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Blog visibility

27 Apr

I came across a blog, Moms wear your Tees, she was reviewing a blog tool to give your blog more visibility.

Blog Buzzer is a FREE easy to use tool that helps authors of blogs get their work noticed. Most blog entries are found by other internet users through search engines and blog related directories, Blog Buzzer will automatically send your blog to these directories and search engines for you. BlogBuzzer  pings your blog for FREE, for those on a restricted marketing budget, this is great.  All you need to do, go to BlogBuzzer.com and put in your blog name and address.  It is that simple!

They also have a premium account which will automatically update your ping status.  The premium account was only $9.00 for a year.  I thought this was a great price , so I signed up .  I am hoping this investment will pay off to make my blog more visible.

Hope this is helpful to getting your blog to be more visible.  Here are some more free tips for getting your blogs noticed.

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Spring Organizing

20 Apr

It’s spring let’s get to organizing and clearing our workspaces and homes.  Question is where do we start? 

Organizing is more than just an act of clearing your space, it also declutters your mind.  I don’t know about you but I seem to get really annoyed , and overwhelmed around clutter.  I start by getting mad at the clutter, then mad that I can’t work effectively because of the clutter, then mad at myself for causing the clutter and needless to say it is a vicious circle of blame and annoyance. 

Here are some tips to decluttering, organizing and getting back some level of sanity from HGTV: 

1. Invest in adequate furniture.
 Make sure your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.2. Establish activity centers.
The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas:

  • The Work Center, which includes a clear workspace, the computer and frequently used office products.  
  • The Reference Center, which includes binders, manuals, dictionary and professional books and materials.  
  • The Supply Center, which contains office and paper supplies.

  

3. Properly place the hardware and peripherals. 

  • Position your equipment by frequency of use. If the printer is used daily, it should be within easy reach. If the CPU is only accessed for troubleshooting, it can be placed under or next to the desk. If a scanner is rarely used, it can be placed outside the work area.  
  • When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays and cords. Don’t block access to drawers or take up leg room with tangled

More on Home offices 

Here are some additional tips for the rest of your home 

Living Room:  Reclaim you family space 

Kitchen:  The heart of the home 

Bedrooms:  Our sanctuaries 

Bathrooms 

Great resources for organizational tools: 

The Container Store 

Organize.com 

StacksandStacks 

GET ORGANIZED!!!!!!!!!!

Creativity: Good for your health?

6 Apr

The winter blahs are slowly rolling away with the arrival of spring.  If you like myself have been going through a sluggish time and your creativity seems to be wavering, here is an article from Everyday Health that will show you the benefits your creativity can have on your health.  

Creativity reduces stress and keeps you healthy.  The article highlights some reasons why creativity is important.

  • It’s enjoyable
  • It stimulates the brain
  • It boosts self-confidence

Read the rest of the article, it will help you to balance work and play and make the most of your creative time.

For the sassy sisters I know that creativity is also work so lets find a way to make them both work for better emotional and financial health.

Effectiveness

9 Mar

One of my goals for this year was to enhance my awareness through various resources.  A book that I have always wanted to read is Stephen Covey’s “7  Habits of Highly Effective People“.  Well I opted to get the audio book from the library.  It allows me to do my housework, and other work while listening.  I am so glad that I got this book and I haven’t even finished it.  I know now that I will have to buy this book as it should be a resource book in everyone’s life.

I would like to share some points that Covey mentioned on effectiveness.

Effective:  Getting what you want and getting what you want in a way that allows you to duplicating your results over and over again.

His formula to achieve effectiveness is having a PPC balance.

P – Production                   PC- Production Control

When applied in business this would mean not only being concerned so much with what is being produced, but also who is helping you produce.  If you owned a restaurant and you were merely concerned with how many people are being served in a certain amount of time and you have no concern for your server, you have arrived at a PPC imbalance.  When the capacity of the asset to produce becomes ineffective you have a  PPC imbalance.  

I want to be a great boss and You have to do all you can to maintain a balance or you will reduce  effectiveness.  Covey talked about the body, sometimes we run and run, eat poorly, get no excercise and wonder why we experience a body that does not function as it should.

Something that came to mind when I was listening was blogging.  We worry about producing , making sure that we post frequently yet is possible to be so eager to produce a post that you may not produce effective content.  Taking time to read, read other blogs, stop to just breath, review our goals and passions will give us the renewed strength that we need to have an effective blog.

Where do you find your PPC inbalance?

What steps will you take to become highly effective in those areas?

Get a copy of this life changing book. Stop by next week to get another Covey insight.  Love to hear your comments.

Talking financial matters

23 Feb

Ever noticed that conversations are great with your family until you start talking about finances.  Well I know that I have that problem with my spouse.  I get a feeling that every time I bring up finances he is on the defensive.  I am not sure he means to be, however when I bring up finances it’s almost equivalent to me burning the house down.  He is tense , I am tense and the matter does not get discussed or it turns into an argument is there no middle grown.  I went in search of help from the experts, here is what I found.

Jean Chatzky author of Talking Money and regular contributor to the Today show suggest:

Find Neutral Time

Find a calm and relax time to discuss matters.  I get this, from experience I know that nothing is accomplished in the heat of the moment. Read more

Give a Little to Get a Little

Volunteer your own feelings about a financial issue and it may encourage your partner to do the same. Read more

Know Where You Stand

Be honest with yourself about how you feel.  You have always been financially independent and now circumstances have changed, discuss how this feels. Read more

Bring in a Third Party

If you can’t seem to talk about finances, seek out a counselor to help you sort through your financial issues.

Read more on Do’s and Don’ts for Couples from Jean Chatzky