Top Tool for Productivity – The Handy To Do List

Top Tools for Productivity

How My To Do List Helps Me to Get Things Done

With so many distractions in our everyday lives, it can be difficult to stay focussed on what needs to get done in our business. I like to use a To Do List to help me achieve my daily goals so that I can grow my online business and get one step closer to achieving successful and sustainable self employment.

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Why A To Do List is A Great Tool for Productivity

Here are my reasons as to why taking time to write out a To Do List can really help you to get things done in an effective and efficient way. If you only have a certain amount of time to work on your business, you want to be able to get as much done as you can without feeling overwhelmed.

#1 – It Helps You Stay Focussed on Your Tasks

If you write out a list of the things that you would like to get done for the day, this can help you to stick with your schedule. You know exactly what you want to work on and you should be less distracted.

When I write out a list of tasks, I make sure to break each element down to its smallest component. That way it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. For example this blog post is made up of the writing of the post, the video and uploading and publishing everything.

I would add those things as individual tasks so that I don’t feel bogged down half way through, thinking that I am not achieving much when all these things take a good amount of time on their own let alone collectively.

#2 – It is Great to Tick Off Things You Get Done

There is a real sense of achievement when you have laid out your plans for the day and you can tick each item off your list as you get them done. It makes you feel that you are moving forward, that things are happening, that you are taking action.

I don’t always get everything done on the list but that’s OK. I just move things over to the next day.

We tend to underestimate how long tasks actually take to get done so I try to evaluate the time each action took so that I can adjust my list and my own expectations for the next day.

#3 – It Can Save You Time If You Prepare in Advance

The one tip that has really helped me to stay on track is to prepare my To Do List the night before. I work out what I would like to get done for the next day and make a plan.

This is so beneficial because as soon as I am ready to get to work, I know exactly what I should be concentrating on. I open up the right document and I can get busy. As soon as that first task is complete, I look at what is next on the list and get to work on that.

Of course, I still get distracted by Facebook and my emails but once I am done procrastinating, I know exactly which tasks I aim to complete and can get back to it.

My Success with To Do Lists

It has taken me a while to finesse my To Do List so that it is actually workable and achievable. It is a matter of looking at the time you have available to work on your business, working out the things that need to be done  and setting appropriate bite-size tasks that you can tick off as you go.

So far I have:

  1. Written and scheduled an email to my list
  2. Uploaded today’s video
  3. Written this blog post
  4. Edited & uploaded this blog post
  5. Am about to hit the publish button for this post

Tick, tick, tick, tick tick. 5 things done – 1 thing left on my list and everything will have been acheived in the time that I have available today.  :)

How’s your To Do List looking?

Have Your Say: Do you use a To Do List? Have you found this to be an effective way to get things done? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Top Tools for Productivity – The Humble Notebook & Pen

Top Tools for Productivity

How My Notebook & Pen Helps Me with

My Productivity

There are several tools that can help you with your productivity. Today I am going to talk about the humble notebook and pen.

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Why I Like to Have a Notebook & Pen Nearby

One tool that really helps me to stay on track and get things done is my humble little notebook and pen. Below are a couple of reasons why these are so effective in helping me to get things done.

#1 – You Never Know When Inspiration Will Hit You

If you are out and about like me, a notebook is a really practical way to make a note of any ideas that come to mind. I have a 30-40 minute train journey to work and instead of catching up on sleep, reading the free newspaper or putting on make-up, as many commuters do, I like to take out my notebook and jot down ideas for future blog posts.

I make a note of the type of articles I could write and put up for sale on my PLR site. I also use it to work out what I would like to get done over the course of the week. I now have something to refer back to whenever I feel a little lost or off course.

#2 – It is a Great Place to Keep Your To Do List

If you use a To Do List, it is nice to have them all in one place. You can use your notebook to keep you on schedule. I have pages of To Do Lists and I can look back at what I have achieved over the course of the week or month.

I can see how productive I have been, and also look at days where my lists were a little over ambitious and only one thing got ticked off.

As well as a notebook, I have sheets of papers tucked inside with lots more notes and ideas. These slowly get transferred into the book and then get ticked off one by one as I get things done.

This is my low tech version but if you prefer, you could use your phone or computer to keep your notes. It doesn’t matter what type of tool you use as long as it works for you.

A Moleskine Notebook – My Dream Accessory

Moleskine Notebook RedI always love the look and feel of the moleskine notebooks. I would love to buy one for myself because they look so elegant.

It would make me feel like a real writer. The only problem is that my handwriting is so messy, I wouldn’t want to ruin the book with my scrawl so it most likely wouldn’t get used. Lol

Oh well, a girl can dream :)

Have Your Say: What do you use to put down your ideas? Do you use a notebook and pen to keep you on track? Or do you prefer your phone or computer? Share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below.

Weekly Round Up – Video Series, Book Promotion, Inspiration and Thinking of Christmas

Weekly Roundup

What A Week it Has Been!

It has been another amazingly productive week. I got lots done and have lots to share. Watch the video and read the text below.

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What I Got Done This Week

Here is the lowdown on what I have been up to over the last 7 days and what I have coming up.

I published My Make Money with Kindle Book Series

I really enjoyed making the videos to go with the blog posts this week. It was fun to have a subject that you could divide up and provide nuggets of information over a series of days. I will be doing another series of videos this week so look out for the first one tomorrow.

