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Small Business Budgeting Tips

When you start your own business, creating a budget is the first thing you need to do. For a lot of small business owners, the last time they had to make a small business budget was their freshman year accounting class. If you don’t have much financial experience, it can sometimes be hard to make your first budget, especially if you can’t yet project your costs and sales. While making a budget is difficult, it’s also very necessary. Without one, it will be almost impossible for you to keep track of how successful your business really is. You won’t know if you need to cut back or if you can afford to give yourself a pay raise.

If you need help making a budget, there are numerous websites and books that can be extremely helpful. The Small Business Association (SBA) website is one resource that is very informative and super helpful. If you have money to spare, you could also invest in a budgeting program, or even hire someone to do it for you. No matter what, it’s very important for you to review your budget and make sure that you’re staying on track. Read on for a few small-business budgeting tips to ensure financial stability.

Be realistic about your cash flow projection

When you start a new business, it’s impossible to know exactly how successful you will be. Even though you would love to make thousands of dollars in the first month, depending on your business plan, this may or may not be realistic. Aim low when making your first budget. If you make more money than you planned for, it will be a happy surprise, rather than the heartache and financial stress it would be if you come in way under what you had anticipated. If you don’t know how to make this projection, reach out to those who can help you, whether it’s an industry colleague, an old professor, or even some of your target customers. They’ll likely be more than happy to help.

Understand how to do a cost-benefit analysis

If you don’t know how to do one, you can easily Google it and find step-by-step instructions. Basically, a cost-benefit analysis helps you determine whether or not big business decisions are worth it. For example, let’s say that your business sells blankets. For each blanket you sell, you make $10. You’re considering investing in something new for your business, such as an iPad ($500). A cost-benefit analysis will tell you that you would have to sell 50 blankets to pay off that iPad. Is it worth it? Maybe yes, maybe no, but this easy calculation will help you determine whether or not you’re willing to make the purchase.

Never spend all the money you make

This one is probably pretty self-explanatory, but don’t spend everything! It’s just like your parents taught you when you were a child. It’s important to save money and have it in reserve so that it is there when you need it. A savings is great to have if your business doesn’t do well one quarter, but it also might be useful for other reasons. Maybe you’ll have a great new investment opportunity or the chance to expand. Don’t just save it for a rainy day, but for the future of your business.

Don’t budget every dollar

Leave a little leeway- if you budget every last penny, you won’t be ready for the things that you can’t anticipate, like a leaky roof or a broken computer. Make sure that you give yourself a little bit of wiggle-room so that you have extra money when you need it. Remember that old saying: “Plan for the worst but hope for the best”? It’s important to keep this in mind when planning a budget. We, as small business owners, would all love to spend the absolute least amount of money that we can, and sometimes this might be possible, but not always. It’s important for us to be prepared for whatever might come our way.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to making (or tweaking) your budget. It’s also important to keep in mind, however, that your budget shouldn’t stay the same forever. As you gain or get rid of expenses, and as you make more money when your business expands, it’s important to make new budgets that better reflect your financial status. Budgets aren’t one size fits all, so you need to keep yours in check. Its benefits only appear if it’s accurate and useful. If you haven’t looked at yours in a while, today’s the day to get started.

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Defining Your Target Market

Have you ever heard the saying that you can’t be all things to all people? In the business world, this couldn’t be closer to the truth. If you set out to create a product or service that will work for everyone, you won’t succeed in the end. It’s impossible to market one specific product or service to everyone, because people want and need different things based on their demographics, behaviors, and various other factors.

In order for small businesses to effectively compete with larger businesses, it’s important for them to find their target market and work to build strong relationships it’s members.

If you’re like a lot of small business owners, you might have read the first paragraph of this blog and are now wondering “What is my target market?” We’re here to help you figure that out. If you’re still trying to find your niche, read on and learn how to market to that group of people.

Analyze your Current Customers

See what kind of people are already buying your products or paying for your service. First, consider demographics: Male/Female? Do they live in the city or in the suburbs? Age? Married/single/divorced? Do they have kids at home, grown kids, or none at all? What is their occupation or their income level? What’s their education status? Then, consider what the experts call “behavioral and psychographic attributes”, or things they do often/ways they act. Do you own a nice restaurant and consider your customers to be foodies who eat out often? Do you own an organizational service and see that most of your customers work long hours or consider themselves to be messy and disorganized?

