I am just now getting out of my holiday funk. It seems that the time between Dec 22nd and Jan 2nd are a blur of celebrations, family gatherings, shopping, and some general laziness. Whatever is on a to-do list can wait until next year.
Remember the days of a “family computer”? Where did yours sit? The kitchen, your bedroom...or did your family have a computer room? By the mid-to-late aughts, most of us had wireless Internet in our household. This made it so that Mom or Dad could answer emails on the couch or the kids could pretend to do homework in their room as they watched the early days of YouTube unfold.
Do you have a hard-working entrepreneur or business owner on your holiday gift list this year? What can you get for the guy or gal who really needs a vacation and a tax break? We've got you covered. Here at Trusty Oak, we work with and are entrepreneurs, so we have the inside scoop
Anybody who hasn't been living under a rock since the 1990s knows social media marketing is a must for businesses today. Social media marketing is essential for successfully reaching potential customers and clients and converting them into buyers. But for many entrepreneurs and business owners, social media is also an enigma—a frightening, confusing bundle of unwritten rules and overwhelming options. Where's the Social Media 101 guidebook, already?
Productivity isn’t doing more; it’s doing more of the right thing.
There’s an outdated notion in business that just won’t die. It’s the idea that productivity means doing more things faster, marking off mile-long to-do lists and plowing through tasks all day long. According to this mindset, a productive person multitasks, moves quickly, and never stops.
The thing is, science and our day-to-day experiences show this is exactly how not to get work done. The multitasking, Bluetooth-wearing, fast-talking businessperson may look and feel wildly efficient, but how much of what they’re doing falls into the category of busywork?
As we head swiftly into Q4 and our third year of business at Trusty Oak, I’m feeling a strong urgency to take pause and evaluate some of our successes and failures so we can keep the positive momentum swinging as we enter 2018. We’re identifying the strategies that are working, moving some backburner projects to the front, and dropping some systems that haven’t served us well or that we’ve outgrown.
The summer before I turned 30 was full of self-reflection. I was looking back on my 20s and noticing all the things I wanted to do differently in my 30s. I wanted to be healthier, happier, and more content, and I wanted to be less selfish. One of the changes I wanted to make was to say “I” less. One letter. One thin stick of a word in the ocean of tens of thousands of words. In a sentence, it hardly took up any room; but in my life, it took up a lot of space.