When In the Shed Secretarial opened its virtual doors 18 years ago, I was bombarded with advice on time management and how to be more efficient and productive.
Very quickly, I tried (and mostly discarded) every tip in the book, thinking them all more bother than they were worth.
Why was that? What was I doing wrong?
It turns out that productivity tips are like shoes – you have to try on an awful lot before you find the perfect fit.
Here are a few of my old favourites, the old comfortable ones that get me through the day.
Christine Todd, In the Shed Secretarial
I started my VA business, In the Shed Secretarial, after spotting a copy of “How to be a Freelance Secretary” in a bookshop one lunchtime. Four years of (mostly) uninteresting temp jobs had started me thinking seriously about self-employment, and that little book was the kick-start I needed.
Eighteen years later, I now specialise in working with accountants and solicitors, although my current clients also include a roofing contractor, an antique bookseller, a PA training company, and a folk music magazine …
Away from my desk, I can be spotted walking or running around the local area, training for any number of events from the London Moonwalk to the Great North Run. I’m also proud to be an Age UK Befriender, and fundraise for several charities such as Action on Elder Abuse and Contact the Elderly.