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It’s great to start the day with an early morning yoga class. At least, it’s great if you’re a morning person. It might be traumatic having to get up, but we soldier on. Sometimes we might even find a little bit of relaxation in the process. Of course, being based in London, that generally lasts all of seven seconds. But those seven seconds? Amazing. Here are some of the thoughts we’ve definitely had during early morning yoga. Please tell us we’re not the only ones.

  1. This is too early.
  2. I hope I don’t fall asleep if we have to lie on the mat.
  3. If I do, what if I snore?
  4. I can’t believe people do this every day.
  5. Man, I wish I looked like that person.
  6. Do I have to take my socks off?
  7. Do people seriously do this every day?
  8. No. I am an empowered, confident person who does not have these thoughts.
  9. I really do wish I looked like them, though.
  10. Ooh, they’ve got their own yoga mat. I bet they’re, like, a pro.
  11. Are they going to play this music the whole way through? This isn’t-
  12. Oh, actually, this is quite relaxing.
  13. Oh my god, I can’t even touch my toes.
  14. Can I Instagram this? People should know I did this.
  15. I bet that person’s t-shirt never rides up.
  16. Stop staring at that person’s arse.
  17. Wait. What was that? I wasn’t listening.
  18. I don’t have a practise. Should I tell them I don’t have a practise? What’s a practise?
  19. Wait, my leg’s supposed to go where?
  20. Don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
  21. Don’t giggle, don’t giggle, don’t giggle.
  22. Man, this is actually pretty hard.
  23. I am a warrior in my warrior pose and my warrior name is Beyonce Pad Thai. I should probably get my own warrior name and stop stealing Mindy Lahiri’s.
  24. Why do people need hot yoga when normal yoga makes me sweat this much?
  25. Am I thinking too much?
  26. How does everybody just know what this stuff means?
  27. I wonder if the candles have ever set anything on fire.
  28. Seriously, don’t fart, don’t fart, don’t fart.
  29. I wish I’d eaten something before I got here.
  30. Seriously. Did anyone else just hear my stomach rumbling?
  31. I should definitely book my yoga retreat when I get home. I wonder if they’ll let me have three months off, or if I should just quit. How much would it cost to get to the Andes?
  32. Was I always this tall?
  33. *Mental Facebook status drafting*
  34. *Mental ‘I’m so relaxed and cultured’ tweet planning*
  35. I am now officially relaxed. I am calm and centred. Woe betide the first motherfucker who ruins it.

Don’t forget…

If the group class experience isn’t for you, you can book individual sessions with awesome yoga experts through HowNow. The beauty of that is that you don’t even have to leave the house – just put your mat on the floor next to your bed and roll onto it when it’s time to get going!

Facebook ads are a great way to promote your HowNow classes. If you have a Facebook page you have everything you need to set up adverts and make sure as many people as possible see what you can do. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up a campaign:

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Visit your ‘Adverts Manager’ account on Facebook. If you have a Facebook page for your company, you’ll see this in the menu on the left-hand side of your Newsfeed. If you don’t yet have a Facebook page set up, you’ll need to do that first. Click on the green ‘create advert’ button in the top right-hand corner.

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Pick what you want your ad to achieve. There’s a load of options to choose from, but to promote your HowNow class specifically, you might want to try selecting ‘send people to your website’.

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Give your campaign a name to help you track its success and click ‘continue’.

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Now you’ll create your audience. You can target your add to people in, or even just visiting, specific locations if that’s what you want to do. However, do keep in mind that because your class is online it can be taken from anywhere.

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You can also choose the ages, gender, and language of the people you want to reach.

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After that, it gets interesting. You can choose people depending on their specific interests. If it’s possible to ‘like’ something on Facebook, it’s possible to target an ad to reach fans of that subject. If you’re a yoga or guitar teacher, that’s a good place to start. If you’re teaching business, you could target people who like The Apprentice. This is where a good knowledge of your demographic comes into play. You can save your audiences to use again, or create a new one each time if you’re feeling experimental.screenshot-129

Using the ‘Connections’ drop-down menu you can then choose if you want to target just the people who like your page or people who’ve never heard of you.

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Once you’ve got your audience it’s time to decide on a budget. This can be per day or for the lifetime of the ad so make sure you’ve checked this over before you let your ad go live. You could spend as little as a fiver or as much as you like, really. It’s totally up to you. Facebook will never charge more than the budget you set, so there’s no need to worry about it going rogue.

