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, Business & Life Strategist

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

Website: www.valeriepriester.com

Facebook community: bit.ly/victoriousliving

 

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.

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

My Top 3 Productivity Hacks Roundup

My Top 3 Productivity Hacks Roundup

Last week I participated in the #PeriHustleChallenge where I had to scope for a week straight. Since my focus this month is about Procrastination I wanted to share some productivity hacks that you can use in your social media, email and content to be more productive. Below is my best hacks for dealing with your email, dealing with cranking out content for your business blog, and dealing with social media. Make sure that you listen to each one because there are some great tips in there that you can implement immediately and see results.

And now to the hacks!

1. Social Media & Productivity

Social networks can help you nurture relationships with your community and grow your business. They can also help you stay on the cutting edge of your industry and give you a way to communicate in real time.

But the downside of using social networks is that they can become a time suck. You may have logged on to just post one update and found yourself still browsing three hours later.

Social media is too valuable a tool for most small business owners to stop using. But that doesn’t mean you have to be consumed by it. You can learn how to manage your social accounts more effectively by following these social networking productivity tips. Listen in!

 

2. Content Productivity

You want to create content that is valuable. Your content should be helpful to your community while making your business shine. But creating quality content takes time. If you struggle with content creation, it may take you hours to write a simple blog post or article. You dread each creation session because you know it’ll be hours before you’re done.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to spend hours agonizing over each piece of content that you create. In fact, if you follow a few basic content productivity tasks, you’ll shave hours off the creation process and may even grow to enjoy it. Listen in!

3. Email Productivity

Email is a great way to connect with your community and stay in touch with them. But just like every other business tool, you have to know how to use email properly or it can easily consume your days.

Many business owners have difficulty managing their inboxes. As a result, they stayed buried under an avalanche of ever growing messages. If that describes you, then consider trying some of these email hacks. Listen in!

GIT Podcast #022 – How To Identify Your Most Valuable Tasks

GIT Podcast #022 – How To Identify Your Most Valuable Tasks

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You may have heard of the 80/20 rule. This rule states that eighty percent of your income will be generated by twenty percent of your actions. For most business owners that means they’re filling their days with tasks that aren’t truly valuable.

The best way to deal with this problem is to find the twenty percent of tasks that are the most important. When you know what these tasks are, you’ll be able to make smarter business decisions. That is what I share in today’s episode. Find out how you can identify your most valuable tasks and what you can delegate.

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Show Notes:

Make sure you are working with the 20% of your tasks and not the other way around.

  • Ask yourself “Can this task be done by someone else?”
  • Ask yourself “Does this task make me money?”
  • Ask yourself “Am I energized by this task?”

These questions and the answers are critical to you making sure that you aren’t wasting your time on busy work and tasks that don’t contribute to your bottom line. You want to be working on tasks that only you can do and that contribute to your bottom line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Say No…To Busyness!

Just Say No…To Busyness!

Busy work is the thief that steals your productivity without you even knowing it. You get to the end of your day and realize that you haven’t made any real progress on your goals. Maybe you re-organized your desk, filed a paper or two, or some other task that wasn’t urgent. But you haven’t done anything to truly help you build your business.

Types of Busyness

There are 3 types of busyness to look out for that can derail your work and day.

Busyness = Urgent

The important thing to understand about being busy is that it feels urgent. However, busyness never adds value to your business. An example of busyness would be checking your social media accounts every time your phone dings. Doing this makes you feel productive even though you aren’t.

⏰To combat this you may need to turn off all notifications especially during work hours.

In order to say no to busyness, you have to be willing to say ‘no’ to seemingly urgent tasks. For example, if you’re working on a client project and you get a message that it’s time to update your website software, then it’s easy to stop working on the client project and start updating your website. This can get you off track. Before you know it, your day is over and the client project is still waiting for you to pick it back up where you left off and finish it.

⏰To combat this type of distraction note somewhere like your planner or task manager that your software or whatever the interruption was so that you don’t lose the information but can come back at a later time to take care of it.

Just Say No To Busy WorkBusyness = Procrastination

For many people, busyness is a form of procrastination. It might not look like procrastination. In fact, you may tell yourself that before you start on a project, you just need to make a giant to do list and organize your resources.

If you want to say no to busyness, you have to understand that it causes you to make a lot of plans. But it’s the follow through that makes the difference.

⏰To combat this type of busyness do what I have started to do. I plan my week out on Sundays. This helps me to get things done and not be wasting time when I sit down at my desk in the mornings to start work.

Busyness = Overwhelm

Busyness frequently masks overwhelm. Maybe you’re overwhelmed at the thought of learning new app or program or creating a webinar. So you spend most of your time doing less important tasks instead of focusing on what’s going to grow your business. I’m guilty of this one.

If you find that you’re using busy work to avoid overwhelming projects, try to sit down and pick a deadline for just one task. You might say, “By [whatever date you choose], I will hire a virtual assistant that can install this software and teach me how to use it”. Or by such and such date I will record and upload that video to my membership site.

In order to keep busyness from stealing your productivity, you have to understand what it is. And even more importantly, you need to know why you’re doing it, so you can get to and tackle the real root of the problem.

So I hope that you are able to see where you may be letting these 3 areas prevent you from accomplishing your goals and doing the important things in your business.