Solid Productivity Tips

How to spend less time on the jobs you hate in your biz

The busy brain of a modern entrepreneur can be a noisy place to hang out. And whilst it’s what makes us fab.u.lous darling, it can also be our biggest enemy. Because while ideas and excitement are great, sometimes you have to knuckle down and JFDI (just f*cking do it). And, let’s be honest – it can be hard. It’s not all yoga at 11 and lunch with friends (as much as some people think it may be). When there’s only you in your business you have to do the jobs you hate, well at least until you can hire someone to do them for you. In order to tame the chaotic, idea filled brain which powers your modern lifestyle business you need to call in some big guns. So I’ve…

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Breaking Bad Habits: We did with iDoneThis

Going from working solo to hiring your first team member is a big day in your entrepreneurial life. It feels like a big leap. Suddenly, you’re responsible for someone else in your biz. And, all your worky quirks are visible for someone else to see. Of course, the benefits outweigh the negatives: it pushes you to work smarter and grow your bottom line. By taking the time-consuming stuff off yer plate you’re left with more space for income-driven tasks – yipeeee! But, in the beginning it’s not always easy finding your flow – especially if you work with a virtual team. It has to work a bit differently There are no passing conversations, no water cooler moments or after work drinks to catch up with colleagues or team members. It…

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How I’ve increased productivity by Slacking off

There’s something we all use that could be stopping you from being as productive as you could be. Something so everyday you might not even recognise the time spent on it as the black hole that it is…guessed what it is yet? The culprit is EMAIL. Total freakin’ time suck You know what it’s like – you want something from your team that’s attached to an email, so you pop in there “really quickly”. Before you know it you’ve fallen into a rabbit hole of emailing your boyfriend’s cousin-in-law about a family lunch, reading someone’s newsletter with a really catchy headline and then remembering you should send an email to the landlord about that dripping tap – BLAH, what a waste of time! Email is amazing – it’s fast, reliable…

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Watch and learn more online in less time (cool tool alert!)

Do you watch lots of videos online? Wait, let me re-phrase that.. Would you like to watch more videos online but you simply don’t have the time? Then you’ll love the tool I’ve got for you this week. It’s a game changer. MySpeed to the Rescue This week I’m introducing you to MySpeed. This product allows you to change the playback speed of video without the loss of sound quality. You can speed it up (don’t worry-no chipmunk voice here!) or slow it down using the slider. This means that you can race through to find the bits that are most relevant to you – or just listen through at double the speed and learn in half the time. I tend to use MySpeed for things like webinar replays, lectures and presentations,…

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Get Your Work Flowy

You know how the simplest ideas are always the best? I’ve been using the most amazing online organisational tool that is SO simple it gives me goosebumps. It’s not often I get a physical reaction to an organisational tool but when I do, I have to tell everyone.

What can you get for a Fiver these days? Let’s see…

A latte and a muffin from Starbucks single trip on the London Underground in Zone 1 Hmm…doesn’t go very far, does it? Unless you pop over to Fiverr.com It’s one of the resources I turn to when I need a little something done in my business, quickly. The type of things that I haven’t got the time or tools to do myself, but are probably too small (or obscure) to find another professional to do for me. Particularly graphics and design type tasks, such as: removing the background from an image creating a 3D book cover for an e-book designing a promotional flyer creating an intro for an online video There are countless services you can buy. All for just $5.00! Some I wouldn’t recommend: buying Twitter followers, for example.…

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The Pain Free Way to Get Your Contracts Signed

The process of getting contracts signed is almost enough to put you off doing it. All that printing, signing, scanning, faxing, posting – feels like we’re back in the dark ages. Luckily, there is another solution that makes getting contracts and documents signed fast, simple and pain free. Not only that, clients love it. And who wouldn’t? Contract signing is notoriously tedious for everyone, often being the one thing delaying the start of a project. Ugh. I’ve been using Echosign since I started my business. It’s one of a handful of tools that assists the smooth running of the day-to-day tasks, cutting down on admin and allowing me to concentrate on the more rewarding stuff. Here’s why I think Echosign is so great: Simplifies the contract signing process making it…

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Perfectionist? 5 Ways to Beat Your Control Freak Tendencies!

Guest post by Tamsin Fox-Davies, Enthuse Marketing Are you a control freak? I confess that I have control freak tendencies and it’s something that I have learned to keep a lid on. In marketing, being a control freak is good in some ways (you want to get the details right), but very destructive in others, as it can stop you from promoting yourself effectively – or even at all. How do you know if you’re a control freak about your marketing? If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following: You become paralyzed by fear of not getting those important details right, so you don’t send that email out. You get stuck in a never-ending spiral of improvements so that your promotion never sees the light of day. You…

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Who’s Watching You?

Guest post by Tamsin Fox-Davies, Enthuse Marketing I have learnt a lot over the past few years about accountability and the effect that being accountable to another person (or persons) has on my ability to get things done. Knowing that someone else is watching me is a very powerful motivator, and means that I find it easier to focus and complete my tasks. This is particularly important for marketing your business, because your main role is in delivering your service or products to your clients, so promoting your business can get pushed to the back of your mind, unless you have someone there to check up on your progress. This is one of the reasons that I set up my Marketing Mastermind Group. Not only will group members learn how…

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Productivity: 6 Secrets to Squeezing the Most From Your Day

There are so many aspects to running a business, and as a small business owner you’re expected to do all of them! Wearing a variety of hats, getting involved in areas that you don’t enjoy, understand or simply aren’t interested in. This can make maintaining productivity and motivation difficult. The key to remaining productive at work is largely down to good organisational skills. Below, I share six secrets to squeeze the most from your day. Minimise Distractions Email is undoubtedly the biggest distraction for anyone in business. All those new messages, notifications that beep, newsletters, special offers…so many emails vying for your attention! It’s natural to start your working day by checking emails but it’s probably the least productive thing you can do because you are drawn into tasks that…

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