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5 Tips for Getting Your Business More Organized

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Organization is essential to any business. It helps to keep things running smoothly and efficiently, and it’s what keeps the place staying productive. With less time wasted on looking for files or other items, employees are able to spend more time focusing on their work. Organization also helps with accountability because there should be one clear person in charge of every task so that nothing falls through the cracks.

 Organization also makes it easier for you and your employees to find necessary files or information when needed which saves time as well as prevents mistakes from happening more often. In general, organization is going to make the organization run much more smoothly. So these are some ways you can improve it.

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Have an Action Plan and Strategy in Place

It is important to have an action plan and strategy in place before you start writing content. It’s the best way to keep things running smoothly for you and your business. A classic way to organize all of these plans would be to have an old fashion planner, but there are even apps nowadays that you can use for this too. Just try to get your thoughts organized, and the best way to do it is by writing them down in the order that you’d like to tackle them. This is especially handy when you’re planning out a business trip, as those need plenty of organization.

Create Some Priorities to Do First

When it comes to your business, where do your priorities lie? What sort of tasks do you do each day? Have any big projects that you’re needing to tackle? It is good to have some priorities to do first. One of the reasons for this is that it will help you stay focused and not get overwhelmed by too many tasks. Priorities should be based on what needs to be done, what can wait, and if something needs to be done as a priority then it should be given that priority.

Don’t Be Afraid to Take Some Notes

Note-taking isn’t just for students, it’s something that business owners can do as well. If you’re someone who is a bit scattered brain, it can be something that helps. It can also help with gentle reminders such as setting up WebX360 so your business can have a proper website.

Tackle On One Task at a Time

Chances are, you’re going to feel far too overwhelmed if you’re multitasking. By the end of the day, you’re just going to be mentally exhausted. This doesn’t have to happen and there are better solutions out there. It is important to focus on one task at a time and set aside the other tasks for later. This will help you get through the day more efficiently and it’s a great way to cut down on the distractions as well.

Clean up your space

This may seem overly simplistic, but whether it’s your office space, desk, digital files, or anything else, you need to get those organized. If you’re working in a clean and tidy space, you’re going to feel more productive. 


Organisation Is Key To A Successful Home Move

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For a lot of people, moving can come with plenty of stress and anxiety. It’s a momentous change, after all, and one that takes no small amount of work. If you’re worried about how you’re able to keep an even keel on an upcoming move, the best thing you can do is start taking action now. The sooner you start, the better, and here are some ways to ensure that you’re organised for it all.

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Know what you’re bringing with you

Firstly, you should have a good idea of what you want to bring with you and what is worth taking the opportunity to leave behind. Of course, you won’t literally leave those items behind, but you can sell them, donate them, or drop them off at a local recycling centre, instead.

Start packing what you don’t need early

Once you have decided what you’re going to keep, take a look over the inventory to see what you’re going to need to use now for day-to-day life. Anything that you’re definitely not going to need at the moment, you should take the time to start packing. Pack things room by room, rather than all into one box. It might mean that you have half-empty boxes lying around for a while, but it will make the final packing much easier and quicker.

Prepare plenty of supplies

Don’t underestimate your need for supplies. Unless your moving team is going to provide and pack for you, you should start sourcing boxes, tape, and the like, now. There are plenty of places where you can ask for moving boxes for free, including local shops. It’s better to acquire too many than too few. Too many you can simply flat-pack and bring with you to recycle later.

Get movers on board now

If you want to skip some stress, then you should try to book movers as soon as you can, rather than waiting. You might think you’re saving money until you need it, but as moving day approaches, the availability of teams like Two Men And A Truck will decrease, and you might end up with less affordable options. If you wait long enough, you might even find that there are no movers available, meaning that you may have to scramble to rent a vehicle to do it yourself. Needless to say, that’s not very conducive to a stress-free move.

Categorise your items as you pack

Of course, you want to make life easier for yourself when you’re on the other side of the move, as well. To that end, you should ensure that you have prepared enough labels, and colourful labels from places like Officeworks can help a lot. This way, you can make sure that you know where items have to go and, at a glance, you can direct your team to put everything in its right place.

Moving is a demanding and stressful time, regardless of how you handle it. However, with the tips above, you can make sure that you’re able to undermine some of those sources of stress with forethought and organization.


How To Improve The Aesthetics Of Your Home

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We spend a lot of time inside our four walls, so when we plan home improvement projects, we tend to prioritise those that take place inside the home over those that take place outside of it. While this makes perfect sense because we live inside, not outside, it is worthwhile to spend some time investigating ways to improve the exterior of your home. First impressions matter, and you'll be surprised at how different you'll feel about your home after transforming the outside space. Keeping this in mind, here are four tips for improving the exterior of your home. 

