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Top 3 tips to keep on track at work

Struggling to remember what your manager asked you to do this morning? Are you confused about your daily duties? Then say no more! From previously working in childcare and moving into an admin role I struggled with prioritising my work and the tasks that I was receiving throughout the day.  I had to find ways that worked for me and allowed me to stay on top of tasks throughout the day.

To do list.

My Manager, Holli, got everyone Kiki K notepads and let me tell you, it has changed my life. As soon I get in each day I write my top 3 priorities for the day. This allows me to acknowledge tasks that are of high importance or need to be completed ASAP. After this, I write down all the things that I need to do for the day. When asked by any of my other colleagues or manager to complete a task I write it down straight away, so it doesn’t slip my mind. When completing the tasks throughout the day I highlight the ones I have completed so I know what I must prioritise next.

Calendar reminders.

Something I have picked up from other members in the office is setting reminders through your Calendar either on your phone or computer. When you do this, you can select when you want the reminder to occur and how often. This really helps me when I know I have to either send documents or an email at a certain time. I set a reminder for 15 minutes before to allow me to stop what I am currently doing and prepare the email. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I press snooze when I see the reminder but hey, don’t we all.

CLEAN

Every morning and afternoon I have to make sure that my desk is clean and that I have a clean inbox. This allows me to have a fresh and clear start and end of the day. I hate leaving work knowing that I haven’t replied to the emails from the previous day, plus this means extra work for the following day. When It comes to cleaning out your emails, the newer one always gets the most attention. If you are going to do a clean out it is best to start at the bottom, the older ones. Even replying to the oldest three emails will give you clarity!

Cleaning your desk is a must. There is no way that you would be able to stay focused with old paperwork covering your desk. Make sure that you’ve placed them in a folder or tucked away in your draw, only have the essentials out. The essentials should be a water bottle, pen and notebook.

I hope that after reading through my top three tips, you have some new ideas to put in place. If you have any tips that can help our team then please send them through to our Facebook page or Instagram.

Author: Rille Beath

3 excuses to use cruise control in QLD

Time flies, doesn’t it? Still unbelievable that we’re almost done with Winter and it’s time to start planning your celebratory getaway! This month we’re in Queensland and have listed three of the most amazing places you can experience, simply by jumping in the car and going for a drive! Whether you have a hatchback or an SUV, the below places are easily accessible and will make you appreciate Queensland just that little bit more after seeing them.

Up first – Springbrook Mountain, Gold Coast

1hr 35mins south of Brisbane. 23 million years ago a volcano erupted and formed this beautiful mountainous forest. Standing on this elevation means you can tell your friends and family that you’ve stood on a volcano, although old and dormant,  it’s still a volcano!! This place is not just a mountain, it has lookouts and waterfalls and canyons. Bring the swimmers (us Canberrans never think it’s that cold in QLD even if we’re mid-August) and your mini BBQ to cook up a decent lunch. A few other cool things about Springbrook that many people don’t know about is the rare wildlife and plants you see, including the glow-in-the-dark worms and mushrooms… Look out!

Second stop – Noosaville, Sunshine Coast

1hr 40 mins north of Brisbane. One would think we could steer you straight to the Gold Coast if you went to Springbrook Mountain. However, if you were to choose just one of the three places we’ve listed, this would have to be pushing for a first place. Noosaville is a dreamy little seaside village located on the foreshore, a 5-minute drive from Noosa Heads. A must visit is Hells Gates, it really is heavenly and this place is home to dolphins and turtles. Need I say more? In relation to food, Thomas Street and Gympie Terrace are littered with cafes and restaurants. Try and get to Red Emperor for amazing fish and chips, yep, I said amazing. In terms of activities, the world really is your oyster up this way. You can get on the Noosa Ferry, hire a jet-ski, kayak or boat, or even organise some surfing lessons if you’re keen to go a step above intense, gnarly!

Finally – Somerset Dam, Somerset

1hr 30 mins north-west of Brisbane. Boating camping fishing is BCF’n fun. This really is the case at Somerset Dam. Even if you don’t have a boat/kayak you can camp and fish and if you don’t camp or fish, you can swim! And if you don’t do any of that you can simply soak up the sun and enjoy the surrounding mountains in the family BBQ and picnic areas. This dam is one of Brisbane’s most important water catchments and stores over 900,000 megalitres. The dam wall itself is stunning at a length of over 300 metres long. Somerset Dam really is a hidden gem. If you’re in Brisbane, it’s city living with country benefits when you visit out this way.

So there it is, whether it’s summer or winter, mark your calendar and give yourself a little bit of adventure. Drive and discover safely! If you have any other places for us to check out next time we’re in Brisbane, message us on our Facebook Page!

Author: Holli Hope-Jones

Are you LinkedIn?

LinkedIn – the “Facebook” for all things work related. You can connect with people worldwide, post, share and like relevant items, search for jobs/job seekers, the list goes on… If you’re not already signed up on the social media platform, you had better jump on it! Today, I’m going to provide you with a few tips to boost your LinkedIn profile and connections.

#1: Let’s get started – connect, connect, connect!

If you are new to LinkedIn, the first key to getting your profile out there is to start connecting with people. You need to make sure you are connecting with like-minded people who you 1) know personally or know of, 2) work in the same field, and 3) see potential opportunities with. An easy way to connect with others is to review LinkedIn’s suggested connections tab and go through that. You can then start setting small goals such as “This week I want to make 10 connections” and build your way up!

#2: Let’s get active – post, like, share!  

One of the most important aspects to any social media profile is ensuring that you are being active. Being active is as simple as doing the following, every 1-2 days:

  • Liking your connection’s posts
  • Sharing a relevant work article
  • Posting about something you have recently done/accomplished at work

It is essential that you add value to the whatever you post or share – talk specifically about your business/role and even include a call to action. It is also vital to make sure you are posting appropriately, with the right “lingo” being used. Therefore, you are having a joke and using a lighthearted tone with a subject but then stern/formal with another.

Also, if you are getting involved with other people’s posts, there is a higher chance of them reciprocating that when you post. Because of all of these interactions, you are then introduced to more connections and your profile continues to grow!

#3: Let’s get out there – advertise, advertise, advertise!  

Another way to build your profile is by advertising it through as many possible channels. Personally, I have added my LinkedIn profile to my signature block – so everyone can click on that whenever we converse via email. This is a really great method to grow your connections, you will be surprised at how many people will come through this avenue. To continue growing, you can share your profile on the following platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

You can also share your profile manually with the direct URL and gain connections that way!

I hope you enjoyed reading through my tips on how to grow your LinkedIn – if you have any feedback or questions, feel free to drop us a message at our Facebook page.

Author: Dana-Louise Deklin