1. Plan, plan, plan… You are probably sick of hearing that one, but having a detailed plan of daily tasks is one of the most effective ways to remain on track. For large projects, try splitting them into smaller sub-tasks, each with a specific deadline attached to it. Recent studies have shown that imposing deadlines effectively fights procrastination by changing people’s mind-set and putting them in an implemental role.
2. Be realistic with timing. Having 20 different tasks on your daily schedule is probably not the best idea as you will end up transferring half of them on to the next day’s schedule which beats the whole idea of planning. Do not overestimate your capabilities. Usually 3 lengthy tasks a day are more than enough so aim for that and if you see that you still have time at the end of the day feel free to use that time to create some meaningful connections and get some new business in.
3. Look after yourself. If you are a workaholic, this one’s for you. I know that a lot of business owners live and breathe their work which is great, but don’t expect to produce results by working eight hours straight with no rest. Taking a few minutes off every hour to rest your mind and eyes from the screen is vital for continued productivity throughout the day. You may even find that some of the best ideas occur during breaks. For even better performance, make sure to remain hydrated and have an active lifestyle. Proper hydration keeps the mind flowing and exercise improves alertness and clarity. Not to mention reduced sickness absence levels.
4. Believe it to achieve it. A positive attitude significantly contributes towards faster and more successful task completion. It is hard to achieve great results without actually believing you can make it. If you are a naturally positive person, then try embracing the role of the influential leader to motivate your team and accelerate efficiency. Otherwise, try having positively predisposed people around who can help spread that mentality.
5. Do not be afraid to innovate. It is important to note down any spotted mistakes or processes that delayed performance. These can be reviewed when you prepare to plan for the next project. This lets you shape each process in the way that best suits your needs, instead of following pre-set examples which might not work for you.
6. Cut out distraction. Try keeping your phone on silent and avoid checking your social media every other minute. If you work with other people in the same office, try wearing headphones to minimise the noise coming from their discussions.
7. Do one thing at a time. Do you ever find that attempting to do more than one tasks at once actually slows you down? Switching focus between different activities causes an unnecessary waste of time. Recent research has proven that multitasking is not as efficient as we once believed.
8. Keep your work space uncluttered. Whether you work at an office or from home, make sure your space is clean and uncluttered. Messy work spaces distract your brain from focusing on what’s important, whereas a clean environment gives you a sense of calmness and allows room for productive work.
I would love to hear your tips on increasing productivity at work. Please comment below and share your ideas.
This weekend my wife and I have left the kids with nana and grandpa and we've travelled to Buxton in the Peak District, apparently England's leading Spa Town, nice. The weekend escape in February is an annual event that we commit to every year, visiting a different destination each time, we love it.
I do all of the planning. The research usually starts in November, and the challenge for me is to find an interesting town or city where Abby and I can spend a whole weekend not tied to the usual demands of a busy family and work life.
"I'm thinking about my businesses all of the time, it’s in my blood."
The break away from it all, is a very important event in our calendar and one that plays a significant role in my business life too. Don't worry, I don't spend the whole weekend working, quite the opposite in fact (except for this blog). But, as a certified, got the t-shirt entrepreneur, I'm thinking about my businesses all of the time, it’s in my blood.
When I'm away from the businesses (my staff and business partners know this) the constant contact that we get so used to is intentionally policed. That combined with the removal of family commitments (my weekend role is usually taxi driver, tutor and punchbag) my brain unwinds very quickly and I often have some inspired ideas that are implemented on my return with much enthusiasm.
The idea of taking a break away from it all to unwind is nothing new, but these days how much of a break do we really take when we have our phones in our pocket? Part of the ethos of our annual break is being disconnected from texts, LinkedIn, Facebook, What's app, phone calls and all the other distractions in our connected world. Here in Buxton for example, I have no data reception, no wifi, just, me, my wife and my thoughts. It was following one of my “thoughts", I felt compelled to write this blog as testimony to the power of the disconnected weekend break in Feb!
'I have no data reception, no wifi, just, me, my wife and my thoughts."
However, "embrace the beauty of technology" is one of BLAM's, and therefore my, core values and detaching myself from that technology in order to think creatively is something of an irony. The key thing for me is having the discipline to connect and disconnect to get the best results, something that doesn't always come easy to me.
I am writing this blog on my disconnected mobile, with relaxing music playing, in a clothes shop that has given me free coffee whilst Abby tries on several outfits. There's no signal so no interruptions, heaven :)
It's a well documented subject, the idea of intentionally unplugging and getting away from it all. My advice to our BLAM Partners is to make sure you diarise the breaks the same way you do with the work behaviours and consider the amount of connected time you allow yourself whilst you are there. Like me, I'm sure you will find hidden inspiration in your unconnected escape.
Next week, I will be refreshed and technology will be fully embraced once more and I'll be loving it! Now, where's that awesome little bar with craft beer on tap I spotted earlier, that looked really inspiring...
Pay-Per-Click advertising is one of the quickest ways to attract traffic to your website. Everyone knows that building your following organically can take quite a while - and for start-ups in particular time is gold!
Most people who attempt to set up a PPC campaign, however, tend to feel overwhelmed and often give up. There is such a wealth of possibilities when it comes to PPC advertising and so many different factors that need to be taken into consideration – not to mention the industry jargon which confuses people – that most beginners feel lost before even starting.
Despite these difficulties, we have identified a few simple steps that can lead any start-up to create a successful PPC campaign quickly and easily.
I would love to know what your thoughts are with regards to PPC. Are you planning to use PPC as part of your marketing?
Perhaps you’ve just had this crazy idea. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it for ages. Whatever your situation, this article aims to help you realise why now is the best time for you to start your own business.
First, let’s define the term social media ‘strategist’, ‘expert’,
‘specialist’ or whichever title you prefer to use to describe that particular
marketing specialisation because I understand it
often causes confusion. I have picked the
term ‘social media strategist’ for this post’s title as for me it is the most
accurate to describe the role. A professional in this industry will never
proceed to manage anyone’s social media platforms without properly planning a
detailed strategy first, and that is usually the main difference between those who are qualified to do the job and those who
A social media strategist, therefore, is the professional behind any successful social media business page. That person is responsible for aligning a company’s social media activities with the overall marketing direction of the business. For some, this might still seem generic and difficult to understand, but hopefully, the rest of this post will shed some light into this role’s specifics while answering some common queries I often hear from clients.
Having said all that, and even though social media are a powerful tool, people should never make the mistake of thinking that a solid social presence is all it takes to ensure a good level of sales. The purpose of your social media strategy is to complement and augment your overall marketing and sales strategy. One cannot do well without the other, and anyone who tells you otherwise shouldn’t be trusted.