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My 3 steps to getting unstuck:
1. BRAIN DUMP
- First clear your mind of mental clutter in order to be able to function correctly
- Set timer & complete NCD Brainstorming Worksheet
2.DECIDE & ACT
- Sift through your list and decide on up to 3 tasks.
- Set timer and work for 33 minutes, Take a 6 minute break
- Rinse & Repeat
3. REWARD & CELEBRATE YOUR WINS
- What’s something you could reward yourself with today ?
- This doesn’t have to be elaborate – could be a COFFEE or a new book /stationary, Longer Hot Shower, To go somewhere nice to have lunch. Sit out in the sun for half an hour for lunch break. Take the dog for a walk or the kids to the park after work etc. Simple things.
– Create mental space to process:
Brainstorming Exercise / Brain Dump – Clear the mental clutter:
Things you’ll need:
- Timer – You can use your phone or actual timer
- Either our NCD Brainstorming Worksheet or just a piece of paper
- Pen / writing apparatus
Let’s do this! BRAIN DUMP
Print out a few of your worksheets or grab a few pieces of paper and write 1 to 10 down the side.
Set your timer to 5, 10 or 15 minutes and once you turn on the time proceed to write out as many ideas as possible until that time stops – DO NOT STOP WRITING until the timer goes off.
The purpose of the activity to to write down ANYTHING that comes up in that timeframe. It doesn’t have to be solely business. Your ideas DO NOT have to be thought out or coherent. Just get them down on paper.
It could be :
- Must order stock,
- Book an appointment,
- Do the dishes,
- Call Cynthia about XYZ,
- Feed the cat.
- Ideas for content for your blog
- Business ideas..
ANYTHING that’s holding space in your mind.
Once the time goes off – take a minute catch your breath, and check out all of the notes you’ve put down. Even if you completed this for several days; you could potentially come up with 100s of ideas to work through. Granted not all of them are going to be usable or practical but it’s now clear space in your mind.
– Decide & Take Action:
What can you start working towards today?
Things you’ll need:
- Timer – You can use your phone or actual timer
- Your completed NCD Brainstorming Worksheet or notes from step 1.
Let’s do this! DECIDE & ACT
Take a look down your list. What 3 TASKS can you start working on today?
Note – If there is nothing on that list that’s worthwhile working on. Rinse and Repeat Step 1 – Brainstorming “What can I work on today?”
Write down your 3 TASKS so you’re clear on what it is.
33 Minutes On and 6 Minutes OFF
Your brain works in funny ways and we’re wanting to harness it’s capacity. You focus better when you’re on a timer and you know that you’re working towards a goal.
Our goal today “How much can I get done of Task 1 / 2/ 3 in 33 minutes.
Obviously you can repeat this process multiple times for each task. But it’s having a structure to follow that delivers results.
WORK TIME – 33 Minutes GO GO GO!
- Set your timer to 33 minutes.
- Leave your timer where you can see it.
- Get stuck into the work you need to do for that task.
When the timer goes off its BREAK TIME!! Well done for sticking to your agreement.
BREAK TIME – 6 Minutes GO GO GO!
Now reset your time to 6 minutes .
Go do something physical:
- Go get a coffee.
- Go to the bathroom.
- Walk outside.
- Take a breather.
When the timer for the 6 minutes is up. Head back to the office. Start again.
RINSE AND REPEAT :
- WORK TIME – 33 Minutes GO GO GO!
- BREAK TIME – 6 Minutes GO GO GO!
– Reward yourself / Acknowledge your efforts:
Celebrate your wins! Be proud of yourself – Enjoy your reward.
Even if you DIDN’T get everything finished today. Even if you only worked through 1 or 2 task on your list. The mere fact that you showed up and followed through with your decision and took action is AMAZING. You totally deserve your chosen reward and you should definitely celebrate your wins!!
If you did take action today we’d love to hear about it. We have dedicated FACEBOOK GROUP for like minded business owners and we’d LOVE for you to share your news!
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Your website is one of the primary tools your prospects use to connect with you.
So you want to ensure that it is running at it’s best.
