Time Management Best Practices for the Busy Entrepreneur


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Time management is an essential skill to master – whether at home or work. People always want to get things done so they can rest more comfortable when everything is over.

Questions such as where to start from, when to start, or how to start are some of the issues people face on a daily basis in the quest of finding/learning how to manage time effectively.

That said, there are some smart insights you can follow to solve the highlighted questions.

Learning this skill takes time, but following the necessary steps would ensure you acquire them. Some of the steps you should consider is learning to say ‘no’ when you have a lot on your plate already instead of jumping at every opportunity that is knocking at you. You have to be smart when it comes to what you accept and decline. Another point worth mentioning that is relating to the topic under discussion is delegation. It is imperative that a person knows how to delegate when the situation is overwhelming, this way, a person can keep tasks going without any hiccups.

These are some of the things you can take to heart and start mulling over. To know more about the best practices on time management, check out this infographic below:

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Four Pillars of Brainstorming


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Whether you love brainstorming or feel intimidated by the process, it’s always great to brush up on your idea generation skills. Coming up with creative ideas on demand is no easy feat, but implementing tried and true brainstorming best practices can help make the process easier. If you’re feeling stuck during a brainstorm, consider implementing the four pillars of brainstorming, a framework created by advertiser Alex F. Osborn in the 1940s. Alex F. Osborn created the term “brainstorm” and developed four pillars that you can use when coming up with new ideas.

By going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas, you can radically transform the success of your brainstorming sessions. Check out the infographic below from our friends at Fundera that outlines the four pillars and provides actionable tips to improve idea generation. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box below.

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24 Google Doc Hacks & Add-ons to Make Your Life Easier


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Twenty years ago, collaborating with people in real-time over the internet seemed difficult to understand. Now we do it every day with the click of a button. Google Docs is a powerful tool that makes working with people both near and far a breeze, but do you know how to use it to its full capacity? Go beyond just sharing docs and leaving comments with these 24 Google Doc hacks and add-ons.

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Excited to save some time? With these hacks you no longer have to manually go through a document and look for duplicates or change the capitalization structure letter by letter. Though these may just seem like minor details, they will make a major difference in productivity!

To keep your files neat and organized on your computer, you can go the extra step and download Google Drive for Mac. This will save and sync your files on both your hard drive and in the cloud, so you have a backup.

You can also download the Google Doc phone application to easily view documents when you’re on the go. If you’re worried about losing internet connection and have to do a last minute edit, you can set particular documents to be available offline. Just click the three dots next to the document’s title and choose “Available offline”. These documents are automatically put in an “Offline” folder.

Staying organized is the key to managing your workload and optimizing your time, and these easy, actionable tips are sure to help you do just that.

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16 Gmail Tips & Tricks To Streamline Your Inbox


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Are you suffering from email overload?

The average person spends 28% of the work week reading and responding to emails. This equates to 13 hours a week, and 650 hours a year. Consider how productive you could be if you had a few extra hours every week to focus on the projects that really matter.

It’s not just your professional life that suffers due to information overload. 59% of Americans say that they check their emails outside of office hours.

So what’s wrong with that?

Constant connection comes with a price. Even if you stay on top of your inbox, studies have found that constantly checking your email can lead to burnout, health issues, and personal problems. A work/life balance is essential to staying healthy — both physically and mentally. It’s a no-brainer that burnt-out, sick, and unhappy employees aren’t going to be at their best when it really matters.

While you might not be able to cut down the volume of emails that you receive from colleagues and clients, you can use a variety of tools, tips, and tricks to help you make your inbox more manageable.

One of the reasons why Gmail is preferred by individuals and corporations alike is due to Google’s attention to detail when it comes to features and functionalities. Many of these tips and techniques will require you to spend some time tinkering around with your settings. But once you’ve mastered some of these shortcuts and helpful hacks, you’ll save yourself from hours of wasted time.

Below is the visual to learn the tricks.

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By optimising your email account to work for you instead of against you, you can boost your productivity levels, get more work done, and reduce the risk of allowing an important email to slip through the cracks.

Do you have any preferred methods for keeping your inbox manageable and tidy? Share them in the comment section below!

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How to make the world a better place


In our everyday life, we engage with people either at work, on the road, at home, at the store etc. and it shall continue to be so. Therefore, there is every need to get to understand people and task ourselves with how we can contribute positively to their existence. Below are my five principles on how to affect people positively and to keep making the world a better place.