Find the commonalities between those who are already buying from you. Chances are, those people should be your target market. Others like them would probably be interested in your products or services as well, and by marketing to them, you can be sure that you’re spending your marketing budget with a higher chance of profit.

Understand What Problems your Business Solves

People buy your product or use your service because you’re fixing a problem that they have. Think back to the attributes we talked about earlier. An organization company solves a problem for people who are too busy to organize themselves. Another example might be a retail store that specializes in business clothing for young college grads and those starting jobs for the first time. If you didn’t solve a problem, people wouldn’t be buying from you. Consider what your business has to offer and who stands to gain from it. Those people are the ones you want to target with your marketing efforts.

Consider your Competition

It’s always important to look at your competition and see how what you offer is different and unique from what they do. Why is your offering better? It might be a simple answer— maybe your office is closer for people who live in a certain neighborhood. Maybe your product is slightly less expensive, or maybe people are willing to pay more for your customer service experience. Whatever that advantage is, promote it! Reach out to those who would benefit from your business and make sure they know why your product or service is the most beneficial option for them.

Evaluate

Target markets should be very specific, but they shouldn’t be so specific that there aren’t enough people in that group to justify spending money on marketing to them. Recent college grads who are starting their first business job within the Charlotte metro area is an awesome target market. Recent college grads from a NC college who are starting a business consulting job and will make more than X amount in the South Park neighborhood ….that’s a little bit too specific.

Once you think you have a great target market, ask yourself some of these questions: Are there enough people that fit my customer description? Are these people going to be interested in my product and can they afford it? What information can I learn about this group that would help me market my product more effectively to them? What marketing channels are most accessible to this group?

Although defining your target market might take some time and effort, it’s well worth it in the end. Defining your target market is the difficult part; after it is decided, you will have a much easier time developing a marketing strategy and determining how you’re going to reach out to those people. In the marketing world, one size doesn’t fit all – make sure that your marketing message is effective in reaching those who will be most interested in your product. The rest will be a piece of cake.

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Networking Tips: LinkedIn 101

LinkedIn is a professional networking site, allowing anyone to build and customize their digital resume, grow their industry network, and stay connected with current contacts. As with any professional role, LinkedIn has some unspoken rules of etiquette one should follow. We’ve constructed some DO’s and Don’ts of using this site, so you can best utilize it to build your professional network and make a great first impression. Read on for some top-notch networking tips!

DO send a customized invitation to connect

It’s always better to send a customized invitation when you’re trying to make a new connection, as opposed to a generic, pre-filled request. You always need to be thinking about how you can make yourself stand out, especially if using LinkedIn for job hunting or searching for clients. Take a few extra minutes and really personalize your message to the professional you’re reaching out to. Let them know why you’re connecting, and you’re much more likely to get a response.

DON’T send two (or ten) requests

We know that it’s annoying when it’s been weeks and someone STILL hasn’t responded to your invitation. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s okay for you to delete that request and send another one, just to “remind” them. There might be a reason that they weren’t so quick to accept your request, and it only makes you look desperate if you bombard them with one after another. You’ve done your part, you’ve reached out with a personal message. Now the ball is in their court, and it’s their choice whether or not they want to connect with you.

DO respond to messages and invitations promptly

Knowing how frustrating it can be when somebody doesn’t respond to your invitation as quickly as you would like, don’t do the same to others. A good rule of thumb is to treat LinkedIn like e-mail. It’s perfectly acceptable to wait 24 or sometimes even 48 hours to respond, but any longer than that is just rude. Don’t start off on the wrong foot! A prompt response shows that you’re organized, professional, and interested in building relationships. Let LinkedIn send you email notifications or make it a part of your daily schedule to check for new invitations. Whichever method you decide to use, make sure to stick with it!

DON’T ask someone you don’t know well for a recommendation or endorsement

Would it be awesome if the VP of the company you worked for and met maybe 2 times in 10 years gave you a glowing recommendation? YES! Is it okay for you to ask for one? NO WAY! We’re not saying that you shouldn’t ask a close colleague if she’s willing to endorse you for a specific skill that she’s seen you perform – you should be doing that. But don’t ask acquaintances or new connections if they’re willing. It will portray you as desperate, and may even make the person feel uncomfortable or pressured. On the same note, just because you’ve endorsed someone doesn’t mean they have to endorse you back. Remember that this isn’t Twitter! Concentrate on getting endorsements from those you know well – they’ll be much more beneficial to you in the long run, anyway.

