and other ramblings of a small business owner

Other Ramblings

Job Tracking

I’m thinking that I’d like to develop a system for job tracking. I use Todoist as a task manager and absolutely love it (well, saying that I’m not in love with the Windows 10 app but it works great using the browser version). Todoist is perfect for tracking individual tasks, but I’ve never found a […]

Should I care about 118?

Can anyone tell me if I should actually care if our business details are in the 118 directory? I’m pretty sure we don’t get any business from it. My problem is that every now and then I get a call from them asking to check my details. It’s supposed to be every 12 months but […]

Where are all the women business writers?

I think I might have started on an interesting journey. There are a few blogs that I follow because I really like the approach of the bloggers. When I say ‘follow’, I mean that I have subscribed to their sites and actively read the updates that land in my inbox. I know that I’ve found […]

Argh, need to listen to my own advice

OK, I’ve learnt an important lesson. I find myself quite often explaining to clients the importance of keeping their websites backed up and any software running on the up-to-date. Why is this? Because if you leave them too long without updating the software you stand a good chance of getting hacked. I’m currently working on […]

Great time management article

Just found this great article on time management by TentBlogger: My Time Management 101. Definitely worth a read. Every now and then I try categorising my tasks as: Urgent & Important Urgent & Not Important Not Urgent But Important Not Urgent & Not Important but end up with everything being ‘Urgent & Imporant’ or ‘Not […]

Relaxed on the inside?

How’s this for achieving relaxation inside and out? Last night I downloaded a guided relaxation recording to help me sleep. It was doing really well – had started at my feet and worked up to my head and I was really beginning to feel the benefit. And then the narrator started on the internal organs […]

Back on track

I’m pleased to say that we’ve got our worklog back on track. Digging out the previous week’s backup did unearth a couple more missing tasks but I’m now feeling much more confident that it’s up-to-date. The lesson I will take away from this is to not mess with Excel filtering on a vitally important spreadsheet […]

Technology or human error?

I’ve just discovered something rather worrying. We track our current task list on a spreadsheet which we call our ‘worklog’. It’s a central place for us to record everything that needs doing, whether it’s client work or business tasks, which we can both access. The idea is that we have a reliable place to track […]

The importance of business planning

My last post was a review of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People last September – now that doesn’t make me feel like a highly effective person! But I’m still here, check still reading lots of business books and working hard at my business. The last year has been an interesting one. We moved […]

Been on holiday … to Cornwall

Are you ready for a bit of a sob story? We had a holiday to Spain planned this week. It was going to be our first trip abroad for about five years. My parents flew out a few days before and we were to join them on Tuesday for some serious relaxation. But … the […]