I’ve collated a few tips to try and give you a helping hand to save time as a busy female entrepreneur!
Organise your desk, environment & life!
When we are surrounded by clutter (even an organised mess) it can clutter our brain. In order to be more efficient and save time, give your work space a once-over, clear the things you don’t need around you, put up a great quote or affirmation and save time!
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Focus on one task at a time.
When we have a lot going on, It’s tempting to flit from one task to another, never actually completing one, before moving to something else. This can be extremely inefficient, as it takes time for our brains to re-program to each task, so we are way better off concentrating on one task at a time.
Create a schedule.
I find sticking to a schedule makes me more focused and allows me to stay o target. If I don’t have a schedule that I have taken the time to write down the day’s tasks, I know I can get distracted and waste time doing unimportant tasks.
More important than we realise.
Drink water- keep hydrated and your energy levels will stay up.
Take breaks- I know we all like to work our socks off, and often don’t want to stop the task in hand, but taking a short break will help your energy levels.
Exercise- especially in the morning can help with our productivity levels and give us a boost to get through the day, work efficiently and save time.
Organise in advance
Take the time the night before to think about the following day and write down your to-do list and what you want to achieve. Some people prefer to take the first 30mins of each day to do this, but whenever it suits you- this is so important.
Spend your time on the tasks that you do best, and save time by outsourcing tasks that others can do. Help decide what tasks are best outsourced by writing a list of tasks that you don’t enjoy, can’t do, or nee help with, or that take too much of your valuable time.
Yes, I need help!
Switch it off!
Every now and again we all need to take a break from our mobiles and time consuming social media.
Allow yourself a set time to go and check on your social, rather than feeling the need to respond to everything immediately.
Is it urgent?
We need to work out the difference between what is urgent and important. If things aren’t urgent, such as emails, don’t feel the need to respond immediately. This can stop you mid-flow on a task in hand, and when you come back to that task, it takes time to get your brain engaged again!
Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that interruptions and the unexpected can and will pop up, so always allow time to schedule in these last minute tasks. For instance, I can schedule in client work and my own work for each working hour Mon-Fri, but when I get a new client reach out asking for an appointment, then I’ll need to make time for that.
This may sound strange but think about it. When you are at the top of your game and you are feeling amazing, you have loads of clients or customers, you feel great and you are positive, you’ll get so much more done and be more efficient.
When you are feeling a little low, or have lost a client, or sales are slow, you won’t feel so great and you’ll start getting those niggling thoughts in your brain, ‘am I good enough?’ ‘I can’t do this’ ‘I can’t be successful’. This will do nothing but make you feel negative, with a mindset that won’t achieve and you’ll waste far too much time on these negative what-if thoughts!
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Instagram announced yesterday that they now offer the option to save your live broadcasts.
This is an amazing new feature that many people will be thrilled with.
Until now one of the biggest issues with IG live video was that it appears in your IG stories and the video would disappear after 24hours. If you have created an amazing live video with great content, it always felt a huge waste that it would be gone and you couldn’t re-use it.
How to make a live video:
In Instagram, go to your home feed by clicking the house shape icon at the bottom left of the screen.
From here click the camera icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Scroll left at the bottom to LIVE. Your connection will be checked and you’ll be given a countdown of 3 when you will be live.
This will go out to all your followers and will stay on your IG stories for 24 hours.
How to save a live video:
When you are done. Click end video. You’ll then be taken to another screen. Click save in the top right-hand corner of the screen. The video will now be saved to your camera roll as well as added to your IG stories. Then click done!
Unfortunately, you can’t save the comments, likes or the number of viewers, but at least we can save the video, which is a definite step in the right direction.
According to the Instagram blog, we can expect many more features and Instagram updates this year, especially surrounding video! With so many great new features already released recently- I can’t wait to see more!
Have you used any of the new IG features? Do you use live video? Let us know in the comments below.
Know you need to be using Instagram for your business, but don’t have the time?
So the past year has been filled with updates from IG and 2017 so far has been no different with numerous updates from the popular social media platform.
If you don’t currently use Instagram- seriously take a look, it’s an amazing platform with so many great features that you just have to try!
Multi-photo (or carousel feature)
This feature was rolled out earlier this month for most users and quite frankly adds a completely new opportunity to users.
Instead of just being bale to post one picture or video with each post, you can now post up to 10, on a single IG post.
If you have ever juggled with which picture you prefer, don’t stress, just use them all!