DO endorse your colleagues

Don’t be afraid to endorse your colleagues for skills that you’ve seen them embody. It makes them feel good about themselves and will help you build both a professional and digital LinkedIn relationship with them. However, don’t endorse someone for a skill that you can’t bear witness to. Being anything but honest will come back to haunt you in the long run, and you don’t want to put yourself in that position. Stick to endorsing people that you know well for skills that you know they can perform.

DON’T start a message with “I see you’ve viewed my profile…”

Creepy, right? Being able to see who has viewed your profile is a particularly cool LinkedIn feature, but not one that you should take advantage of. Don’t start by saying that you see they’ve viewed you; they’re already aware of that Plus, it could make things a bit uncomfortable if they’ve viewed you and then chosen not to reach out to you. If you do want to connect with someone who has viewed your profile, that’s perfectly fine. Just send a personalized connection request – talk about your common interests, mutual connections, etc, and then let them respond how and when they’d like.

DO make lots of connections

That’s what LinkedIn is for, right?! Don’t be afraid to reach out to anyone,no matter how much higher or lower you think you are on a professional scale than them. Ignoring someone’s request could cost you an interview for your dream job, as could being too proud to reach out to someone less qualified than you. In the professional world, it’s all about who you know. The connections you make will have their own connections established, and breaking into their web of contacts is the best way to grow your own.

Best of luck!

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Who To Hire: Millennials or Experienced Employees?

Who’s more valuable: millennials or experienced employees? As time progresses and technology continues to advance, companies need to take into consideration who they want to hire, and what it will do for their business in the long-run. Both types of employee bring many strong advantages to the table, but as society becomes more sophisticated, companies need to take into consideration who they think is going to be more prepared and qualified.

Millennials

Also known as Generation Y, millennials are the individuals that were born between the early 1980’s and 2000. This means that when technology started to evolve and the Internet became the next big thing, this generation got to experience it from birth through the present. As they grew with it, they are basically experts at the basics of technology.

Now, in 2016 the oldest Millennial is 34 and the youngest is 18; thus, many of them are just beginning their careers. So the question is, are these newbies qualified enough to beat out the competition of experienced employees?

The benefits of hiring a Millennial over an experienced individual are simple: we are younger; we are tapped into what’s popular and what is not.; we grew up in an era with constant accessibility to technology; we know how to establish trends and stay ahead of the game. Overall, we have a fresh way of thinking that could bring many benefits to any company.

Not only do we know how to detect these social changes, but we are the one’s creating them. Because we were able to grow up with technological advantages, we, as individuals, have evolved with it. We are now the engineers and creators of new apps and websites, and technology in general.

Any company that hires a Millennial over a more experienced applicant may be taking a leap of faith, but more than likely, they will not be disappointed.

The Experienced Employee

Just like the Millennials, an experienced employee has so much to offer. The benefits are obvious: they’re experienced, so they are the safest choice; they know what they are doing and need less training; they already have that professional mindset which fits in with your company’s needs. Experienced employees have also have accumulated references and contacts, and having a strong network of people that are relevant to your organization will only boost business.

The Crossover

As the majority of the Millennial generation is already in the professional world, there is a chance that the seasoned employee is also a millennial. If this is the case, the organization should be considered lucky. Each type of employee is valuable, but when the benefits of both are incorporated in one person, you should definitely not turn them away.

Generation Z

The real dilemma is not between Millennials and experienced employees, since, as the years pass, they are becoming one. What we should be concerned with is the generation that follows us.

Right now, Generation Z is consists of kids younger than the age of 18. We do have time to prepare them, but when they become old enough to enter the professional world, it won’t  take long until they replace us all. Will having years of experience really help us out?

These kids are technological monsters! There are 6 year old kids out there who are already creating their own apps and have more followers on social media than any millennial will see in their lifetime.

Though Millennials grew up with new technology, we still had somewhat of childhood that consisted of playing outside and using our imagination to do things. But generation Z has grown up with a technology-takeover. They were using laptops and tablets at the age of 3, and they all have smart phones by the time they’re in the 4th grade. It’s intimidating.

So when the time comes for generation Z to start competing for positions, let’s just hope that our knowledge and ability to learn technology quickly is still relevant. If not, then let us be optimistic that this new group of youngster won’t be too cruel and kick us to the curb.

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Web Designer: Do I really need one?

