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October 29, 2020

5 Tricks to Up Your Efficiency

5 Tricks to Up Your Efficiency

THE POWER OF EFFICIENCY

As a lover of efficiency, there are few things that make me happier than finding a way to do something faster and with less effort (like my old boss loved to say: “Work smarter, not harder!”).

Do you have days where you find yourself spinning your wheels and the day is dragging on, while you’re stuck on a single task? Or maybe you wonder where to hours have gone – how is it suddenly 4pm when you feel like the day just started?!

YOU’RE NOT ALONE.You're never too advanced to learn new organizational and efficiency skills!

It’s SO easy to get wrapped up in doing the same task over and over. Why? There are three reasons this happens:

  1. You’re comfortable with the task. It’s similar to the feeling of slipping on a pair of comfy sweatpants instead of a pair of jeans…it just feels right. You don’t want to change anything because you’re worried it will throw off your groove…or you don’t think anything can be better than your system.
  2. You don’t know how to improve upon it, so you don’t. You either tell yourself you’ll tackle that “sometime” in the future, or you wallow in agony because you don’t know where to start. (<— I’m guessing a lot of you are in this stage here!)
  3. You don’t even KNOW that there’s a better way. This can be due to willful ignorance (meaning you turn a blind eye to it) or just plain ignorance, meaning you have no idea that there are tasks/apps/etc. that can make your life easier.

No matter what stage you’re in, you can ALWAYS learn tricks to be more efficient. Technology ensures that all kinds of new programs and apps are released regularly that promise to help us save time and money.

Apps are helpful, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve found that all of the time your “productivity” apps have promised you have been spent organizing/checking/reviewing the information on those apps! What the heck, right?

So what about systems specifically for stationers and calligraphers?

We’re part of a niche within a niche within a niche: “Live Events” niche down to weddings, within which the stationery and calligraphy disciplines live. If you’ve been in the industry for more than a few months, you’re probably painfully aware of how FEW resources there are out there specifically geared towards our niche.

Because I was a professional graphic designer in a full-service studio before I dove into stationery, I brought a LOT of organizational tools with me to make my days runs more smoothly. Some of them are very simple, but those are the most effective!

Instead of overwhelming you with a list as long as my arm of ways that I’ve made my business more efficient, I pared the list down to FIVE that I use every. single. day…and created a quick and easy guide for you to learn my secrets: The Five Tricks to Up Your Efficiency guide!

All of these tips and tricks can be utilized across any type of computer (I do recommend a computer though, not a tablet), with or without a client management system (though if you have the funds, it’s a lifesaver!), and at any skill or experience level.

Remember: you’re never too advanced to learn new organizational or efficiency skills!

In this guide, I’ll go over some tips and tricks including:

  • 5 detailed tricks that will instantly up your efficiency, saving you TIME and MONEY
  • A list of apps that I use daily to help with productivity
  • The right way to organize all of the moving parts of every single client’s project, so you never have to worry about losing anything
  • How to make a pricing spreadsheet that you can actually use for quick quoting
  • When to outsource and when to delegate
  • How to organize your time to make the best use of it (hint: it’s in CHUNKS) and how to apply that discipline to several different projects
  • My #1 biggest time-saving trick EVER

 

5 Tricks to Up Your Efficiency

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If you’re ready to up your efficiency AND cultivate some amazing and worthwhile relationships in the wedding world, I’ve got a special deal for you!

As part of my “Build Your Best Stationery Business” resource collection, you can buy “5 Tricks to Up Your Efficiency” (valued at $19) AND the “4-Month Networking Map” (valued at $16) as a discounted bundle! For a limited time, you can snag both of these for $25 – that’s $10 off (whaaat)! Click the link here to grab the bundle and HAPPY LEARNING!

 

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