It makes an amazing mini-explainer slideshow or teaching method. You can scroll through the images or videos one by one. You can tag users on individual pictures and even use different filters if you wanted to.
This is a really powerful new tool to encourage interaction and engagement for brands.
The idea is great to show off multiple pictures of new products or services or as a mini tutorial of how to do something.
How to create an Instagram Slideshow
Go to post like you usually would in IG. At the bottom right-hand corner of your picture is a multi-page icon or it may say ‘select multiple’ click on this, then add up to 10 photos or videos from your gallery. You can rearrange them if required. You can tag people in each one or use filters on each one. When ready, press next like you usually would, write your post and share!
Go to post as you always would in IG. Then click on the multi-page icon on the bottom right of the picture
Select all the other pictures you’d like to include.
Add any tags and filters
Add any location and then share as usual!
When followers see your post, they will also see the multi-page carousel icon- alerting them to the fact that you have posted a slideshow. This encourages followers to spend more tome scrolling through all your pictures!
Instagram Story Ads
IG are rolling out this new feature that allows you to place ads on Instagram stories. This is a great way to reach as many people in your target audience and to help build brand awareness.
How to set up an IG story Ad
This can be placed and managed through power editor or ads manager in Facebook.
When you select your marketing objective as ‘reach’ you now have stories as a placement option as well as feed within IG.
When select you can choose if you’d prefer an image or video. The rest is the exact same process of setting up an ad including budgets, audiences and targeting options.
Geostickers on IG
In another similarity to SnapChat, IG have rolled out geostickers. This addition is within Instagram stories. They work like Snapchat stickers do, allowing the user to select a sticker of their location. You can go and select a location like I have done in the picture- choosing my office- tagged as Katie Colella Social. Not quite as glamorous as New York! Viewers can then touch that location sticker and view the location page for that place- that is populated with IG posts!
Choose a picture in IG stories. And click the 3rd icon from the right hand corner (smily face)
Select location from the choices.
Choose a location or type a selection to search, then select.
Voila- a Geolocation tag is added!
You can also add a hat or the temp whilst there too!
After all the recent ‘snap chat’ like features being added to IG, I’m wondering how long it’ll be before IG get the filters too!
Block the spam on Instagram
This is not a new feature this month, but worth a quick mention in my line up of top features.
If you are fed up of the constant spam comments on your posts, then you can block the comments from ever appearing on them.
‘want followers?’ block
‘click here for followers’ block
You get the picture.
Follow the instructions below to stop them happening.
I used these pictures as a slideshow in IG and it worked really well!
Make sure you continue to utilise all new features as IG rolls them out to keep you a step ahead of the game.
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Happy International Women’s Day to all you fabulous women out there.
The wonderful mums, the workers, the wives, the entrepreneurs, the jugglers that do most of these things each and every day of their lives, let’s take a moment to celebrate how wonderful we all are- and why not, we are pretty amazing!
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the struggle for women’s rights.
Today people all over the World are focusing on what they can do to encourage a fairer and more gender-equal culture by celebrating International Women’s day.
#BeBoldForChange is the 2017 campaign theme. Find out more here
If you’d like to see more Google have put together this slideshow of some female pioneers who have paved the way to where we are today.
Google say- Our slideshow Doodle features a little girl whose grandmother tells her the best bedtime story ever: the tale of her favourite historical heroine. The little girl then visits 13 remarkable women in her imagination, taking us along on a journey that spans centuries and circles the globe.
So, on today’s blog, instead, of a long post, I thought I’d pay tribute to all of us fantastic women and create some gorgeous affirmation or quote cards for all you amazing ladies out there. They contain great quotes that inspire and motivate you. Subscribe below and I’ll send you the download file, then print them off and scatter them around your office, home, on your goals or vision board, in your planner or anywhere you’ll get a little lift from them!
So who doesn’t love an inspirational read or two? The more I read, the more I want to read, so I end up devouring everything I can.
As a business owner and someone who has been self-employed for most of my adult life, I am always trying to better myself, always trying to improve and learn and love to hear what others are doing and have done. In short, I love an inspirational success story.
So I’ve compiled a list of the top 8 books that I think are great for female entrepreneurs, such as yourselves to have a read of.
Some I’ve read, some I have in my office ready to read and some are on my to-read list, that I haven’t bought as yet, but have heard amazing reviews about, so the list is a mix up of fact and opinion! I’d love to hear your thoughts and any good books you’d like to recommend!
This was an obvious choice for me to add to my list.
