We’re all busy, and time does = money. And, of course, we all want to save money! In light of that, here are 3 simple business tools to help you do just that; in 3 very different ways.
As busy entrepreneurs our days often speed by and time trickles away before our very eyes. The struggle to keep up with the demands of business is a daily battle, and any “work-around” or time-saving tool that adds precious minutes to an already stretched thin day is not only welcome, but appreciated. [Read more…]
There are times when I can find what I am looking for via Google search instantly. Then there are times I feel I’m floundering in a sea of information with no life raft in sight. Like any program or website, there are tricks and tips to help you get the results you want in the shortest amount of time. Here are some great tips for getting the most out of your Google searches: [Read more…]
Planning for Halloween seems to be in full gear in our community, and the stores are buzzing with wannabe Princesses and Dracula’s. Seeing all the vampire gear has made me think of a different kind of sucker … the dreaded time sucker. You know what they are, the annoying, necessary (but sometimes NOT!) and distracting parts of your day. Some you have control over, some not-so-much. Here are two that can sneak right up on you if you’re not looking:
Social Media: Yes, we all love and need social media … but there are times when it can be flat out distracting. Well-meaning friends ping you for a chat, someone posts an amazing article you just have to read, or you get sucked into a lively discussion on Facebook (These seem to get me every time!). Solution: Keep your social media browsers closed during your most productive time of day or during your peak creativity hours, and set a time limit on how much time you spend on whatever site it is that seems to draw you in and keep you otherwise occupied.
Skype: Truly (in my world) Skype is the coolest thing since sliced bread. HOWEVER, I am also a “sucker” for that “ping” noise when someone is contacting me. Since I am connected to clients and team members and Board and committee members of the organization I belong to, this happens to me a LOT. Solution: Take advantage of the settings on Skype that allow you to be in “do not disturb” or “away” mode and use them when you need to set aside some un-interrupted time.
Little by little, these distractions pull you from your daily focus and away from the critical tasks at hand. But the bottom line is, if you are aware of “time suckers” and are proactive about preventing them you are guaranteed to have a more productive day. Now go forth and conquer your day!
Running a business can be difficult; we all know that. But one thing which can make it so much easier is to take advantage of the many tech tools available today. So many believe it’s just too difficult to learn new things and so they just don’t do it. But truly nothing could be farther from the truth (well a few things, but for this let’s go with nothing!) Many of these tools are not only easy to learn and use, but can save you an enormous amount of time and money as well. Now I’ve got your attention! We’ve discussed these tools on here before when I posted them as individual tips, but I thought you’d appreciate them all in one since they really are such fabulous tools! Feel free to add these to your newsletter or blogs as long as the bio remains.
Here are the top three tech tools we recommend: [Read more…]