Are all the emails in your inbox about New Year’s resolutions?
This one isn’t.
Instead, I’m sharing five of my favorite productivity tech tools to help you get your year started in the right direction.
- Canned Responses – I’m listing these in alphabetical order, but even if I wasn’t this would be right at the top of the list. Gmail users can use this feature to easily save and insert snippets of text or even entire emails – a huge time saver. Stop cutting and pasting and start using Canned Responses.
- Entro– Making introductions is a great way to add value to your network. Keeping track of who you introduced and whether they actually connected can be a hassle. At it’s most basic, Entro sends an email to each person a couple of weeks later asking how the introduction went. It has many more features to make introducing people a breeze.
- Google Keep – These easy to use electronic “Post-It” notes are my go-to for making lists and taking notes. They seamlessly sync between all of my devices and I never have to worry about misplacing notes from a meeting. I can even share notes with my wife for household lists like grocery shopping and gift ideas for our kids.
- ScheduleOnce– This calendaring tool is easily my number one timesaver. I used to dread all the back-and-forth emails to try and schedule meetings. This was such a drag that I hesitated to offer to meet. Now I have two booking forms that make scheduling a 20-minute chat or up to two-hour meeting a piece of cake.
- Yet Another Mail Merge (YAMM) – If I had to sum up why my book launch was so successful, I would say it was because I sent personalized messages with polite persistence. Mail merge made that possible. This Google Drive add-on gets your emails to the recipient's priority inbox instead of buried in one of the other Gmail tabs.
Your Challenge For This Week
Pick one or two of these tools and take it for a test run.
Try this and let me know how it goes!
Business Growth Strategist & Business Coach
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.
WHO YOU ARE:
You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.
The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.
You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.
We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or a mastermind program.
These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.
What might you work on?
In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:
- Creating a strong sales conversation framework
- Building your referral network
- Lead generation through a relationships
- Growing your visibility in your industry
- Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
- Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
- Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
- Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
- Improving your virtual presentation skills
Learn more about the different ways we can work together – deep dive 3-hour session, private 1:1 coaching, and masterminds. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.
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