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Decide what you want Facebook to charge you for. This can be either link clicks or impressions. When you get to this part of the Advert Manager it’s wise to work with Facebook’s recommendations if you’re not familiar with the process. As you get more comfortable you can play around more.

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Choose your image. If you have a high quality image, that’s great.

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If not, Facebook also have a library of stock images you can use. Beware of images with too much text. Facebook used to ban any images with more than 20% text. That’s not the case any more but they do warn that ads that have images with too much text will be shared less.

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If you’re advertising your class, the ‘website URL’ box is the place to share your class link. That way, when people click on your ad they’ll be taken straight there. After that you’ll fill in a headline and the text for your ad. Your headline and text character limits will vary depending on the kind of ad you’re producing.

After that, you’ll have the option to preview your ads, and then once you’ve confirmed you’ll be away! It’s great fun to see what kind of results you can get for different kinds of ads.

The other kind of Facebook ad that’s super-easy to create and doesn’t even require you to spend time in the Advert Manager is a promoted post. If you’ve created a post and think more people should be able to see it, this is the option for you. Facebook’s algorithms work in such a way that this is basically the only way to guarantee that your content gets the attention it deserves.

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Find the post you want to boost and click the ‘Boost post’ button.You’ll choose and audience and a budget just like you did when setting up a full Facebook ad.

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While your boosted post is still being promoted, and after your campaign has finished, you’ll be able to see exactly how many people you reached. When you view your results you’ll see more details about exactly who engaged and how, which can be vital information to use when planning future ads and deciding who should be in your audiences.

So there you have it! Promoted posts on Facebook are great to advertise your classes, and you can create campaigns to suit any budget. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

There’s a whole host of social media accounts and blogs dedicated to healthy lifestyles, whether that be fitness, nutrition, or a combination of the two. With so many out there, who should you be following? We recommend some of these people:

Jessamyn Stanley

Jessamyn Stanley is awesome. She started documenting her yoga journey on Instagram in order to check her alignment, and has quickly become an inspiration to women everywhere. She now teaches all over the world, and is also a body positivity advocate. Jessamyn encourages people to think ‘how does this feel?’ instead of ‘how does this look?’ while practising yoga.

Chocolate Covered Katie

You know how desserts are the best? Well, Chocolate Covered Katie does. She has loads of recipes for all kinds of sweet treats. The best, though, is that they’ve all been given a healthy twist. Sugar and syrup are replaced by healthy alternatives, and everything is still bloody delicious.

Minimalist Baker

Dana Shultz shares recipes for healthy food which is usually plant-based of gluten-free. So far, so standard. However, the best part about The Minimalist Baker is that she really does mean ‘minimalist’. Every recipe uses 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl, or less than 30 minutes of your time, so you can make nutritious food without a lot of faff.

Fit Bottomed Girls

Erin Whitehead and Jenipher Walters have a website with everything from recipes to awesome playlists to get you fired up. Their Instagram is funny and full of motivation. They also have a podcast. There’s even an Anti-diet book. Basically, whatever you’re looking for in terms of motivation, you’ll find it thanks to Fit Bottomed Girls.

Deliciously Ella

You’ve probably seen her own brand of healthy energy balls in the shops. If not, you might have seen one of her three healthy eating cookbooks. Or perhaps you’ve seen the deli she’s been able to open in London because of her huge following. There’s no denying that Deliciously Ella is everywhere, and she’s great at what she does.

Fully Raw Kristina

If you like your healthy food looking bright and cheery, there’s nobody better than Kristina Carillo-Bucaran. Her Instagram feed and Youtube channel are super-bright and some of her recipes are super-tasty. She even has her own organic co-op, if you happen to be based around Texas.

Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines has a following of 10,000,000 women, and she has that for a very good reason. Users who are signed up to take part in her various programs are given targeted exercises to incorporate into theirworkouts, as well as a selection of recipes to cook every day. It’s like having someone hold your hand and guide you.

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If any of these guys have inspired you, don’t forget that you can find personalised advice on healthy eating and fitness from our awesome HowNow experts. Happy health-ing!

It’s always difficult to decide whether we should take the leap and turn our passion into profit. Work takes up a lot of our time, but more often than not it’s the things we do in the spare hours before, after, and at weekends that really make us happy. You might be an accountant with a penchant for painting, a barista who hula hoops on the side, or maybe you work in sales and have colleagues queuing up for your cupcakes. But what if you don’t want to do it on the side any more?

