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The one tool that you need in your business to be productive


I work a lot with business owners to help them become more productive in their business, and a question I’m often asked is, ‘What techniques can you recommend to help me manage my time better?’ People are often surprised at my answer. It’s not Pomodoro or GTD or any of the latest apps and trends. In fact, I’ve seen lots of people using so-called ‘time management techniques’ as a form of procrastination, and spending more time ‘managing’ their time, than actually getting anything done! My favourite way of managing time more …

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Boundaries – Who Needs them – YOU Do!

If you are like most women I know, sometimes you are not sure where your work ends and your personal time starts, if at all. And then if you have a partner, family and other commitments, life can seem to be one amorphous lump of amorphous-ness! Phew – even I got tired writing that sentence! At times it can seem as if our calendar is controlling us, even though we are the person that adds the appointments to it. Bizarrely, it can feel as if we are addicted to this …

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5 tips for showing your inbox who’s boss

Show Your Inbox Who's Boss

Feeling overwhelmed with your emails but not sure what to do? Well, here’s a little story… Once upon a time there was a lady (let’s call her Molly). Now Molly lives in a time when email doesn’t exist, instead she gets all her communication by good old fashioned ‘pen to paper’ post through a letterbox. Molly gets an awful lot of post, infact she gets around 50 letters a day. The thing is, Molly’s post comes more than once a day. She doesn’t just get one visit from her friendly …

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From Dream to Done: 3 Essential Ingredients

Have you ever had a dream? One that you keep somewhere in the back of your mind as something you’d love to do ‘someday’? Someday is a safe place to hide dreams. Safe from the scrutiny of whether it’s doable, if you have what it takes, whether it would work. Safe from the pressures of having to justify or validate your dream, answering to questions of ‘how’, ‘when’, ‘where’ or even ‘why’. Someday is where dreams are safe. Where everything is possible, but nothing ever gets done. At the time …

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Summertime, and the marketing ain’t easy

Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, but it seems many of your potential clients are not. When you get the response “I’ll be on holiday until…” one too many times, it’s easy to become discouraged about summertime marketing. But fear not, there’s plenty you can do to build your business in the summer months. Here’s ten cool marketing ideas for what to do while the weather is hot: 1. Network with colleagues. Many of your colleagues may be experiencing a slow time as well. This is the perfect opportunity …

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When life knocks you down – 5 tips for entrepreneurs

It happens – people get sick, depressed, long-term relationships end, etc. – your personal life can and will get in the way of your business at some point. You can’t plan for these types of things, so how do you hold up your business fort when you still have paying clients and your life just takes a really bad turn? Schedule a holiday Now would be a wonderful time to go on an impromptu vacation with friends or family. Whether it lasts for just a weekend, a week or more, …

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5 basic systems for a smooth running business

I’m here to tell you about a topic I can speak about for hours – one that can make your business or break it. It’s something we resist putting into place, yet is the only way to be successful. The topic is – Systems. This is a subject that strikes fear into the heart of detail avoiders, like me. That’s right. That’s why I can talk about it. Because I’m a reformed systems-avoider! Systems can be the downfall of your business… Or they can be the saving grace. It all …

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How to say ‘No’: Give a more positive negative

Even Superwoman says ‘no’ sometimes! Whether you are an employee, a manager, a business owner or an employer, I can guarantee this isn’t your only role in life. You may also be a friend, daughter, sister, wife/partner, mother, auntie, volunteer, student, pet owner, committee/group member or any combination of the above. And with all those roles come lots of responsibilities! Not to mention all those requests and demands on your time, efforts and attention. We try and be Superwoman, taking on anything that comes our way. But the roles that you …

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Three proven ways to create more time

Chances are if run your own business, at times you probably feel fed up, overwhelmed and like there is not enough time in the day. Over the 10 years of running my own business, I have used three time-saving techniques to help me create more time in my day. I will share them with you here as they help me run my business successfully.  If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed and out of control, try applying these techniques now! 1.      Conquer Your Email Imagine knowing that all of those …

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What to do when things don’t go to plan

Unexpected things happen. Injury, illness, home emergencies, client emergencies, school holidays, sick days, last minute projects, surprise visitors… What do you do when things don’t go to plan? Do you tighten the reigns in an attempt to keep control? Are you screaming with stress on the inside while trying to maintain a calm swan-like exterior? Do you give up on the day and try again tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year? Or do you double and triple your efforts in a bid to cram it all in …

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