“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
This summer has been busy for me; I picked up 5 new students, enrolled in an online course, took on a few house-sitting jobs, went on a couple vacations and committed to a regular fitness regime! Needless to say, I was overwhelmed at times because I failed to plan my time efficiently. Scheduling students around my everyday activities was quite a chore, as I had to bounce back and forth from my day planner to the Tutors Nirvana (TN) Calendar when I was scheduling a student or makeup outside of the normal tutoring hours. I thought to myself, “How can I plan my time better?” Then I had an IDEA! And it is working great. Tutors Nirvana is not just a business planner, but also a personal planner.
Now, I plan my time wisely using Tutors Nirvana. I set my name up in TN as an adult student and schedule other activities, such as personal and financial business, into the calendar of TN. I can call up my name in the calendar and name the event that I am doing. Under categories, I created a personal, financial and business category in different colors. Under location, I added Personal.
I can now enter a reoccurring event, such as TN invoices sent, into the calendar using the financial category and studio location. Personal events can also be put in, so you won’t schedule a student during the personal event time. If I need a reminder, I can either enter it as an all day event, or give it a time of 12 a.m. for 5 minutes. With a busy schedule, it’s important to plan personal time to avoid burnout.
Every morning I receive an email from TN and see the events for the day, including the personal appointments and tasks to do. With a plan in hand, or on my laptop, I feel ready to tackle my day. When the task or appointment is done, I can check it off as reconciled. I feel motivated to prepare my lessons, go for a run and study my course material because I see that I’ve also got lunch scheduled with my best buddy and a movie date in the evening. As freelance tutors, we have flexibility in planning our schedules and can add fun stuff to our days! However, planning our time effectively is necessary to optimize our productivity.
Now, I’ve tossed my day planner and schedule all my appointments and reminders on TN. Tutors Nirvana is helping me plan my time. Maybe it can help you plan yours?