The option that a lot of people choose when they decide to start turning their passion into profit is to teach. Teaching your hobby can be really rewarding. It’s a great way to meet new people who might be into the same kind of thing that you are, or to pass on what you know to total beginners who end up loving the thing you love too. It can be a daunting prospect, but we’ve put together a few tips to help you get started.

Think about how it could fit in

I’m not suggesting that you jack in your high-flying career in neurosurgery straight away. In fact, as a high-flying neurosurgeon, you’re probably smart enough to realise that. I’m sorry for insulting your intelligence. It might be that you don’t want to teach full time. You might just want a little Saturday gig to make a bit of pocket money. Or you might have a total career overhaul and world domination in your sights. Anything goes. Plus, if you decide to teach online you’ll have way less to organise before you can begin.

Do your research

Maybe you have a friend or acquaintance who’s already teaching something. Awesome. Take them for a coffee and have a chat. It’s amazing how good meeting an actual person who’s done the actual thing you actually want to do can make you feel. You might just realise that it’s a totally do-able thing for a person to manage. If you don’t have a useful friend, reach out to other people who run classes. It’s amazing how many people are willing to meet up if there’s a free coffee in it for them. If you can’t meet up with someone in person, we have this super-cool thing called ‘the internet’ now, and you’re bound to find people who are willing to share tips if you look hard enough.

Try holding a test workshop

Before you take to the internet, gather a group of your nicest, least sarcastic friends, and try out your ideas on them. If you want to teach a specific craft, for example, you can make sure you’re able to explain the stages as easily as possible. You can also use your willing volunteers to try out yoga routines, dance steps, or anything else. You’ll get feedback on what you could do better, as well as a chance to practice being in front of real people who view you as an authority figure.

Don’t be freaked out by practical considerations

Yes. You will need a plan. You’ll need a webcam. You’ll need to be able to stand in front of a camera and tell up to ten people what to do. The likelihood is that the people who already do this are no cleverer than you, and they all managed, so you know it’s possible. Make a list of everything you’ve found out in your research that you need to organise, and then work through it point by point. Try not to skip ahead or let yourself get overwhelmed. Point by point. That’s all you need to remember.

Take the plunge

Sometimes this is the hardest part. You’ve done all the legwork and you’re totally ready. You’ve got everything you need. You’re awesome, basically. You’re an organisational wizard. It would be so easy to stop at this point. If you stop now you’ll have a 100% success rate and never have to face failure. But this is the time to take a deep breath and dive in to actually teaching strangers how to do the thing that you love to do. After all, you’ve come this far. Every class you teach might not be perfect. You might have no-shows or uncooperative students. Those things happen, and they happen to everyone. We guarantee the good will outweigh the bad, though. You’ll feel the joy that only comes from sharing something you love with other people, and watching them fall in love with it too. You’ll meet new people. And most of all, you’ll be able to go to sleep at night knowing that, for once in your life, you put yourself out there and made it work.

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So. Real talk. Do you fancy sharing your passion whilst making money? check out HowNow and starting earning from the thing you love doing. All you need to do is bring your passion. Team HowNow can bring the organisation, and we’ll meet you on the internet.

You might think email marketing is the preserve of big businesses. Think again. Technology has levelled the playing field for businesses great and small, so it’s easier than ever to create slick email marketing campaigns that look as though you’ve paid thousands of graphic designers to help. But what should be considering when you start your campaign?

Keep it regular

Pick a day of the week, and a time in that day, and stick to it. That’s when your users should expect to hear from you. By giving you their email address they’ve basically trusted you. If you abuse that and send too many messages, or send emails when they’re not interested, you’ll find yourself relegated to the junk folder before you can say ’email marketing’. If you don’t have enough content to warrant a weekly newsletter, remember you could always just make it fortnightly or even monthly. It’s better to send one great message than five rubbish ones.

Make sure it looks appropriate

You say a lot about your company before you’ve even said very much in the body of your email marketing. The look of your newsletters can give your mailing list an idea of exactly what your business is like, so make sure it suits what you. For example, if you sell floral vintage china and your key demographic is grannies, your emails probably don’t need to look slick and minimal. Appeal to your demographic.

Make it engaging and informative

Try to let some personality come through in your emails. You might always include a link to a funny news story, or always have something motivational to say. It’s a little thing, but it makes people more likely to read your next message. On the flip side, don’t send out a marketing email for no reason. Keep things informative. Let people know about company updates, new products, or any press. Don’t email ‘just to chat’. That’s a bit weird.

