30 Life-lessons learned before turning 30 [PMP #217]

Yesterday I turned 30. When you have a significant birthday like this it’s natural to look back on how you’ve grown over the years. Heading into my 30s, I’m pleased with where I’m at in life. When I turned 20, I was still at University and had the goal of running my own business. In my early 20s, I had a couple of great jobs which allowed me to learn a lot and develop as an individual. In 2014 I started my blog and began learning about how to make money online by selling my expertise. In 2016, when I was 25, I managed to take my side business full-time and went travelling with my wife. From there my business has grown to the point where I can comfortably support my wife and our son. So I’m pleased to say I’ve achieved what I wanted to in my 20s.

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the one habit that helps you build other habits

The one habit that helps you build other habits [PMP #216]

Forming a new habit can be tough. Whether you’re trying to build a habit related to fitness, personal finances, business or personal well-being, forcing yourself to stop your old methods and start a new habit can feel weird at first. It takes time before the new habit becomes part of your routine and starts to feel normal.

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How to onboard a new salesperson to Pipedrive [VIDEO]

One of the biggest challenges with any piece of software is getting your team to use the tool properly.

When onboarding a new employee to Pipedrive, you need to follow the correct process to ensure they adopt the CRM and its best practices effectively. Pipedrive is the kind of tool where the quality of reporting and what you get out of it is determined by how it's used. Hence why onboarding your team correctly is so important! Here's a checklist you can go through when onboarding a new salesperson.

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Improvement requires short-term pain [PMP #214]

We all like to improve on what we’re doing and how we do things. Whether that’s improving a process in your business, learning a new skill at work or the way you take notes in a class. But the improvement often comes with an adjustment period where it takes time to become accustomed to the change before you can enjoy the benefits. This is why making improvements to the way you work can be challenging. And even though your current process may be slow, we sometimes stick to our old methods because the process is familiar and easier.

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How to track marketing campaigns in Pipedrive [VIDEO]

Wouldn't it be great if you could track exactly which channels are driving leads to your business? Better yet, wouldn't it be great to see which channels or marketing campaigns are converting into new customers and revenue?

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How I’ve maximised productivity on the Mac [PMP #213]

Out of the box, the Mac is a great piece of kit, but with a few tweaks and some useful apps, you can turn your Mac into an incredibly productive machine.

Ironically, I’m currently writing this blog post using an iPad. Normally, I do all my work from my MacBook Pro but my colleague Warwick is using it for some video recording, so here I am using the iPad. Apple has made some major progress on the iPad in the last few years to make it a great alternative to the Mac. And for certain types of worker, people who are on the go who don’t use many power tools, the iPad is a great option. For me, nothing beats the power of the Mac, hence the inspiration for this post.

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How to streamline your business with Asana [VIDEO]

When getting started with Asana, it's tempting to jump straight in, set up a few projects and start playing with all the features. When I work with clients 1:1, I challenge them to think about how the tool is going to help them to run a more efficient business. How will it actually increase your capacity, save you time and support your team? A lot of users skip this kind of big picture thinking but it's important if you want to get the maximum benefit from the tool.

In this video, I discuss how you can use Asana to streamline processes in your business. This is a useful video for those people considering switching to Asana, or Asana users who want to get more out of the tool and really use it to increase efficiency in their business.

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How to keep your productivity system simple

How to keep your productivity system simple [PMP #212]

If you want to be more organised and effective at managing your time, the key is simplicity. People often come to me for help because their systems are overly complicated and hard to manage. They tell me they spend more time maintaining their system than they do actually doing important work.

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