Feb 28

Manage your business from a mobile device

The way some of us run their business these days has changed and when I saw this Infographic, I had to share!

Here are some ideas of Apps you need to run your small business from a smartphone.

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Jan 29

Boosting your productivity with Pomodoro

I’ve heard it said so many times before, but didn’t believe it until I had to use this technique. The Pomodoro work style! You’re thinking, what does Italian cooking have to do with productivity, unless you’re trying to get dinner on the table? (Pomodori is Italian for tomatoes)

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, who named it after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer he used when he was a university student. The purpose is to use a timer set to 25 minutes and work without interruptions until time is up, then take a 5-minute break before continuing on your project. The idea is that frequent breaks improve your alertness.

If you tend to sit too long at your desk or behind your computer (like me) then this is a useful method to help avoid unnecessary stress or injury to your back, neck or wrists. Here’s the reason why sitting too long behind your desk is not healthy.

Although I had a different reason for using the technique, I have to say it is very true. I notice that I am more focused, maybe because I know I only have 25 minutes to work before the bell rings, reminding me that time is up. The break forces me to get up from my desk and do something else, like filing. Not one of my favorite tasks, but since I have only five minutes I don’t mind at all, even if it means that filing takes longer. At least papers get filed right? And stress on my back caused by sitting too long is reduced. As a big plus, I feel excited to get back to my task on the computer; it almost feels like I am competing against myself to finish my tasks 🙂

Feel like trying Pomodor? Here are some resources.

 

I use http://e.ggtimer.com/ as an instant timer on my computer. Select Pomodoro and Refresh the page after the break.

 

If you prefer the kitchen timer, buy one in your local household store or on Amazon.



 
An easy way to learn the technique with illustrations in a bookformat



You can learn much more at Francesco Cirillo’s site http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/ and even become a Certified Pomodoro Master!

Oct 18

Free WordPress Smart YouTube video plugin

Last month I was searching for a decent, free WordPress video plugin and I can tell you, it was NOT easy. There are a lot of free plugins available, but they are complicated or have little to zero support. Well, what can you expect for something that’s free right?

I don’t mind paying for a tool, but I’d like to try it out first to make sure it has everything I need. After days of searching, installing, testing and uninstalling various plugins, I finally found a fairly simple plugin for my client to embed YouTube videos on her site.

The Smart YouTube Pro plugin was the best option of many and here’s why.

  1. Very easy to use. Just copy and paste the link as text in your post, add the letter ‘v’ after ‘http’ and your video is good to go.
  2. Plays back YouTube, Vimeo and other videos
  3. Works on the iPhone and iPad
  4. Small and fast
  5. Customizable options, such as size, background color
  6. Video thumbnail support
  7. Downloaded more than 1 million times
  8. Clear instructions and great support for a free product. (Donations possible)

You can download the Smart YouTube Pro plugin right here.

Sample video:

Aug 10

A busy bee

While it’s been quiet on this blog for a while, it was by no means a sign of inactivity in life and business. I never understood how some people can say that they’re bored because there is “nothing” to do… I wished I could use their time for all the projects I’d like to finish before I kick the bucket!

Some of the things that happened since the last post included, the house getting painted, a new garage door installed, planning and celebration of a big birthday, hosting several guests from abroad, attending a wedding and vacationing in South America, all while assisting my customers with their WordPress site, email newsletters or eBay listings. In the next posts I’ll be highlighting some of these sites and how they were customized for the client.

They say Summer is a quiet time for business as many go on vacation or take a break from their busy lives. It is however a good time to plan and be ready for the next season. Whether you use the time to come up with ways to find new clients or provide more and better services, there is always something you can do to improve and grow your business.

Summer is almost over, have you done your homework?

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