DIY: Organize Your Evening Routine

Between catching up on housework, cooking dinner, and preparing for tomorrow, evenings can be chaotic. But with a clear plan in place, you'll find time to do all of the above, and even have a few minutes left over to renew yourself! Keep reading for some tips on how to organize your before-bed routine to maximize your productivity and prepare for the coming day.

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DIY: Organize Your Morning Routine

A good morning can make or break your whole day. Do you often feel like you're rushing through mornings, and are never organized enough to make the most of them? Maybe you're always late to work, or are constantly forgetting things like your lunch, phone, or keys. The key to making things run smoothly is to be more effective in everything you do, and never pass up an opportunity to be productive. Read on for some great tips on how to get yourself organized, start a routine, and have a calm and productive morning.

Make Actions into Habits

Before you get started, though, remember, it takes time to make actions into habits. If you only feel capable of taking on a few of these tips at a time, it's best to start small. You'll be surprised how things will fall into place better with even a few small changes.

  • Get out on the right side of the bed - and make it as soon as you get out! Clutter and messes can only serve as distractions, so it's important to tidy up as you move through your morning. You can do the same in the bathroom. As you shower and wash up, you can take just a few minutes to give the toilet a quick brush or wipe down the shower. As you're throwing your pajamas in the clothes hamper, see if it's full. If so, throw a load of laundry into the washer. It's one less thing to worry about as you progress through your day.

  • Fuel your morning - everyone knows how much difference a cup of coffee can make! When you head into the kitchen, start your coffee or tea, and fuel yourself and your family with a healthy and quick breakfast. There are tons of breakfast ideas to make ahead of time, so you don't have to spend more than a few minutes whipping up something delicious.

  • Map out the day - nothing makes a day easier than having a clear plan of what needs to get done. Now is the time to make your to-do list for yourself and your assistant, or check into your assistant's task manager to see how things are going. Tools like Asana - a team management platform - can be really helpful to lay out what needs to get done, and assign tasks to people on your team. In addition to mapping out your work day, plan your evening as well. Think about tasks that need to get done around the house, and make a plan for dinner that night.

  • Take a minute - do something for yourself. Maybe now is the time to grab that second cup of coffee or tea, throw the laundry into the dryer, or listen to your favorite energizing song. You've had a productive morning so far, so take a minute to relax. Now is a great time to meditate, do stretches, catch up on the news, and answer some emails. Whatever you choose to do, make sure it's something that calms you and prepares you to have a fantastic rest of the day. Now that you've had a successful morning, you can move into the rest of your day with confidence and clarity!

The main takeaway from a routine like this is to use your time wisely. Never pass up an opportunity to do a quick once-over with cleaning, or take care of small tasks that only take a minute. There are no excuses, and think of how much easier your day will be if you get those tasks done now. And never skip a chance to re-energize when you need it. A few minutes of relaxation in the morning can prevent you from burning out later. Remember that small changes can have a big impact, so organize your morning routine now!

Myth Busting #5: A Good Product is All You Need

If a good product was all you needed then there would be a lot more entrepreneurial success stories to tell. But the truth is only a few rise to the top while wonderfully inventive products and outstanding ideas lie at the bottom of the waste heap. Why? Because you need more than a good product or a good idea to be successful.

Good Ideas are Good. This is Better.

Imagine a publisher producing a book with best-seller quality without promoting it. Imagine a team of developers creating the next best app but never marketing it. Imagine a solopreneur offering incredibly inventive services to a clientele that is desperate for it but not telling anyone (or the right people) about it. Sounds crazy right? But this is what some dreamers do every day and then wonder why no one is buying and why their phone isn’t ringing.

It takes more than a good idea or a good product; it takes a massive amount of work. To have success you should be wearing your shoes out from walking into the office of every possible client. You should talk yourself hoarse from telling everyone you meet. You should type your fingers numb from online promotion.

Three Things Every Good Product Needs

A product is only as good as the marketing behind it. Educating yourself on sales principles, online marketing tools, and best practices is never a waste of time. And advertising in the right places is never a waste of money. The great thing is there is tons of research out there for dreamers like you; people with a big idea have resources literally at their fingertips to find and execute a good marketing campaign.

Then you need a good narrative. The narrative is the story you tell about yourself and why what you have to offer is so important. The narrative is the story of you; it’s the heart and soul of your business.

And, finally, you need to understand that at the other end of your product are the individuals who will or will not buy in. You need relationships so be kind, be thoughtful, see a need and then fill it with your awesomeness.

Know What You Have to Offer

A good product is a key ingredient to success, perhaps the biggest one, but you can’t build a house without a foundation. If people are going to love what you have to offer they must first know what you are offering. So, in the process of setting out on your adventure, don’t forget to share with people where you are going and then enjoy the ride!

Myth Busting #4: You Will Always Be in Complete Control

So you’re a solopreneur, a lone-wolf small business owner, an entrepreneurial virtual assistant (or at least dreaming about being one) because you are tired of working for someone else. Perhaps you feel the itch of doing your own thing and playing by your own rules and running your own schedule. Of course you do! Most of us in the solo, freelance, or small business world have such aspirations – making our own schedule landing at the top of the list. But what if the control is all a lie.

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Myth Busting #3: Do What Everyone Else Does

 

Learning from others’ successes is genius! But copying another person is something entirely different. Don’t buy the myth that what works for others will work for you in your small business, solopreneur, or entrepreneur venture. What works for one may not (and probably will not) work for you. Why? Because you are you and they are not. Learn how to leverage what makes you different to make your business a success.

