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How to Multitask Effectively

How would it be like if you could do so many things at the same time and have all your work done quicker? As a freelancer with so many deadlines to meet and projects to work on, finishing your work quickly sounds is the best thing anyone could ask for.

 

 

Although multitasking is not really welcomed by so many experts there has been a deep interest in the possibility of making the positive results become a reality. Experts say that multitasking does not necessarily make you do your work quickly and even if it did, your work would be shoddy and the quality below standard.

But does this mean that multitasking effectively is unattainable? Absolutely not! There is obviously a right and wrong way to do things. Freelancers need to be extremely careful when trying to multitask because most times you have your client’s work involved. The goal should always be to work quickly without compromising quality. And if you had to choose between speed and service, it would be wise to choose service at all times.

Here are steps you need to take to multitask effectively

 

Step #1 – Focus on what’s important

Prioritizing when it comes to multitasking is key. The main problem people face when it comes to multitasking is their ability to decide on which of the tasks to work on first and then switch to next.

Making decisions takes time and consequently eat into the little time you have left to work. Trying to figure out what to do next can leave you feeling confused.

Before you start the day decide on what you want to achieve and what you think are the most important tasks for the day. Try to limit yourself to 3 very important tasks.

Next arrange the task in order of priority and promise yourself that no matter what happens you will stick to the order.

 

Step #2 – Draw up a to-do list

Now that you have your 3 major tasks, next thing you need to do is have a list of steps you need to take to complete those tasks. The to-do list will give you a visual sequence of how you will tackle the task for the day.

At this stage it may seem like you’re not doing much of multitasking but it is necessary to make sure you make the most of your time.

 

 

 

Step #3 – Do the activities that can be done together

Grouping activities together is where the multitasking comes in. Unlike what most people do – doing several things at random – you now have a more defined set of activities you need to do, thanks to the to-do list.

However there are some activities that overlap. For example, let’s say you need to find inspirational quotes for your blog, curate content for your social media accounts and get in touch with your followers. You can do all this at the same time by grouping them together. You can go on Twitter and search for inspirational quotes, retweet the ones that will resonate with your audience (curating content) and answer your mentions (getting in touch with your audience) all at the same time.

So go through your list of activities and group the ones you can do at the same time. That will help you cut out a lot of time.

 

Step #4 – Practice makes perfect

The truth about multitasking is that you only get better with constant practice. Following the steps above correctly will help you get better at the art of multitasking effectively So don’t get discouraged at first when you are not able to work as fast as you had expected to.

 

Have you mastered the art of multitasking?

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, March 26, and  I know many of us struggle with gift ideas for mothers on Mother’s Day. Sometimes we are also left feeling overwhelmed and even more confused with the many gift options available, so I am going to keep this short and sweet.

Henry London Shoreditch Mesh Strap Watch with Trio Dial

I am a sucker for anything Rose Gold. I think it is a very pretty shade, and I am naturally drawn to it. I guess that explains my forever growing collection of Rose Gold items.

This elegant Shoreditch watch from Henry London, available on the AMARA Website, is a great gift idea for Mother’s Day. It features a Milanese mesh strap and luxurious rose gold casing merging effortlessly into a domed lens. The dial boasts soft rose-pink tones with a trio of sub-dials to depict the time in 24 hours and time the seconds.

You can also add a personalised message at the back of the watch.

This beautiful watch currently retails for £165.

 

Elie Beaumont Personalised Stone Leather Watch

Still on watches, I love the attention to detail with this Elie Beaumont Personalised Stone Leather Watch. The luxury packaging is superb as you can see, and the watch itself is a classic modern beauty.

The stunning watch available on the PrezzyBox website, features a thick stone coloured leather strap made from genuine quality leather with a large 38mm cream dial, and rose gold detailing, to give it that beautiful finish I love so much.

You can also include a personalised message at the back of this modern vintage watch by Elie Beaumont.

It currently retails at £54.95.

 

Perkins and Morley Wild Wood Cushions

Here is another fab gift idea for Mother’s Day; Perkins and Morley Wild Wood Cushions are great for Mothers who have a quirky sense of humour, and love their wildlife. It is also great for Mums that love updating their home decor.

I adore the beautiful and colourful designs!

This is the Wild Wood Rabbit Cushion

This is the Wild Wood Squirrel Cushion

They would make a great present this Mother’s Day. They are available from £29.99.

What do you think of these items? Are you sorted for Mother’s Day?

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How to Improve your Domain Authority

As a full-time blogger, my domain authority is very important to me, and I know it is the same for many bloggers. As a Blogger and Blogger Outreach Consultant, I know many brands tend to work with bloggers that have a minimum domain authority of at least 20, so improving and maintaining a good domain authority score is very important if you plan to make money from your blog.

 


 

A blog’s domain authority is set by Moz Open Site Explorer, and it is simply a score that shows how your website is really doing. It works by crawling the web to find sites that link back to your site; it then measures the value of these links and generates a number based on the results.

Before you can have a valid domain authority, you need to have your own domain. So yourblogname.com, co.uk or net, but not .wordpress, or blogspot, if that makes any sense. Many new bloggers tend to think they have a domain authority with a free WordPress/Blogger blog, but they don’t, as their blog is piggybacking on the host platform, which explains the very high domain scores. However, blogs with a vanity domain (that is a blog with a domain name but hosted on WordPress/Blogger) do have a valid domain authority, so you don’t need to be self-hosted to have a domain authority. I see this question come up a lot online, so I thought to clarify this bit before going further.

So how do you improve your domain authority? I have blogged for over 4 years now on Fashion and Style Police, and at the moment, I have a domain authority of 33. I going to mention things that I believe has helped me.

 

Regularly Posting Quality Content

I blog almost every day and I think my blogging regularly has helped improve and maintain my domain authority. But the key is to post regular quality content and not just churn out post after post that have no depth.

Posting regular quality content would get you views, comments, likes, link backs, and shares, which all help your domain authority massively.

 

Using SEO Properly

Using SEO properly means your blog posts would appear on search engines, which makes it more likely to get views, comments, shares, and the likes. What use is a great post or blog if no one can find it? Good use of SEO increases the number of eyeballs on your blog, which will eventually increase your domain authority.

 

 

Build a Social Following

A blog’s social following does have an impact on its domain authority. If you have a decent following on social media with engaged followers, you will see an increase in your blog views, comments, shares, and the likes, which eventually helps the overall domain authority of your blog. I wrote a little more about this in my book – How to Cash in as a Blogger, so go have a read and please leave a review on Amazon once you are done. I need them reviews like I need air!

 

Commenting on Other Blogs

Commenting on other blogs does have a massive impact on the domain authority of your blog because it links back to your blog, if you leave your blog link details in the website box. However, I would advise you don’t leave your blog link under your comment except the blogger is happy with this. I personally don’t like it because I have to deal with broken links every now and again, and these links are usually the main culprits. Leaving your website link in the allocated section should do the work fine, and also make sure your comment is a decent amount of words, I would say at least 10 words if possible.

 

 

 

Writing at Least 300 Words Posts

The minimum word count of a blog post should be at least 300 words. I know sometimes it may be hard to write-up a post up to 300 words especially for Giveaway posts but that should be your ideal target. Research and experience has shown me that longer posts help improve the domain authority of a blog. And these posts also rank high on Google so it is a win-win.

 

Try these tips for 6 months and see if your blog’s domain authority increases.

Do you have any domain authority tips to share?

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Thank you.