Monday, January 31, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 1.31.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

" Do not underestimate the power of Thoughts. Just as water has the power to shift and mold earth's landscape, your thoughts have the power to shift and mold the landscape of your life."
- Chuck Danes

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

January is National Get Organized Month! If you have a home office that's also in a common area of your home (like the living room, kitchen or den), I'm sure you know how difficult it can be to keep your space organized. Here are some quick tips from

1. Invest in enough office space. Your office needs a clear work space; that means providing enough space for computer hardware and peripheral equipment, a place for reference items, file space and an area for regularly referenced supplies and paper. Be sure your office furniture gives you plenty of space for work and storage.

2. Create activity centers. An effective office needs to be zoned into these activity areas:

The Work Center- This includes a clear work area, your computer and frequently-used office items.

The Reference Center- This includes manuals, binders, dictionary and professional books and materials.

The Supply Center- This includes office and paper supplies.

3. Properly place the hardware and periphals. Position your equipment by how often you use it. For instance, if you use your printer every day, it needs to be within easy reach. If your CPU is only used for troubleshooting, you can put it under or next to the desk. If you rarely use your scanner, you can put it outside the work area.

Additionally, when you're setting up your hardware, be mindful of access to trays, drives and cords. Don't block access to drawers or occupy leg room with tangled cords.

4. Hide cables and wires. Here are some tips from professional organizer Tom Nevermann, the Moving Doctor, on how to contain unruly wires and caring for media equipment:
  • Bundle like wires together to lessen cord clutter. For instance, put computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires.
  • Used fabric softener sheets are great lint and static-free rags for cleaning CDs and DVDS. Be sure to handle CDS by their rims to reduce fingerprints. The back of the CD is the side that needs cleaning since that's where the CD carries the info. Use the dryer sheet, and stroke out to the edge from the center.
  • Use a surge protector for all delicate electronics. Look at the back to be sure it's UL listed and is a transient voltage surge protector. High-end protectors are made with replaceable fuses and will last longer than the less-expensive kind that might not work after a large surge. (Get more tips here).
5. Create a paper processing area.
  • Make an area in your Work Center for papers that need instant action.
  • Keep paper associated with clients or current projects in an area that's easily accessible and in your view.
  • Create a permanent filing system for papers you'll reference but not regularly.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 1.24.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"It isn't enough to sit on the sidelines and hope for things to get better. You've got to ask yourself, 'What steps am I going to take to get the things in life I want?' Achieving great goals takes planning, and your life is no different."
- Jane Powell

Saturday, January 22, 2011

How to Maintain Your Drive to Achieve Your Goals

The end of January is almost here, and you may find that you're losing momentum when it comes to your 2011 goals. It happens to everyone from time to time, but here's how you can maintain your drive so you can get where you want to be:

Look at your goals. I think one reason we get discouraged and slack on our ambitions is we kind of forget exactly what we want to do. So, take a look the goals and action plan you've written down (and if you haven't written them down, now is a good time to do so) at least once a week. Doing this will help you make sure you're accomplishing the things you want and that you're on track.

Break it into smaller pieces. A lot of times, we'll have a really big goal and want to achieve it in a short amount of time. And when that doesn't happen, we get discouraged and want to give up. It is definitely possible to accomplish big goals, but the only way to do so is by dividing it up. For instance, if you want to increase the number of your blog subscribers to 200 by the end of the year, your goal could be to get around 15-16 new subscribers every month, which would help get you to 200.

Affirm. To achieve your goals, you have to stay positive about them. The best way to do this, I've found, is through affirmations. They help you stay optimistic about what you want to do and help you get there more quickly. Check out this post for tips on writing affirmations.

Visualize. As you probably know, I'm a huge proponent of visualizing success. You have to see yourself achieving your dreams and goals in your mind to make it a reality. Visualize by either closing your eyes and imagining how achieving your goal will look, feel, sound, etc. when it happens or creating a vision board that expresses what you hope to accomplish.

How do you keep yourself going on the journey to achieving your goals? Please share below! : )

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 1.17.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Every [person] who accomplishes things sees first in his mind what he wishes to do. He puts away all doubt. It makes no difference how small or how large the thing you want to do may be; if you have an unlimited confidence in your ability to do it, you will do it."
- Charles Fillmore

Friday, January 14, 2011

Skills You Need to Run a Freelance Biz

As a freelance business owner, there are certain things you need to do to make sure your business runs smoothly; these are things like paying taxes, keeping your books updated and sending out invoices on time. When you learn how to do these and do them efficiently, you'll have more time to focus on developing your business and obtaining bigger and better projects.

Of course, learning from one's own experience often makes info stick, but who wants to do that when you can learn from someone else? Here are some things that will help you get ahead in your business:

  • Get a mentor. Find a freelancer who has a successful business and who appears to have it all together. Ask the person if you can follow him or her through the business administration process a few times. Be sure to watch how they send invoices, see when they purchase new items, etc., and ask tons of questions. That may be plenty to help you get going.
  • Take a few classes. Do you learn best in a classroom setting? Why not take a class at the local community college? These colleges usually provide inexpensive business courses and will let you take the occasional class without you having to pursue a full degree. And some offer a few business classes with their adult education system.
  • Read. As you probably know, there are sooo many resources out there about running your freelance business. Research, and read the best ones you can find. (A couple of blogs I find beneficial are Freelance Folder and Freelance Switch).
  • Hire assistance. You can hire someone do the business stuff for you if you have enough work to keep you busy and an income where it's affordable. A good bookkeeper can handle a lot of your business administration tasks. Keep in mind that you need to have some knowledge so you don't end up with a not-so-great bookkeeper.
Honing your business skills will help you to expand your business and make more money, and that's what we all want, right?


Monday, January 10, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 1.10.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"Let [abundance] flow through your thoughts, your actions, your words and your feelings. Let go of the doubts and fears that seem so real but which exist only because you keep them alive."

"Replace those doubts with beautiful, authentic dreams. Replace your fears with powerful, positive determination and the commitment to be your best."
-Ralph Marston

Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 goals!

My 2011 Vision Board

2011 is upon us, and that means it's time for some fresh, new goals! Here are my career goals for this year (which, of course, are written as affirmations):
  • I make the amount of money I want through Mocha Writer and For Colored Gurls. (*Note: I do have a specific number).
  • I receive at least four advertisers per month on FCG.
  • I increase the number of subscribers to FCG and both e-newsletters (I have specific numbers for these, too).
  • I successfully self-publish my first book, and it's a hit.
  • I gain two more long-term clients for MW.
  • MW is known for being an effective, fabulous copywriting service for small, women-owned businesses.
  • I improve FCG's content, update the look, do bigger interviews and host/co-host an event.
  • FCG becomes a top lifestyle and motivational blog for women.
I'm really excited about these goals, and I'm determined to achieve them! Please feel free to share your goals in the comments, or post a link to them.

Happy 2011 : )

Monday, January 3, 2011

Motivational Mondays- 1.3.11

Motivational quotes to inspire you!

"No one ever got ahead by going through the motions. You have to constantly be improving yourself. Make your life the masterpiece you want it to be."
- Queen Latifah
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