Weekly Small Business Roundup – May 27, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for small business things and one for technical things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting small business articles I found this week. Enjoy!

6 Work-Life Balance Blunders To Avoid – These are excellent tips and reminders. I like that the #1 blunder is “Trying to always maintain work-life balance.” I envy folks that seem to do this well but, especially for small business folks, it’s really not easy to do and sometimes it’s just not possible. I know the hardest one for me is #4: “Not devoting time to professional development and personal enrichment.” That is always the lowest on my priority list. How do you maintain a reasonable work-life balance?

5 Practical Tips for Getting More from Facebook – Really great, simple things-you-can-do-now tips for small business Facebook marketing. There is a particularly interesting tip at the end for Facebook’s new Sponsored Stories. It might be an interesting way to promote your page or a special. I know I’m gonna check it out in more detail.

Opposite Day – I really love this brief about a company that has dress-up Friday instead of casual Friday. I spend most of my days in jeans and t-shirts and really enjoy dressing up occasionally so this is super fun to me!

A Day Without Distraction: Lessons Learned from 12 Hrs of Forced Focus – After all the years of drilling multitasking into our heads we discover that it’s actually better to single-task. Now to rewrite those patterns… This is a really cool experiment. I’d like to try it someday. The author forced himself to work in minimum 30-minute chunks of time throughout the day. The result was some serious productivity but it was hard to avoid distractions – as can be expected. When I need focused productivity, I use the Focus Booster app. What methods or tools do you use to maximize your productivity?

A Simple Way to Calculate Social Media Return on Investment
– Not sure if social media is worth it for your company? Use this article to help you calculate your ROI. You can either use this to justify your current social media efforts or as a nudge to get moving in another direction if your current system isn’t working.

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Next up is tech news. Have a great (hopefully long) weekend!

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