The Final Step in this 7 Step series! Today is all about the little tweaks and adjustments you can make to save more time. We'll look at your tools, apps and software to automate and streamline your workflow. This will allow you to focus on the high impact actions that will help you reach your goals.
I don't know about you but I LOVE finding out about apps that can make my life easier. I do alot of work on my phone these days. Trying to sneak in little bursts of productivity, between chasing around my toddler and otherwise keeping life moving.
So to share and inspire you, today I'm sharing my 5 favourite apps for getting things done on the go.
From those who aren't familiar, I often get asked, what does Evernote do? A lot of people have heard of it, or maybe even downloaded it but haven't really put it to use yet. And I know when I first discovered the app (pre-installed on a laptop I bought in 2009!) I thought "hmm this looks interesting and useful but what should I use it for?"
It's one of those tools that is such a blank canvas and so flexible that it can sometimes bring on a case of writers block!
So let's look at just some of the ways I have seen Evernote used and how I use it myself for my business.
We all start a new year with the best intentions to be more organised and do great work and help more people, don't we? But then you get back in to the office and everything has piled up .... It can be very overwhelming and you feel like you're falling behind before you even begin.
So today I'm share my steps for starting the new working year on the right foot!
During my first conversation with new clients, I ask them to explain their challenges and what they need help with. Very often they end up explaining some event that has occurred that was the beginning of the problem (whether they were conscious of it or not). While I have always been understanding of the effects these types of events, my recent bout of morning sickness has given me a whole new personal perspective on it.
For a lot of businesses, Summer, Christmas and the holidays are the busiest times of the year. Some look forward to it, with lots of clients, lots of profit... it's why you're in business right? For some though, this busy time brings stress and exhaustion.
Over the last few months, I have been busily furthering my organising and productivity knowledge with a well respected industry veteran in the US, Barbara Hemphill. I will soon be able to add the title Certified Productive Environment Specialist (CPES) to my accomplishments and it's already given me some really effective extra tools to help my small business clients to manage their information and be more productive.
Do you have things floating around in your head that you need to do? That's mental clutter. Check out my quick tip for WHY you need to get rid of it and HOW.
So what's your mental clutter? What are you going to do about it? Let me know in the comments.
Or if you need help setting up Systems to manage your to-do actions, get in touch for a no obligation chat.
This week I have made my very first quick tip video to share with you.
Even the most organised among us will probably have a little pile of papers that we haven't figured out what to do with yet. So here are 3 questions you can ask yourself to help sort through that pile.
I would really love to hear from you, in the comments below or over on Facebook.
If this tip helped you clear some paper or you would like to see more videos from me in the future, please let me know!
Can you believe it's nearly the end of financial year? This year, that means the cold has finally kicked in, but for many it's also that dreaded time when you have to dig through a nasty pile of paperwork, figure out what needs to be sent to the accountant and then wait for a nice hefty bill. But wait! There are other options!
I have always loved to read. I love a good novel to relax and escape into another world, life or time. I also love reading non-fiction to learn something new. Lately with content marketing, blogs shared on social media and email newsletters, it seems there's always something popping into my inbox that i want to read.
So how to keep up without getting distracted from what you're supposed to be doing? And how to remember those books you see or hear about that you want to read one day?
By keeping a "To-read" list or lists...
Let's face it, most people hate filing. It's boring.
But more than that, one of the common getting stuck points is those documents that don't really fit into any category that you have set up. Sometimes this results in piles of miscellaneous papers or you just put off the filing all together.. And the piles grow.
So how can we avoid this and make filing easier?
I'm not into New Years Resolutions any more, I have never been able to just wake up on the 1st and become a better version of myself. But I do love the milestone of a new year to stop and look back at the year just gone and make plans for what I want to make happen in the next 12 months.
This is the time of year when a lot of us are about to take some time off work to spend with family for Christmas. Whether you are self employed or work for someone else, there are a few things you can do to prepare for time off to so you can relax properly, not let anyone down and not be even more stressed when you get back to work.