Consider its kerb appeal

Approach your home with fresh eyes and consider the overall first impression. You will then want to break down this impression into finer details and determine which areas require attention.

A new front door can do wonders and completely transform the frontage. Similarly, window replacement can improve both the appearance and the insulation.

Your driveway may benefit from resurfacing, and any fencing and gates may need to be replaced. Maintain even and weed-free pathways to ensure that they are both attractive and safe for visitors.

If you have a garden, try to keep it tidy, and if it's difficult to maintain, consider covering it in gravel and putting a few pots out there instead. This will give you a very tidy and appealing low-maintenance appearance.

Maintain your roof and brickwork

This is probably the least exciting project on the list, but it is also the most important.

First and foremost, you must ensure that your roof is in good working order. If you have a flat roof, it may have a shorter life than a pitched roof, so consider EPDM rubber roofing to improve and resurface it. If you find any leaks or notice that heat is escaping through it, call in an expert for advice and quotes.

As brickwork weathers, it may require repointing, and you may also need to consider cavity wall insulation or damp proofing installations. Again, bring in professionals to seek advice in these areas.

Spend some time on your garden

Your garden can drastically alter how you use and perceive the exterior of your home.

A garden, unlike other areas of your home, is constantly changing, so this can be an ongoing project. You could try different elements each season for a year or two to get it to the point where you're happy with it.

You can design features, pathways, lawns, container areas, wildlife areas, fruit and vegetable plots, beautiful shrubs and flower beds, and more. Add to that an inviting seating area, and you'll want to spend a lot more time outside.

You could also include a garden room to increase your living space while also creating an interesting feature and focal point in your garden.

Give your doors a lick of paint

Finally, if you don’t want to replace your front door but it’s looking a little worn down, consider repainting it to freshen up its look. Similarly, you could do this for any other visible exterior doors such as a garage or side door.

These simple but smart ideas will help you improve the aesthetics of your home.


An Organizer's Guide To Dealing With The Unexpected

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In life, there are two kinds of people – the wingers and the organizers. If you’re in this latter group, then the chances are that you like things as you’ve planned them in your bullet journal or extensive Filofax system. You could say that you’re a ‘Monica’ in this respect, making sure that you’re forever on top. 


The only issue is that, while you build your life around preparation, that can leave you entirely unprepared for the unexpected. In fact, when things go wrong, wingers are typically far better able to handle the situation with little stress.

By comparison, you might spiral into a space of flipping through your journal for something, anything, that helps you to manage the issue without success. It’s a recipe for stress, and a guaranteed way to leave sometimes pressing unexpected issues to fester for far longer than necessary. 

To make sure you don’t spiral next time something happens that isn’t on your to-do list, we’re going to look at how exactly you can apply your organizer’s mind to near enough any unexpected situation. 

Plan for the unexpected

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Planning is what you do well and, while it may seem strange to plan for the unexpected, it is easily within the reach of an adept organizer like you. Of course, the last year has taught us that there’s no way to plan for everything, but you still have options. Getting organized financially can prove especially invaluable here, ensuring that you have enough savings in the bank to buy a new fridge/freezer if yours breaks or, you know, manage unemployment in the face of a global pandemic…

Pull on your organizational skills

Even if you don’t have a plan as such for when the AC breaks etc., you still have the skills it takes to pull one together. Implement those skills and do your research to either repair the thing yourself or find the number for an emergency AC repair company who can sort it for you before the day is out. Sure, this speed might not be what you’re used to, but you’ve spent your life working towards this. With your organizational repertoire, it’s certainly fair to say that no eventuality should be insurmountable.

Look for the lessons

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If there’s one thing us organizers love, it’s a lesson, and unexpected events hold more of them than you can count. Yes, you can’t prepare for every eventuality in the world, but you can put yourself in good stead by understanding what went wrong/how you can improve your overall life plan in light of that. Again, savings make an appearance here, as does making a note of any emergency services/steps that you take to get the issue sorted. But, you may also want to speak with professionals about what went wrong, why an appliance/job/hobby went off-course, and what you can do to at least mitigate those risks as much as possible moving forward. This way, you’ll be able to get more organized in future, and who doesn’t want that?


How To Improve Your Next Business Trip

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You may have a job that requires you to travel often for business purposes. In this case, it’s worth you taking the time to learn how you can improve your next experience away so that it’s smooth and productive.
Remember that you’re representing your company while you’re away so you must act professionally in all circumstances to uphold your reputation. You not only want to survive these periods away from the office but truly thrive so you can return home feeling satisfied with your travels. Follow these suggestions, and you’re likely to start looking forward to your future business trips instead of dreading them.

