1. Please Introduce yourself, what is your name, business name, where you are from?
I’m Sophie Jewry from Ladies That Plan. I am based in Norfolk, UK and I love to help people get more productive and create a better work/life balance. I’m a big advocate of positivity and have the pleasure of facilitating a growing, lovely community of like-minded women around the world who are all looking for more enriched, authentic relationships with themselves and others, support and encouragement to be their best selves and get stuff done.
2.What is your business about?
I’ve been in the design, branding and print business since 2003 and in 2014 branched out to create my first diary planner. Since then I have designed and published lots more, for both myself and other people. The diary planners are designed to help people create the life and/or business that they dream of and the little clan of planners built around them is to help add in the support and community that is so lacking in today’s society.
3. What made you get into this line of business?
I have always been creative. I love my design and print work and still very much work with clients from all over the world designing and printing their marketing materials. Specialising in planners has developed since I created one for myself back in 2014 when I decided I didn’t like what was already available; I wanted something with more colour and with a layout that focused on working through my to do list. I mentioned it to my network and other people wanted one too… it all grew from there and now we have literally thousands of my planners on desks of people all over the globe.
4. What makes you get up and go in the morning, do you have a morning power routine?
Not so much a power routine. My morning is shaped around my dogs! I get up usually around 7-7.30am ish and do a dog walk, followed by a bit of skipping while the dogs eat their brekkie. Then it’s my turn for food before getting into the office. That’s my usual day. There were many years when I was in the office at 5am-7.30am before dog walks and school runs but now my daughter is 18 and driving it has freed up my schedule, which is nice. I still find my most productive time is usually in that morning slot though so if I have deadlines I still do the early morning thing. I’m usually pooped by 9pm though after a morning or two of early starts. I’m a total lightweight when it comes to sleep – I need at least 8 good hours to function. If I do the early starts I’m pretty hard-core in that I literally step into my dressing gown and walk straight into my office, gradually opening my eyes as the computer kicks into life – I’m straight into work. Tea comes later.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Gosh, so much. I would have to say that focus is probably the best advice. It’s the easiest thing in the world to spread yourself too thin because opportunity is all around us all the time. There are never-ending possibly great ideas BUT if you do not dedicate your focus to just one, consistently, then it will never become what it has the potential to be and you’ll be left continuously frustrated. Focus on one thing, create a plan for it, track, measure and tweak that plan as you go and give it your all.
6. What is a book you would say everyone must read?
I read a lot, around 24 business or self-development books a year. I love reading. So many good ones. If I had to recommend one book I would say for planning I enjoyed the 12 week year. There are some brilliant books out there though, like The 5 Love Languages, The Path, Made To Stick, Life’s Operating Manual, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Start With Why, Psycho Cybernetics… I could go on.
7.Does your business have any offers on at present or coming up?
We have a discount on our upcoming planning workshops in November and January. A fast-paced day designed to help you work through your goals for 2019, map out your client path and plan out your entire 12 months of marketing. Many people leave with the full 52 weeks planned out and feeling ready to hit the ground running. More info can be found here:
8. What one thing do you do to change your mindset instantly?
Mindset is something we are in control of so if I need to think more positively then I try to explore what it is that is making me feel that way, sometimes that includes chatting it through with a friend, and then looking for how I can shift that into a positive. Music always helps too… and chocolate 😉
9. What do you love most about helping others?
It feels great doesn’t it? Knowing you’ve made a positive impact on another human being gives a real sense of joy and helps one feel more than ‘just yourself’. Positive ripples are a beautiful thing. Helping others is just the beginning.
10. Your favourite quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
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