Let the Productivity Flow: Motivational Quotes to Kick Us Into Gear

Let the Productivity Flow: Motivational Quotes to Kick Us Into Gear + Radiant Rumble Blog

Since we’ve been talking about creative productivity (last week’s post), I’ve decided we need a bit of motivation to kick OUR butts into gear, and by that I mean what I like to reference when I need to crack the ‘ol whip (I’m only one that does that, seeing as how Radiant Rumble is a one woman show and all…)

I can make all the grandeur plans and try to vary very much; but if I don’t have motivation, then I’m doomed.

Of course there’s my ultimate motivation and purpose, which is to help people and to work for myself, but we all have those – and it definitely keeps the fire going!! But what about when you’re in the moment, day to day, and you just feel BLAH?

That, my friend, is where daily motivation comes in handy.

It’s all a battle of the mind, really, because when you want something, that’s usually motivation enough.

It’s when you spend hours, days, weeks – even years – building whatever it is you’re building that it can get stale, tiring and, frankly, motivation-less. Productivity falters. Your reasons seem like not reason enough.

Sometimes we all need a little something to get us through that moment where we forget our overall goals and purpose. Something to get us back on track.

That’s where the following pretty pictures come in. And of course, since we’re here, I’ll share my two cents about them and how they have helped me in the past. If you don’t get anything out of this but one thing, let that one thing be to save these images, and let them inspire you when you need them most – even if it’s not right now.

what you want is out there. go for it. + radiant rumble blog

When I found this quote I HAD to print it out, and not just because it’s spelled out overlaying a pretty wavy beach photo (I love the beach)… It’s just so true! I’ve carried this little 3″x3″ piece of paper around for the better part of two years, because I can’t let go of what it means. Number one, I believe it. What I want is out there. And number two, it makes me ask, “Why CAN’T I go get it?? Why can’t I run my own business? Why can’t I work for myself? Why can’t I (emphasis on “I”) do that?!”

Other people are doing it successfully.

So why can’t I?

Why can’t you?

We have to at least try. (click to tweet)

if you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it + radiant rumble blog
I want to make this work. I want to build my own thing instead of building someone else’s. I want to be successful. The thought of giving it all up is just stupid to me. So I can’t stop thinking about it. Might as well not stop working for it.

I want to inspire people. I want people to look at me and say,

I want to help people. I want to get people to say they don’t give up because they’ve learned why they do what they do and why they are motivated to keep going. I want them to think more than enough of themselves to know that they can do the hard, dirty work that they are completely capable of – and be a success at it, too. I DO want to inspire people.

don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try + radiant rumble blogAnother one similar to that is the “You’ll only regret the workout you DIDN’T do”, and “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take”. In this case, it’s so true. I mean, you can’t say, “You only regret the coffee you didn’t drink” (or can you?), or “You’ll only regret the projects you didn’t take on” (this can be both true and false depending on the case)… You get the idea. Be afraid not to try. Be afraid not to do something for the betterment of you, those around you, your goals, your business, etc. etc etc.

Be afraid not to take the jump. Don’t ever be afraid to fail.

Of course you don’t want to fail… who wants to fail? But if you in fact do “fail” (there are so many meanings of that word), remember that failing promotes character and forges the way to better ____________ (see above to fill in the blank) and more!

challenge yourself + radiant rumble blog

This is my ultimate go-to for working out. No joke. It just resonates with me. And lately I’ve been using it for upcoming projects, products, services and business in general. I’ve learned that I need to challenge myself, and you probably do, too.

I’m more excited about my work when I’m challenged, even if it is stressful and frustrating. Sure it may sound hard, and it may actually be hard, but really, a challenge is just a hurdle to get over – and once you do, you’re glad you faced and conquered “the challenge”.

So I challenge you now, to challenge yourself. Think about something you’ve been putting off, pushing back, putting away, skipping over – and CHALLENGE YOURSELF to do it now. You’ll only regret the challenges you don’t face. (click to tweet)

everlasting God Isaiah 40:28-30 + radiant rumble blog

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

The ultimate solution to any motivational issue is Christ. He provides all the reason we will ever need. You purpose in life is in His hands. Committing that to Him definitely moves you up on the motivational scale. He will cause you to flourish in the most demotivating of times.