Research Hotels in Advance

Improve your next business trip by researching places to stay in advance. Read up on hotels in the area and reviews by other travels before booking a room. You want to make sure that you’re not only in a safe location but that the hotel will be comfortable and cozy for sleeping. You may also want to confirm there are amenities available such as a restaurant and exercise room. Verify that your hotel isn’t too far from your daily meeting location so that you aren’t wasting a lot of time commuting. Monitor prices and watch for deals to pop up so that you can get the best rate possible and save some money.

Be Prepared to Work Remotely

You’re going to want to stay in touch with your coworkers about projects that are unfolding back at the office when traveling for work. Your business trip will be a lot less stressful if you’re able to work remotely when you have breaks in your schedule without running into any obstacles. It’s a wise idea to ensure you can access important files and email messages while you’re away. Turn on your out of office so that people aren’t expecting an immediate response from you. Furthermore, do your homework about which screen-sharing app you might want to have available to you by reviewing this information Having this capability will be useful if you happen to have technical problems with your computer and need an expert to access your machine while you’re in another location quickly.

Pack & Travel Light

Your next business trip will be a lot more enjoyable when you pack and travel light. There’s no sense in bringing extra clothes and gear with you that’s only going to weigh you down. Check the weather forecast and plan out what you’ll wear each day, so you have the right amount of clothes packed. You can always buy what you don’t have or forget if need be. It’s good practice to try to fit anything you’re taking along in a carry-on so that you don’t have to check it or risk your luggage getting lost. Wear your largest and bulkiest shoes on the airplane, so there’s more room for your belongings in your carry-on.

Know the Purpose of Your Trip

You should avoid going on business trips for show or because you think it’ll make you look good. Instead, there should always be a valid reason and purpose for your travels. Improve your next business trip by thinking ahead about what sorts of takeaways you’re hoping to get out of your visit. The ultimate goal should be for you to be able to do your job better when you return home. Get the most out of your trip by meeting with as many clients in the area as possible, so you’re not continuing to travel back and forth repeatedly and having to spend money on flights and hotels. Take the time to plan out your schedule and agenda before you depart so that you can make the most out of each day.

Get Plenty of Sleep & Rest

Your business trip will be a lot more pleasant of an experience when you’re well-rested and don’t have to drag yourself around from one place to the next. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and rest in advance of your departure. Also, make it a point to when you’re on the plane and in your hotel room at the end of the day. Although you may have the opportunity to stay out late some nights, it’s in your best interest to go back to the hotel at a decent hour and get plenty of shuteye. Sleep will help you to think more clearly on your business trip, boost your mental health, and you’ll have more energy in the morning. Set boundaries for how long you want to work each day so that you can give yourself a break away from your responsibilities and the computer screen.

Eat Healthy & Exercise

Take good care of yourself while you’re away so you can have a better business trip. Improve your travel experience by making your health a priority, even though you’re away from home. Eat healthy meals as often as possible and try to stay away from or limit your intake of sugar and caffeine. You may also want to consider sticking with your workout routine and getting some exercise even though you’re out of your regular routine. Take advantage of your hotel’s gym or go for an early morning walk or jog outside and take in the new sights. You can avoid getting sick or feeling run down when you continue to care for your mind and body properly.

Work Ahead at the Office

The last situation you want is to feel stressed out and distracted while you’re attending a business or client meeting away from home. Therefore, commit to working ahead at the office once you know that you’ll be traveling for your job. Take care of any loose ends or important matters in advance so that you don’t have to think about them once you’re on your way to your meeting location. Ask someone from the office to pitch in and help cover for you so that you don’t have to feel pressured to check in with your team all the time. Your goal should be to allow yourself to remain as focused as possible while you’re on your next business trip so that you get the most out of it.  

Be Open to Meeting New People

Traveling for work is an excellent opportunity to network with and meet new people. Put yourself out there and be friendly and approachable so that you can interact with a variety of individuals. If you’re at a conference or seminar, sit with different people throughout the event and at lunch and hand out your business card so you can stay in touch with those you meet at a later date. It’ll be helpful to have people who you can feel comfortable contacting after the meeting if you have questions or need advice on a particular topic that was covered. You never know when someone you cross paths with will turn into a future client, boss, or friend.

Explore Locally

Improve your next business trip by taking the time to explore locally and check out the area where you’re staying. While work is what brought you to your destination, you’re also going to have some downtime that you should be sure to utilize wisely. Traveling is a chance to expand your horizons and learn new facts and information about places you’ve never been or seen before. You may even meet some new business contacts in the process of getting out and about in your location. Try new restaurants, go to a museum, and walk around sightseeing on your breaks so that you get the most out of being away from home.

