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Make a Commitment to "Good Enough"

HELLO | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and hello from the coast of North Carolina, where a group from Team Delegate has assembled for our annual retreat. Given that we are a 100% remote, distributed team, this year's retreat is really exciting for us because we have the opportunity to spend face time with the members of our NC contingent of Delegate.

This month I've been thinking a lot about commitment.  It could be because my fiancee and I just added another dog (third!!) to our family that commitment is heavy on my mind!  Or, perhaps it's my own personal evolution of hanging in there even when things are not "perfect" because I made a commitment to do so.  Either way, honoring our commitments is not always the easy choice, but it is a mindset shift that brings with it personal growth, stability and consistency.

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Utilize Jotforms and SHHH Mouse to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019

Jotforms offers easy to create forms with smart logic programming, and integration functionality with several CRM programs. JotForms has customizable widgets for signature boxes and links. There are free and paid versions of JotForms available (ranging from $15-$80/month, depending on user needs). JotForms is trusted by over 4 million users and can be used for virtually any industry.

In addition, it is a versatile form tool that allows reports to be downloaded, viewed or imported in a variety of formats. JotForms also allows uploads of images/docs by the user with a captcha tool, and provides free widgets or programmed tools that work within the form, features that are all available with the free version.  

 

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The Importance of Time Blocking, Trends in Sales Tech to Follow for 2020, and Signs that your Startup isn’t Really Starting Up

KNOW | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019 

The Benefits of Blocked Times on Your Calendar for Priority Tasks

We’ve all been there at some point. You view your calendar and notice that you have more on your to-do-lists than hours in the day. For the best in benefits of your calendar, you need to block times for certain tasks. This will avoid the stress and frustration that comes with the ineffective ways you have managed your time in the past and help you remain productive. Time-blocking can be used to save the day.


In this quick read, you will learn about the benefits of time blocking. Here are the main points:

  • Blocking time gets you started and maintains motivation.
  • Blocking time helps you focus on and efficiently complete your most important tasks.
  • Blocking time also encourages healthy work-life balance.
  • Blocking time can improve your physical and mental health.
  • Blocking time helps you say “no.”
At Delegate Solutions, all of our Associates block their time in a way that enables them to prioritize client work for optimal efficiency. We also help our clients block their time to help them prioritize and stay focused. Take a look at this quick read to learn more about the benefits of, and implementation of time blocking! - Entrepreneur

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Utilize Postable and Wunderlist to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JULY 2019

Postable is an online paid service that will send beautiful, high-quality greeting cards to 1 or 100 of your clients/friends/family members. Features such as vast assortment of card styles, elegant designs, ease of use and unique address search function have made it hugely successful. The option for fonts that appear truly hand-written is golden! There you have it - personalized greeting cards made simple! Check out Postable today! 

 

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Utilize Olive & Cocoa and Fiverr to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, JUNE 2019

Olive and Cocoa is a boutique gifting service on a mission to make giving and receiving gifts a beautiful experience. From gourmet food crates, to timeless executive gifts, inspired décor, whimsical fashion accessories, and luxurious spa items, their gifts have been carefully selected to offer a refreshingly modern approach to traditional gift giving. They have thoughtfully curated a large selection of gifts in each price range, so you are sure to find something for everyone on your list!

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Utilize the Calm App and Otter.ai to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, MAY 2019

The Calm app has guided meditations, music specifically curated for focus and relaxation, video lessons on mindful movement and gentle stretching, and sleep stories to lull users into the best sleep they’ve ever had! There are free and pro version (starting at $12.99/month) and it is compatible with Apple and Android devices. There are even Calm shops at most major US airports, where users can stop in and get free gifts and exclusive offers before their flights! When researching apps and tools that focus on mindfulness, stress-release, meditation and increased sleep quality, we found that the Calm app was the highest rated and most suggested tool out there. Give it a try today!

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Utilize Tinggly and TripIt to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, APRIL 2019

Tinggly is a truly unique gifting experience. There are options for subscription boxes or one-time boxes, and each box contains access to literally hundreds of “experiences” for the recipient to select from, in locations all over the world. Experiences range from hot-air balloon rides, skydiving, local attractions, cuisine tours, snorkeling, bike tours, kayaking, historic guided tours- the list goes on and on. There is sure to be an experience the recipient will LOVE. Tinggly boxes start from $79, and will provide an experience sure to create memories to last a lifetime! Recipients have 5 years to book their dream experience, so they have plenty of time to plan their adventure. Tinggly’s tagline is “Give Stories, Not Stuff”.

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Too Busy to Grow and Thrive?  How to Move From Reactive Wheel-Spinning to Proactive Growth

Have you ever thought:  If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective”?  Like many of the entrepreneurial leaders we work with, the endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts and disrupts their ability to focus on their single most valuable contribution to the company. The “I’m just too busy to grow” mindset and feeling of being surrounded by business clutter holds us back from making our ultimate contribution to the world . As leaders, we all have great intentions around our impact and time.  There are many adjustments that we can make in our business and our behavior to move out of a reactive space and into proactive growth.

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Too Much Buffering? How to Structure Your Time, Systems and Accountability for Better Focus

The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days.  True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus.  Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.

Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue.  A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.   

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Too Many Ideas but No Follow-Through? How to Move Your Ideas Quickly and Easily to Implementation

The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders.  A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them.  When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.

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