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Infographic: Content Worth Sharing

Infographic: Content Worth Sharing

We all know that content marketing is the name of the game for businesses large and small. They say “Content is King” but how does a small business create enough good content to reach their marketing goals?

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How to Prep for a More Productive 2021

How to Prep for a More Productive 2021

2020 came and threw us curve ball after curve ball, but we all adapted to a life online, a life where our commutes went from hours to minutes. Back in March 2020, the novelty of working from home full-time wore off quite quickly towards the end of 2020 and most craved that human interaction and to get back to the office.

However, as we head into 2021, it looks as though working from home might be here to stay for now. So how can we maintain positivity as well as continued productivity?

Here are a few tools that we have been using over the course of 2020 and how they have helped us become a closer team even though we are spread out across the UK & abroad

1. Slack

We tried many platforms from Google hangouts, to Facebook Workplace, even WhatsApp, none seemed to provide that collaboration that being in person provides. Slack has provided our team with the opportunity to collaborate on projects as well as provide input into tasks in a seamless way.

We have dedicated channels for projects, campaigns, divisions and we are working more collaboratively than ever before!

Even though we are apart, we are working together and becoming more of a team in the digital space.

2. Trello

Trello is one tool that I have been using for over 5 years, it is one tool that I can put all my personal tasks in and shuffle them around the board to provide a personal project management overview.

As a team we are using it to provide an overview of what projects are being worked on – at what stage it is at and if it is going to meet its deadline. This also integrates with Slack so we can get notifications when someone has tagged us in a task or when a task is due.

3. JIRA

Similar to Trello, JIRA is another project management tool that allows us to create tickets for our developers and designers so we can ensure that work for development gets funneled into their workflow and deadlines are met.

Again, this integrates seamlessly into Slack so we are all aware of tickets created and job codes so we can work together to meet deadlines

4. Zoom

2020 saw the rise of online meeting tool Zoom in both a personal and professional capacity. We use Zoom for our weekly catch ups, as it allows us to be together and talk things out rather than just relying on email.

This way we know what each of us is working on and if anyone needs help with some tasks that are bogging them down.

5. Microsoft 365

We recently moved from G-Suite to Microsoft 365 and it has provided endless collaboration in terms of document management & feedback, (it also integrates with Slack!!).

Using OneDrive and uploading documents direct from desktop to OneDrive to allow for real-time collaboration with teammates has been a lifesaver instead of emailing documents and then trying to find the right version. (We were also not affected by the recent Google Downtime)

Microsoft 365 prides itself as a collaboration tool for the online world, providing both an online and offline solution which makes it a versatile tool for working from home in 2021.

6. Clockify

If you work serving clients and need to monitor hours, Clockify is a great tool to track hours for multiple clients and projects. There are also extensions for Chrome and iMac so you can track your hours straight from a browser or desktop which makes it easier to log times on a daily basis.

7. Canva

For quick and simple graphics, and GIFs we use Canva (our main graphics are created using Creative Cloud). The simple to use design tool helps us create quick graphics which can be shared directly from the platform via social or email for feedback.

These are just a few of our tools that we utilise to maintain a productive workday whilst we work at home. What are you go to tools? We would love to hear your thoughts on how you use them to be productive whilst working from home.

Wondering how to have a Productive 2021?

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Digital Detox: Start 2021 Right

Digital Detox: Start 2021 Right

New Year. New Me. The standard phrase that circulates at the end of one year and into January. Resolutions get made. Resolutions get broken and then we spend the rest of the year wondering why.

This year, instead of focusing on creating a new me, I am focusing on taking a digital detox before the year is up and seeing how this will impact me going into 2021!

Now don’t get me wrong, 2020 became the year that we spent online, with national lockdowns and the global pandemic, we spent more time online! In fact, according to Ofcom we were spending an average of 4 hours a day online & using twice as many video calls to keep in touch. However, this ends up having an impact on one’s mental health.

That is why instead of drawing up resolutions to become fitter, leaner and more productive in 2021, why don’t we focus on ourselves and coming offline for a week can help put things in perspective.

We will cover a few reasons why a digital detox can have wonders on your mental health as you prepare for 2021 (or as some call it 2020 part II)

What are the benefits of a Digital Detox?

1. Sleep

Have you noticed recently that you feel perpetually exhausted, even though you are not going anywhere or doing anything strenuous?

Being online 24/7 can actually disrupt your sleep and using multiple devices before bed can ruin your chances of a decent nights’ sleep without you even realising.

95% of adults admit to using their digital devices right up until lights out – not only does the blue light from the devices keep your brain awake and kicking, but your brain is also subconsciously comparing and making lists in your head of what needs to be done. You might be harmlessly scrolling but your brain is working 10x harder in the background

2. Work-Life Balance

Our work-life balance definitely fell to the wayside in 2020, as we were working from home, 45% of adults admitted to working longer hours every week in order to stay on top of work. As we were working from home, there was this temptation to be constantly online and to check emails and address them as soon as possible even though it may be 9pm!

Taking a step back and unplugging can help us see things more clearly as we create more of a work-life balance rather than being slaves to our devices and emails!

3. Less FOMO

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to these picture-perfect lives on social media? You are not alone, this is a completely normal reaction, especially during the festive season? A digital detox after Christmas can help you put things into perspective and focus on what matters to us, rather than wishing your life was like that of those online.

By turning away from the digital devices for a week, we can live in the moment and appreciate what we have in front of us – be it friends, family, pets, or even neighbours.

Now we are not suggesting going cold turkey or booking a cottage in the most secluded & remote area to get a detox – as this can actually have adverse effects on what we are wanting to achieve. Instead, there are small changes that we can do to put things into perspective to have the 2021 that matters.

Here are our tips on having a “digital detox” to start your 2021 off with a bang.

1. Place notification blocks on emails after a certain time

Turning off notifications on emails between 6pm and 6am can help you focus on yourself & your family / loved ones. No dings or beeps to distract you between these times can help you unwind and focus on tasks or hobbies

2. Place your devices on charge in another room or across the room

If you use your device as an alarm, try charging it on the other side of the room to avoid rolling over and snoozing, but also to stop yourself from reading emails in bed as soon as you wake up. What this does is put your mind straight into fight or flight mode and your anxiety makes it difficult to make rational decisions and 9 out of 10 times you tend to crawl into bed and avoid getting up until the last minute. Not very productive

3. Have Do Not Disturb on your devices when you go to bed

There is nothing worse than just falling asleep and then you hear your phone vibrate or it lights up the room. Your brain then just wants to get up and check it.

On most mobile devices, you can set up a ‘sleep’ routine where your devices automatically go onto Do Not Disturb from a set time and notifications, noises, lights etc are silenced until your set wake up time – that way you can get the rest you deserve and not have to worry about pointless notifications.

4. Unfollow toxic social media accounts

These are accounts of completely fake online lives of those who are ‘living their best lives’ and in reality, their lives are not at all like the online ones.

Just these small changes can help set you up for a successful year ahead. If 2020 taught us anything it is that being online 24/7 can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, but this is something we don’t need to take into 2021. Small changes can help & can actually make you more productive at work, at home and with yourself.

How are you focusing on mental health and your digital consumption in 2021?