Time: Blocking it, Batching it, Boxing it

Time: Blocking it, Batching it, Boxing it

It's clear that for the average person, grouping like tasks together (batching) and completing them in one session (time boxing or blocking) greatly helps your productivity. So think: “what tasks go together and when can I do them best?”

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How We Broke Up With Email

How We Broke Up With Email

"What could that be?" my brain would say, while trying to ignore the ping and stay on task... "But was it feedback on a first draft? Was it a potential client? Was it an email about a sweepstakes for a million dollars I had won?" It was just too tempting not to take a peek, and I noticed how drained my willpower would become after trying not to check my email on every incoming message.

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How Slowing Down Helps Your Business (and how we did it)

How Slowing Down Helps Your Business (and how we did it)

It's true- as an entrepreneur, it can be hard to slow down.  Generally speaking, business owners are a "Can Do" type of people, and being "slow" isn't generally an appropriate adjective for them.  

Even so, we're finding out during a season of slowing down and eliminating as small business owners, our business and even bottom line are actually doing fine (and even getting better).  Why? It all goes back to the Hedgehog Theory.

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Creating a Team

Creating a Team

FIVE:thirty is, after all, a local small business, just like you.  And like you, we enjoy flexibility and customization.  One of our favorite things about working with smaller businesses, is that they understand our style of putting together a team of freelancers and independent contractors to suit an individual project’s need.

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Five things FIVE:thirty Wants You To Know About Websites

Five things FIVE:thirty Wants You To Know About Websites

Website design is often a tricky business.  An industry that can be full of jargon you don't quite understand poses a heavy risk of miscommunication between you and your designer.  While we strongly feel that you should always work with professionals you are comfortable with (in any industry), there's a few points that come up often when we start working on a new website with a client.

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Getting Started

Getting Started

I was asked some wonderful questions, like "What was the hardest part of starting your own business?", to which the answer was easy; "Getting started".  As with anything in life, the hardest part is when the page is blank.  Before any ideas come, when it's just you and a notion to do something is the easiest time to quit, and that quality makes it the reason many people do.  

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The Self-Employment Slump

The Self-Employment Slump

Sometimes running a small business gets lack-luster or stressful.  There are ups and downs, bumps in the road, and general worries you didn't even see coming.  As with everything in life, there are seasons that are trying, and unfortunately self-employment is no exception.  When these seasons hit, there are several things we at FIVE:thirty practice, and would like to share with you.

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