Don’t be too ‘salesy’

Picture the scene: Someone turns up at your house trying to sell you something. You’re not interested. You close the door in their face. You feel a bit guilty, but there was no other way to deal with them. Email marketing has the potential to be a bit like that, except without any guilt about getting rid of you. If you’re emailing people and trying to aggressively sell something, you’re going to rub them up the wrong way. There’s a big difference between saying ‘here’s some things you might be interested in as a previous client’, and saying ‘Hey. You’ve shown a vague interest in me before. Buy all of my stuff. BUY IT NOW.’.

If you’re still on the lookout for a way to make great email newsletters, we recommend Mailchimp, which is versatile enough to do pretty much anything and also has a free subscription below a certain number of subscribers. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

Life is expensive these days, and it doesn’t show any sign of letting up. So what can you do when it’s all getting expensive and you need a bit of extra income? You can get by on one kidney, so that’s always an option, but you might be one of those picky people who are after something that’s a little less – well – invasive. Luckily there’s a whole host of online services which are giving people the chance to make a bit of extra income.

HowNow

We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t throw our own hat into the ring. HowNow is a platform that lets you teach online classes from the comfort of your own home to people all over the world. They can be about literally anything, and they can happen whenever it’s convenient for you. If you have a skill or some knowledge that you could share you could be our next Expert, and feel great about sharing your gifts with the world while you earn extra income. Plus, you don’t even really have to get out of your PJs.

Air BnB

If you have a home, you have pretty much all of the requirements to earn extra income with Air BnB. You can let out a spare room, or even the whole place if you have somewhere else you can go. You’ll need to provide a few pieces of ID, and some quality images of your space, plus a warm welcome when you meet your new guests, and you’re basically golden. You have the freedom to say when you can accept guests, so the amount of income you pull in is totally up to you.

Survey Sites

Do you have opinions? There are loads of survey websites, like MySurvey, OpinionOutpost, and ValuedOpinions which allow you to earn extra income while airing your views. You could be answering questions on anything from lifestyle to your opinions on a new movie trailer before it’s released. You know those surveys they always quote on Eight Out of Ten Cats? They have to find those examples somewhere…

Top Cashback

If you want to earn extra income without actually having to change your habits at all Top Cashback is for you. Using their links to big brand websites means you can earn rewards and money off of your purchases. It doesn’t always feel like a lot, but it adds up when you check your account one day and realise you have enough cashback to cover something fun like a hotel room or a new pair of trainers without having to put in any extra effort. Everyone loves a freebie.

Fiverr

If you have a skill you can market, Fiver is a place to do that. The whole point of the site is that you make $5 per job, so the extra income isn’t huge, but if you’re a fast worker you might find that it adds up. Maybe you’re a designer, or a Twitter whizz, or even a coder. People are looking for your skills. Of course, you do have to be slightly wary about devaluing your work, especially if you’re looking to make a significant amount of extra income without giving away all of your free time.

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So there you have it. These are just a few of the many ways you can find to make a few extra pennies online. We hope to see you teaching a HowNow class in the very near future, and maybe we’ll even come and stay at your Air BnB. Nothing weird, honest.

Once upon a time, people decided what they wanted to do, and then they’d go ahead and get a job doing that. Unfortunately, in this day and age, jobs in certain industries are more difficult to come by. However, if your full time job isn’t what you want to do forever, there’s no need to feel downhearted. With a little work in your free time it’s possible to complete amazing projects. That could be producing theatre, making films, or starting a new business. It’s a lot to take on, but there are things you can do to make sure you’re prepared.

Make a list of steps

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think about what you’re embarking upon. Yes, taking on extra projects is a big undertaking. But humour us, and make a list of all of the steps you’ll need to complete to get there. We’re talking about really breaking it down. That way, when you get home at the end of the day you don’t have ‘plan a huge event’ as your one task for the evening. Instead you’ll just have ‘find five possible venues in East London’. By following a list of small steps you can make any projects seem much less overwhelming. You’ll also be able to keep track of everything you’ve already accomplished.

Do one productive thing every day

In the spirit of not being overwhelmed, think about doing one productive thing every day. It could be sending an email on your lunch break or designing a logo but, however tiny, at least you’re actively working towards your goal in your spare time. So many people fall at that first (and very obvious) hurdle, and this way, you won’t be one of those people. You’ll probably find that once you’ve done one thing you’ll have the momentum you need to do a bit more too, because you’re brilliant and an overachiever.

