Melissa Gauge

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We’re recruiting! Social Media Manager

SpareMyTime Social Media Account Manager Send CVs to: info@sparemytime.com About us  SpareMyTime is a fast growing, innovative virtual assistance agency.  We truly believe in a supportive working environment where people can thrive outside a classic 9-5 office structure whist providing reliable, high calibre support…

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90% of businesses fail, so what about the 10%

5 reasons why businesses succeed

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Why you should think about hiring a VA – Part 2

In part one of this mini blog series, I focused on the ‘why’ – why you should consider hiring a virtual assistant (VA), and the ‘how’ – how do you know when and what to outsource to your VA? In part two…

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Why you should think about hiring a VA – Part 1

Delegating and outsourcing is key to growing a business. While small business owners are known for being masters of everything, the key to growth is focusing on what you do well and what needs your individual attention. You need to…

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The horrible truth about the Summer Holidays

We spend all year looking forward to the fabled Summer holidays. However, they often descend to 8 weeks of exhausted guilty parenting whist attached to a laptop. Here are 6 tactics for maintaining an element of work life balance during…

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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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