3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

3 Apps To Run An Organized Business

Today I am sharing 3 apps of many that I use to run my businesses. It is important as a business owner to be organized and have as much of your work tasks automated as possible. These apps are just a few that I use to do just that. I have saved myself hundreds of hours by implementing these 3 apps. There are more things that I use to automate my business but these are my top 3 that I use daily.

So watch as I share what I use to capture my ideas and client information, what I use for project management and what I use for invoicing. Be sure to look at my other posts about other tools I use to run my business. And be sure you check out our Resource page too.

Tools Discussed:

  1. Asana
  2. Evernote
  3. Freshbooks

 

P.S. Please ignore me being upside down. Only when I show me you will see that I am upside down. I think I had the phone turned the wrong way when recording. But the important information is right side up ;-).

 

P.S.S. Do you need help when it comes to finding out what technology you need for your business and how to use it? If so check out my Blueprint for Success: Pushing Past Tech Fear program. I am now enrolling for this hands on 4 week course that will have your business in tech shape. Learn more here.

GIT Podcast #024 – The Importance Of Being Proactive With Technology

GIT Podcast #024 – The Importance Of Being Proactive With Technology

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In this episode of the Get IT Together! Podcast I talk about why it is important to not procrastinate when it comes to the technology that you use in your business. Waiting until the last minute can cost you time, money and equipment.

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Show Notes:

If you are ready to get past your technology fear and start being proactive with the technology in your business and getting the right tools for your business then you want to join my 4 week program Blueprint for Success: Pushing Past Tech Fear. This program is a step by step, hold your hand, walk through of finding out the tools and software that your business needs and learning to use those tools. To learn more and get in on the introductory price at bit.ly/notechfear.

 

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Are you having trouble keeping a schedule because of procrastination? If so grab my new book where I share how I have pushed past procrastination! Click the image to learn more.

GIT Podcast #023 – The Importance Of Having A Schedule: Is It Real Or Is It Memorex

GIT Podcast #023 – The Importance Of Having A Schedule: Is It Real Or Is It Memorex

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In this episode of the Get IT Together! Podcast I am joined by Valerie Priester of Victorious Life Coaching and we discuss the importance of having a schedule. We also share tools that we use to handle our own schedules.

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Show Notes:

Valerie Priester

Valerie Priester, The Mindset Lady

To learn more about Valerie Priester visit her at the links below:

Website: www.victoriouslifecoaching.com

Facebook community: bit.ly/victoriousliving

Mindset Mastery 101: bit.ly/mindsetmastery101

 

Tools We Use:

Microsoft Word – just a simple document that has a table with day of week and what I need to focus on that week for business and personal. I also include the time that I want to spend on it or that it will take to complete.

Google Calendar

Having a accountability partner. I send my schedule to Valerie every week. She let’s me know if I have scheduled too much on a day or not enough to meet my goals. Your accountability partner can be anyone that you trust and that can hold you accountable to do what you say you are going to do.

 

Are you having trouble keeping a schedule because of procrastination? If so grab my new book where I share how I have pushed past procrastination! Click the image to learn more.

Pushing Past Procrastination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save System Resources & Productivity With This Chrome Extension

Save System Resources & Productivity With This Chrome Extension

 

I currently have over 66 tabs on 3 different Chrome browser windows. This led to me having crashes and sluggish performance before I found the Great Suspender extension in the Chrome web store. If you are like me and want to stop having your browser crash, freeze or worse yet become sluggish install this extension now.

What I Love About It

  • Frees up system resources – RAM (Memory) and CPU usage.
  • Stops Chrome from crashing and freezing
  • You can automatically suspend tabs
  • You can tell it for how long you want to suspend a tab or if you don’t want it suspended at all
  • Even when your browser closes out completely the suspended tabs come back up on reboot

 

Where You Can Get The Great Suspender

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/the-great-suspender/klbibkeccnjlkjkiokjodocebajanakg?utm_source=gmail

#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

#NAPO2016 Conference Recap

This year the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) conference was in Atlanta, GA. This was a much more relaxed conference than years past. I really enjoyed myself and enjoyed the camaraderie of my colleagues.

I got to learn great new skills that I can use with my clients and for myself; I got to hang out with old and new friends; and I had a great ride down to Atlanta and back home with 3 other organizers and we had a great time masterminding.

This year I had a plan and intention to not just attend another conference and then do absolutely nothing with what I learned. This year I made a point when I got back home to dive into my notes and organize everything so that I could take immediate action on ideas that came up while I was there and the action items. I also made sure that I appointed an accountability partner and that’s where the three other organizers come in. We all agreed to check back in with each other in 3 weeks to see where we were at with the action items we all took from the conference. This is just another way to make sure that when you attend conferences where you’re learning new skills or sharpening old skills that it doesn’t get lost because of taking too much time off or not getting back to it at all.