Think about everything you need and how you’re going to pay for it

It might be that you don’t need much in order to complete your projects. But if, for example, you need equipment, or a set, or a space, do your research about what that’s going to cost you and think early about how you’re going to pay for it. You might have the savings, or you might need to pursue funding, but forewarned is forearmed. There’s no shame in putting things on hold for as long as it takes to acquire what you need – better that than losing out later on.

Make the most of networking opportunities

Yes, it’s a pain to leave work after a long day and then have to go to a networking evening or some other similar event and pretend like you’re not knackered and desperately in need of some dinner to soak up the free wine you didn’t really fancy. And it’s not  ideal to have to spend your weekends travelling far and wide to hear advice from people in the know. But if the alternative is not making connections or missing out on some valuable information, then it’s definitely worth the minor inconvenience. Plus, it totally counts as your one productive thing per day.

Go easy on yourself

Just because you’re basically working two jobs doesn’t mean that you never have time for a social life. What it does mean is that you might feel a pang of guilt if you spend an evening in the pub when you had a budget spreadsheet to fill in. But at the end of the day you’re not a machine. It’s essential to take a bit of time out occasionally to avoid burnout so don’t beat yourself up.

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So, what kind of extra-curricular projects are you working on in your free time? Don’t forget, if you need advice on anything, it’s very likely you’ll find an Expert who can help on HowNow.

Burnout is something that pretty much everybody has to deal with. Whether you can’t face another evening writing that novel you’ve been secretly working on in your spare time, or whether you’re drowning in paperwork at your day job with no end in sight. It’s basically just your brain telling you to give it a rest for a while (we’re not doctors, but we’re pretty sure that’s a good way to describe it) and it’s something you definitely need to listen to. We’ve put together a few tips for how to cope when your brain is simply refusing to co-operate any more.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Burnout happens to everybody, and telling yourself that you’re a failure isn’t going to help. Letting other people tell you that you’re not working hard enough is also going to do more harm than good so try to remove yourself from those, well, arseholes.

Change tack

If you’re feeling the beginnings of burnout, try something that’s still productive, but different. You might be writing a report, but you could try recording yourself talking instead of actually typing, and then transcribe it later. If you’re doing research, find an artsy way to present your notes. If you start to look at your task in a different way it can help you to figure out whatever has you stuck.

Try meditating

We don’t necessarily mean you have to go out of your way to sit on the floor with a group of people you don’t know and start chanting. However, grabbing a moment to clear your mind and take some deep breaths can actually act a little bit like pressing a ‘reset’ button on burnout. Apps like Headspace are really helpful if you need somebody to talk you through it.

Have a night off

Another way of ‘resetting’ your brain when you’re trying to work through a problem is to go away and have a laugh. It sounds simple, and it is, which makes it great. If you can get away from what you’re doing for an evening, rally a few friends (or a bottle of wine and something good on Netflix – no judgement) and just have a good time, you’ll probably find you’re feeling more refreshed and ready to work in the morning (depending on exactly how much wine ended up being involved).

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Of course, these tips are all worth trying, but they don’t replace the more long-term solution of facing up to how much work you have to do and deciding if it’s actually possible. If it’s not, and it’s something you’re doing by choice outside of your normal working hours you need to be realistic about what you can handle, and have a reshuffle if necessary. If you’re struggling to keep up at work, sit your boss down and talk about how to make things more manageable.

But definitely also have a night off and a glass of wine. Because that’s just fun.

So. You have an amazing idea for a business and you’ve decided you want to make it happen. That’s awesome, but what’s the next step? It’s likely that you’ll need to find funding to get the wheels in motion. Here are a few of the options you might want to look into:

Use your own money

Sure, it’s a risk, but it can’t be that much of a risk if you have an amazing idea and you’re really confident that it’ll work. It’ll mean you stay completely in control of your business and there’s nobody who’s going to kneecap you because you owe them money (although if you’re borrowing money through legit means we’re sure there’s only minimal kneecapping anyway). It’s the kind of funding that provides the most freedom from other peoples’ opinions.