Productivity and motivation kind of go hand-in-hand. You can’t really be productive without motivation. And you can’t have motivation yet be unproductive. It’s always easier said than done, so don’t forget to Pin these pretty quotes for later use… they really do come in handy!!

Let me know how your #MayProductivity efforts are going!! I’m pretty motivated after this posting, so I think I’ll get to work…

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Let the Productivity Flow: Motivational Quotes to Kick Us Into Gear

9 Ways to Produce A Productive Workflow

9 Ways to Produce a Productive Workflow + Radiant Rumble Blog

Just about every day, I have these grandeur plans of plowing through my work load and taking over the world. I always get myself to think, “I’m going to get a LOT done today. A LOT.” And then the day passes, and by the time I realize it’s time to make dinner, I’ve only gotten three things done on my to-do list of 27.

I know you all know what I’m talking about.

Those plans can be so deceiving when you merely think you’ll get all of these things done rather than have a plan to accomplish them.

See what I did there?

I think instead of plan and write it down.

Almost every time I don’t plan ahead, I get off track. Almost every time I don’t put something down in concrete, I create havoc for myself.

That, in the end, always shows me that a schedule, plans and lists are my best friend.

And hopefully, I’m here to show you that they may be yours, too.

For the month of May, we’re going to talk all about productivity. My last post was a nice lead-in for this one, so if you haven’t read it, you may want to!!

For this week, we will be talking about creating a productive workflow. It’s not always easy, and it’s hard to do ahead of time, however, putting some sort of routine and a bit of rules into place for yourself can be more rewarding than not.

For example, I’m definitely NOT a morning person. If I did what I truly wanted, I would wake up at 9am every morning. BUT, past experience tells me that I am much, much more productive in the morning. By simply getting up early (around 6:30am, if you must know), I already feel like I’ve gotten a jump on the day – even if I haven’t accomplished a thing by 9am but feeding my face with breakfast. Having a plan or routine and following it makes me feel like I have more day, more time, and more opportunity to get more done. Do I ever sleep past 7am? Every single weekend I can!! I just know myself well enough to know that waking up early during a work week can effect my whole day, work flow, and, therefore, productivity level.

Beyond the waking routine (brush teeth, coffee, breakfast, etc.), one of the first things I do is check my email. I don’t know about your inbox, but mine never ends! And I’ve come to realize that as a problem. There is no possible way to check every single email every day and still get work done. I may open my inbox to check one email, but then I get completely sidetracked by that sale or headline or follow notification. An hour and ten emails later, I realize how much time has passed. It’s insane. Does this sound familiar? I know we’ve all heard it a million times, but it wasn’t until I acted on the advice of others until I found sanity. I use Gmail, which gives me the ability to mark certain emails “important” so that I only look at those emails (at least most of the time) during work hours. This creates less distractions and less wasted time. All of the other “unimportant” emails can wait until a break or the evening, if I even want to go there then. I’m sure your preferred email provider supplies some variation of this system if you don’t use Gmail, so I recommend taking a crack at its usefulness. It’s not fool-proof, but it does create a much needed barrier between the two insanities.

Next up, you’ll want to get inspired or learn something. This can sound really minuscule or like such a time waster, but seriously, hear me out. I find that if I’m able to read something fun or educational that relates to what I’m working on, I have more motivation to keep going. It even sparks some creativity, and could help guide the project or task for the better. But, I’m also careful not to click too much… I could spend an hour wasting time if I’m not careful!! It’s so easy to get off track, which is why I love lists and schedules. I’m much more likely to stay on track – and get back on track quicker – with a list of To-Do’s in front of me.

Another great part of a productive workflow is management. All of the items in this post are all about management, but I’m more talking about the overall day. Sometimes things need to be switched up during the day in order to make way for the unexpected – such as going out for a business lunch or making way for a new idea that popped into your head. Just be conscious of managing your day (whether leaving the office or sitting at your desk with your phone buzzing off the hook) like you manage your work flow: Make time and room, but don’t let those things rule you; you must rule them.

