Melissa Gauge

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3 tips to retain focus and get the best out of your day

How are you at focusing? I definitely have had my challenges with focus – too many distractions, too many things to do. Sometimes I can sabotage myself just by saying on repeat ‘I have too much to do’ rather than…

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Melissa’s Planning Series: Part 3 – Journals & Planners

This is the final part in our series on the best ways to plan. To round off the series I want to focus on the benefits of using a productivity planner or journal to help bring order and efficiency to…

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Melissa’s Planning Series: Part 2 – Time Blocking

Ever feel like you are only productive for 2 – 3 hours per day despite having an 8-hour workday?
That’s because “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” – otherwise known as Parkinson’s Law.
When this happens we need to create internal barriers for our brain, helping us to refocus on the task at hand. What we need to do is plan…

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Melissa’s Planning Series: Part 1 – Spider Diagrams

This is the first blog in a new three-part series on Planning. Prioritising and planning go hand-in-hand but they are not one and the same. Planning encourages you to think about all the tasks you need to complete. Prioritising encourages you to focus on the most important tasks first. Whilst both are essential, planning helps you make judgements. Forward planning releases time from your day.

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Melissa’s favourite prioritising analogy

I don’t know about anyone else but after a week off at half-term and now with this beautiful weather making me long for a summer holiday anywhere but in the UK, I started the week feeling a bit out of…

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All things you need to know about hiring a VA

    The highest performing entrepreneurs outsource.  Or that’s what the research suggests.   So what does this mean for you and why should you consider a VA? What is a virtual assistant (VA)? A virtual assistant provides business or personal support…

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Are you making these 10 expensive mistakes in your business

We will be covering all these mistakes (and more) in Making Virtual A Reality.   6 weeks to setting up your virtual assistant or freelancing business. You may be feeling reluctant to take the plunge or unconfident in your ability…

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How To Interview People Effectively

Learning how to interview someone is an important skill for any small business owner. Here are seven tips to help you interview people effectively.

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Guest Post: Here is why organising your home will make you happier

A recent article in the New York Times examined various studies related to home clutter and mental well-being, with the major theme that more disorganised homes correlated with higher levels of stress.

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