One of the best ways to be productive during your workday is to declutter your workspace. It’s totally common to have a desk that ends up piled high with paperwork, supplies, and other items throughout the year.
If you’re looking at your desk and notice that you feel smothered in clutter, then it’s time to spring clean that workspace. Today I’m sharing some tips to help you declutter your workspace so that you can feel inspired, creative, and motivated to get your work done every day.
The first step that’s helped many people declutter their workspace is to take a picture of it. Grab the camera and take a few pictures of your desk or home office and evaluate the photos. I’m sure this will help you realize just how cluttered your space is so that you’re more motivated to use my tips below to gain control of your workspace again.
Identify Most-Needed Items
Take a look at your desk and set out any of your most-needed items. These are items that you frequently use during your workday. These will be the only items that should be within reach on top of your desk or a shelf beside your desk for quick access.
Another way to declutter your workspace is to create zones for different aspects of your workday. Perhaps you have a zone for writing, a zone for research, and so forth. This is easier done if you have a large desk space, so don’t worry if you can’t accomplish this task during your decluttering process.
Just Toss or File It
Take the time to go through all of the paperwork you have cluttered around your workspace. If you don’t need the item, then toss it. If you need the item, then place it in a file cabinet. That way, you have quick access to it, but it’s not in your face during your workday.
Another option to handle excess paperwork is to go digital. There are many programs and options to scan documents and receipts into your computer.
This helps you refrain from future paperwork clutter, and gives you a chance to get up to date with the times. Store all of your paper contracts, and printed work items in a digital format to save space in your workspace.
Think about your workday and what you do during the day at your workspace. Make a list of tasks you do daily and what equipment or supplies you need during these tasks. Use drawers in your desk to place smaller items you use and desk shelves that go under your monitor to store items without cluttering up your desk space.
Use Cable Management
There are many basic cable management systems available online. It’s amazing how far cable management systems have come! Select an option to get the cables under control in your workspace so that you do not see this mess of cables while you’re trying to stay focused on work.
These are just some of the best ways to declutter your workspace so that you feel relaxed, inspired, and motivated to get your work done every day. I hope that my tips have helped you figure out a plan to spring clean your desk or home office soon!
Healthy habits are the driving force behind achieving your goals. These habits help you get aligned with your vision, achieve your goals, and can be easily incorporated into everyday life.
Creating new habits that help with self-awareness will provide you with the momentum you need to succeed in achieving any goal you set your mind to this year. No matter what goals you have on your vision board, these healthy habits will help you work towards achieving them.
How To Use Healthy Habits To Achieve Goals:
Write Down Your Goals
Whether you use a vision board, bullet point journal, or sticky notes all over your desk (I’m guilty of that from time to time), you must have your goals written down. Having your goals written down provides you with that treasure map that allows you to set healthy habits that expand your mind. They will help you get aligned and provide the motivation you need to stay focused.
Schedule Tasks Every Day
Every successful person has learned that scheduling daily and weekly tasks help them stay focused on their goals. These tasks are small things you can do each day or even each week, that help you move one step closer to your end goal (whatever that may be). This process creates habits to help you achieve goals and keep them at the forefront of your everyday life. For example, let’s say you want to write a novel but you’re not ready to sit and write the whole thing, just set a daily task to write 500 words. That novel will become reality sooner than you think!
Learn to be Adaptable
Start working on self-awareness so that you know where your weaknesses are. Perhaps you’ve tried to set goals in the past only to fall short. Know that it’s okay and that it happens to everyone! To try and avoid that in the future, you’ll need to learn to be adaptable to the roadblocks that pop up along the way. They will also help you be more aware of how your mind works under pressure.
Replace Bad Habits with Good Ones
One of the major downfalls that I see people experience is that they don’t end up replacing that bad habit with a new healthy habit. You’ll want to focus on replacing bad habits with healthy habits rather than removing a habit altogether. Trust me on this one! Rather than saying you’ll never get frustrated when something goes wrong, start practicing it. A way to do that is with meditation. When life gets overwhelming, I always use meditation or deep breathing techniques to help me cope with whatever I’m dealing with.
These are just some of the habits of successful people that I’ve seen or encountered over the years. They have been instrumental in how I’ve learned to set and achieve goals throughout my life.