We all go over our content to make sure the text is well written and engaging, however we often don’t consider the SPEED and how long it takes for a user to actually load your page. Speed is super important in this instant gratification world.
With Google being the most popular search engine, we tend to primarily look to google as a basis of testing.
And Google offers a range of neat tools to help you test your website. One of these tools Google Page Speed Insights allows you to key in your website address and it will come back with either Low, Medium or High ranking for Page Speed Optimisation along with a list of improvements needed in order to meet Googles requirements.
We encourage our clients and prospects to run their website through this test in order to know where to improve.
To do this:
1) Visit : https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
2) Type in your website address
3) Review your results.
If your website isn’t in the Green chances are your website is in need of improvements.
If you’d like to discuss these improvements feel free to contact us
Whilst we’ve been exceptionally quiet on the blogfront, we’ve been busily mentoring clients and developing websites over the last few months. During development time, I tend to progress through my collection of amazing mentor resources. This keeps my mind active whilst I work – particularly when completing repetitive task, but also educates me and provides more opportunities for my own business..
One of the topics of interest with many of my clients at the moment is improving productivity. This YOUTUBE video on Tony Robbins – Rapid Planning Method, offers some great insights. Take a listen 🙂
12 Benefits of Having A Website | Australia
Having a website can be an amazing tool for any business. Your website will mean, your potential customers can find you, purchase your products or services and make enquiries 365 days a year without you having to be driving the sales, it can increase your credibility and boost customer confidence. Check out the 12 benefits of having a website, and how as website can work for you:
- Having a website means credibility and accuracy of information made available about your business.
- A website works for you 365 days a year.
– Even when you finish work for the day, your website keeps working round the clock.
- Your customers can access the information about your business, products and services at their leisure regardless of your operating hours.
- You are able to reach a larger target audience.
– With the ability for potential clients all over the world to have access to your business.
- Your clients can make online enquiry 24 hours 7 days a week.
- You can use your website as an additional means of advertising.
- A website can increase sales.
- A website can increase how often your clients interact with your business.
- A website can increase customer confidence.
– For clients, knowing that they can get in contact with your
business or find out more information about a service or product is
- You can utilise statistical data to measure the success of your business online.
– Things like seeing how many people visited your website over a
period of time, what webpages they viewed and how long they are
spending on your site.
- Website is often more cost effective then print media.
- A website is dynamic and grows as your business does.
– You can start out with a website that is very basic, simply
offering your clients general information about your business and then
later introduce other features for example online shopping, or bookings
Building your business & helping clients locate your business with a website:
Like every business owner, you understand that you need to
make it as easy as possible for your potential clients to locate your
business, and having your potential clients locate your business means
your business is one step closer to having them purchase your products
or utilise services and there are a many ways to of making your
business more locatable,however, the easiest way starts with having your
Almost everywhere you look the internet is readily, at the
click of a button you can type in any search phrase and locate any
number of businesses? So what if your clients knew your business name,
for example “Natalie Crowe Designs” they could search for you (click here for a sample) or perhaps they typed in some keywords related to your business, on our case “Website Design Cessnock” (click here for a sample).
With a website, we can create an online presence that is optimised to
be more likely to appear when clients search for these terms.
2016 – Comparison of Aweber Vs. Mailchimp
Thought this may interest some of our readers.
Comparing email marketing providers – Aweber and MailChimp – both are great companies however which one is better for a business owner just starting out?? This post primary touches on costing and value for money.
So just looking at the two account aweber and mailchimp…. they appear much of a “muchness” … they both offer a free account for users just starting, they have a great range of tools and analytics and require paid account for these type of things including autoresponder or automation in workflows so to speak..
Mailchimp increase your monthly cost as you climb their milestones… the major difference I am noticing is that they have smaller milestones than aweber, but this is essentially good because you only pay for what you’ll use…
In all cases, you have to cross their quota before they will up your package…
Note these figures are taken straight of their websites and are correct at the time of posting however these will vary depending on when you are reading this post. Check back with the original source pricing pages for most relevant information.