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Myth Busting #2: Success is Imminent

Let’s stop buying into the myth that solopreneurial enterprises are only made up of success piled upon more and more success. Just because we are the only ones responsible doesn’t mean success is imminent. Quite the contrary: success is never a given. But, there are some things regarding solopreneurial success that is a practical guarantee.

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The Truths No One Will Tell You About Being a Solopreneur – But We Will

The crew here at Team CMVA is made up of individuals; each of us have our own unique qualities, skills, and goals. We are a mix of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners. Whatever you call us (or label we put on ourselves) we all likely started our individual journeys with one thing in common: failure.

Many people starting out in the solopreneur venture assume...

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The #1 Tip for Getting Your Creativity Back

This week we want you to get messy. That’s right.

Throw caution to the wind and get sticky, muddy, and sweaty. There is nothing more freeing than shaking off some of our grown-up inhibitions. Here are a few of our favorite messy activities and their benefits…that’s right benefits. Summer isn’t over yet!

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Take a Long Weekend: Our Late Summer Bucket List

Summer is leaking through our fingers and pumpkin spice everything is nearly upon us. Summer is nearly gone and if you find yourself wondering where the time went, take heart. We are here to help -- because taking advantage of your summer may just be the thing you need to carry you through those (quickly coming) winter work days. Yeah, Christmas is fast approaching.

Need some ideas on how to make the most of your summer remnants?

We've got you covered. Click below to read!

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Hack Your Weekend: The Best Ways to Spend Your Downtime

Hack Your Weekend: The Best Ways to Spend Your Downtime

We work hard during the week and so the weekends are a chance for us to step back, step away, take a breath, or sleep in. But do we? Do you find yourself sneaking glances at your email while you’re out to drinks with a friend? Do you find yourself using Saturday to catch up on what you didn’t get done during the week? Well, we are here to help. Here are our helpful hacks for your weekend, because even we brave solopreneurs need them. So let’s do them right.

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Hack Your Day: Do More by Doing Less

Hack Your Day: Do More by Doing Less

At the core of a good hack is the ability to do more by actually doing less. Honestly, it’s really only worthy of the name if it helps you get more done with less effort and these are my favorite hacks for your day. And, really, these hacks are good for everyone no matter your career or place in life. Consider this week’s list of hacks a gift from us to you and then from

you to your work week.

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Ultimate Work Hacks: Making Social Media Work for You

Ultimate Work Hacks: Making Social Media Work for You

Yes, you know the power of social media for your business. Yes, you know that being active and responsive across your social mediums is essential. But doing it? Oy! That’s an entirely different story. Social media for solopreneurs can be quite a challenge. Perhaps a few hacks are in order…or maybe five. These five social media hacks may not make you a social guru, but they will make you look like one.

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Ultimate Work Hacks: Good, Better, and Best Invoicing Tools

Ultimate Work Hacks: Good, Better, and Best Invoicing Tools

Getting paid is a thrill, cash flow is a must, but actually keeping track of clients and invoicing can be a whole new level of nuts. Thankfully, there are some really fantastic and effective online hacks…uh...tools to help keep us all a little more sane and paid. We are rating these from good, better, to best but really all three will do the trick. 
 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: The Rise of the VA

Virtual Assistant Summer School: The Rise of the VA

Congratulations. You’ve have come to the last lesson in our Team CMVA Virtual Assistant summer school series. There will be no diplomas or ceremonies or cheesy speeches. Instead we leave you with solid proof of why this virtual assistant thing is the real deal and how the Virtual Assistant industry is changing the face of the entire business world. 
 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: How We Do It!

Virtual Assistant Summer School: How We Do It!

It’s Week 3 of our Virtual Assistant Summer School Session and we are turning up the heat in the classroom with this week’s topic: How a VA works. These are nuts and bolts, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and cream…you know, the things that make the world go round in beautiful order. A Virtual Assistant is only as good as the systems they have in place so let us break it down for you.

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How to Stop Pissing Off Your Virtual Assistant

How to Stop Pissing Off Your Virtual Assistant

I’ll come right out and say it. No one likes a micromanager.
 
The entire reason you hire an assistant is to create a better work/life balance for yourself. You hired an assistant so that you wouldn’t have to look at email, manage your calendar, or decide if you have time for drinks with friends. Once you have an assistant, you should be able to let them have the reins (after training for a few weeks, of course), and they should feel comfortable running with it -- and asking questions if there are any. 
 
On behalf of all assistants, let me say this: 
If you don’t trust us to do the job we were hired to do, we will fail at helping you.
 

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5 Qualities of an Expert Virtual Assistant

5 Qualities of an Expert Virtual Assistant

Class is back in session this week! Put down that fruity cocktail (or top it off…whatever your pleasure…) and get ready for week two of VA summer school! This week we quickly outline what makes an EXPERT Virtual Assistant. If you are a VA, these are the things you should be working towards and embodying. If you are looking for a VA, let this list be a test for your next hire. 

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Virtual Assistant Summer School: What We Do

Virtual Assistant Summer School: What We Do

Helloooooooo summer!!!! Okay, okay… summer officially begins June 20 but we are gearing up for a special month. This is your Virtual Assistant Summer School session. This is where we will be getting back to the basics of the life of a Virtual Assistant, why people use people like us, what value we add, how we do what we do, and more. 
If you are a new VA, an aspiring VA, a seasoned VA, or maybe considering hiring a VA, this month is for all of you! So, welcome to our little summer starter and refresher course: Virtual Assistant 101.
 

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