Pinterest has high user engagement. Pinterest users scroll through their feed and pin anything and everything. They also tend to share it or click through to the Pinterest user’s site more frequently than any other platform. This means you’ll have a higher chance of getting your blog links shared on Pinterest than any other platform out there. Want to learn more about how to do that, click here.
Pinterest is a visually appealing platform that allows you to get creative by using high-quality images to capture the short attention span of people who are scrolling on the app. This platform provides you with a quick, visual marketing option for users who may otherwise overlook wordy social media shares on sites like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. If you need a few templates and other basic information to get started, click here.
Even if nothing else matters, one of the biggest reasons why Pinterest is a game-changer is because it provides backlinks. All of the links you use on the pins are do-follow, thus providing you with valuable backlinks to boost your domain authority. The higher your domain authority is, the higher your blog’s chances are for showing up on page one of Google search results.
You may have noticed that Twitter and Facebook updates will disappear rather quickly. With that, the need to consistently update your social media accounts is clearly evident. Each time a Pinterest user saves your pin, it’s shown to a different audience. For example, a pin that you shared months or even years ago, may still bring you consistent traffic because of all of the re-shares it’s getting!
The bottom line is that Pinterest must be included in your blog’s marketing plans. This platform not only ranks high with Google but it can help with domain authority, website traffic, exposure, and user engagement for years to come.
If you want and need help setting your Pinterest profile up for success, I can help.
It’s Black Friday again! I’m so excited to share my favorite resources that every blogger should check out! The deals this year are so GOOD. You’d be crazy not to take advantage of one, but all of them. They all come from reputable business owners who I know and have purchased products from in the past.
For all intent and purposes – I do need to let you know that many of these links are affiliate links so if you decide to make a purchase once clicking through my link, I will receive compensation.
Are you a new blogger or business owner who has been struggling with Pinterest lately? I feel you. When I started out, I had complete information overload and didn’t know what to believe. Now that I’ve been blogging for over 3 years consistently, I have found specific resources that were definitely worth the money spent.
The Pinterest Basics Mini Bundle
I created this bundle for new bloggers who want to learn the basics of Pinterest, the best practices, and want to start driving more traffic to their blog! This bundle provides a ton of value and helpful resources to get you started!
This mini bundle includes:
The Basics of Pinterest PDF
Best Practice Guide PDF
Pin Keywords That Will Get You Clicks + 50 Example Titles!
Ell has been helping thousands of women turn their blog into full time income for over 3 years. If you are ready to grow your blog and make a full time income from your passions then you have come to the right place! She has 5 courses available (and I’ve gone through and completed each one of them) but these are my two favorite:
Amber Slocum is an online business strategist and helps serviced based businesses plan and strategize for the next quarter. She’s even helped me strategize and nail my plans down for 2021!
Her ultimate business planning kit is a no frills, straight to the point business kit to help you get everything “written down” and allow you to get all of “the things” in order.
Here is what’s included for only $97:
This 67 page book that will help you establish the proper systems and tools for your business as well as help you figure out your business budget and what it will take for you to break even, let alone be profitable.
It includes a business budget that is designed to be plug and play.
A plug and play profit and loss statement
A fillable 2021 calendar
A printable 2021 calendar
A content planner
An analytics workbook so you can see side by side which pieces of your marketing strategy are working and where you could maybe change things up for a better result. This workbook allows you to plug in your numbers from your landing page visits, the ads you’ve run if there are any, your social media growth and following, and the email marketing funnels and campaigns you have done.
A 6 page business planner that will allow you to create a solid understanding of who you are and what your business will stand for in 2021.
A 6 page marketing plan tool that allows you to deep dive into WHO your customers are, what they want, and why you are the one who will help them get there!
Finally, a goal setting workbook that allows you to plan out your goals for the first quarter/year.
Almost all of these items are built and designed to be used within Google Drive so you can keep all of your content in one spot.
This is seriously a STEAL for what it’s really worth. All of the work is done for you. Just start plugging in your own business information and it automatically updates for you!
I have truly gotten more out of my membership in the last three months than I’ve gotten from other membership sites and I didn’t even need to change anything to have the photos fit in with my brand. Truly a lifesaver and worth every penny!
