The Boost Your Productivity Blog

The Super-Important “About You” Page

The Super-Important “About You” Page

Your About page is the true workhorse of your website, with the potential to convert more visitors into customers than your Home page and Service pages combined. Use this incredibly valuable asset to showcase how you can help your customers.

Email Marketing Done Right

Email Marketing Done Right

Everyone you want to do business with has an email account. And everyone checks their email daily, several times per day. It’s usually one of the first things we do each morning. Email marketing is one of the smartest ways you can spend your advertising budget – if you do it right.

Your Website Deserves Professional Care

Your Website Deserves Professional Care

Website Maintenance. Sounds terribly important, doesn’t it? The phrase brings to mind a tiny team of nanobots crawling around the internet, brandishing wee wrenches. But to reap the most benefit from the hard-earned marketing dollars that you spent building your online storefront, you must take good care of it.

Serving Up Fresh Content

Serving Up Fresh Content

Content is the most important and time-consuming part of website design. Too often people ask for cool functions and neat features, with content a mere afterthought. But your content delivers the real value of your website and your design should be completely based on it, answering this: What is the unique value that you, and you alone, bring to your customers?

Treat your Website like an Investment

Treat your Website like an Investment

Once people understand the power of a custom website, the eye-catching visuals within a functional, easy-to-use framework, they get excited and think of the possibilities. Then they start thinking of cutting costs. You should consider your website to be your most important marketing tool. Because it is.

Branding Your Business

Branding Your Business

Savvy business owners know who their ideal audience is, and develops branding that appeals to them. Also important: knowing who is *not* the target audience. Trying to appeal to everyone is a common newbie mistake and a red flag for buyers. Let’s go over some branding basics and I’ll share some resources that cover the topic in greater detail.

Spring Clean Your Home Office

Spring Clean Your Home Office

Cleaning can often feel like a chore. But Spring cleaning feels like a privilege, a joy, like “Oh wow, the weather is lovely and I get to do this!” Whether you want to tacklet it all in one day or make a project of it, your efforts will be rewarded with boosts in productivity and mood.

End of Workday Routine

End of Workday Routine

I’m starting a new end of workday routine. Trying to build a business out of thin air takes effort, focus, gumption, drive, perseverance and research. Oodles and oodles of learning new things. I’ve worked far into the night on too many occasions. It takes a toll, there’s a woeful lack of work/life balance. And both the work and the life suffer for it.

Experiencing and Avoiding Burnout

Experiencing and Avoiding Burnout

It’s common for us small business owners to bite off far more than we can chew. We love to hustle and grind, hit our goals and have that wonderful feeling of productivity. But we must be careful, because a tomato-shaped timer and a stack of post-it notes cannot win over the pervasive bleah of burnout.

Ability to Focus

Ability to Focus

Here’s some good news if you’ve ever felt like a failure for getting distracted and not sticking to a task: You are completely normal. All things shiny and new give us doses of dopamine, which makes us feel happy. It’s easy to get distracted when we’re trying to focus because it actually feels good.

Prioritize Like a Pro

Prioritize Like a Pro

Productivity is not about doing more things – it is about doing the right things at the right times. Spend 10 minutes to plan your day and save hours in wasted effort and unnecessary task-switching. Next time your brain is swimming with all the wonderful possibilities of things you could do, or drowning in dread of all the things you have to do, you are going to thank me.