What else goes hand-in-hand with a productive workflow? Social media. Can’t run from it now, cause it’s everywhere. I’ve learned that the better I embrace it for business purposes to work for me, the less I am ruled and distracted by the social world. I use Hootsuite, which allows me to schedule posts and plan ahead of time. Of course, I can’t do this for an entire campaign unless I already have my blog posts and other things planned, which is why the schedules of other things are so important (I know I keep saying this). When I schedule my social posts, I feel saner and I don’t have to constantly post manually. I would also argue that it looks more professional to have a blog and social media post merged into one campaign, scheduled around a launch date, so the audience sees the same material instead of random stuff that has nothing to do with anything. It all flows together and makes sense to my audience. This allows for more productivity (duh!) and more intentional posts.

Note that this step does not take the place of real human interaction. Scheduling merely gets your brand out there multiple times a day without all the manual labor. To combat this, I also schedule time during the week to interact. For me, the best time is in the evening, when I’m normally fishing for other things online anyway, so it works well. It’s never a set time, and it’s not always every evening, but I do have that in the back of my mind as something that needs accomplished every couple days or more. Don’t stalk your followers, just give ‘em some shout outs and move on!!

Finally, when the day is coming to a close, take time to recognize what you accomplished rather than focus on what you didn’t. It’s so easy to think, “I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to today”. Don’t. It doesn’t turn back time, and it doesn’t allow for relaxation so that you can turn around and do it all again tomorrow. If you must, take a minute to think about what you did, and why the other things didn’t get done. If it was because you were sidetracked and didn’t stay on task very well, then try again tomorrow. If it was because you really were working like a dog and just didn’t allot enough time for everything, or something unexpected came up, then you’ll do the same tomorrow.

To sum it all up, here are the 9 ways you can have a more productive work flow from the office or home (or both, if the two are in the same building!):

+ Have a Plan, Routine, Etc.
Side Note: The free version of Rescue Time works well if you need some help getting on track.

+ Ignore the Overflowing Inbox

+ Get Inspired/Learn Something

+ Make lists
Side Note: Trello App. Pretty awesome for this. Also goes with scheduling and timing and all that jazz.

+ Manage YOUR day

+ Manage that social
Side Note: The free version of Hootsuite is your friend. Just use it. You will not be so distracted by having to post something ever hour + you’ll be more intentional with your scheduling.

+ Manage Interaction

+ Acknowledge what was accomplished VS Fixating on what was not

This post also goes hand-in-hand with some other topics I’ve posted about before, including “effective-time” habits and goal setting.

If you need more help, just shoot me an email. And don’t be afraid to Pin this for later use!

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We can’t afford to wait for opportunities. We have to create them.

We can't afford to wait for opportunities. We have to create them.

Opportunity: An appropriate or favorable time or occasion.

When have you ever been able to look into the future and decide on an “appropriate” time to start your business? Or your blog? Or paint your house?

When have you been able to travel into the future and see that “favorable” time you so much want to believe exists – if only it would get here, you would know.

I’ll be the first to say that never has and never will happen to me. Sure, circumstances happen in which something you’ve always wanted to do can suddenly be done during a “more favorable” time.

However, when such a time occurs, we forget the fact that in order for that thing to be accomplished during that “favorable” time, you actually have to do it.

It won’t get done by itself.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past four years with my design business, and the past five months with Radiant Rumble, it’s that there is never, ever, ever an appropriate or favorable time or occasion that you can predict is coming. There’s just not.

Which brings me back to the fact that if you’re waiting for an opportunity then you might as well watch grass grow. At least you’d be watching something happen!

So how did do you push through the wait and get going?

For me, I had to figure out that I was waiting, because I honestly didn’t realize it. I thought that since I had been thinking, and writing, and harboring ideas that I was making progress.

Don’t get me wrong, thinking is a very important part of the process.

But the other side to that is that I wasn’t doing anything with that progress. Every time I’d have one of my awesome (at least I thought so) brainstorming sessions, I’d set the work down and forget about it for two weeks. By the time I would get back to it, I had to refresh and basically restart.

It was a very ineffective way to go about making progress.

And I still find myself doing that same routine sometimes.

