Tools To Help You Be More Productive
You’ve got to love technology! – At least I know tech is always one of the items I put in my daily gratitude journal.J
We live in a day and age full of tools and software that make running an online business so much easier than it was just 10 years ago. Here are a few different types of tools that can help you get things done faster and spend less time at your desk. Of course, that means more time with your loved ones and for what you love! So what’s not to like?!
Tools To Help You Get More Done In Less Time
Let’s start with a couple of tools that help you get more done in less time – in other words, tools that help get more productive in anything you do.
The first is a to-do list. It’s amazing how much more you’ll get done once you write everything you would like to get accomplished down. You can jot down your daily to-do list on a piece of paper, print up some pretty check lists or use one of the free to-do list apps. Since you want to be more effective with your time though, I’d highly recommend you inscribe this practice strategically with the maintenance of a 12 weeks journal. Check out the 12 Weeks Success Journal
Next, get things done even faster with the help of a timer. Grab a kitchen timer or set a countdown timer on your phone and get to work. You’ll be surprised how much faster you get through your tasks when there’s a timer ticking.
Tools To Make Content Creation Easier
In today’s market you have to create a lot of content. A great tool to make adding content to your website quick and easy is of course WordPress. If you haven’t switched your site over to this popular CMS (Content Management System), do it now. You’ll be glad you did.
Another favorite around here is Google Docs. It’s a web based word processing program that works similar to Microsoft Word with the added benefit of being available online. Work on your latest eBook or report from any computer. It also makes collaborating with other writers, business partners and assistants easy as pie.
Tools To Create Beautiful Graphics Fast
Once your content is written, it’s time to pretty it up with some graphics. Start with a beautiful photo that relates to the content you’ve written. Pretty images grab our attention and pull us in. Use a stock photography site likeStockUnlimited.com,Bigstockphotos.com, DepositPhotos.com or 123rf.com to grab an image for under a dollar.
Then use a service like PicMonkey to edit, add text and make it just right for your post. Yes, there are professional tools like Photoshop for example. But they are expensive and hard to master. Keep it simple and get just what you need with PicMonkey.
Tools To Make Running Your Business Faster
So far we’ve talked about tools that make the things you already do quicker and easier. In this last section, let’s talk about some things that will make running your business faster because they take you out of the equation – automation tools.
The first is auto-responder software. If you’re still managing emails manually and sending mass emails from your Gmail account, it’s time to look at a service like Mailchimp.com, Aweber.com or ActiveCampaign.com (this is the one I personally use). The entire process of sending emails is automated and auto-responder services work hard at making sure your emails get delivered to the recipient’s inbox.
If you’re selling your own products, invest in some good shopping cart software. There are a ton of different ones on the market. Do your research and pick the one that’s best for you and your business model.
Last but not least, make customer service quicker and easier with the help of a helpdesk. Not only does it take some of the workload of you, it also makes it easy to get an assistant to help you. As an added bonus it’s a better experience for your customers as well.
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Step 1: Revise Your Expectations And Expect Resistance
If you’re familiar with the principles for successfully growing an online business, then you know that Step 1 of successfully pulling out a strategy to optimise and grow your business is to shift your mindset. I share through this blog and social media channels some tips and tools to help you with that. Yet, we all know that it takes more than just knowing what to do to actually do it.
That’s why I want to invite you to revise your expectations. Know that there will be resistance along the way. You might say to yourself “I’ll have a look tomorrow again”, “that’s not so urgent”, “I’m not sure that’s for me”, “I don’t think this will work for me”, or many other things. Often when we’re stepping out of our comfort zone (a.k.a. what we’ve been doing until now) we’re finding excuses to keep on doing what we’ve always done. The first step in success is acknowledging that. So… acknowledge where you’re at. Then…
Revise your expectations bearing in mind your goals AND your life. Not everything that I’m sharing will resonate with you. Not everything will be applicable to you either. And that’s alright! But you’ve got to start somewhere.
So, as long as you’re clear on your goals and on your vision (if not, check *Plan, Create, Launch*), take a conscious decision of what you want to apply starting from today.
Step 2: Carve Out Time, And Make A Plan
That’s where carving out time, and making a plan comes in. You know yourself at that stage better than I do. Use that knowledge to implement a plan of action that will help you start making positive changes into your life, that will soon bring positive changes in your business and in your life.
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Step 3: Just start
There’s no tomorrow in success. Any successful path starts today, with a small change that you keep on building onto. Commit to starting today with ONE small thing, and share with me in the comments what it is. This commitment will help you start – and keep – taking action!
Step 4: Get Support!
We tend to want to do things on our own. I’m not stranger to that either. But I’ve learnt over time, and I’ve seen both with my personal coaching clients and professional mentoring clients, as well as with myself, that getting support helps to really create the change we’re after. So, if you’re stuck wondering what’s next, and you know you need help, I invite you to check out the many online resources I have created to help you save time and achieve faster growth in your business: Free articles, online community, online books and courses. If you’d like private mentoring for your business strategy, you can also book a call with me to discuss the different mentoring options that are available for your special needs.
Step 5: Please Share!
If you like what I'm sharing in this series of posts with tips to help you save time in your online business, please do me a favor and share it with friends or colleagues you know would benefit from it! The more we are on this journey, the greater the collaborations, co-creation and achievements!