I've been having a lot of fun posting some fun time-saving hacks on our Never Alone Business Services Facebook Page.
If you don't follow us there, be sure to go like it now: www.facebook.com/jenhickle1.
I'm sending you these favorites from Facebook today in your email, so you can save some time and hassle.
Let me know which ones ressonate with you!
1. File your papers instead of wasting time hunting for that document when you need it.
Need to organize your files better? Paper outta control on your desk?
Keep a simple box on your desk and label the folders.
No need for perfection! Get those piles into files! Get pretty ones that I bought here:
2. Cut out Facebook during the work day. Ninja style.
This is my FAVORITE time-saving hack. If you're like me, you work on your laptop (or computer) and Facebook is open on a tab because you have to stay alert to certain notifications.
I installed this plug-in for Chrome (the Newsfeed Eradicator) and now I can see my messages and notifications, but I can't see the newsfeed (which is filled with fun, but meaningless info when I'm trying to work).
Install it on your laptop and watch your productivity soar.
(Don't worry. You can still read your newsfeed later in the day on your phone!) Grab it here.
3. Don't waste hours trying to recover your Facebook Page!
“Help! I lost access to my Facebook Page!” This is NOT a message I enjoy getting. To prevent losing access to your business Page, be sure you are not the only Admin of your FB Page.
Here’s how to add another person. It can be your spouse or friend!
Do not wait on this. This is happening to people we know. It’s serious. And it takes just a moment to fix!
At Never Alone Business Services, our team is obsessed with your business success.
I hope these tips give you a couple ideas that you can quickly implement!
Let me know if we can take your online marketing to the next level. We are here to help!
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I’m obsessed. Lately I’ve been loving these 4 apps (some new, some older) and I just had to share how much I love them!
1. Waze. This app is like Google Maps, but it tells you the fastest way to get to where you’re going— around traffic jams and construction. I’ve been using this obsessively lately.
2. Over. This is my go-to app for creating graphics to share in Facebook. It’s not too hard to use and has tons of <free> fonts and overlays. If you manage a Facebook Page, get this app!
3. Scribd. My friend told me about this app and I just recently got it. OH MY. It’s like Netflix— for books and audio books and sheet music!! Pay $8.95 per month and read/listen/play to your heart’s content!! A must-have for book lovers.
4. Shipt. Someone hold me. You know I love ordering groceries but this app activates a real shopper to go to Target FOR YOU and deliver groceries to you within a 1-2 hours!! Hello! Dinner is saved! What a lifesaver for busy people like us!
Let me know if you use these or if you plan to download them!
I’m obsessed with helping you grow your business. And time-saving tools is one way to do that!!
One more thing! I've been mentioning this on my Facebook Page lately
(www.facebook.com/jenhickle1), but I had to share this with you, too. I LOVE the Storybrand podcast.
I am actually NOT a podcast listener. I know it's all the rage, but I have fought against it because I'm honestly not an auditory learner. I would much rather read. BUT, my brother (an Ennegram 3, like me) encouraged me to listen and WOW, I love it. If you are a business owner who is a driven achiever, you will get so much out of the interviews he does and the books he recommends!
How do you listen? Go to wherever you buy apps and get the Podcast app. Or, you can go directly here, just to try it out: http://podbay.fm/show/1092751338
Let me know what you think!
And don't forget: we are here for you. If you need a website overhaul, an SEO boost, or help with your Google AdWords, just let me know. We are here to help YOU succeed in your business.
It's not even the middle of June yet, and I already feel like a steamroller has run me over. I've been searching for a new employee since the end of March, our studio has been in renovations for 2 months (and some projects still aren't done) and our office JUST got one door installed yesterday (after 3 months of living here.) Our other set of doors SHOULD be getting installed soon. With some of these projects finally finishing up, I realize what a burden I've been carrying.
My friend told me the other night that a very difficult (9 year) project was finishing in her life and she was now reaching out to a therapist to discuss. She asked me, "Why now? Why, after 9 years, am I reaching out to the therapist?"
I thought about it, and then said, "Imagine you were pinned under a car. Guess when you feel the most pain? When the car is finally lifted off of you. . ."
It's only AFTER the weight is lifted that we feel how heavy the burden was. You may be pushing through a difficult season right now. Maybe you're not even aware of the weight you're carrying.
Looking back over the last 3 months, what has helped me persevere? What has gotten us through, even while carrying this extra load?
I was making my coffee this morning, straightening up the house, laying out a few things for my son to take to camp today, and this here are my musings:
1. Have the strength to initiate hard conversations
Someone once advised me: "The extent of your success depends on the amount of difficult conversations you are willing to have."
This statement has come back to me over and over through the years when I've made very difficult decisions for my business. First, a decision to end a partnership where I was sharing space with another business. That was one of the hardest seasons that I've ever walked through. I've also had very difficult conversations with former employees when I had tell them: "This isn't the right place for you." Awful to go through for both of us, but worth getting the right people in the right positions so everyone can be fulfilled and the company can continue to grow and thrive.
As I've been searching for a new employee for the last 3 months, I have had to disappoint a lot of people when I've told them, "This isn't the job for you." It is NOT easy being the boss and making these calls. But the result of having a stellar team, working together towards a common goal, is golden! It's all worth it in the end: when everyone loves their job and is working in their sweet spot.