It’s hard to recognize when you’re the only one in the cycle and no one else is watching your back. That definitely comes with the territory of being the sole owner-operator, so I’ve learned that you have to be able to ask others and ask yourself the tough questions, research and learn.

I’m the perfect example of how not to start a blog… it took me a year of thinking and some help from Fizzle to get into gear.

And guess what?

When I finally started setting goals WITH end dates to launch, it only took a month. Literally. One month.

Now look where it is. Five months later, I’m still posting every week and I have an email list of 21 subscribers.

Radiant Rumble and the email list is right where it would not be had I not started back in October. (And even more than that, had I not created goals with end dates, created a content schedule, and kept writing and posting).

I wouldn’t be this practiced in blogging, and I wouldn’t be getting better at deciding what to write about. I wouldn’t even be taking the time to write or figure out how to market each new post on social media.

That’s huge for Radiant Rumble, and for me.

In order for your small business (blog, startup, whatever) to work, you have to want to move forward, make headway, and press toward your goal bad enough that waiting isn’t an option.

Waiting for opportunity is like waiting for grass to grow (yes, there it is again)!! You don’t know when it’s going to come, and it may never, or it may come all at once. You just don’t know. But acting – that you know will produce something, even if it’s the complete opposite of what you want or what you thought.

The bottom line is that something will happen when you stop waiting and take action. Period.

As unpredictable and uncontrollable as the future is, this quote gives the perfect reason why to not wait.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
I hope this helps you to realize you’re waiting. I hope it helps you to decide to stop waiting now, rather than later.


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We can’t afford to wait for opportunities. We have to create them.

How much of yourself to include in your brand + Bringing out the better in both (Infographic)

How Much of You to Include in Your Brand + Bringing Out the Better in Both + Radiant Rumble Blog

I hate my brand.

I don’t know what my brand is.

I can’t fit that within my brand.

My brand isn’t fun.

My brand isn’t unique.

If any of those statements ring a bell, you’re not the only one.

Since “branding” is now more of a necessity than an addition to any given company – or person, for that matter – it has become all too jumbled and construed into who is behind the brand rather than what the brand is actually fronting. Minus the big box stores (and even they have a fine line), branding is now considered to be all about you, the one behind the curtain. People want to know you, your name, your story. They don’t want just a brand; they want a face or two to place with the brand. They want to connect to and feel connected with.

On one hand, this is all too cool for those that have the guts and those in which self-branding works well for success.

On the other hand, not all companies or organizations can create a brand with the founder(s) on the front lines.

This may be for privacy’s sake. Or most likely due to the fact that not every company can survive on a brand based on any one person or group.

The question here, therefore, is, “What do I do if my brand is not, can not, or will not be based upon me?”

There is trickery and mastery all in one when it comes to a brand you create that is separate from your personal life. To cut to the chase, a brand can never not include those that make it. It’s completely impossible. Even the designer has a hand in the events that occur when creating a brand, whether recognized or not. They consult, ideate, and create what you tell them you want and what they know you need. Your brand is somewhat a part of you and those that create it, whether intentional or unintentional.

So the answer to the question of whether your brand should include you is this:

Your brand will include some of you, whether it’s a brand after you yourself, or after the company you founded. How much of you – how much you influence, insert, and impose of yourself on your brand – that is where the line should be drawn and never crossed. Not because you aren’t important to your brand, but because it’s important for your brand to be itself without you.

Think about it this way: If you want your brand to hold its own without your face attached to its every move, it is important to center your brand on something other than yourself.

Take a look at Lincoln. They’ve put a face to their brand. It’s not the face of the founder, or the designer, or anyone in the company for that matter. Why? Well, number one, no one at Lincoln is Matthew McConaughey. Let’s just get that out of the way. Number two, their face obviously wouldn’t do the trick. They chose someone already in the spotlight with the type of class they wanted to portray, and struck a deal. More complicated than that, but that’s the bottom line.

I don’t think everyone needs an actual face to pair with their brand; however, they need a personality.

Lincoln just so happened to score both, currently.

No matter what you choose to do to portray your brand – an actual person, (which is also in fact a personality) or merely a personality – make every decision a conscious one. Every move intentional. Every piece a reflection of your brand.

