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Happy New Year – 2018 is here!

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Welcome to 2018!

The first full working week of 2018, how are things going for you?  

Last week whizzed by for me, with an on-site day with one client and an excellent meeting with another, reviewing the past three months and planning for the coming months. My feet barely touched the ground.  Unfortunately, I was suffering with a cold (kindly donated by my nephew over Christmas, he was happy to gift it to me, my Mum and Dad, we have taught him to share well!).

This meant I wasn’t able to join my walking group on Saturday, however, I snuggled up at home and went slightly mad with de-cluttering rooms, updating music on i-tunes, putting the Christmas decorations into the loft and generally filling my recycling bin to the brim.  It felt very therapeutic, almost worth missing the walk!

I also reviewed my categories, which I have blogged about previously and thought it may be helpful to re-share with you, “Must Do”; “Should Do”; “Will Do”!

Must Do: for me, are things that have been outstanding for some time, not necessarily important, though items I would like to complete for my own sanity.

Should Do: are daily or weekly tasks that will be completed regularly and will always be there.  Identified in Outlook, my reminders keep these in hand.

Will Do:  are goals we have set for 2018, to assist Holly and I, in continuing to develop and grow Virtual Angels.

Take a look at your own task list, identify tasks that fit into each category, then book out regular blocks of time in your calendar to tackle them.  January is a great time to review processes and tickling completed items off at the end of the day provides a sense of achievement.

Make this full working week count and take a little time each day to identify and complete some Must, Should and Will Do tasks.  Let me know how much you enjoy ticking them off at the end of the day.

Dead Time – what can you do?

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I’m really busy……………..

People seem to be increasingly busy these days. Increased connectivity keeps us online and tuned in more than we have time out. When you’re on the move, whether traveling for business or between meetings, sometimes it can be frustrating when you have time waiting around. Here’s some ideas of what you can do in those short gaps:

Focus on a small project or task

When I’m travelling on a train, it is often my best time for writing blogs or thinking through a problem I need to solve for a client.  The lack of connectivity and restricted access to distractions makes it perfect thinking time.  Don’t force it though, go with your though flows – sometimes not thinking about something at all will help it come together in your head in the quiet times.

Catch Up

If you’re stuck at an airport, or have an hour to kill before meetings, it can be a great time to clear some of those emails that have been sitting around for a while. It can also be a really good time to read those blog posts or newsletters that looked really interesting when it popped in to your inbox.

Breathe and Take Time Out

Life is busy and actually, sometimes it is good just take some time out.  Whether it’s reading a book, knitting, meditating or taking some form of exercise. Whatever helps you wind down, try to find a way to take that with you when you’re travelling or away from the office going from meeting to meeting.

Three top tips for planning communication for your business

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Sarah Browning is a freelance people communication specialist and has been working with charities, not-for-profit and Higher Education organisations since 2003.  She is a certified member of the Institute of Internal Communications (CIIC) and a member of CharityComms.

In this guest blog, she offers three tips when planning communication for your business.

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Staying Safe At The Christmas Party

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An extra blog from us this week, a topical post from Charlotte Allfrey, Principal HR Consultant at Metro HR:

‘Staying safe at the Christmas party’.

Charlotte Allfrey founded Metro HR because she really enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with clients across all sectors, helping them to build motivated and successful businesses.

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Tips for taking your own photos for social media

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Pennie Withers is a Commercial and Event Photographer working in the Thames Valley and London.  She helps businesses stand out from the crowd by enabling them to have professional photographs on their websites, marketing materials and social media.

In the second guest blog of a three-part series by professional photographer Pennie Withers, she provides you with some tips on taking your own photos for social media.

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Working with Pets

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This week we have a blog from Holly about the furry Virtual Angel, Reggie!

One of the joys of working from home is spending the day with my four-legged furry friend.  Reggie is a Brussels Griffon and I have to say there are days when I wonder if he is more cat than dog. However, since he came to live with us last year, he has had a huge impact on my working day.  We don’t have a garden, so he needs to go out for walks on a regular basis throughout the day.

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Why do you need professional photos on your website?

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Photos by Pennie

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Pennie Withers is a Commercial and Event Photographer working in the Thames Valley and London.  She helps businesses stand out from the crowd by enabling them to have professional photographs on their websites, marketing materials and social media.

In the first guest blog of a three-part series by professional photographer Pennie Withers, she talks about the importance of professional images for your business website.

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Email etiquette – what grinds your gears?

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Email has become an essential part of everyday communication. Some people love it, others hate it, but there is no getting away from it. Personally, I think email is a useful tool, working virtually it is a key part of my communications with my clients. That said, there are a few email habits that do make me grumble, here’s a list of my email pet dislikes. Continue reading “Email etiquette – what grinds your gears?”

Onsite or Offsite Business Support?

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Are you beginning to think that you can’t manage your workload, juggling too many things at once, it seems as if there is never enough time to plan ahead, contact possible new clients, think about planning and income for the next six to nine months? It may be the right time to consider business support. Continue reading “Onsite or Offsite Business Support?”

Using Social Media

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Social media has become a big part of our everyday lives personally and professionally. As a police officer, my social media profiles were locked down with limited public information. However, leaving the police and running my own business, I’ve had to learn to be more open about connecting with people and keeping the information up to date. Continue reading “Using Social Media”