I have been using Dubsado for a little over a year now and it’s been amazing for onboarding new clients! It helps me keep track of the important things like contracts, invoices, and any other forms I need to send. It has a feature to send emails directly through the platform with smart texts so you don’t have to keep rewriting everything for each of your clients.
So, what is Dubsado? Per the Dubsado website, they are a business management solution designed to cut out the busywork. Build relationships, schedule appointments, and create workflows to streamline your projects from start to finish.
For Black Friday, they are offering savings on both a monthly and annual plan! These savings add up.
I also wanted to provide you with some of my favorite business resources, regardless of what time of year it is. These are my go-to software applications and I couldn’t be happier recommending them to you.
Squarespace is a great website for those who are just starting out. It has a clean and beautiful interface and version 7.1 is SUPER easy to use and highly customizable. I’m actually working on several websites right now and they’ve made the creation and editing process seamless.
Canva Pro is a MUST HAVE if you’re a blogger or business owner. If you’re creating a ton of content and use the same fonts and colors over and over again, their brand kit is essential. You can have 3 brand fonts installed, multiple color palettes (depending on your mood), and a ton of uploaded fonts! They’re all saved in the kit so you don’t have to keep searching for that specific font you use for your social media images. It definitely helps when I can’t remember the name of the font. LOL
LastPass is a secure way for you and your team to share passwords with each other or with your clients. I always recommend that my clients sign up directly with LastPass since that’s the way I share login information. It’s a part of my onboarding process too!
If you are a business and are stumped on ways that Pinterest can increase your traffic to your site, check out a few suggestions on how to make Pinterest work for you!
It’s no secret that Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm. Seriously. Everywhere you look, literally, everything is pinnable.
And with good reason, right? If you see something that is a good idea, or something that you want to read later, you pin it. That way, you don’t have to search for it again, and it’s conveniently saved for when you happen to have the time. Pinterest knows what they are doing.
So many people tend to think of Pinterest as a “recipe or craft site”, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Pinterest is a search engine, just like Google or Yahoo, except it’s more visual and relies on pretty pins and pictures to drive traffic. Words are still important, but not the focal point for people scrolling through their feeds.
Here are 3 things you can do on Pinterest to increase your traffic:
Create boards that convert.
With Pinterest, anything and everything pinned, has to be pinned somewhere right? Boards with keywords about what your business is or does are important! If you are wanting to drive traffic to your site for work at home jobs, then you should have a board titled, “Work at Home Jobs”. Sounds simple, right? Honestly, it can be!
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel here, but you do need to be consistent and precise with what you implement. This is why I always tell my clients that the optimization of their boards should be the first thing they do when they first set up their profile. Once that’s done, start pinning pins that are relevant to that specific board. Pinterest will eventually start to recognize that your board is searchable based on your keywords and will start showing your pins in that board to relevant pinners.
Make your pins pretty.
Seriously, this is important. No one wants to click on a pin that looks like it was thrown together in about 2 seconds… Bright colors, easy-to-read font, and amazing stock photos that are eye-appealing are SUPER important for Pinterest. Create pins that people like, with great clickable headlines, and you’ll start to notice an increase in traffic to your site as well! Plus, other bloggers and businesses are more likely to repin pins that are pretty as well, so keep that in mind for maximum exposure! Canva is an amazing product to help you do this and keeps everything organized! If you want help with this, let me know. I offer monthly pin creation services in my consulting business.
Have your own personal blog board be the first board the people will see.
Pinterest gives you the option reorder your boards so you can “drag and drop” the boards in a particular order. I always suggest putting your blog board first so it will be the first board that’s seen next to the “all pins” tab. This is important (in my opinion) because if your pins are sprinkled throughout random boards, it makes it harder for yours to stand out on your own page. Always have a “Best of (your business name)” board located at the top of your Pinterest profile. That way, it’s obvious that all of those pins that are pinned to that board are ones that you have made for your site.
Pinterest may look and sound confusing, but once you get the basics down, you’ll be okay! Don’t get discouraged if your pins don’t take off in your first week. Pinterest is definitely a long game and the algorithms constantly change. I’d suggest starting with the tips above and remember to be patient. If you want a little more help navigating the basics, check out this Pinterest Basics Mini Bundle. If you want someone to set everything up for you, visit my other website and set up a consultation!.