Aweber charge you in intervals of:
COST IN USD $19/mo $29/mo $49/mo $69/mo $149/mo
SUBSCRIBERS: 0–500 501–2,500 2,501–5,000 5,001–10,000 10,001–25,000
Where as MailChimp creep in smaller intervals but you pay only when you go over the previous smaller intervals. Or more specifically for what you’re using
There’s an online “calculator” you can key in how many subscriber you anticipate as to what you’d use on a monthly basis.
Found here: http://mailchimp.com/pricing/growing-business/
But just quickly a few notes:
UNLIMITED EMAILS & PRICES ARE IN USD
Subscribers / Cost per month
1,001 – 1,500 -$20.00
1,501 – 2,000 -$25.00
2,001 – 2,500 -$30.00
2,501 – 2,600 -$35.00
2,601 – 2,700 -$40.00
2,701 – 2,800 -$45.00
2,801 – 5,000 -$50.00
5,001 – 5,200 -$55.00
5,201 – 5,400 -$60.00
5,401 – 5,600 – $65.00
5,601 – 5,800 – $70.00
5,801 – 10,000 – $75.00
10,001 – 10,200 – $80.00
10,201 – 10,400 – $85.00
Skip a head a few.
12,601 – 12,800 – $145.00
12,801 – 25,000- $150.00 <— $1 more than Aweber but much of a muchness
Long term the minimal pricing difference is something to consider, whilst you can pay in smaller increments for MailChimp it really depends on your familiarity with the system and what you prefer in terms of the interface to manage your account.
I personally like MailChimp, however Aweber is equally as popular..
Starting out on the first milestone…
Aweber charges $19USD/M for up to 500 subscribers
MailChimp charge $20USD/M for up to 1501 Subscribers
When you look at it like that MailChimp has the upper hand.. For 1 extra USD you get another 1000 subscribers!
In any case, both accounts offer a FREE account.. Why not trial both, setup a free about and have a look around, review their how to videos and see what feels right for you. It doesn’t have to be a major ordeal to get this underway..
The biggest thing is to take some sort of positive step forward.
If it’s worth researching it’s worth doing something about!
VIDEO: Steve Jobs – 10 Rules to Success
1. Don’t live a limited life
2. Have passion
3. Design for yourself
4. Don’t sell crap
5. Build a great team
6. Don’t do it for the money
7. Be proud of your products
8. Build around customers
9. Marketing is about Values
10.Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
VIDEO: Tony Robbin’s Top 10 Rules for Success
Great Youtube Video some some really great
1. Raise your standards
He began his career promoting seminars for Jim Rohn.
2. Be truly fulfilled
He taught neurolinguistic programming and Ericksonian hypnosis after training with NLP co-founder John Grinder.
3. Progress equals happiness
His use of board breaking, skydiving, and later firewalking in his seminars is intended to help participants learn to push through their fears.
4. Love your customers
He promoted his services as a “peak performance coach” through his books and TV infomercials.
5. Add value
In 1997, Robbins began the Leadership Academy seminar.
6. Have an exit strategy
He has written three best-selling books: Unlimited Power, Awaken the Giant Within, and Money: Master the Game.
7. Be resourceful
He founded the Anthony Robbins Foundation, a charity dedicated to empowering individuals and organizations.
8. Pay attention to the little things
In April 2012, Robbins began cohosting Oprah’s Lifeclass on the OWN Network.
9. Look for leverage
In 2007, he was named in Forbes magazine’s “Celebrity 100” list.
10. Change your mindset
In 2007, Forbes estimated that Robbins earned approximately $30 million.
2015… where have you gone?
It felt like only yesterday we were celebrating end of year festivities… it’s something like 50 days until Christmas?? How time tends to fly when you’re having fun. Our 11 Websites in the 11th Month promotion clients are in their 1st year anniversary as clients with Natalie Crowe Designs. Another year is almost over and we begin preparation for our journey into 2016.
Week of 8th-14th of November.
This week, We’re working with Toyriffic to get their website finalised ready for the Christmas Rush. With Careerbridge Automotive as we’re in our final test stage – with launch booked in for this Friday 13th of November. We have several quotes and websites to finalise including sponsorship of a not-for-profit business doing amazing things in our community.
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