Get More Done In Less Time With An Ideal Week Template

The biggest reason my clients tell me they aren’t making progress on their teacherpreneur goals is a lack of time.

Between lesson planning, attending meetings at school, and family obligations, there never seems to be enough time to dedicate to accomplishing the goals set out for your side business or passion project.

My remedy to this perception of lack of time is to create an “ideal week template” both for work and personal life.

I was first introduced to the idea of crafting an ideal week template from influencer Michael Hyatt. Since then, I’ve introduced this idea to teachers and principals I’ve worked with all over the country. More than I person has told me that implementing an Ideal Week template has tripled their productivity.

How can an ideal week template help you accomplish your goals?

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5 Takeaways from The 12 Week Year Critical to Achieving Your Biggest Goals

The 12 Week Year, is one of the best books I’ve read about planning, goal setting, and getting more done. I also appreciate that authors, Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington speak thoroughly to the importance of not only getting more done, but getting the right things done.

I loved long-term planning when I was a classroom teacher and instructional coach and I adore planning goals for Edupreneur Today. Planning and goal setting comes natural to me.

Where I have tremendous room for growth is in my execution.

The premise of the 12 Week Year is to avoid the pitfalls and low productivity that results from annualized planning by redefining your year in 12 week increments.

I LOVE this concept because I am a multi-passionate educator and entrepreneur with TONS of ideas. The 12 Week Year gives me the structure I need to stay focused on a goal long enough to actually accomplish it while giving me flexibility to take action on different projects as I get excited about them at different points during the year.

Here are my top 5 takeaways from The 12 Week Year.

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The Best Teacher Owned Brands To Shop This Holiday Season

The holiday season spurs a special time of year when we go above and beyond to find that special gift for those on our list. This year, why not find that gift from a company owned by an educator. Whether its something to help them start their day like a custom coffee mug or a candle etched with an extra special compliment, these teacher owned brands are sure to deliver the perfect gift. 

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Secrets To Running A Thriving Online Teacher Resource Business: An Interview With Bethany Lake of Math Geek Mama

Bethany is former classroom teacher with several years of experience teaching mathematics. She currently runs her online business, Math Geek Mama, alongside being a full time wife and homeschooling mama of four.

She loves math and is passionate about helping students understand, thrive and hopefully come to love math as well! Bethany’s goals in creating Math Geek Mama are to break through the barriers, redefine for students who a “math person” is, and enable students to really understand the why of mathematics, rather than simply memorizing seemingly nonsensical procedures and formulas.

Join Edupreneur Today as we share insights from Bethany on how she’s earning consistent income selling digital teaching resources from her website.

You Will Learn:

  • How to purpose your time when growing your digital resource business.
  • How long to stay in research mode when beginning a new business.
  • Pros and Cons to selling digital teaching resources on your site vs. Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT).
  • And SO much more!

Links and resources listed in the interview

 

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How I Launched A Successful Education Start-Up: An Interview With Keon Armstrong of School Paper

We’ve all likely been there at some point. Hurrying children to school only discover at the last moment that there is a field trip, parent conference, or classroom party happening that exact day.

It was a situation like this that prompted Keon Armstrong to launch School Papr, a technology company dedicated to creating simple solutions for schools and parents. School Papr strengthens the school to parent communication by offering applications and software that help schools go paperless.

In availing schools and parents to his digital products, Keon was also able to merge his passion for helping schools reach more parents with his love for technology.

Join Edupreneur Today as we share insights from Keon on how he successfully started and grew his business, which aims to bring how schools and parents communicate, into the 21st century.

In availing schools and parents to his digital products, Keon was also able to merge his passion for helping schools reach more parents with his love for technology.  Join Edupreneur Today as we share insights from Keon on how he successfully started and grew his business, which aims to bring how schools and parents communicate, into the 21st century.

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Building An Online Business That Serves School Leaders: An Interview with Stephanie McConnell of Principal Principles

Stephanie McConnell, founder of the brand Principal Principles, got her start in online business by selling digital resources for teachers. Working at the time as a school principal, she discovered she could serve her teachers well by helping them create resources to use in the their classrooms.

