It’s been one of those weeks for us — full of important discussions, big business decisions, a lot of excitement (coupled with a good dose of anxiety), the long-awaited (yet somewhat frustrating) conclusion to our bathroom renovation, and rumblings from our children about why our Christmas tree still isn’t up and can’t they pul-eeeaze make gingerbread houses yet??
Ever have one of those weeks?
Sometimes we just have to laugh at our
chaotic unconventional life. As my darling husband reminded me this afternoon, we have chosen to live this uncommon life, for all of the beautiful and bizarre, the quirky and quotidian, the awesome and annoying of it.
And with that observation, I give you some resources to hopefully perk up the end of your week. May you find joy in the journey and peace in the imperfect. And may Ryan be finished with the gingerbread house making by the time I get home from the coffee shop. 😉
5 Tips for Mastering Google’s New Inbox @ Huffington Post
I’m terrible for not really taking the time to understand how new features work and what they mean for me. If you’re anything like me, you might want to brush up a little on how the Google inbox changes affect you and can be used to your advantage.
How Persuasion Really Works: The Big Secret Behind Two Remarkable Ads @ Social Triggers
I love the contrast between these two ads. The lesson is just so obvious, and really helps to explain why marketing to our specific target audience in the right way matters so much.
The Brain’s Fast Mode @ Zen Habits
I’ve never thought of my work in terms of being in “fast mode” and “slow mode” but reading Leo’s description, I absolutely know that I struggle with it. It’s soooo easy to get into fast mode and then lack the discipline and focus to get real, intense, important work accomplished (and vice versa, get into slow mode and struggle to do tasks that require quick decision making). I’m contemplating this and how to use this information about how my brain works to adjust the way that I approach my tasks over the course of a day or week.
How the Pros Stay Productive Over the Holidays @ Jim Woods
I don’t particularly agree with every suggestion in this article, but I think there’s some good food for thought. How will you tackle the holidays, as far as business productivity goes? Do you have a plan?
How to Hire Your First Project Manager @ Amy Porterfield
I listened to this last week after a discussion in a mastermind group about the difference between a VA and a project manager. Truthfully, I really had no idea and was absolutely intrigued to understand what a project manager really was (in comparison to a virtual assistant), what they do, and to consider why a project manager might actually be a valuable for many entrepreneurs.
The ShipIt Journal @ Seth Godin’s Startup School
One of the hardest parts of launching any new product, be it digital or physical, is knowing when to go ahead and “ship it” or say it’s done. Seth has some really excellent (and challenging) things to say for anyone struggling with the difference between perfect and good enough.
10 Tools We Built Our Business On @ Fizzle
Just when you think you’ve heard of every software or app out there, it’s fun to stumble on new ones that sound pretty awesome. The two that jumped out at me most in this post were Asana and Geckoboard.
And on that note, the one on their list that Ryan and I use and would very highly recommend is:
We keep a joint vault, with all of our family and business login information. It’s extremely secure, allows us to use complex and secure passwords without worrying about how to store them, and can be accessed from anywhere. We just add it to our browser of choice so that we can be logged in and then use it to autofill our credentials when we need to log in to a website. It’s also handy for us to be able to access each other’s passwords, in case the other person is out or somehow can’t get to what they need, and we can do it for them.
Not sure what to buy for the entrepreneur in your life? Here’s our list of 40 gift ideas, in case you missed it.
This has absolutely nothing to do with business. It’s a spoof on the hit “All About That Bass” that a friend shared with me last week and I confess, I got a kick out of it (if you’ve ever been to the Middle East or are a hummus connoisseur, you might find it particularly humorous– best line? “Black bean avocado white people hummus”)