So you’ve started your own business, and you’ve finally come to terms with the importance of a digital presence. Now you’ve realized…your website needs some work. Your options are to settle for an amateur site and finish it yourself, or fork over loads of cash to have a web designer do it for you. At the get go, it may seem best to tackle it on your own. You’re feeling ambitious, you want to save a few bucks, or you just wonder how hard could it really be?

What does a professional have that you don’t? Well, more things than you think,  but we’ve narrowed it down for you. Regardless of how professional and appealing you may think the site is that you, the inexperienced and untrained web designer, whipped up in a few hours, viewers can almost immediately tell if a site has been constructed by a professional or not.

Here’s what a designer will bring to the table:

1. Professionalism

A professional designer will make a professional website. Simple enough. They know how to create a website that is attractive, effective, and creative. All three of these aspects will amp up the credibility of your website, as users will feel a sense of security about your services. A business gains such credibility when its website looks legitimate. It should have a trustworthy feel to it and appear to have intelligent business professionals behind it. A user wants to be assured that there are humans on the other end,  so they can trust the products and services they purchase are legitimate.

2. Save time, energy, and frustration

A professional is educated in the craft of web design. They not only know the basics, but also current trends when it comes to changing environments of SEO, JavaScript, Photo Optimization, Communication, Languages (Flash, PHP, etc.), you name it! Designers know how to adapt your website to user receptiveness, navigation, search, etc. Learning all these aspects from scratch will require a lot of time and energy, and is more complicated than you’d think. The difficulty can lead to unnecessary frustration, which can be avoided by seeking professional assistance.

3. Avoid the faults of templates

Maybe you’ve considered using a pre-made template for your website instead of hiring designer. The problem them is they limit your business’s singularity. Pre-made templates harbor no uniqueness for your business. They hinder your ability to customize your website, as many do not allow for certain features such as galleries, contact forms, special scripts, etc. They also limit expansion, which is important to think about as your business itself may expand.

If you want any of these elements, just forget about using a pre-made template. Additionally, templates limit expansion. Even if you think you can do without them, if you change your mind later on, it becomes virtually impossible to add these things using a template. At this point, you would have to bring in a designer anyways. It would be smart to have a designer work on your website from the get-go, allowing the ability to add features as you see fit.

4. Designers are communicators

Designers know how to communicate. They do so with font, color, shape, and layout utilization. Designers make websites easy to navigate and an enjoyable, interactive experience for the user. They make websites clear and consistent, which will make you look like an business expert. Designers also know how to create a website in a way so that search engines can easily read and rank your page. This is important, as your website exists to attract existing and potential customers to it. If the SEO is weak, there won’t be a lot of user traffic.

5. Browser compatibility

It is important that your website can be accessed easily across multiple browsers. A high percentage of people search using mobile devices, so your website needs to be mobile friendly. A designer will test the layout of your website across multiple browsers to ensure that there aren’t any issues, whether you’re a fan of Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox. There shouldn’t be any variation between browsers, and designers specialize in guaranteeing a crisp website no matter what browser the user prefers.

6. Fight competition

There are at least a billion websites floating around the internet today. It is important to have a website that is distinguishable from the rest. A designer will create a unique website for you. If your website doesn’t stand out, it won’t gain attention from users. Designers focus on launching a more effective website than your competitors. In doing so, your business will be chosen over the next best.

 

If you’re still pondering the idea of building your site yourself, consider the product you could create compared to something a professional would. There are endless advantages to having a professional, custom site built for you, and they almost always outweigh any financial burdens.

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5 Small Business Misconceptions

If you own your own small business, you know it’s nothing easy. While the freedom and opportunities that come with owning your own business are wonderful, there are challenges as well. In this blog post, we will debunk five of the most common misconceptions about small businesses. Whether you’re just starting out or still growing your business, read on!

“Build It and They’ll Come”

Many people start their own businesses because they see a need that isn’t being fulfilled. They have a brilliant idea, or believe they can create a niche product or service that others want and need. Most of the time, they’re right! The problem, however, is that customers won’t come just because you create the product. Instead, success is largely dependent on your marketing practices. As a small business owner, it is up to you to make others aware of your product and tell them why they need it. Your brilliant idea is only the beginning. Make sure you have a detailed marketing plan that helps get the word out – you’ll be glad you do.

