My Top 5 Tips for Managing a Virtual Team

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Before I started writing this post I did a quick Google search for a definition of the word ‘virtual’. This is what I found: “Almost or nearly as described, but not completely or according to strict definition”. Or, in computing terms: “Not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so”. Now as you know, it’s not software that makes me exist or even appear to do so for that matter. But if that’s the case, is virtual assistant really the most appropriate title for what I do? The answer is yes because there’s a further definition that states: “Carried out, accessed, or stored by means of a computer, especially over a network”. I’m definitely accessed over a network, so I won’t look … [Read more...]

Living in France: An Update

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3 years ago this coming week, I left my life in the UK and moved to rural France. It's been an uphill struggle most of the time, and now I think I have been here long enough to be able to appreciate that it was quite a brave move for me to make. At that time, I did everything in a mad rush, I visited in the August for a holiday and then decided to move over pretty much as soon as I got home. I then moved lock, stock and barrel in the October. I packed up, saw all my friends before I left, as well as starting my own business... all in about 6 weeks!! One of the hardest things about living in France is learning the language. I'm not a child anymore when learning things is a lot easier, it's taken me 3 years … [Read more...]

Canva.com – Images Made Simple

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If you’re like me then the thought of having to create images for social media, blog posts and websites is not one that fills you with joy. After all, some people have artistic flare and others don’t – that’s life. However, there’s a tool that I’ve discovered which is absolutely perfect for people like me (and you – if you’re the same). It’s called Canva and basically lets non-designers create beautiful images using drag-and-drop tools. I’d always wished I was proficient using design tools like Photoshop but when I tried it all just seemed far too involved. Who wants to spend a small fortune on expensive software to find out that it’s complicated and you need a design degree to use it. That’s why Canva is … [Read more...]

Welcome to the World of Spokal

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Last week, I gave you an insight into my top 5 productivity tools. Whittling that list down to the final 5 was actually quite difficult and I’ll tell you why… When I started planning the post, I soon realised just how many tools and applications I use on a day-to-day basis! In fact, it could have quite easily been “My Top 10” or “My Top 15” but I felt that that would detract somewhat from the overall impact and meaning of the list. That said, there was one other application that nearly made the list but didn’t – and there’s a reason for that. You see, when I was composing the other post, I was in two minds about whether to include Spokal or not. In the end I chose not to, but promised myself that I would … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Productivity Tools Revealed

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In my role as a virtual assistant, I’m constantly looking for ways to boost productivity – both for myself and for my clients. And while productivity is hugely influenced by psychological factors, such as mindset, mood and motivation to name but a few, there is also a plethora of tools available to help us be the most productive versions of ourselves. But using tools to boost productivity isn’t new and it’s certainly not revolutionary. After all, we’ve been using tools to make our lives easier and increase our efficiency since the Stone Age. Therefore, it stands to reason that the ubiquity of the internet would lead to the development of countless productivity tools. On a day-to-day basis I use loads of … [Read more...]