I do not love hard conversations. But I do love the result when the conversation is over.
2. Organize Ruthlessly
Summer is a busy, chaotic time. Even the advice to "Enjoy the moment! Seize the day!" can cause chaos when you decide to drop everything and head to the park for a picnic. "Where's the quilt? Bug spray? Sunscreen? Do we have any food around here? Hurry! The weather is gorgeous! Let's GO!!"
Signing kids up for camp or VBS results in "Where's the sleeping bag? Do we have extra sheets? I need a laundry bag--what's that?? My swimsuit is too small! Mom, I have to be there early for the first day!" Yikes. It can be downright crazy!
This week, we were headed out to a baseball game for my oldest son and because we just moved into this house, we are not familiar with where all of our summer baseball gear is located. I stopped, closed my eyes, and remembered exactly where I had put the summer quilt for games. Chris was shocked. "What the what?!?" he said as I opened a random cupboard and there it was. Organization saves the day.
Today, I pulled a form out of a file that we need today, to bring my son to camp. I had received this parking permit in the mail BEFORE we moved. Thank goodness I started a file for "summer activities." It saved me having to hunt through endless piles of paper to find that random sheet!
Avoiding chaos helps us enjoy the moment, enjoy the summer activities, and be high capacity leaders, keeping all the many balls in the air.
I don't need more stress from looking for a quilt for baseball! I want to enjoy the summer breeze and relax while watching great game (which we won, by the way).
3. Adopt a Tenacious Spirit
You have to be determined to make it to the other side. You have to have armor of steel and have a warrior spirit. And yes, when the house is dark, and you're lying in bed, sometimes the tears roll down your cheeks from everything you are facing, and the load you are carrying. But your spirit has to be willing to keep fighting and keep pressing on. When the next day dawns, you'll jump out of bed and you'll make the coffee, and your fresh perspective will help you face your giants again.
Do you have people in your life encouraging you? Do you listen to music that pumps you up? Do you subscribe to podcasts that give you fresh perspective and great ideas? These are the things that will build tenacity into your soul. You really can't do this alone, you know? You're going to fall down and you need someone to pull you back up. You're going to get discouraged and then you need someone to remind you, "You've got this."
Don't wait until you're weak. Feed your tenacity now. Arm yourself with people who believe in you and surround yourself with audio books or conferences that will give your brain and your heart the sustenance to keep pressing on.
Never, ever give up. It's cliche, but it's one of my life mottos. You may need to rest for awhile, but don't give up.
Whatever you are facing right now--I know you'll make it through.
This is a season. And all seasons change into the next one. Whatever you're going through, hang on. I believe in you.
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Book Recommendations for You!
Want to have a better company? Hire better people? Delight your customers? I'm enjoying reading Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney
Get it here:
Want to communicate better with your team? Learn what YOUR voice is and identify the voice of each of your team members. Communicate more effectively and listen more efficiently!
I'm loving this book: 5 Voices.
Which voice do you use to communicate most frequently? Take the quiz here:
And grab the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Voices-Communicate-Effectively-Everyone-Lead-ebook/dp/B01BPPNF8W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1528687573&sr=1-1&keywords=5+voices
I got a new planner yesterday. I know--it's June, but I use an 18-month calendar (which is awesome, by the way) and yesterday I picked one up at Barnes and Noble bookstore. Ahhhhh. It feels so good to have blank pages and a clean canvas! I sat down in front of Netflix last night and started copying over summer camps, baseball games, drama rehearsals, consulting calls, interviews, and staff meetings and it just felt SO GOOD.
I don't usually take time to just SLOW. DOWN. Life runs at a crazy pace and if I'm honest, I kind of like it that way. I prefer to be around people, out and about, solving problems, getting stuff done. But I've realized that I need to downshift, too.
This weekend I read a pyschological thriller in just a little over 24 hours. It kept pulling me back--it was so intense! I love shutting down my laptop and just losing myself in a story. I've been re-watching Parenthood for the same reason--I just need to immerse myself in someone else's drama for a little bit and forget mine! This week, I purchased some bright flowers for my front porch and I really enjoy the ritual of watering them every morning. I know the novelty will wear off and I'll assign the task to one of my kids, but for now, it's so grounding to give life to flowers and watch them bloom and grow.
What are you doing to re-center yourself? How can you step off the crazy train for a little bit and downshift? What's something you REALLY enjoy doing but you usually don't allow yourself to do? Go do that. Make time for it. I know life is nuts this time of year. But if you don't take care of YOU, who will?
Listen. If your to do list is too long, let's talk. I can help take some pressure off by managing your website, your AdWords, and even your Facebook Page. Let's chat and see if my team can help you get back to enjoying summer and enjoying your family.
Now. . .which book should I read next??
Where We Have Been Lately:
Equip Conference for pastors and church leaders: Speaking on Websites and Social Media Marketing
Mighty Mustard Seeds Symposium: encouraging new homeschoolers on their journey
Bethel University: Speaking to music majors about creating a business by teaching music
Summer Series Discussion group: encouraging homeschooling families to use their unique personality style and strengths to influence their homeschool
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!