Asana for Makers - A Course to Help you Organize #allthethings

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There are so many different tools available these days that you can use within your business to keep things organized.  You can use post-it notes, a notebook or a planner, a digital system, or keep it all in your head. The number one thing is to find a system that works for YOU. We use Asana for our day-to-day everything in tandem with Trello, and today we wanted to share an awesome course that was created by Janet of Paper and Spark to help you to learn not only how to use Asana, but also how to use it to plan out all the things you could possibly need for your business.

I have known Janet for a while and am always amazed at how she is able to literally juggle so many things at once.  She owns two businesses and has two toddlers, but somehow, she is always on top of things and ahead of schedule with everything I’ve needed from her when we’ve worked together in the past. More than once, I have sent a message saying “how do you do all the things, and always send them to me early?!” and her response was always the same - I use Asana. Asana’s my boss and it keeps me organized.”

When Janet’s course, Asana for Makers came out, I bought it instantly ( at $46 it’s a steal with the content she has included!) and I was so impressed with everything that she packed into it that I asked her to write a blog post sharing all about it and how it works with her for her business.  If you’re interested in learning more about Asana and using it in your own business, read what she has to say about it below!


Asana for Makers - A Course to help you organize #allthethings - by Society for Creative Founders

It takes a special type of woman to build a business based on your creative or artistic talents. We tend to be highly self-motivated, goal-oriented and ambitious. We’ve got grit and gumption, along with ALL the ideas, and sometimes even the bandwidth to pursue many of them simultaneously.  

We also tend to feel a bit scatterbrained from all the “hustle frazzle” going on. There’s a lot of juggling involved. We are creators of our own destinies, but we are also daughters, wives, mothers, friends, and community members. As such, we usually don’t get to fit our work time into a traditional schedule as we flex and mold our work hours to shift around baby’s naptime, regular day jobs, PTO meetings, and family time.

As the owner of two businesses and a mom of two toddlers, I get caught up in the “busy busy” mentality quite frequently. I have so much work to do today. I can’t wait to get in front of a computer and get this stuff done. When the heck is naptime? So much to check off my list today…mmm cold coffee.

My youngest son is finally sleeping and I’ve probably got a solid hour to get stuff done. I check my tags on Facebook and scroll through a few of my favorite groups looking for anything pertaining to me. I respond to a few customer questions in my email inbox. I obsessively refresh my Etsy stats for a moment.  I queue up an Instagram post, schedule a couple of pins and…what?! He’s awake already?!

Rinse and repeat for about oh, 12 months, and at year-end I’m left wondering why it feels as if I’m “working” all the time with little to show for it.

I did not create this business to keep my mind or my hands busy. I created it to make an impact on the maker community, and yes, to make an impact on my family’s bank account.

That means I’ve got to really focus and prioritize when it comes to my work time.  I’ve got to be ruthless. Until we start spending more time working ON our businesses and less time on the endless hamster wheel of working IN our businesses, we aren’t going to get those big dreamy financial results or those content, satisfied feelings of work well done.

 

Asana for Makers - A Course to help you organize #allthethings - Paper and Spark and  Society for Creative Founders

In 2016, I was fed up with the way I ran my business. I had so many project, product, and content ideas I never had the time to pursue. I was keeping my head above water but I wasn’t coming close to my goals. I felt like I was wasting time and energy on the wrong things, but I didn’t really know how to change.

I constantly repeated excuses like “I don’t have enough time to do what I really want to do with this business”, yet when I literally timed myself (which I highly suggest you try doing) I was working a solid 20 hours a week – plenty enough time to achieve my goals.

I took a weekend away with my laptop, a calendar, and a rainbow collection of Post It notes and got to work. I created a system for myself using a free little tool called Asana. I brain dumped every content or product idea swirling around in my head, drafted concrete goals for the next six months, and broke every goal and project down into actionable small steps.

Over a year later, the system I created that weekend has been revolutionary for both my business and my productivity (and also my sanity). Now every morning when I sit down at my desk, I know exactly what I need to be doing.

I have direction. No more flitting from FB to IG, no more decision fatigue (should I work on X or Y today?), and a lot less spinning of my wheels.  I am still able to work on the things that keep my business running (like answering customer emails and filling orders), but I also know that I’ve scheduled in tiny steps towards my big picture goals. I know that the work I am doing each and every day is moving my business forward slowly but surely.


Asana for Makers - A Course to help you organize #allthethings - Paper and Spark and  Society for Creative Founders

This productivity system has made such a huge impact on me that I had to share it with my fellow creatives. That’s why I created my course Asana for Makers. In just a couple of hours, I share all my tips, strategies, and secrets for getting your business stuff done in the real world.

In Asana for Makers, you will:

  • Learn time-saving hacks you can set up in Asana to streamline & automate your “working in your biz” processes
  • Create systems for blog content creation, social media marketing, order fulfillment, and admin tasks
  • Create an annual and quarterly roadmap for your business goals, and then how to break those BIG goals down, down, down to daily tasks
  • Learn the mindset & tweaks needed to make batch scheduling actually work for you in real life (I got really tired of always hearing “batching” recommended by the pros – I’ve got kids lady, wanna tell my 4 year old that today is blog content creation day?!)
  • Learn how to operate your business and your daily activities from a proactive mindset, rather than a reactive one
  • Create a manageable daily to-do list alongside a bird’s eye calendar view of what you need to do in your biz

Best of all, when you complete the course, you’ll be left with peace of mind knowing that the work you do each day is steadily moving your towards meeting your big picture goals. No more of that feeling at the end of the week that you were really busy but didn’t really accomplish anything meaningful.


For more information and to sign up for Janet's course, visit this link here!  The entire course can be completed in approximately two hours, so my suggestion would be to block off a minimum of 30 minutes per day and work through it piece by piece, building in time to DO what you've learned and implement it into your business.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that it's new, so you have to give yourself time to get used to a new system.  Make a commitment to set things up and then keep at it for at least 30 days.  Consistency is key, and once you find the tool that works for you, stick with it. 

Do you use Asana for your business? If so, how has it helped you in your business?