Prioritize Your Life: Make More Time for Achieving Your Goals and Enjoying Life

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For many people, it seems like life has two options: achieving goals and enjoying life. Neither one of them seems as if they are one hundred percent fulfilled. There seems to be a broad spectrum on the scale of go-getters and over-achievers versus those who slack in all departments.

Help, Life Is Too Much To Manage

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Everyone has good and bad days. But when your bad and emotionally overwhelming days are taking over, it’s time to look for a solution that can help you to take back control. The truth is you’re not a prisoner of your own life. But the feeling you are unable to influence events can be devastating. Can you free yourself from those stressful shackles? There is no denying that you are never in charge of what happens around you. But you can control how it affects you and how you react to it. You can turn those bad days into better ones!

How to Become More Organized With a Bullet Journal

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How to Become More Organized With a Bullet Journal

You already know that a bullet journal can help you make lists for the future, build your business, manage your finances, and relieve your stress. But perhaps one of the greatest benefits to this type of journal is that it can help organize your entire life.

Turning Your Life To The Next Chapter

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When most people think about it, there is something in their life that is holding them back. They might not know the cause of the setback which they are facing, but they will certainly see the results, and this can be incredibly frustrating to live with.

Reasons to Keep a Journal When You’re a Creative Person or NOT!

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Whether you’re a writer, graphic designer or artist, maintaining your creativity can sometimes prove to be a real challenge. So, what can you do if your creativity starts to falter?   Really though who cares if you characterize yourself as a "creative"?  We all need help sparking our creative juices sometimes.

A journal is an excellent tool you can use to keep your creativity alive. This isn’t the type of journal you use to write your innermost thoughts and feelings (though you could use it for that purpose if it helps). Instead, a creativity journal focuses on helping you to solve problems, brainstorm ideas and practice creativity.

Here, you’ll discover just some of the reasons to keep a journal when you’re a creative person.

Helping you to practice and refine your skills

One of the best reasons to keep a creative journal is because it helps you to practice and refine your skills. Creativity doesn’t always come naturally. In fact, it often takes a lot of practicing to maintain it.

There’s always something new to learn and existing skills need to be maintained. By writing your ideas down, or practicing your drawing technique in the journal, you’ll continue to develop your skills.   

They have multiple uses

Creative journals tend to be disorganized in comparison to standard journals. This means they can be used in many different ways. 

You can turn it into a sketchbook, notebook, scrapbook or day planner. Whatever function you need it to meet you can use it for that purpose. 

Ideal for brainstorming ideas

One problem you’ve no doubt faced many times is coming up with new ideas. 

For example, a writer often struggles with “writer’s block”, finding it hard to know what to write. In this instance, a journal could be used to write down ideas, in no particular order. Free-writing can really help to get the creative juices flowing and help you to overcome that mental block.

You can use the journal to draw your ideas. You may find after doodling your ideas down, it all starts to come together. 

Silencing your inner critic

If you tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to your creativity, it could really be holding you back. That inner critic can literally kill creativity, with everything you create seeming to turn out wrong. 

A journal can help silence that inner critic. There’s absolutely no rules as to what you can and should put into it. There’s no wrong thing to write, plan or draw. It’s a safe space where your creativity can flow without being judged.

These are just some of the reasons to keep a journal when you’re a creative person. They really can help you to not just maintain your creativity, but nurture it too.   


Bullet Journaling 101: The Fundamentals of a #Bujo

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Bullet Journals 101

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several months, you have probably heard of bullet journaling. However, understand exactly what it is and what is involved is a little trickier.

July Goals - Mid Year Review

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Can't believe June is coming to an end. I feel like the month just began and here we are at the end already. I kind of feel that way about the whole bloody year. Seriously, how can it be July?? I'm having a hard time believing that I've actually accomplished several big goals this year already.

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How to Simply Grow Your Journaling Practice

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As I've mentioned previously, in my post The Power of Journaling, I have been pouring my heart out to the pages of any notebook, diary, or journal I could find. It wasn't until the past several years that I became a more dedicated journaler with a daily (well almost) habit of writing.

Level 10 Life Explained: A 3 Year Journey of Discovery

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Level 10 Life
 I first heard of the Level 10 life from Boho Berry who heard from it from Hal Elrod. I've always enjoyed goal setting, self-motivation, dreaming, planning, and creativity. This seemed to combine all of those things! Needless to say, I was very excited to do it myself. So, what exactly is this Level 10 Life thing?