In order to do this, there is no cookie-cutter answer. Every brand is and should be different. Even if they’re in the same field, a brand must be unique in order to be noticed and profitable. They must have a differentiator. The road to figuring all of this out for your brand can be scary, long and hard. But, hopefully the following will make it a bit easier. I’ll share with you what I’ve done in the past to set my brand straight. You can also read this post for greater detail on the transformation, and head on over to my website to read more about Radiant Rose. If you need help, email me for support. It’s always nice to have someone to talk to that’s been-there-done-that!

brining out the better in you and your brand (infographic) + Radiant Rumble Blog

The successful brands that are centered on one person or personality have gotten there very carefully, strategically and intentionally. Decide which way your brand needs to go (even more so than the way you want it to go) and head that way – even if it means starting from scratch. It can be done, just ask me.

Comment if you have questions or additions!

How much of yourself to include in your brand + Bringing out the better in both (Infographic)

April 2015 Resources: 6 Of The Best, Recently Discovered Recourses for Small Business, Entrepreneurs and Startups

This week, we’re going el plan-o.

No images, no twitter quotes… just text and links.



Do you ever need some resources all in one spot on a subject without having to dig or fish through ads and annoying click bait? I definitely do! Which is why I find it so easy to search Pinterest or Google versus ONE blog or website. It’s either really nice to look at, or really easy to see the content behind the link. So why am I going all black and white?

Pinterest, on one hand, is very image-orientated. If it weren’t for pretty images, Pinterest wouldn’t exist. Google, on the other hand, does include some images (under Web), however, they’re more links and text that anything else. Since I’ve been-there-done-that with the Pin-Worthy posts (which I will continue, of course), I wanted to try a plan and simple text-and-links-only post for three reasons:

#1 To see what kind of response I would get (comments, interactions, clicks, etc.)

#2 To share the work of others without distractions, bringing you even more valuable content besides my own

#3 To give my readers a to-the-point article without all the fluff (I do like fluff though, in the right places!)

I’ve heard both ways can be very rewarding, so I wanted to see what happened when I tried it out here on Radiant Rumble. If it pans out, I may just have to do it more. Only time will tell!

April 2015 Resources

By Dave Ramsey, this new app may just help out with budgeting and finances for both personal and professional life. I’ve tried it out for only a few days now, so I don’t have a review to report; however, I think it’s going to be useful… Money is hard to deal with!

Featured in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America… Just found this blog a last week, and it has some great information and helpful tips.

Think you need investors? Think again. And talk about making your money work for you.

Founder of Virtual Staff Finder, the leader in online “staff-finding”. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but the blog has great articles on branding (among other stuff).

Blog, podcast, resources on… You guessed it, Productivity. That word may just become fun after you visit this site!!

Lately I’ve been going what seems a mile a minute, and I haven’t been able to sit and write anything that great! But, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about or researching for future posts. And actually, I feel like I’ve found more resources in the past few weeks than I have in the past few months! That may be because I’ve been able to take a tiny break from writing, or possibly because I’ve been researching things for upcoming topics. (In which case I haven’t taken a break!!) Either way, I hope this list is extremely helpful, and that you’re able to take it beyond just the task of reading. I hope it helps your business thrive and grow, no matter what stage it is in.

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Type Tips (Typography Tips for the Non-Designer)

Type Tips (Typography Tips for the Non-Designer) Infographic + Radiant Rumble Blog
Have you ever wondered if you’re using typography correctly?

As a creative person, designing with typography is something that has come naturally to me. As a designer, it was something I learned about during my time in college.

But I realize there are a lot of people that don’t know much about typography and the correct way to use it – from within simple Word documents to the design of a business card. Before you leave, hear me out:

Typography is an art form all on its own; it even has an anatomy, if you can believe it. Typography also comes with a specific set of rules that don’t have to be followed, but your type turns out much nicer (most of the time) when they are followed. There are exceptions to the rules, but that’s another post for another day.

