7 Smartphone Apps That You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Smartphone Addiction: Are You?

As a professional virtual assistant, I’m all about boosting productivity and improving efficiency. But when it comes to managing day-to-day tasks, communicating effectively and keeping my finger on the digital pulse, few devices afford me more productivity gains and efficiency hikes than my trusty iPhone. But don’t think I’m about to start singing the praises of my iPhone – I’m not. While it’s been great, this post is all about the benefits of smartphones in general and in particular, how pivotal they can be when we’re ‘on the go’. If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you’ll already know some of my top productivity tools. And while the following list focuses solely on the apps I use on my iPhone, … [Read more...]

The Virtual Assistant’s Survival Guide to Saving Money

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Hello and Happy New Year from Writer’s Block Admin Services! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break and welcomed the arrival of 2015 in a suitably memorable way. And with a New Year comes the inevitable resolutions. Things that you’ve been putting off over the last 12 months, but really should start abiding by. For most of us, New Year resolutions involve lifestyle changes that serve to make us healthier. Losing weight, quitting smoking and going to the gym more are all classic examples. But Christmas will have undoubtedly involved some major spending and as a result, it’s our finances that could do with some TLC this January. With that in mind, I’ve taken it upon myself to compile this virtual … [Read more...]

Canva.com – Images Made Simple

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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...]

Top 5 Tips for Effectively Managing Your Daily Task List

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Do you want to be able to realise your full potential in terms of productivity every single day? If so, you’re in the right place, as I’m about to share with you my top 5 tips for managing your daily tasks effectively, which will not only help you focus but inevitably boost your productivity in turn. You will all undoubtedly have daily routines that you follow rigorously, but that doesn’t mean you can’t leverage at least some of my tips and add them to your current working practices. So without further ado let’s take a look at how, with my help, you can schedule your days more effectively. 1. Set yourself priorities When it comes to your daily tasks you have to get into the habit of prioritising. It’s too … [Read more...]

5 Tips to a Happy Virtual Assistant

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One of the many things I have been meaning to do since starting my virtual assistance business is to put together a manual for clients, to give them as much information they may need when working with a virtual assistant. I don't mean to suggest that everyone needs step by step instructions on how to delegate tasks to a VA, but I have found that many past and present clients could do with some guidance when working with a VA for the first time. I have put together my list of the 5 top tips I think every Virtual Assistant would love their clients to take note of: 1. Use Project Management software I have lost count of the number of times I have mentioned the PM software that I use with some of my clients. Asana … [Read more...]