Weekly Review: My #1 Tip for staying Sane when things are spiralling Out of Control

spiralling out of control

So you’re busy. Congratulations! It’s called LIFE.

If your todo list is just getting longer – even to the point that you don’t want to look at it, then this post is for you. You need a process alongside your lists that helps you make sense of it all, pick up the stuff that might otherwise fall between cracks, and ensure you keep your commitments and show up well prepared. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a PA to help with all this? But help is at hand for the rest of us in the shape of our Weekly Review – a habitual checkpoint process that acts as the glue to help you have a more  productive and stress-free week. Let me explain… More

How I get my Todo List from 150+ to 9 things every day using Todoist

Projects on Todoist





Over the last week I’ve had a couple of detailed discussions with people about how we approach our todo lists and in particular how we ensure that we feel good about what we’ve accomplished during the day. A common concern seems to be “I’ve been really busy all day doing stuff, but I don’t seem to have got anything significant done”.

For me, Productivity is not a goal – it’s simply a set of habits aimed at helping me get my most important stuff done in the most efficient way. While tools are important, they won’t make you more productive by themselves; nor will they tell you what your goals are. However they can support you in developing better habits and making better choices.

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Two hacks that help me prioritise better

Prioritise





Do you find it challenging to prioritise? Do you find it hard to say no to new requests? Do you find that you never quite seem to get round to completing your expenses or submitting your timesheets?

Here’s a simple exercise that might help you clarify what your key roles really are and hence help you prioritise your next actions. More

The Purple Patch: Marketing and Productivity news. And some fake.

The Purple Patch

The media is under fire! Cries of “Fake News” are hurled at stories to cover a myriad of possibilities including completely fabricated articles, articles from opposing viewpoints and even satire.

So this seems to be the perfect time to talk about my own newspaper called the Purple Patch and confess that a little of it is fake news. But only for fun – I’m not trying to rig my local parish council election here.

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3 Tools to keep Hubspot CRM Synchronised Effortlessly (Hubspot CRM Guide #4)





If you have been following and applying this series from the start, you will have evolved your CRM to be an asset of significant value to your business. However the steps are a little laborious, so I’m always on the lookout for little hacks that can be used to automate some of these tasks. I have found 3 that I really want to share – but would love to hear from you if you have come across others. There are free versions of each of them that are perfectly usable, but even the paid-for versions are inexpensive and can save you hours. More

Massage and Manipulate: Giving your Hubspot CRM a full workover (Hubspot CRM Guide #3)





In the first two articles of this series, I looked at how to devise a Hubspot CRM strategy and how you can import data from your most critical sources. In this post I’ll look at how you can massage and manipulate the data you’ve imported, so that it is coherent and valuable for you.

By now you probably have quite a large number of fields that you’ve added to your default set within Hubspot. Now we need to start cleaning!
To clean and manipulate my CRM data I used a combination of spreadsheet functionality and the ability to create customised views within Hubspot.

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3 Valuable Sources of data for your CRM (Hubspot CRM Guide #2)




In the first part of this series I described how I wanted to build a CRM system for my business based around the free Hubspot CRM.  In this part I’ll walk you through the steps I used to integrate data from 3 critical sources: LinkedIn, Google Contacts and other third party sources such as Lead Forensics or Event attendee lists etc. More

4 Steps to Hubspot CRM Heaven (Hubspot CRM Guide #1)





Are you using Hubspot for your inbound or outbound marketing? If you are, I wonder if you are making best use of the pretty handy CRM that you already have as part of your license. In this four part “How-To” series I’ll share with you my Hubspot CRM journey that has helped my take my client and prospect records a strategic asset rather than, well,  a bit of an embarrassment.

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How to make your rancid marketing data a little sweeter

Even without a crystal ball, I can confidently predict that much of the marketing data you use for your marketing campaigns is rotten. In my corporate career at IBM it was a constant area of frustration, as it has been in almost every client I’ve worked with over the last 4 years, irrespective of size. More

The 4 Questions B2B Marketing Directors Ask – and my answers!

In the years since I established Purple Salix, I’ve been fortunate to work with CMOs and marketing leaders of large global companies through to small startups, and across the tech sector and multiple industry sectors beyond – including Finance, Oil, and Green chemicals manufacturing. However, irrespective of size and industry, the areas of  challenge are remarkably consistent. Without wishing to betray any client confidences, here are 4 of the questions that every marketing director most frequently asks me to help them address.  More