“You Have to Spend a Lot of Money to Make Money”

Sometimes, this is the case, but not always! No matter how good your idea is, there’s always the chance that you’ll run into unexpected problems or obstacles. When you start your business (or when you decide to expand), make a list of your needs, the things your business must have to function, and your wants, those things that would be helpful, but aren’t absolutely necessary. Start out by buying all of your needs, then be frugal with your wants. It always pays to spend your money wisely and track all of your investments. Then, the making-money part will begin.

Small Business Owners Work at Home in Their Pajamas

If you’re anything like me, you might take offense to this misconception. Many small business owners have offices, often with other employees that work for them. Even if a small business owner doesn’t need a brick and mortar building, he or she often has a home office or another area dedicated to work. While small business owners have advantages that include the opportunity to sometimes work at home, in their pajamas if they choose to do so, this isn’t always the case. Small business owners are often on-the-go. They sometimes work random hours and are always “on call” for their business. But on those days when they want to wear their pajamas while they do some work, well that’s one of the perks of being a small business owner.

Small Businesses Don’t Need to Use Social Media

Wrong! Small businesses arguably need social media even more than large corporations. Small businesses are built upon customer service and personal relationships, and social media is the ideal method to develop those relationships that will help your business thrive. If your small business doesn’t use social media, you are missing out on potential customers that could easily be reached through an Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page. Don’t get left behind – consider creating a few social media profiles and getting in the game. Your business (and your bottom line) will thank you!

“I Don’t Need a Business Plan!”

Big mistake! Even if you don’t have a board of trustees or a boss breathing down your neck about every decision you make, you still need an in-depth business plan, and it should be the very first thing you do as a new business owner. Writing a business plan will help you in so many ways. It will give you long-term perspective, will force you to do research on competitors, will help you set targets and goals, and more importantly, will give you a detailed plan to follow every step of the way.

Even if your business has been around for years but you’ve never gotten around to writing a business plan, now’s the time to do it. It will help you in the long run and it’s never too late to get organized and develop a long-term plan for your small business.

Small businesses are the backbone of America. There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 50% of the working population (over 120 million people) work for a small business (Forbes 2013). Whether you’re a new small business owner or an old pro, keeping these five misconceptions in mind will help your business continue to grow successfully.

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How to Conquer Writer’s Block

Every writer, whether corporate or freelance, faces periods of a creative dry-spell. No matter what it is you write, whether an article, blog, or full-length novel, everyone has experienced writer’s block. While frustrating, it is inevitable. However, there are some steps that can be taken to minimize the struggle.

  • Take a Break This is a simple, and obvious, tip. The majority of the time, writer’s face a creative block because they have been working for too long on one thing. Stepping back for a breather can help you clear your mind and refocus on the task at hand. Do something that takes minimal effort, such as listening to your favorite artist or watching your favorite TV show. The break will let your brain rest and refresh before getting back to work.
  • Change Location Sometimes, changing up the scenery is all it takes. Writers often stick themselves in a small room that is quiet and secluded. Instead, seek out somewhere new to work, maybe even outside; a place that can help you begin thinking in a new way. Overall, you know the best environment for you to get work done in, but know it’s not wise to keep doing the same thing and hope for a different outcome.
  • Exercise Get up and do something that is good for your mind and body. Writer’s block can be supper stressful, so working off that anger can really clear your mind. You can go on a walk, a run, a bike ride, do some yoga, anything that your heart desires.
  • Nap Time People often have really good ideas or notes that come to mind when lying in bed trying to fall asleep, so keeping a journal nearby is handy for jotting down ideas for the next day. If facing writer’s block, lay down for a power nap; you’ll be surprised how many things pop into your head when you’re actually trying to shut your mind off.
  • Eat Who doesn’t like having an excuse to stuff their face? Try to find a recipe that you haven’t tried before and then take some time to cook it. After having a delicious, healthy meal, it’ll be easier to focus on your work.
  • Call Up a Friend Calling a friend can help distract you from the task at hand, and they can also be inspiration for new ideas. Make a list of three people to call every time you feel stuck. This is also a great excuse to catch up, especially with those who live far away.
  • Ask for Help This suggestion can go hand-in-hand with the previous tip. Asking for help should never be viewed in a negative way; everyone needs a little help once in a while. The ideas and work of others may give you inspiration for work of your own. Remember, two heads are better than one; everyone has their own way of thinking, so having a different perspective is useful.
  • Review Old Writing Examples If you’re not lucky enough to have people to help you out, then lean on yourself. There’s no better way than going through your past to inspire yourself. Re-read some of your old and favorite pieces of work. It will get you excited and help stimulate creative thinking skills. And if you’re at the beginning of your writing career, go read something of your favorite author or blogger. Their work can be just as helpful as your own.
  • Write About Something Else This is especially useful if you’re writing about something that you are disinterested in. Writer’s block is common, but is less common when writing about something you’re passionate about. Take a step back and write about something that interests you. This is just an excuse to get out everything on your mind that is keeping you from getting your job done. This is another reason a journal is valuable, as it can help you express your feelings and thoughts.

