Solid Productivity Tips

Get your clients to do exactly what you want (when you want it)

Have you ever tried to do something which should be really flippin easy and yet you seem to have to jump through a billion hoops to do it? How did it make you feel? Frustrated, p’d off, not in a big ole hurry to repeat the experience fo sho. I’ll give you an example. I recently had a bill to pay – no biggie, right? But there was nowhere I could click to pay easily, there was no way to ask my assistant to pay it, worse still the details had changed so I had to wade through a whole heap of emails. Total ballache. Something which should have been quick n easy (and not done by me!) turned into a total palaver. As you know, I’m all about finding…

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6 reasons I’ve rented office space (something I thought I’d NEVER do again!)

Picture this: The phone rings, you don’t answer it because you’re working. Then your mobile rings, again you don’t answer because you’re working. Whatsapp bleeps into life “Hey, can you just {insert completely non-urgent task here}…” Sound familiar? Y’know, when you work from home you have to set some pretty flippin serious boundaries. Family and friends who are not in the online world can sometimes find it hard to understand what it is you actually do. Yes, you may be in your yoga pants (despite not having seen the inside of a studio in *ahem* some time) but you are in fact still working. Managing interruptions becomes a top skill in your arsenal, PDQ (pretty damn quick). But there comes a time when to save your sanity, personal relationships and…

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How to successfully outsource for more profits and fun

Do you remember the moment you started to fall a little bit out of love with your biz? The first time that you didn’t leap out of bed ready to take on the world? It was never supposed to be like that. And yet, and yet… Some days start with a sigh instead of a shout, the idea of a day off fills you with dread and you don’t remember the last time you switched completely off. Maybe it was that time at cousin Tim’s wedding circa 2012. There comes a point in your entrepreneurial journey when you realise that you just can’t do ALL OF THINGS ALL OF THE TIME. It’s not sustainable, profitable or fun. Apart from doing your “thing” you also have a business to run, and…

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How to tame your inbox beast (Rawwwr)

Have you ever groaned in despair at the thought of having to find an email you kind of remember the subject of? You’re in the middle of something and you need that particular bit of information. You know the info is in THERE. With a heavy heart you head over to your inbox. You know it was from James, but which email address did he use? His work one, Gmail, or was it a sharing invitation? Whilst you’re in there you notice an email from your mum. It’s Aunty Mary’s 70th, better just send a quick yay or nay to that, and wait what’s this offer from {insert name of guru}? CLICK. Bleugh, what a total time suck. I posted recently about my #1 cardinal sin, if we’ve been together…

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7 Boomdiggity Productivity Hacks

Y’know as a culture we’ve been programmed to think that long hours = more work. Some entrepreneurs wear their 50, 60, 70(eeeek) hour weeks on their sleeve. Like a badge of pride. I say that’s the outdated way. The modern way of running your business does NOT include: Crazy hours or 52/7 working (even when your work is so addictive it’s ALL you want to Do) Not being able to go on holiday Missing your kids growing up Being on call more often than a Junior Doctor Not only is it not necessary, it’s not healthy! Believe me, I know. Now it turns out you don’t even get more done – what a waste of time! Of course I already knew all of this (because I learnt the hard way…

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Stop wishing and start doing with my fave planner

Planning and passion. Not two words most people would put together, right? When we think about it passion it’s unconstrained, spontaneous, uncontrollable. And planning… it can often feel the opposite – like a big, overwhelming list of chores. Well yes, and no. We all have big dreams and goals. But how many of them are you achieving? Have you written them down? Made a dream board or a bucket list? Or do you keep them stored in your mind as a ‘one day dream’ destined to stay in tomorrowland forever? For some of us, knowing what those big dreams and goals are can be the hardest part, then taking ownership of them as something you seriously want comes next. That takes commitment if you really want to achieve them. But…

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The free tech tool I use to stay in control & organised

It’s no secret that I like to keep things super organised! Knowing that things are all planned out and assigned to whoever needs to do them means I can relax and let go. Leaving my mind clear for the good stuff like my clients! But to get things out of my head they have to go somewhere. I could write a list, and I often use cards to keep my mind organised but how to share that with my team? I’m not one for having a billion gadgets/apps/shiny new things, so I find something I like and stick to it. And as you know over at Orre HQ we’re always happy to share what we use to keep on top of our stuff and the work flowing. When you work…

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Forget the froth: Increase creativity with cafe working

One of the great novelties of the entrepreneurial journey is being able to work in your pants with no one knowing about it. While it’s great being able to work in a comfy environment, wearing yoga pants, with your cat as company I’m a big fan of getting out and about too. When I started working for myself in 2009, one of my non negotiable must-haves was freedom to work when and where I chose – to be location independent. What that looked like to me at the time was taking my work with me to the local cafe in suburban London. Back then, I never imagined that my local cafe would be one like this… (I promise I’m not just writing this to show off! And anyway I prefer…

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Read this when your biz keeps you up all night (and not in a good way)

I know what it’s like when you first start out in business – so thrilled to be doing what you love, finally able to break free from the 9-5 and putting your heart and soul into your new venture. That initial period is so filled with excitement and joy that it’s impossible to believe that your sweet, new business baby could grow up into a monster. But it can. Keeping you up at all hours, constantly demanding attention…sound familiar? You gotta set some rules Working all hours in your biz simply isn’t sustainable. It leads to feeling unfulfilled, stressed and burnt out. That’s no fun, and the modern way of working is about enjoying your business and managing it so it supports you in a life outside of it. I…

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My speed dating method for obliterating your to-do list

You know that feeling when you start your day, and you’re looking ahead to everything you need to get done? There’s so much going on in your head that you don’t actually know where to begin or which to-do to start first. You wonder, “How the H am I going to do it all? There are so many things – a shit load of stuff and no time. It’s impossible!” So you flap around, starting a little bit of everything and achieving nothing, and you know it. The feeling of panic and overwhelm rising. Frightened to even open your emails, or check your messages. If ONE more person asks for something from you, you’ll scream! When you get to this state you end up frozen, totally blocked. Beating yourself up…

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