On Reflection

So, I've been back a week ... and I'm going away again in 2 weeks!! 

If you read my update a couple of weeks ago you will have seen that my key learnings came early on in my trip ... whilst I maintained connectivity through-out the trip so was able to work and do my calls, I tried to cram too much in and consequently I was more tired than usual and did less work than usual.

So why am I off again?

To make changes and test again ... well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I know running a business is hard work and time consuming but there are things that we can do to make it less arduous and free up some our time so we can do some of the other things we want to do with our life.  

I have always believed it’s about processorising, automating and delegating and following the last couple of weeks I absolutely believe that.

Without structure and systems our time is eaten up and so I am trying to structure my time better and get more systems and automations set up before I go off again.

If you want to know more about these things click here to download my free ebook.  

 

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Automation for Xero users

Getting things to happen without your input is the best way to save time and if they can be automated it also improves consistency.

If you're a Xero user and you have some customers that you invoice a monthly fee, I want to make sure you're making use of repeating invoices in Xero and so I've made this quick video for you.

If you are a Xero user who already uses Repeating Invoices it's still worth watching the video as I quickly show you how to use a great new feature in Xero that is an automation dream.

 

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Zap - not just a lolly from your youth

My 'thing' is saving time through process and, possibly more importantly, automation.

Once you decide on a particular way to do something that will be the same each time, you can record that process so that everyone knows what to do and how to do it. This will in itself save time because you don't need to think about how to do a task each time you come to it and also because you can delegate more easily when you have a set process.

However, the real time saving comes if you can automate things.

It's often the case that you will be using a number of different systems in your business so you'll argue that things can't be automated because a person has to manage the integration of the systems - but that is not necessarily the case any longer.

Zappier is a cool piece of software that will talk to lots of different software and "zap" information from one to the other on an "if X then Y" basis.

This makes process automation between different systems that you're probably already using in your business a real possibility and you'll be amazed how much time you'll save when things just happen "by magic".

To have a look at some popular "zaps" click here.  

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