For those that need a refresher, and those that just want a quick overview, this infographic gives all of the basic information needed to create anything using typography. Be sure to Pin and share, and if you want, let us know what you think!!
Type Tips (Typography Tips for the Non-Designer) Infographic + Radiant Rumble Blog

Type Tips (Typography Tips for the Non-Designer)

Is Your Brand Getting The Point Across? (How to Perform a Brand Breakdown)

Is Your Brand Getting The Point Across? (How to Perform a Brand Breakdown)
Branding looks different for everyone. Whether in the same field or completely different parks, your company’s mission is never the same as the next. That’s really the beauty and downfall of branding: it can be whatever you want it to be. Whatever. This can also play a factor in why a brand does or does not succeed. Sometimes a brand is brought forth in creativity, consistency, and cohesiveness… and sometimes it is brought forth in absence of creativity, consistency and cohesiveness.

Because of this, the question may arise, and often does, as to why some have a hard time getting their brand across to customers – and the public in general. The answer could be many things – from competition, to marketing strategy, to budget. However, the answer could also be much less complex than you might think. The answer to your branding woes may just be one breakdown away. @rrcreates

“Why is my brand so hard for people to get?”

“Why can’t I or my employees speak clearly about my company?”

“Why is everything that is created for my business so hap-hazard, not consistent?”

If you find yourself asking a variation of the above questions, you may need to break your brand down. A Brand Breakdown is just that: getting to the finest detail, asking honest questions and putting a microscope on your brand in order to get to the bottom of what makes it tick and why. Performing a Brand Breakdown is not necessarily fun, but it can be extremely rewarding. If you’d like to examine where your brand currently resides on the scale of effectivity, look no further, your Brand Breakdown awaits…

Try to honestly answer and address these questions and statements. If you do make time to address this, results will follow – and if you do it now, they’ll come sooner rather than later.

DO THIS: Mission Statement
What is your Mission Statement, Company Creed, or whatever you’ve decided to call it (besides tagline, this is deeper than that)?

+ Convey why your company exists, thus converting customers and employees into believing what you have to offer is both reasonably needed and wanted – all in a very specific, yet relatively short statement.

If you can’t clearly state it on paper, or say it in 60 seconds or less, you’re either confusing, boring, or otherwise losing the attention of your audience and potential customers. One way to know whether your brand is getting the point you want across, is to…

DO THIS: Survey Non-Customers
Survey non-customers, people you don’t know, about their thoughts on your brand. The grocery store or your favorite coffee shop will work great. The people you ask may not have a clue when it comes to branding terminology or technicality (they may not even be your target audience), but they are the general public that will be viewing your brand, so it needs to be clear to all, target audience or not.

TIP: Keep to those questions that ask for a specific answer, for example, the less specific “Do you like my brand?” vs. the more specific “What do think my brand lacks?”

+ Insight into those that are not your target market, and even those that are, helping you cater more to your ideal customer

+ Valuable, honest feedback from real people, in real time, that have no emotional ties to you or your brand

DO THIS: Survey Customers and Employees
Survey your own customers and employees about their thoughts on your brand… Yikes! This one could be a bit more difficult to swallow, but it could do so much to push your brand further. Current customers and employees bring a perspective from your side of the fence. They see more of what you see and know more of what you know, so their answers will hopefully be more intuitive. However, they may or may not be completely honest, and it may be hard to hear what they have to say. Just keep telling yourself, “It will be beneficial!” For additional help with this, check out this blog post on the 5 Best Ways to Get Feedback from Your Customers.

+ Knowledge of what your customers and employees actually think of your brand – good and bad

+ Ability to learn what you’re doing right and wrong with your brand, and to put a plan in place to get the desired outcome

+ Break the ice, so you can continue to survey on a regular basis (this goes for non-customers as well)

DO THIS: Survey Yourself
As you may have realized, what you know about your brand isn’t always what you convey, or how others view it. Ask yourself two questions, in this order:

Q #A. “What do I think of my brand?”
Q #B. “What do I want others to think of my brand?”

Feel free to add more questions as you see fit, but these are the main two that need answers. I recommend full sentences, as well as to write down one word per line. Be descriptive in the way of qualities, attributes and characteristics.

+ Written proof of what you want for your brand
+ Actionable content for future goals

Why does your brand exist (or want to exist), and what role do your customers play in that?