I Completed My Free Book Promotion

The free book promotion for The Best Halloween Party Ever! A Fun A-Z Check-list is now over. This has been a great experiment. We shall now see if it will garner any sales. I have checked my stats. 248 people downloaded free copies and 4 people have purchased it so far. Wow – I am gonna be a millionaire! :)

I Have a Favour to Ask if You

If you got the chance to download my little Halloween book, I would be ever so grateful if you could pop over to Amazon’s sales page and leave some feedback. This will help others to decide whether to purchase or not.

Thank you so much for your kind support. Every little bit of promotion helps so thanks again.

This Blogging Challenge Has Given Me Lots of Ideas

The challenge to publish posts and make videos on a daily basis has really fired up my imagination. I have loved visiting and commenting on other people’s blogs and I have a long list of things that I want to do here on this blog and with my other online content.

I am very excited about what is to come. Making the videos has made me more confident. I feel that I could actually put together a video based course. Who would have thought that eh? I will actually be able to make a proper schedule of things that I want to achieve and hopefully see my online income increase.

I hope that you will also be inspired to get to work on your own stuff so that we can support and motivate each other to the next level of earning.

Would You Like to Make Money with a Christmas Blog?

Inflatable Snowman Snow globe Christmas DecorationI have finished adding content to my Halloween site for this year and am turning my efforts to my Christmas blog. I have a few articles posted and I can not wait until I make that first sale.

Some of you know that I have a Halloween site which has links to Amazon products. Each time someone uses one of those links to click through to Amazon and makes a purchase, I earn a commission.

I am so excited to share how much this site has earned so far this month but I will wait until my Monthly Income Report post in the first week of November. All I can say is get ready for my happy dance :)

Do You Need Some Christmas Themed Content?

Right, now it is time to work on my Christmas site. I do not have time to write all the articles myself so I am always on the look out for great deals. Amanda Thomas from PLR Content is a fantastic writer and she is offering the following for just $12:

  • 2 Christmas ebooks, which can be used as individual articles
  • 5 Christmas tree articles
  • 5 Christmas tree baubles articles
  • Social Images for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc

Click Here to See the Sales Page

People are spending crazy money on trees (up to $200+) and baubles (up to $20-30), so if you have a Christmas themed blog and would like to earn a little Amazon commission, make a $12 investment to get you started. You don’t even need a Christmas themed website. These articles would work well on a family blog, a lifestyle blog or a family finance blog.

Get the content, edit it so that is sounds and feels like your own words, add your Amazon links and publish. Time to make some commissions for Christmas :)

Click Here to See Amanda’s Christmas Sales Page

OFFER ENDS MONDAY 20 October 2014

If you have a Christmas site, it’s time to get busy. Let’s see what we can get done by this time next week. Good luck :)

Have Your Say: How has your week been? What has been the highlight? Are you working a Christmas site? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Make Money with Kindle Books – How to Get Good Feedback for Your Book

How to Make Money with Kindle Books

How to Get Good Feedback for Your Kindle Books

This is part 6 in the How to Make Money with Kindle Books series, We are going to look at how to get feedback for you book in order to help promote your work and to make future sales.

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The Benefits of Good Feedback on Your Amazon Sales Page

If you can get good feedback left on your Amazon page, this will help you to promote your work to new people. The opinions of others can be a deciding factor in whether we make a purchase or not. Here are 3 simple ways you can try and get positive feedback for your books.

#1 – Offer Your Book for Free

If you offer your book for free, you will be creating an opportunity for people to leave feedback. Some people will naturally leave a comment on your sales page but others may need to be prompted.

One of the benefits of promoting through Amazon is that they send out emails asking people to share their opinions on the latest purchases and downloads.

Offer your book for free and you are opening it up to a wider audience.

#2 – Ask People in Your Community

If you have a blog, you can write a post and ask people to share their thoughts on your book at the end of the post or, much better, over on the Amazon sales page. Include a link to the page to make it easier for people to head over and leave their thoughts.

If you have a mailing list, you can ask your subscribers if they wouldn’t mind sharing some feedback on Amazon.

You can also do the same thing on your social networking sites. Don’t be over the top and insistent on this otherwise you will come over as very annoying and people will unfriend you, unfollow you and just ignore you.

#3 – Let it Happen Organically

You can just sit back, relax and let things take its natural course. If people happen to land on your Amazon sales page and leave a comment, fabulous.

It is a lovely surprise to visit your page and find that someone that you have no links to has left a glowing report about your efforts. On the flip-side, it is not so nice to see negative comments but, hey, you gotta take the bad with the good. Just concentrate on the good stuff.  :)

I Have a Free Book Promotion This Week

The-Best-Halloween-Party-Ever-a-Fun-A-Z-Checklist-Vicky-VirgoThis week I am using the 5 day Free Promotional offer to help boost the sales of my Halloween book. It is called

The Best Halloween Party Ever! A Fun A-Z Checklist

It is available to download for FREE Tuesday 14th October – Saturday 18th October 2014

You Do Not Need a Kindle to Download Kindle Books

I do not own a Kindle or Ipad but I am able to download books onto my laptop and so can you. Click on the following links to find the free app that will allow you to download and read kindle books.

By downloading a copy of my book, you will be helping me to promote it further, so this would be gratefully appreciated :)

Have Your Say: Do you use these methods to get feedback on your books? What results have you had? Do you have any other suggestions that could help? I would love for you to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below.