Soon after, she followed her instincts, which were guiding her to create resources for the underserved audience of campus leaders, school principals in particular. Since starting Principal Principles, Stephanie has grown into a trusted resource for principals looking to serve and lead in a more efficient and productive way.

Stephanie is an example to edupreneurs everywhere that you do not have to serve teachers exclusively to be successful in business. If you are a guidance counselor, instructional coach, assistant principal, or a school psychologist, there is a market for you to serve a unique target audience of “non-teachers”.

Join Edupreneur Today as we share insights from Stephanie on she successfully started and grew her business serving school principals.

 

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5 Undeniable Facts About Identifying Your Ideal Client + a Free Ideal Client Workbook

If you attempt to market your products or services to everyone, you will end up appealing to no one. This may sound unfortunate, but it is devastatingly true.

Fact 1: If you market to everyone, you will appeal to no one.

Attracting paying clients can be quite the task for businesses and brands, especially those serving educators. The truth is this: educators work very hard for their money, and as a result, we are rightfully very picky about how and with whom we spend it.

We will gladly buy products or services that are created specifically to solve our problems and make our lives easier.

Clearly identifying your ideal client can be difficult and full of stress. But doing so is important if you want to easily and effectively attract your ideal clients and sell more of what you are offering.

Fact 2: Clearly identifying your ideal client is critical for the success of your business.

In this post, I teach you exactly how to identify and connect with your ideal client. (Click here to get your free ideal client workbook)

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17 Teachers Pay Teachers Authors Reveal Their Best Tips for Success

Being a successful teacher author on Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) frequently involves a series of missteps and mistakes before finding your selling groove. The difference between giving up and preserving through the growing pains of being a new seller can be getting advice from educators who have done it before.

Recently, I reached out to seasoned TPT sellers and I asked them to share their best advice for new sellers. Keep reading for 17 of their best tips for new TpT authors.

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5 Podcasts That Motivate Educators To Earn Extra Money

There’s a lot for educators doubling as entrepreneurs to love about podcasts. If you think you don’t have time to read books, it may be time to explore a new way to continuously learn and gather new information. As edupreneurs, we can never stop learning.

Podcasts make learning easy and accessible. Simply subscribe to your favorite shows to have them automatically downloaded to your device, grab your ear buds, and proceed with life a usual. As with listening to audiobooks (which I talk about in detail in this post), you can indulge in podcasting while working out, cooking dinner, walking the dog, or just about anything. What more could a busy educator ask for?

Personally, I am attracted to podcasts that give me nuggets of wisdom I can immediately implement in my life and business. I also love to be inspired to take action when listening to podcasts.

One category of podcasts that is exploding with new content daily is business and online marketing. However, all podcasts are not created equally and some are better for educator entrepreneurs than others.

Here are the 5 podcasts I suggest every eduprenuer subscribe to and consume weekly.

One category of podcasts that is exploding with new content daily is business and online marketing. However, all podcasts are not created equally and some are better for educator entrepreneurs than others. Here are the 5 podcasts I suggest every eduprenuer subscribe to and consume weekly.

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6 No-Nonsense Books About Leadership Every Instructional Leader Should Read

Reading is essential to the growth of a leader, including instructional leaders. Whether you are leading from the classroom or you are in a role outside of the classroom, reading books that help you grow as a leader should be included in your personal development plan. Reading is one of the most efficient ways to acquire information, and leaders need a lot of information to be effective in the important work they do.

Leadership requires one to be informed in their unique area of expertise and other areas such as productivity, time management, and self-leadership. Tim Ferris has been known to say that reading three books on the same topic will make you an expert on that subject.

With the addition of tools like Audible, by Amazon, consuming great books can be done during your daily commute, while you are out on a jog, or while cooking dinner. Audible books have made reading great books especially assessable for leaders with a busy schedule. If you are not already a member of audible, use this link to get your first two books completely free.

Here are six non-education books every instructional leader should read (with links to make it easy for you to find them on Amazon).

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