Ask your friends/family/connections

If you know somebody who has money and who’d be willing to chip in to support you on your way to living the dream, then let them help you. It can be awkward, but it’s worth it if it gets you where you want to be. If you have connections with people who are open to investing, exploit those. Starting a business is no time to start feeling shame, and lots of people would be very excited about funding a loved-one’s dream.

Grants

It can take a while to research all of the business grants available and whether your project fits their criteria. The application process can also be equally long and dull. However, if you can find a suitable grant and end up getting it you’ll be glad you took the time. After all, free money is the best kind of money.

Incubators

If you think you could benefit from more than just an injection of cash, an incubator could be the way to go. Depending on the company involved they could offer to provide office space, advice, help with marketing, and networking opportunities along with their financial offering. It does require giving up a degree of control, though, so it might not be the dream option for everybody.

Loans

Loans are a classic option and, while there’s some suggestion that they’re more difficult to get in today’s financial climate, if you have a well-thought-out business plan and a clear idea of what your revenue will look like, you still might be able to convince a bank to sit down with you and talk it over. The crucial thing to remember is that you’ll have to pay it back eventually, whether or not the business works out.

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If you’ve got a simple idea, you might not need to be put off by complicated methods of finding funding. Say you were launching a consultancy business: You could work from home, set up a simple website, and get networking. There doesn’t always need to be a big financial outlay, and as you being to bring money in you can reinvest it to help your business grow at a sustainable rate.

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It’s not necessarily hard to launch and grow a successful business, but it does take a lot of work to keep it running. If you’ve managed it, you’re already kind of our idol. Do you fancy guiding other people through the process? Sign up today to become an Expert with HowNow. And if you’re just at the beginning of your journey, keep an eye out for some advice from our experts.

Time Management is a huge factor when it comes to Getting Shit Done (capitalised because it’s important). The problem is that the world is very distracting these days, which makes it difficult to stay productive. So what do you do when the work is piling up but there’s just one too many Netflix series to be binged at the same time.

Time Management Tip No. 1

Know how you work best. Do you need everything to be dead silent to get through your ‘to do’ list, or do you need a pumping soundtrack of 80s classics in the background. We’re not here to judge. Once you’ve identified what you need to have in order to be able to work, do yourself a favour and provide it. If you need to move, move. If you need earplugs, get earplugs. It’s worth it in the end.

Time Management Tip No. 2

Set work/break times: Realistically, what we’re saying here is ‘bribe yourself’ if you know a task is going to take an hour, promise yourself you can have twenty minutes off afterwards. It’s better that than sitting and staring at your screen for three hours while you half-work and half-skive. Commit to working flat-out for a period of time, and then being lazy for a little while. Maybe there’ll even be cake. Oh yeah, and buy cake.

Time Management Tip No. 3

Be realistic about how long stuff takes: If you say a task will take half an hour, do you really mean it? Most of us underestimate the length of time it takes to do basically anything. It doesn’t mean you’re underachieving, but you need to be realistic. If you’ve got seven tasks that you estimate will take one hour each, but that you know deep down will take at least two, you don’t have one day’s work on your hands, you have two. That isn’t going to work, and it’s likely to make you panic and procrastinate, so make sure you’re giving yourself the time you actually need to the things you actually need to get done.

Time Management Tip No. 4

Don’t take on too much: In the same vein as being realistic, don’t take on too much work. People will understand if you tell them you’ve got too much on (after all, there’s a reason they’re not doing it all for themselves), but if you just don’t deliver without letting people know why you’re going to start giving a really bad impression.

Time Management Tip No. 5

Don’t struggle if it’s not working: We all have bad days. If you’ve been staring at a screen for ages and not concentrating, sometimes it’s worth stepping away for a while and coming back. Sure, if you leave the office for an hour, people might question it. But if the choice is between refreshing your screen for the rest of the day without getting through any work, or taking an hour out and then coming back and smashing it, we all know which one most people would ultimately prefer. Treat yourself.

Time Management Tip No. 6

If you’ve tried everything and you still find yourself sitting on Youtube and watching old blooper reels, get rid of the internet. There are loads of apps you can use to block time wasting websites (i.e. all of the good ones), and many even offer you the option to block all internet access for a certain length of time. If your phone is the issue, put it in another room. You’ll survive without it for a while, and when you’ve finally finished your task you can use it to let all of your friends know how awesome and productive you are.

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These are just a few suggestions which we hope will help you to get shit done when that’s what you need to do. For more help, check out advice from experts on HowNow. What do you do when the tasks are piling up and you need to get through them super-quickly?