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Time is Money – the relationship between time and productivity

on Jul 15, 2016 |

If you’ve ever reached the end of a long working day only to look back and wonder exactly what you’ve achieved, you’ll know how surprisingly difficult it can be to count the number of achievements on one hand. That isn’t because you’ll run out of fingers – far from it. You’ll more likely struggle to count one or two things you completed successfully or pinpoint any significant progress made on specific projects. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. There’s a reason for this and it is a trap we all fall into: overlooking the importance of time tracking and its relationship with productivity. You see, productivity and time tracking are intrinsically linked. One can’t exist without the other and, in business, this relationship is the very reason the phrase ‘time is money’ is so often uttered in meetings and by finance teams. On the face of it, the process of tracking time may seem...

Planning this year’s holiday

on May 31, 2016 |

I love this time of year. With spring finally taking hold and warmer air making a welcome appearance, thoughts inevitably turn to the holidays. It’s nearly vacation time! And, on that note, I’ve been thinking recently about how best to spend my holidays this year. My boyfriend and I always begin planning our annual holiday activity as early as possible, but we’re a little late this year. So, with that in mind, it’s time to get cracking. In this post, I’m hoping to give you some holiday inspiration to aid your own plans. Without further ado, here are 5 things we’re thinking of doing for some much needed R&R. 1. Escape to the country We love the outdoors and there’s no better time to sample the best Mother Nature has to offer than during the summer. With that in mind, a secluded cottage surrounded by country walks and the odd pub or two sounds rather tempting. It may well be time to...

Mind Mapping for Bloggers

on May 20, 2016 |

A blogger’s mind is often a tangled weave of post ideas, half-formed intros and thoughts on how to further engage their audience. Getting all of that stuff out of the brain and onto digital paper, however, is rather tricky. Unfortunately, the inability to untangle all of the thoughts and ideas in our heads means that some of our inspiration never sees the light of day. What could be a fabulous, visitor-grabbing blog post is simply lost forever. If you’re a wordsmith and this all sounds rather familiar, I’m about to help you make a fantastic discovery. It’s called the ‘mind map’ and it could transform your blogging productivity. Mind mapping is a technique for visualising thoughts. You may have seen them before; think numerous circles with interconnecting branches and colour coded notes, and you’re on the right track. Mind maps are used for all manner of purposes, but in this post I’m...

How to become successful businessman/woman

on Apr 28, 2016 |

When it comes to being successful in business there are no strict guidelines and there is no specific career path you needed to have trodden, in fact you could start your career in something completely different from business, like in football or as a plumber.  Don’t believe me ? Have a look at this article, about three football stars, who made it to business world. Though there is no one route that is guaranteed success in the business world, there are plenty of tips of things to do and things to avoid in business to be thought of as successful.  Here we will go through some of the most important ones: Take chances: to be successful you have to be fearless, take chances and opportunities as they arise even though there is an element of risk involved.  If you have started your career in another industry or field and want to change to business one of the biggest chances you have...

15 apps that make my life easier

on Apr 26, 2016 |

When I compare life now, to how it was a decade ago, I realise just how easy we have it. Back then there were no phone apps to help you organise and live your day, no Facebook app to remind you that its someone’s birthday today or to use as an invitation service for your parties, even taking photos and having them printed is now instantaneous through an app instead of the three day printing process we used to endure. This is all great but it is making me heavily reliant on my phone, in fact there are some apps that I simply cannot be without, they make my life so much simpler that I’d now be lost without them. Here are my favourite fifteen apps: Apple Pay: this came out in 2015 and is probably the best of all the apps I have, setting it up was quick and simple and now so is paying for things in a shop. Now more places are starting to accept Apple Pay I find myself using it more and...

Give your home a quick spring makeover

on Mar 24, 2016 |

With spring fast approaching, you might be looking forward to boxing up those winter clothes and bringing out the lighter, cheerier spring clothes.  If you enjoy welcoming spring into your home by giving your wardrobe a spring makeover, why not see how it feels to do the same with your home.  Giving your house a spring makeover is the perfect way to really enjoy this exciting spring season and also inject some freshness and excitement into a house that may have looked the same for some years. The good news is that giving your home a spring makeover doesn’t have to cost or take too much time, in fact you can create the perfect look quickly and for next to no money at all. Of course, the more elaborate you go the more you are likely to spend, for example, a stunning spring garden wall mural is an ideal way to introduce spring into your home before the flowers have even grown and garden...

5 reasons you should consider a personal end of year review

on Jan 18, 2016 |

I know I have already published my new year’s resolutions post but one more thing I wanted to share with you is this post with my thought on the personal end of year review. As you think of your plans for 2016 it’s with looking back at 2015. When most businesses reach the end of the calendar year, they should take time to reflect upon the twelve months just passed. What went right? What went wrong? What could they have done differently? It’s a brilliant way to plan for the new year and you can do the exact same thing for your personal life. You may wonder why you should set aside time to conduct your own personal end of year review, but the reasons are compelling. Quite often, we flit from one year to the next, often neglecting the lessons we learned previously or – more importantly – forgetting to pat ourselves on the back for the great stuff we have achieved.   It’s...

Susan’s New Year’s Resolutions

on Dec 29, 2015 |

With the craziness of Christmas out of the way I can now concentrate on thinking about my New Year’s resolutions for 2016.  I start by thinking about what I would like to change about my life, what I would like to improve on or stop doing completely?  Of course, the usual suspects of losing that Christmas weight spring to mind, but this year I want my resolutions to actually mean something so that I make an effort to keep them, instead of breaking them by the third of January which is my usual trick.  Therefore, I started to think about what I could do differently this time.  For example, last year I must have told my friends at least ten different resolutions, most of them said on a whim.  This year I would limit my number of resolutions to a maximum of five, all resolutions that are important to me and I would genuinely like to keep.  By doing this I can give my resolutions my full...