stress. The stressed attitude only contributed toward a feeling of hopelessness which did no good in her attempts to succeed. Why? How? Because the more down and out she was, the more disorganized she’d become.

Make your bed and change your life

For years, Lindsay thought being a carefree easy going gal without a plan was the way to be content. But the harder she tried to go at life without a plan, the worse she felt.

But one day, the light bulb went on for Lindsay. Something clicked inside her when she overheard someone on the television say, “the state of your bed is the state of your head.” She can’t remember who said it, but the saying struck a chord with her. It was a life-changing moment.

She knew it was true. So she started making her bed every day.

Lindsay agrees that it may seem like a small thing, but she points out that it was something she’d never done consistently.

And it felt so good to start her day with such an easy task that she could check off her to do list each day. Now she’s been making her bed for years and it has certainly helped with mindset.

Power in small victories

The small victory of a made bed paved the way to bigger things. The victory of making her bed allowed Lindsay to gain momentum and stay motivated for the rest of her checklist items.

Use your planner — that’s what it’s for

In addition to starting her day with success, Lindsay learned to write in her planner.

Lindsay always shied away from writing in her planners — it made her feel like she was messing it up. But once she saw writing in a new planner as a good thing, her life changed for the better.

In her planner, Lindsay writes critical notes for the upcoming week. Over time, she’s saved money by organizing her meal planning, tasks, and projects. She also jots down her notes according to the level of importance, length of the project, and its dependencies.

What a change from the girl-without-a-plan mindset. A mindset that only brought about struggles and discouragement!

She checks these tasks off as she goes about her day and week.

Stack your Mondays

Lindsay is a big proponent of stacking Mondays in terms of tasks. She tries to get the big things out of the way on Mondays — or a bunch of little tasks with the intent to breeze through them.

Getting these big things or a group of little tasks out of the way at the start of her week sets the tone for the subsequent days.

Get a planner you love

Another key to success is finding a planner you love. Lindsay loves pretty feminine planners, so that’s what buys. You’ll find a myriad of planner options online if you take the time to shop around. See what fits your style.

She likes to use a weekly and monthly planner. Her planner is blank on the underside of each page, so she uses that side for notes or ideas that come to her mind that week.

Leverage the power of apps

Now how about the organizing power of apps such as Slack or Trello?

Lindsay says she loves to get her team on both Slack and Trello. She says it feels efficient and that you can link back to both within the two apps.

The great thing is that you can jazz up your apps so you like looking at them. She finds it wonderfully satisfying to look at her organized Trello boards.

“Fail to plan, plan to fail,” Lindsay quips.

Start small

Begin with one small space and organize that. Find one area in your life and tackle it. Look for ways to bring more organization to that area and you’ll find those changes affecting the other areas of your life.

Outsource

Outsource those tasks that take up your time. As your business grows, you’ll do well to spend on outsourcing so you can focus on other things.

Busy lives need efficiency

You want to gain momentum and finding the right process for planning and organizing your life will help you succeed.

We’re all busy. We all have lives. Businesses, families, and social engagements scratch the surface of what fills our schedules.

By being more organized, you can be so much more efficient Lindsay says. She speaks from experience.

Lindsay Stead, Found of Gilded Blooms Communications

A creative spirit by nature, and a business enthusiast by upbringing,  Lindsay is a digital marketing and communications professional with experience in sales, client relationship management, brand management, research marketing, web design, digital marketing and social media management. She graduated from Thompson River University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with a focus on English. Lindsay currently runs Gilded Blooms Communications while also sharing her experience with her students as part of a marketing program at a local design school.

Lindsay is passionate about digital marketing and web design because it is the perfect marriage between her creative and innovative side and her organizational and business side. Her parents were driven for success and Lindsay watched their entrepreneurial endeavours growing up, with a keen (and quiet) interest; watching her parents carve out their own path, she knew that would follow in their footsteps and either become a teacher like her Mom, or a business owner like her Dad. In the end, she is fortunate to have taken a page out of both of their books and have her feet firmly planted in both worlds: as a teacher and an entrepreneur.

In her downtime, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys dancing around her kitchen to Disney Princess music with her two little girls and her husband (yes, he dances too!). She can often be found relaxing on the swing in her garden, whipping up cocktails with friends, or diving into popcorn with her husband. Lindsay favours “chick-lit” and “chick-flicks”, which she reads and watches with her Mom, baths filled with Lush goodies, and blasting music! With an affinity for all-things-girly, glitter, and floral, Lindsay is determined to spread positivity and happiness

lindsay_steadLindsay Stead Founder of Gilded Blooms Communications, is a digital marketing and communications professional with experience in sales, client relationship management, brand management, research marketing, web design, digital marketing and social media management. She graduated from Thompson River University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with a focus on English. Lindsay currently runs Gilded Blooms Communications while also sharing her experience with her students as part of a marketing program at a local design school.

Lindsay is passionate about digital marketing and web design because it is the perfect marriage between her creative and innovative side and her organizational and business side. Her parents were driven for success and Lindsay watched their entrepreneurial endeavors growing up, with a keen (and quiet) interest; watching her parents carve out their own path, she knew that would follow in their footsteps and either become a teacher like her Mom, or a business owner like her Dad. In the end, she is fortunate to have taken a page out of both of their books and have her feet firmly planted in both worlds: as a teacher and an entrepreneur.
In her downtime, Lindsay thoroughly enjoys dancing around her kitchen to Disney Princess music with her two little girls and her husband (yes, he dances too!). She can often be found relaxing on the swing in her garden, whipping up cocktails with friends, or diving into popcorn with her husband. Lindsay favors “chick-lit” and “chick-flicks”, which she reads and watches with her Mom, baths filled with Lush goodies, and blasting music! With an affinity for all-things-girly, glitter, and floral, Lindsay is determined to spread positivity and happiness.

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