Productivity Tools

Productivity Tools

With so many different productivity tools to choose from these days, how do you know which one is right for you?

It’s a good idea to check out features on the website before you give them a go, and definitely check out reviews. It might also be helpful to check with colleagues to see what they use.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few, and here are some of my thoughts:

Slack

It’s been a while since I’ve used this one, but I really liked that it integrates with Toggl (my time-tracking app). It also allows you to communicate with the team as a whole, or just with one team member.

To cut down on emails and file space, Slack (and most other tools, as well) allows for messaging and file uploads so that everything your team needs is in one central location.

Asana

Much like Slack, Asana allows for direct communication directly within the app itself and allows for file uploads. By removing the email back-and-forth, team members can work together more efficiently.

What I don’t like about this particular tool is that the tabs for conversations, files and tasks are a bit all over the place. It could also be that I don’t use it often enough 🙂

Trello

Trello is one of my favourite tools. It also integrates with Toggl, allows for tagging specific team members and file uploads. I also like the boards and cards can be shared with specific people. This tool is also customizable with colours and backgrounds.

The ability to set deadlines ensures that the whole team can see what is going on with each task, similar to the above-mentioned tools.

Todoist

This is the ultimate to-do list. Todoist integrates with your digital calendar, and sets itself up as its own calendar with your digital calendar, allowing you to toggle it off and on.

One word of caution though, if you aren’t careful, it could integrate twice to your digital calendar, and cause a bit of a headache until you sort it out. Plus, in order to actually tick tasks off the list, you need to access the web-version.

By ticking those items off, you collect points which can earn you a period of premium Todoist use.

Virtual Assistant

Ha – I’m sure you saw this one coming! A virtual assistant is a great productivity tool. I save my clients time and money by taking tasks off their plate.

I help with a variety of tasks: e-newsletter set up and publishing, blog post writing and formatting, social media image creation, and social media scheduling.

Book a free consultation call with me and let’s discuss how I can save you more time in your week.

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Planning Your Business Social Media

Planning Your Business Social Media

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My Most Requested Services

My Most Requested Services

Maybe you’re overwhelmed and you need help. You keep hearing about virtual assistants and think, “Hey, maybe this will help me cross some things of my to-do list!”.

So, you either ask around in your network for some recommendations, or you Google VAs in your area, or maybe you even track them down on LinkedIn. If all goes well, you sign the contract and start to tackle that to-do list together!

Things are looking up! You’re finally going to get stuff done! You sign the contract, discuss the initial task list, and everything is off to a great start.

Maybe a little while later, your attention is needed elsewhere, or you’re focused on a project that requires much of your time, or you can’t think of anything off the top of your head to delegate.

There is nearly always something you can delegate to a virtual assistant 🙂

Here’s what many of my clients ask me to do:

Social media images

It could be inspirational/motivational quotes. Or it could be industry tips. And almost always, my clients want to acknowledge the holidays or special days of the year. Creating social media images is something that I not only love to do, but my clients are very happy with my work.

General Research

Whether it’s to find out how to do something, where things can be found or curating articles to share via social media, research is key to any business owner. Many of my clients don’t have sufficient time to do this themselves.

Writing/Formatting Blog Posts

Publishing a blog post on a regular basis is crucial for SEO. Regular social media posts and publishing regular blog posts go a long way in boosting your SEO results.

Newsletters

As you can see from this post, this is also one of my services. Most of my clients like a monthly newsletter. If they don’t already have an email marketing platform they’re working with, I help with setting up the account, mailing list and the layout of the newsletter. I never publish a newsletter without final approval.

Social media scheduling

One of the most requested services I offer. I recommend using a spreadsheet to plan out content, one month at a time. A good social media scheduler is important, and I can give you my recommendations. Scheduling includes sharing quotes, articles authored by others, your own blog posts, video content (yours or someone else’s if relevant).

Don’t forget to let your audience know you’re on another platform, too. A Facebook post can let them know you’re also on Twitter or LinkedIn!

And did you know, it’s a great idea to share your newsletter to social media post as well?

I know first-hand that these services make a big difference in your marketing and exposure.

If any of these areas are on your to-do list, book a free consultation call with me and let’s talk about it.