Remember, fighting writer’s block is an everyday struggle, and one that every writer will face. Engage in one or more of these recommendations to kick your writer’s block to the curb.

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Top 10 Productivity Hacks

Do you ever have those days when you just can’t seem to stay on track and get anything done? Do you find yourself getting easily distracted, or have trouble motivating yourself to keep going? Then this blog post is for you! Keep reading to learn ten productivity hacks that will keep you motivated and help you accomplish your goals!

1. Turn off your cell phone notifications

In today’s world, it’s easy to get dozens of notifications within just an hour. Our phones beep constantly for texts, calls, Twitter updates, LinkedIn requests, even news regarding our favorite sports team! In order to be productive, it’s important to limit the notifications we receive while working. Put your phone on silent and check for notifications once an hour or so, but don’t let yourself keep getting interrupted every two minutes.

2. Start with the tasks you’re dreading the most

If you leave the work you hate the most until last thing, you’ll spend all day dreading it. Instead, get it out of the way first thing! You’ll feel so productive and will be able to spend the rest of the day focusing on the tasks you enjoy doing. It’s a win/win!

3. Take advantage of your lost hours

There are so many small chunks of time in the day that you could be using productively. Do you drive to work? Download the latest industry podcasts and listen to them as you go. Spend 30 minutes in line waiting to pick up your kids from carpool? Catch up on your email or read the latest industry news. Take advantage of small windows of time to catch up on the little things; it makes a big difference!

4. Don’t check your email first thing in the morning

It’s easy to come into work in the morning with a list of tasks to accomplish, only to get sidetracked by your email. By the time the afternoon rolls around, you still may not have gotten to your list of tasks. Instead, get started as soon as you arrive! Those emails can wait an hour or two. You’ll feel so productive and will get the important things accomplished without getting distracted.

5. Get out of the office

Don’t be afraid to take a break! Walk around outside on your lunch break if you work in an office, or take your dog for a walk if you work from home. Fresh air will actually make you more productive. If you feel yourself getting stressed about a project or issue, step away, refresh, and then start again. A new perspective might be just what you need to get the job done!

6. Do some planning on Sunday nights

Enjoy your weekend, but don’t be afraid to spend an hour on Sunday night getting your schedule together for the week. If you come in on Monday morning with a plan, you’ll save the time that you would have spent getting things in order. Cheers to starting the week off on a productive note!

7. Create a personal email

Don’t get distracted by emails from your favorite stores, vacation offers, newsletters, and other promotions. Create a separate email that you use to sign up for anything non-work related. Check this email as a break or in the evenings so that you can keep on top of things, but don’t let it interfere with your productivity by distracting you during the day.

8. Get some exercise

Research proves that exercise makes you more productive. If you have a busy day, consider getting up early and exercising before you get started, or working out at the end of the day. If your schedule is more flexible, take an exercise break mid-morning or go on a walk during your lunch break. Every little bit helps and getting exercise will help you feel better and more productive throughout the entire day,

9. Clean off your desk

A messy desk can hurt anyone’s productivity. Spend a few minutes straightening up your desk, organizing and filing papers, and getting everything in order. It will make you less cluttered and help you stay organized, but it will also save time when you’re looking for something you need! Hello, productivity!

10. Set realistic goals

Set clear, but achievable goals for yourself. Write them down and check them off when you achieve them. Share them with friends or coworkers to keep you accountable and celebrate with them when you hit a milestone! By setting achievable goals that you can actually reach, you keep yourself feeling productive and don’t get bogged down. Celebrating even the little things will keep you motivated and on the right track!

At the end of the day, looking back on what you’ve accomplished can really help or harm your confidence and overall satisfaction. The more productive you are , the prouder you’ll be when you clock out. Being more productive can boost your overall happiness in the long run, as it’ll reduce stress and allow you to celebrate every small achievement.

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