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Do you use Google Webmaster

When you create a website, you want it to be found, don’t you, so google webmaster tools are there to help you become more visible. The free tools which Google have made available to everyone, within what they call, Google Webmaster Tools, are perfect for beginners and experienced techies alike.

Use the checklists Google has created for you, watch the tutorials, and action everything on your list. It’s advised that you check your google Search console at least monthly, (maybe weekly if you have a busy site), to fix any issues it finds. Google is your friend, and it wants you to be found online. Use the free tools available to you, and don’t be fooled into paying out for services you can do for yourself, for free.

 

google webmaster tools search console checklist

From search console

There’s a wealth of information and support for everyone available within Google Webmaster Tools, with tutorials showing you how to do things. Most of us are able to work through these to get our websites found by the google search engine. However, if you need help, or support, find someone you know and respect to help you.

How do you find using google webmaster tools? Confusing, or straight forward?

We’re here to help if you need support, getting visible online.

 

Project management for One2One Listening

One 2 One ListeningClient: One2One Listening is a not for profit organisation in Preston, who are about to launch their Listening Service.

Service: Project Management, Action, and Support

Client since: August 2015

Tasks we’ve undertaken include:

  • Working with the development group to understand the vision, project and process
  • Strategy development and business planning
  • Grant applications
  • Project plan to launch date
  • Advising on the website development
  • Marketing and communication advice
  • Creating volunteer role descriptions and volunteer handbook
  • Supporting training of volunteers

We’re very excited about this project, and are delighted to be supporting them to the launch of the Listening Service in Preston. Working with a volunteer group, offers different challenges to those faced by small businesses.

Having worked in the voluntary sector for a number of years, we understand working with volunteers. We appreciate that we’re working with a group of passionate, dedicated people, who have a vision they want to realise. Our job has been to pull all the ideas and desires into a strategy and plan for how the project will work in practice.

Part of the project plan, to develop resources and materials for the project, is also being carried out by the Manage Those Things team. We’re in the process of developing the volunteer handbook for One2One Listening, having developed role descriptions for Board members, Listeners, Supporters and the Supervision team required in the project.

The One2One Listening project is due to launch the service in September 2016.

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Getting organised Tips

When we’re trying to juggle lots of things, the most important thing to ensure we get things done, is to get organised.

Many of us use online organisers and notebook systems, like Evernote, or google calendar, (yes, we’re an android/google house here) to manage reminders of tasks, meetings, and capture information for using in the future.

I’m personally a fan of writing things down. It helps me remember things I need to do, and process those things into pockets of time, or slots in my head and then my diary. My friend recently bought me a “List Book” with sticky notes, and list pages which has been perfect for the way I work.

We’ll look at CRM systems, (Customer relationship management), in the future. Today is just about the basics.

 

Getting organised tips

Whilst this isn’t an exhaustive list, it should help you work out a system for you, and your team, to get organised and get the tasks completed on time:

  • Have a diary which is accessible to your team and/or family and ALL use it. If you use a hard copy and an online calendar, make sure they are the same at least once a week.
  • Have one, yes one, To Do list. The master copy if you like. Ideally break this down into smaller tasks, and have headings for each part of the business or family life it affects e.g. Finances, Website, Customer service, Shopping.
  • From the To Do list, prioritise one thing each week from each heading.
  • Create a weekly activity planner and add your priorities into this planner. Ensure the planner has all your meetings, time out, children’s activities and dentist appointments in it, so you have slots of time to schedule your tasks into.
  • If you manage a team of people, assign tasks from the priority lists with the day and time they need completing. Set reminders on your phone/calendar to follow up the work has been completed.
  • If you use an online task planner, at the end of each day, update it.
  • Using a paper planner, cross things off as you do them.
  • If a task hasn’t been completed, ensure you write it on another day’s planner to complete, or assign to a team member with the deadline for completion
  • Don’t beat yourself up if the tasks don’t get done because of an unexpected emergency. Simply reschedule & update customers, if it may affect them. Customers are humans too, and whilst we do our best to complete work on time, life does sometimes get in the way. They usually understand if they’re made aware at the earliest point in time

What are your getting organised tips to make this work around the house and in your business?

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Small tasks are often big asks

It’s those niggly small tasks that often hold us back, isn’t it? That thing that others tell us, “oh, that’s easy. It’ll only take you 5 minutes”.

You never find those 5 minutes though, do you?

Small tasks are often big asks?

  • The smaller the task, the longer it sits on your to do list
  • The task is small because it’s simple to do, right?
  • Small tasks are often the things you’ve never seen done, because they are so small
  • These tasks niggle away and are often the cause of your mind monkeys keeping you awake at night
  • You’re scared of small tasks as you “might break your website”, or “I’ll do it wrong”

So, what’s stopping you complete these tasks?

  • Time – well, we think we’ve got 5 minutes somewhere, but actually, your colleague’s 5 minutes is 2 hours for you isn’t it?
  • Knowledge – we all learn about things in different ways, and some things just aren’t interesting to us. Not everyone wants to know how to check webmaster tools and set up google+ accounts
  • Confidence – we may have been shown how to do something, but, “when the website has cost me £x and Y time, I really don’t want to break it do I?”

Hand over your To Do list to those who do have time, knowledge and confidence

Manage Those Things can take on tasks big and small. However, it’s often the small tasks which make the biggest difference to our clients business. Small tasks often aid the big ones to get done.

One off small tasks are charged hourly, with a minimum £29 for any task.

Get in touch now & let us clear those niggly small tasks off your To Do list.

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