Why I Love A Planner (And You Should, Too!)

Do you use a planner in your business? I mean, it could be a diary, it could be an app on your smartphone, or it could just be a plain old notepad which you write things down in? For the last two years I have spent a fortune on a lovely colourful life planner from Erin Condren, but this year the weeks have sped by so fast that looking back through it just now I realise I am not making the most of this expensive planner. Especially as I also use a plain notepad for my daily to-do list, what a waste of paper! New Erin Condren planner has arrived! 😊 A photo posted by Jo Harrison (@joharris0n) on Jan 15, 2015 at 5:31am PST Inside view! A photo posted by Jo Harrison … [Read more...]

Top 5 CMS Systems – How to Decide on Which One for Your Website

As a Virtual Assistant, a considerable portion of my work is in managing my clients’ websites. When it comes to website administration, some types of website are easier than others. Inspired by a recent client’s clunky old custom Content Management System (the bit that allows me to make changes, upload new content, and add new features etc.), I thought I would delve into some of the most popular, modern CMSs and give a quick-guide on their pros and cons. Choosing the system best for your purposes can be difficult, but it is an important choice to make. Most people will not want to change systems after they’ve started with one, so let’s take a look at these top five content management systems to see which one is … [Read more...]

My Favourite Tools & Apps in 2014 [Podcast]

I took part in a Podcast with one of my clients last week, it had been in the pipeline for a while, so really pleased that we managed to get it done before the New Year. It's all about the tools and apps we've been using in 2014. As you know from my blog, I love testing out new tools so this podcast was right up my street. I got to talk about my top 3 apps/tools/resources I'd been using for the last year, some golden oldies and a new resource I hope you'll all check out. You can listen to the Podcast here: Our Favourite Apps and Tools of 2014 – Podcast - it's just less than 20 minutes long, so a great thing to do while having your morning coffee!   … [Read more...]

Canva.com – Images Made Simple

If you’re like me then the thought of having to create images for social media, blog posts and websites is not one that fills you with joy. After all, some people have artistic flare and others don’t – that’s life. However, there’s a tool that I’ve discovered which is absolutely perfect for people like me (and you – if you’re the same). It’s called Canva and basically lets non-designers create beautiful images using drag-and-drop tools. I’d always wished I was proficient using design tools like Photoshop but when I tried it all just seemed far too involved. Who wants to spend a small fortune on expensive software to find out that it’s complicated and you need a design degree to use it. That’s why Canva is … [Read more...]

Welcome to the World of Spokal

Last week, I gave you an insight into my top 5 productivity tools. Whittling that list down to the final 5 was actually quite difficult and I’ll tell you why… When I started planning the post, I soon realised just how many tools and applications I use on a day-to-day basis! In fact, it could have quite easily been “My Top 10” or “My Top 15” but I felt that that would detract somewhat from the overall impact and meaning of the list. That said, there was one other application that nearly made the list but didn’t – and there’s a reason for that. You see, when I was composing the other post, I was in two minds about whether to include Spokal or not. In the end I chose not to, but promised myself that I would … [Read more...]

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