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November 24 2015

Windsor Castle, Engl

Windsor Castle, England

Baked Brie with Bals

Baked Brie with Balsamic Rosemary Cranberry Sauce

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Kleine Welt / little World by VMG Vogel und Naturfoto http://flic.kr/p/ADUzaE

Everyday Planet: The

Everyday Planet: The BBC Top 100 Books ...

Glue a magnet to the

Glue a magnet to the bottom of the hammer so you don't have to hold nails in your mouth while hanging pictures.

Use a towel rod on t

Use a towel rod on the inside of the linen closet for holding blankets. (this is a good idea for back of guest room door too so if guests need extra blankets, they are easy to find)

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November 23 2015

Rome's Trevi Fountai

Rome's Trevi Fountain is more beautiful than ever after 17-month renovation

Zero points: Caulifl

Zero points: Cauliflower popcorn (Break a head of cauliflower into popcornlike, bite-size florets, then spread them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the cauliflower lightly with butter-flavor cooking spray, then sprinkle lightly with turmeric, freshly ground pepper, and sea salt. Bake 20 to 30 minutes at 425 degrees F or until the cauliflower is slightly browned.) (1 cup = 29 cal., 5 g carb., 0 g fat, 2 g pro.)

The One System You Need To Organise Your Online Career

Are you managing to keep track of your online career? Do you have a plan or are you just hoping you remember everything?

Personally, I run a lot of different #projects online, freelance for a number of different places and use a tonne of different metrics to gauge my success. I have a killer #to-do list in Todoist, but that wasn’t actually enough for me. I needed to be able to see at a glance whether I was on top of things or not.

For me, that meant being sure I’d done all the parts of my freelance editing work, written and planned enough articles for my freelance writing clients and my own blogs, being certain I’d scheduled social media updates for my Vocal Content clients, and making sure I’d filled out my official income recording spreadsheet for tax purposes. (In fact, this whole thing came about by my original client tracking system for Vocal Content.)

The One System You Need To Organise Your Online Career

My Master Work Planner

So, I devised a master tracker spreadsheet in Google Docs to keep track of all of these different projects. Since I was already tracking most of the above information in individual spreadsheets, I just developed a system of noting when they had been checked (and next needed to be checked), then used that same system in each document. Now in my master tracker I can reference each individual spreadsheet to get an overview of what needs doing.

I decided to use this spreadsheet to also track some other spreadsheets where I tally my follower counts on social media, and my activity in social media, plus my activity in the most important groups I’m involved in. It also tracks spreadsheets that note any interviews I do, all my #planning for upcoming Twitter chats and how my overall marketing and conversions are going.

The One-Cell Spreadsheet Overview

The stroke of genius was in making sure I had one cell in each document that used the CONCATENATE() function to give an overview of the most important things. In my blog schedule, this references my last post (brought in using IMPORTFEED()), in my official income report it calculates my average hourly rate for the work I’m doing, and in my budget it tells me my monthly income and expenditure.

The advantage of this one-cell overview is that now the master tracking spreadsheet has not just the dates I need to do more work on these spreadsheets, but an overview of the most important information I can glean from each of the individual spreadsheets.

The Individual Spreadsheets

When it comes to the individual spreadsheets, sometimes I can even automate the updating of the relevant cells by using MAX() functions in the relevant columns. So, instead of worrying about updating YET ANOTHER THING, all I do is go about my work and recording as per usual and it automatically updates everything for me.

Work Planner Template - Individual Spreadsheets

Reading The Master Tracker

The master tracker highlights dates that are more than a week old in orange, and dates more than a month old in red. Mostly, I want them all to stay white. That means I’m doing fine!

Work Planner Template - Master Tracker

Basically, when I look at this list there’s nothing for me to DO in this spreadsheet except note at the top that I’ve checked it. Every piece of data is imported and it’s just a quick way to see what I’m on top of and what’s not been done recently. All I do is glance through it and look for red and orange cells. As I’ve linked the relevant spreadsheets to the titles on the left, if there’s a red cell I just click the link and get to work in the relevant spreadsheet.

Adding A Few Everyday Life Spreadsheets

And then, because occasionally I feel like I’m supposed to be doing home-related things instead of my work, I have thrown a few “Life” spreadsheets into the top. This includes my family budget, life goal tracking and other useful spreadsheets. You can ignore this section if you like, but I find that knowing I’m on top of these everyday household things means I can actually concentrate on my work.

Get The Master Tracker

Someone at the VCBuzz Twitter Chat I was a guest for the other day asked me to share this tracking spreadsheet, which is the whole reason I wrote this post and made a slightly more generic template.

@angelaalcorn Do you mind sharing how your spreadsheet looks like? #vcbuzz

— Jimmy R – Writer (@dbjim21) November 17, 2015

So, if you also want to take a look at a modified version of my master work planner tracker, you’re quite welcome to use the Google Template I made.

–> Get The Master Work Planner Template <–

How do you stay on top of things? Tell us!

Structured pleats, B

Structured pleats, Burberry

mason jars are great

mason jars are great for everything-I really like this cute idea with the lights inside

green, black & white

green, black & white...

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Karl on the move by AlisterBC http://flic.kr/p/AVj86u

I feel like the many

I feel like the many long, flat drawers would be good for keeping in-progress projects in. When you switch gears, you just get out another drawer and all your papers already laid out just how you left them.

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Snow! It begins! #snow ❄ :snowman:
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What happens when you start a new blog? First you’re all full of beans and then somehow you wind up despondent and wondering if anyone will ever read a word you say. This week for the Online Careerist publication I’ve curated a lot of links for new bloggers, as most freelancers online are also trying to build their own blog as a platform for their writing or other freelance efforts. Most freelancers see their blog as a marketing tool for their freelancing, which is the perfect way to start. But it’s also a bit of a slog. I mean, you get in a cycle of promoting your blog posts, then wondering why you’re not just directly promoting the fact that you’re a freelancer (Actually, doing that occasionally is a GOOD idea). And blogs can be lonely, isolated places when you first start out. Even your most dedicated friends will forget to read your posts for months at a time. I know — I’ve been that friend. Your fans have no such dedication to you in the beginning, and it could be a really long time before they realise you’ve written a new post. So, what can you do about it? Well, for starters, set up a marketing strategy so that every time you post something it actually gets read by someone. Post to relevant Facebook groups, Google+ groups and LinkedIn groups. Find forums that talk about the stuff you write about and share the post there. Actively post and re-post to social media — On Twitter, most people aren’t going to see it the first time you tweet. A5. I keep a close eye on my goals and targets. It really helps me focus on what's important. #vcbuzz — Angela Alcorn (@angelaalcorn) November 17, 2015 But most importantly, give yourself other incentives. A lot of people are blogging their journey of learning about something — so why not use every post as an excuse to learn something new? Some people like seeing the money in the bank, so try monetising your blog immediately and letting every cent be an inspiration. For others, getting to know other bloggers like yourself is the real reward, so get out there and chat to them. Comment on their blogs and they might one day take the time to read yours. Whatever you do, don’t just give up on it. There was a reason you started this and it’s only going to get better the more you write and improve your blogging. Chin up!
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