I’ve followed Carrie’s journey for a few years now and love how she has built her online membership site – Female Entrepreneur Association – over those years to be hugely successful, and now launched her own book. I’m a member of Carrie’s ‘She Means Business’ Facebook group, where you find an invaluable amount of support from ladies from all over the world. I’ve made lots of connections, had chats with a few women to help support one another and even signed a few clients that have reached out to me directly through the group. I received this book on the day of release and have very nearly finished it. It’s a very inspirational book full of tips and advice and stories that get your heart pumping with excitement and a feeling of ‘I can do this’. I’d very much recommend, not just for the book, but for all the bonuses that come with it too!
What the book says – ‘Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business?’
Sophia is the founder and one-time CEO of Nasty Girl. I had known about this book for a long time, but only recently gotten around to actually buying and reading this book. It’s a real easy read, written In a clear and easy to understand format- aimed at anyone who dreams big. Sophia isn’t your typical business woman and went from being a high-school droupout to founder and CEO of one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
What the book says- ‘Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential’
I came across Gabby, through an online extravaganza event hosted by Carrie Green recently, and just thought she was fab! I ordered the book from Amazon and it arrived the very next day, It’s next in my list to read!
Gabby is a New York Times best selling author and international speaker.
Gabrielle says, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.”
I’ll update this blog post when I have finished reading- and I’m super excited to get started!
I found this to be a really interesting read. ‘How to get more done in less time, outsource everything and create your ideal mobile lifestyle’
As a Social Media Assistant and VA, I’m that person (or one of those people), that many entrepreneurs would be looking to outsource their work to. But this book made me realise that I too, can outsource some of my work to other freelancers to continue to grow my business. Rob is a self-made property investor, businessman, entrepreneur, best-selling author, world record holder & speaker. I found the book full of great ideas and definitely worth a read. I’m not sure how much of the book I will be putting into practice fully- but I will certainly be taking away bits of it. If you are starting or building a business- then give this one a shot!
What the book says ‘A great book that will change your life’ Brian Tracy (best-selling author of Eat That Frog)
This one is ready for me to read! It receives fantastic reviews and the author- Cara, has written many books that may be worth adding to your list!
As a bestselling and award-winning authoress, radio host, and master life coach, Cara Alwill Leyba empowers women to live their most effervescent lives.
Here is what the book says-
I am witnessing a phenomenon. It seems as though a growing group women entrepreneurs all around the world has discovered the secret to success and happiness in both their lives and careers. It’s almost as though there is a hidden, underground world of power playing females who have all cracked a magical code: they think positively, they support one another, and they truly believe they can have it all —and you can, too. There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullsh*t, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works.
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.
I’m yet to read this one, but it gets rave reviews constantly!
Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestsellingWomenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career.
Working women today are better educated and more well qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. In The Confidence Code, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence.
Combining cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior, and cognition—with examples from their own lives and those of other successful women in politics, media, and business—Kay and Shipman go beyond admonishing women to “lean in.”Instead, they offer the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.
The inspiring true story of Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran–and her best advice for anyone starting a business. After failing at twenty-two jobs, Barbara Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using the unconventional lessons she learned from her homemaker mom, she gradually built it into a $6 billion dollar business. Now Barbara’s even more famous for the no-nonsense wisdom she offers to entrepreneurs on Shark Tank, ABC’s hit reality TV show. Shark Tales is down-to-earth, frank, and as heartwarming as it is smart. After reading it don’t be surprised if you find yourself thinking, “If she can do it, so can I.” Nothing would make Barbara happier.
This is new out- just released this Feb and is already at no 3, 7 and 8 (hardcover, kindle & audio) of the Amazon best sellers list in Women & Business. It’s definitely an addition to my must-read list.
A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.
Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. InDrop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others―freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.
Mind-sets of the World’s richest People. I have been reading this recently- and have found it very interesting, straight talking and to the point with lessons telling you how to discover the mind sets required to make it big!
The No1. New York Times Bestseller. Escape the 9-5, live anywhere and join the new rich. It teaches you to forget the old concept of retirement and saving for the future -instead concentrating on earning a monthly five-figure income with no management.
Jack is another New York Times Bestseller and co-creator of Chicken soup for the soul. This was published over a decade ago, but has been updated and is still going strong. Jack is America’s #1 Success Coach- great read!
I’m sure there are 100’s more that need to be on this list, and I’ll continue to add or write blog posts, as I read more. If you have read a fantastic inspirational book recently, please share the name of it in the comments below. I also listen to podcasts, which can be a fantastic resource- but that’s another blog post!