Ever wonder how to drive traffic to your blog easily? I believe that every blogger should learn to master Pinterest!
If you’ve ever spent some of your downtime scrolling through everything that Pinterest has in your smart feed, you can easily see that everyone who has any blog or online business uses Pinterest. It’s crazy what the algorithm can actually pick up based on your likes and other boards!
In the digital world, Pinterest is dominating the field.
And with good reason. It literally drives TONS of traffic to your blog. I know because it’s my primary source of traffic. It’s been a game-changer!
Millions of people visit Pinterest every hour, and if you’re an online business, you want some of that traffic. Is it possible for Pinterest to take your online business from good to great? Keep reading!
This blog post was originally posted on October 1, 2018, with the title, “How Pinterest Can Take Your Business From Good To Great.” It was updated on July 1, 2020, and on September 9, 2021.
Here’s Are 4 Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Blog Using Pinterest:
First and foremost, you need to understand that Pinterest is a long game. Changes won’t happen overnight, and you have to be consistent in your Pinterest plan. That being said, there are simple steps that you can take to catapult your business from good to great.
If you are pinning and posting for your business, you need to have a business account.
Plain and simple, you need to have your business account set up to reflect your online business name. If you want to have your own personal account, that’s completely fine, but please, please, please… set up a business account. Not only will it show your customers your niche and what you like, but it will also help establish your brand and your name.
Be consistent in your pinning.
“Remembering” to pin on Pinterest every once in a while just isn’t going to cut it. If you want results, Pinterest rewards those who are consistently active. Make sure that you create MULTIPLE pins for your posts and use your analytics to track and see what performs better.
Pinterest has been pushing new content lately (as of July 2020), so make sure you’re consistently creating new pins and pinning your content to relevant boards. Also, I personally believe the whole “appropriate 80/20 pinning strategy” where you pin 80% of someone else’s content and 20% of your own should be for bloggers who are starting and don’t have too much content.
It’s a good way to get your profile out there by sharing to group boards, but you’ll definitely want to start creating new pins ASAP and be consistent thereafter!
Create epic pins that people want to click on
Take a quick look at your Pinterest feed. More than likely, you see many pins, but how many of them are actually catching your eye? If you don’t have any that make you stop in your tracks, that shows you how important it is that you HAVE to create pins that stand out.
There are probably thousands of recipes on Pinterest for Halloween cookies, so what will your pin have that will make it more “clickable” and “shareable” than others. If I had the magic answer to that one, I’d share it with you… But I can tell you that people won’t waste their time clicking on pins that don’t stand out. They don’t. Canva is a great resource to help you make EPIC pins!
Optimize Your Pins With Keywords and Hashtags
Pinterest is an online visual search engine, so when creating your pins, remember to include keywords and hashtags in your descriptions. This will help drive traffic to your blog. These keywords, typically called long-tail keywords, help you rank higher in searches because they’re the actual words people are using to search for content.
For example, “how to drive traffic to your blog” can be used as keywords. But make sure you’re using the appropriate keywords and hashtags for the specific content in your blog post that you’re sharing. It definitely has made a big difference for me since I started using keywords.
UPDATE: As of Fall 2021, Hashtags are no longer relevant and should not be used in your Pin descriptions.
Okay, I’m going to be real with you for a second…
To find the sweet spot and find out exactly what works for your pins takes practice. And, practice can definitely make perfect. Remember that it can take weeks for a pin to take off and go “viral truly,”.. so don’t set your expectations high for immediate results as long as you know that Pinterest is a “marathon, not a sprint,” you will be fine!
If you apply these tips and tricks to your Pinterest strategy, it will turn into huge leaps for the growth of your Pinterest traffic! Granted, not all results are the same, and I can’t guarantee you will see the same traffic as your favorite blogger, but you need to find out what works best for you and run with it!
Always be willing to change things up and adapt to the constant algorithm changes Pinterest makes consistently! It’s the only way you will be able to drive traffic to your blog continually!
If you’re looking for some help and need a little kickstart, I can definitely help you! I currently offer a Pinterest Set Up & Organization package that will set you up for success and jumpstart that growth that you’re looking for. Click here to learn more.
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