Conference Highlights

  1. Classes I attended
    1. The Third FactorSM: The Mindset for High Performance Leadership by Scott Greenberg – This was a great keynote that really got me thinking about how important mindset is and success in life and business. I am working more diligently to silence the inner critic.
    2. Coaching Works: Where Coaching Meets the Organizing World – Roundtable of speakers. – This was a great roundtable of my peers talking about integrating coaching into your organizing business and the differences between coaching and consulting. Very enlightening.
    3. The Art of Tactical Time Management by Mike Vardy – This session was so excellent! I learned many new ways of looking at my schedule and batching my time. Many, many takeaways that I will be implementing not only with me but my clients as well.
    4. Photo Organizing Anxiety and How To Overcome It by Catherine Nelson and Sherra Humphreys – I am diving more into photo organizing so this was a great session in learning more about how to better organize my photos as well as my clients photos. They shared great resources that I can’t wait to share with my clients.
    5. Ask the Organizer’s Panel – This is a popular session where we get to ask seasoned organizers all types of questions pertaining to business and life. This year did not disappoint.
    6. Veteran Forum Interactive for Golden Circle Members – I got to speak on burnout and how I overcame burnout in my business for a couple of minutes. Other topics that was talked about was selling your business and running a business in a new city.
    7. Profit and Add Value with Online Training by Cena Block – This was a favorite of mine as I build my Tech Academy. I learned great information to further provide value to my clients.
    8. Information Afterlife and the Digital Estate Plan by Judith Kolberg – the key takeaway from this class was there is so much out there that we need to be protecting. And we should do this before we die. Just like you have a will (you have a will don’t ya?) you should have a digital estate plan. This will save your family from headaches and pain upon your demise. I will be sharing more about this in an upcoming post and newsletter. So stay tuned.

*I took over 11 hours of classes this year at conference to better serve my clients and to keep myself educated.

Take Aways and Other Happenings

This year was my last year serving as the Tech SIG leader for NAPO. I led my last open SIG meeting at conference and had a great turnout and in turn learned of new ways to serve professional organizers as it pertains to technology. I am still a member and look forward to further collaborating and masterminding with my fellow Tech SIG members.

There was more downtime built into this year’s conference which I appreciated. I didn’t feel rushed and was able to digest what I had just learned from the previous classes I attended. I also got to network more and talk with other organizers from around the country and world. Loved that! I also loved the fact of how everything was arranged and the new added party night complete with awards ceremony and karaoke.

Because of the great time I had this year I am looking forward to conference next year and making even further connections.

I did several Facebook Lives and Periscopes from the conference and the Expo. Be sure you like my Facebook page and are following me on Periscope to go back and see the newest products that are out now. I have also included photos in the montage at the end of this post.

So as you can see I had a great time and don’t want to bore you with all of the details but here is a distilled version of my entire time including riding with my colleagues, dinner and dancing and karaoke. Enjoy!

NAPO 2016 Conference Atlanta, GA

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Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

GIT JewelsYou bet it is!

Time management has been written and discussed for years. What can I say that probably already hasn’t been said? Not very much. But I can tell you my story and how I manage my time. I can also share with you tips that I use with my clients to effectively manage their time. Even though a lot has been written on the subject all of the tips and information out there are still effective and useful for everyday use. Just applying one tip can dramatically change how you manage your time.

My Story…

Because I run several businesses and have a children, I must be really on top of my management of time skills. A few things that I use to stay organized is to say NO to things that I am not absolutely passionate about. I used to overbook myself, but learned that by saying no has freed up valuable time to do other things that I enjoy and mean the most to me; like time with family. I also schedule in me time. This is so important because in today’s world it is easy for you to forget to pamper yourself and take time out for yourself. I am big on goal setting and planning. I write down goals that I want to accomplish every year with tasks to reach that goal and deadlines. I put it over my desk and planner so that I can always know where I am headed. I also set aside a day each week to plan out my week. You can do this nightly or weekly or monthly. It just depends on your preference.

I have clients who plan a week and some who plan a month. Personal preference is the key. I also keep a paper calendar and use my smart phone for taking with me on the go. I make sure to sync everything at night. If morning is better for you do that.

Managing your time does not have to be a hassle. Simple steps and changes can free up valuable time to spend with friends and family or with yourself.

6 Time Management Tips To Get Started:

  1. Delegate what you can’t do and do what you can.
  2. Use email and voicemail when possible to relay your message. This saves time from getting into long conversations.
  3. Set a time limit for reading and responding to email, say 15-20 minutes.
  4. Schedule tasks in your planner or smart phone that help you get closer to completing your goals.
  5. Schedule time for yourself!
  6. Say NO!

 

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
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