Today is Blue Monday
It’s said to be the most depressing day of 2020. The unwanted accolade is down to a combination of a number of factors. These include post-festive blues, the cold and miserable weather, dark nights and dark mornings, and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Many people would be able to resonate with that, I’m sure. The date has apparently been calculated by a university professor using a formula (though some think it’s part of a PR stunt and a bit of nonsense). It’s not important who’s right.
This was just my way of getting you to take a moment. To reflect a little. It’s a sensible idea to carry out a rapid review of the first few weeks of the year.
What is most important is how you are faring and feeling about you and your VA business.
Ask yourself a few questions.
Has it been a slow start to the year or is your schedule looking filled to the brim?
❓ Do you have a plan?
❓ Where is your focus at right now – serving clients, seeking new business or a bit of both?
❓ Is your productivity at the level you want it to be?
❓ Are you feeling on top of your inbox or is there still a stack of messages to wade through?
Now is the time to check you are on track and in control.
January is a month which sets the tone for your year.
If you get into good habits now they are more likely to stay with you during 2020 and beyond. And those will serve you well, especially if you’re looking to build on last year and grow your VA business.
Knowing how to carry out tasks with ease and confidence is another way to make life a little easier.
Give some thought to your strengths and areas for improvement in how you use Microsoft Office and Office 365 in your business.
Good communications with your clients is essential. It will be a factor which helps to determine how many clients you win, serve and retain.
Some VA’s get overwhelmed by their inbox or feel uncertain about the best ways to share information.
Remember how useful Microsoft Word is for generating branded templates for documents, and creating E-books and lead magnets.
A solid understanding of how to use it gives you ways to save time and make money.
If your work involves a lot of presentations it pays to perfect your PowerPoint skills. What’s more, it’s not just great for presentations. You can use it to create infographics or Instagram posts.
The more you know, the more services you can offer clients.
And the better you know how to carry out tasks in Microsoft Office, the more efficient and productive you can be.
All that leaves you with more time to serve your clients – and to attract new clients.
How’s your month looking so far?
Avoid the blues and be in control.
To your VA success.
P.S. If you feel like your skills need an upgrade, take a look at my online training courses for Microsoft Office…
… and if you want a way to gain all-round know-how AND save money, you can choose to invest in my complete ‘box set’ of courses. It’s called Tomorrow’s VA Hub (it is also known as ‘The Full Monty’ and you have the option to pay in US Dollars, if you wish).