  1.  Value people
  2.  Teach people
  3.  Support people
  4.  Learn from people
  5.  Grow people
  • Value people

Value – Consider (Someone or something) to be important or beneficial. It also means worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor.

When people feel used, that leads to demotivation, depression to name a few. Although, in a work environment, people are paid for the work they do but value is created more when people are cared for genuinely and loved as human beings and not human “doings”. Also, through feedbacks, either positive or constructively, you can always show how much you value people. In addition, understanding that what interests people varies will go a long way in showing a sense of value of a person. Lastly, tell people you value them as often as you can and always show it rather than concluding they should know. Tell someone you value him or her today!

  • Teach people

Teach – To impact knowledge or skills; to instruct in; to cause to learn by example or experience.

People sometimes learn through experiencing something by themselves. Most times, the person teaching finds it hard to understand the logic behind teaching. Teaching is not just telling. Most times, we have to get into the shoes of people so that we can better understand who they are, where they are, what they need and how best we can teach them. Most times, different situations warrant different approach and level of teaching. For a person to teach effectively and make a difference, it is advisable to ask oneself these questions below:

How prepared are you towards what you want to teach (level of knowledge)?

How clearly do you demonstrate your teaching?

How much coaching do you give to people during practice or during application of what was taught? Etc.

Do you deliver your teachings in respect to the above questions? Education experts have found out that, the more you teach people, the more you help them to increase comfort in themselves and also increase their confidence level. Teach someone today!

  • Support people

Support – To keep from failing; give confidence or comfort to; offering help or advice regarding something.

People pay attention to what you say, how you say it, what you do and how you do it. Unknowingly, you are influencing someone out there either in a positive way or in a negative way. So therefore, to better support people, it is best for you to have a sense of consideration and right intentions towards people so that you can better influence them in a positive way. Another way you can support people is to have a good understanding of people – so that you can relate better with them or comfort them when they need one, believe in people – so that you can guide them and motivate them, being a role model – so that people would want to pattern their life to yours, sharing your failures – is a good way to support people in learning and also to stay confident about who they are not minding the number of times they fail, encourage an amenable approach towards people, recognise people for a job well done and spending time with people you support is another important way to show support. Nevertheless, it is good for us to have at the back of my minds that there are plenty other ways we can show support to people. Show support to someone today!

  • Learn from people

Learn – The act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviours, skills, values or preferences and may involve synthesising different types of information.

Going by this popular adage: No man is an island – This translates that no man knows it all. Human learning may occur as part of education, personal development, schooling or training. Sometimes, we find ourselves in the midst of highly intelligent people and we end up throwing away the opportunity rather than try to absorb as much knowledge possibly we can. As individuals, we meet people everyday or better still, chat with people daily. For acquaintances, it is difficult to decipher their IQ because we barely know them but sometimes, it only takes one meeting to know/detect intelligence. For your friends and family, don’t just know them; also learn from their successes and failures. It will be of great advantage if one can keep an open mind-set towards people. In that light, you will learn and develop yourself more easily. A very good example I can use here to close this point is about myself. I learn a lot daily from what people have written, what people talked about, blogs and my environment. This has helped me to acquire new, modify and reinforce my existing knowledge, behaviours, skills and values. How about you? Learn something new today!

  • Grow people

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Grow – To become better or improved in some way; to become larger or increase in size; to increase by natural development.

Growing people should be the key focus of every individual, private organisations, government setups, schools, churches, mosques etc. The more we put into growing people, the more we can keep making the world be a better place. Although, for people to develop from point A to B, individuals need to share as much information in their possession with others. It could be done in various ways either through teaching, coaching, preaching, writing etc. Like it’s always said, knowledge is power. In addition, our personality can be a useful tool in growing people. Like I mentioned above in one of the points, the world is listening and studying and before you know it, your personality is influencing someone out there either to grow them positively or negatively. So, always endeavour to be a good role model at all times. We also need to give others the chance to grow by giving them the opportunity to experience situations themselves so that they learn, develop themselves and pass the knowledge onto others. How often do you endeavour to grow people? Nurture someone today!

Let me conclude with one of my best quote of all time by Maya Angelou –

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

Pay attention to the people around you today and let’s continue to make the world be a better place for us all.

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