+ Reminder of why your brand exists and what you’re working towards
+ Actionable content for future goals
+ Possible revision/addition to your Mission Statement

Brand Breakdown: Getting to the finest detail, asking honest questions and putting a microscope on your brand in order to get to the bottom of what makes it tick and why.
Radiant Rose Creates has been at it for a while now, and to tell you the truth, it’s really never-ending. Between new things happening, additions to the company, heading different directions than we thought a year before, and honing our craft… a brand is never really complete. It’s always evolving, always adapting. Radiant Rose and Radiant Rumble will always hold true to the essence of providing valuable products and radiant content, but it’s nice to shift a bit with new ideas and further education.

If you need any help or guidance, you can always shoot us an email. Branding is hard, which is why companies like ours exist – to help you out! Thank you for following along and sharing with your friends. Give us a piece of your mind, if you’d like, cause we sure would!

Is Your Brand Getting The Point Across? (How to Perform a Brand Breakdown)

9 “Effective Time” Habits I Formed to Make My Small Business Efforts Stick

Owning a business is hard.

Marketing a business is even harder.

Trying to do it all and have a life… Well, that’s just ludicrous.

Not to say that it can’t be done, or that I’m not trying, but one thing I’ve learned from starting a business, and then a blog, is that it’s all about the “effective time” you put in.

Effective Time: Time spent producing the intended or expected result. + Radiant Rumble Blog

I’m not always the best at that. I work and write and dream in hopes of putting stuff out there that’s awesome and helpful and prosperous, but it doesn’t always turn out that way.

When I first started Radiant Rumble, I was gaining so much ground because there were deadlines and goals moving at what felt like lightning speed. That was definitely effective time spent. But now that the launch is over and everything is “back to normal”, the blog is another thing that piles up along with all of the other stuff that needs effective-time-spent.

Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t and won’t go back. I love having a blog. I hope it will one day help others in similar situations as myself. I hope it’s helping you now. But in the midst of the rest of the business to-do’s, it’s hard to add more to the list, especially when the only one ticking off the things on the never-ending list is you and me.

With that said, there are some habits I’ve come to form, accept that they’re needed, and grow to appreciate in this journey of growing a business. They’re pretty awesome, and have helped in ways I never expected.

I will say, however, they aren’t fool-proof or some magic formula. They’re just what I’ve found that works to keep me focused and creative. They may or may not work for you, but it’s worth a try – as stated before, it’s all about the effective time spent@rrcreates

My 9 Effective Time Habits

#1. Writing More Down
Simply put, if I have an idea, I write it down – whether on paper or a not on my phone. This is great on the fly, or to remember full ideas instead of half-thoughts. This has also been known to produce more ideas as I’m writing the initial one, so it’s made for a very productive habit.

#2. Emailing Articles to Myself
I have folders and subfolders within my email box, so if I find something and don’t have time to read it, I’ll send it to myself for later. If it’s urgent, I’ll put “READ TONIGHT” in the subject line, because I know I’ll be checking my email that evening and will see it as important. I can then Pin it, or file it away into one of my inbox’s folders for easy access.

#3. Saving Stuff
As mentioned above, I love saving emails, pins, articles, etc., as reference or inspiration. Everything has a category, folder, subfolder, tag, board, etc., so that I can easily find ideas at a later date. If it’s on a piece of paper, I either consolidate it all within a document or email, or take a photo of it to categorize. I then chuck the hard copy because I like to be organized; loose notes/papers just pile up!

#4. Getting Away from the Computer/Office
As hard as it may sound, it definitely helps to take a break every so often – whether it be for a few minutes or a day. Stretch, go outside, read a few pages of that book you’ve been “reading”, whatever it is that will help you clear your mind and get you back into the game. The only catch is that you have to actually do it, which can get hairy when you’re “in the middle of something” or you “have to get this done asap“. Still yet, the answer is Nike’s philosophy: Just Do It.

#5. Personal and Professional Routines
There’s a time to work, and a time to take a break. Finding the balance is hard, because having a business consumes your every thought and action. However, learning to schedule time wisely is something I’ve been working on, and it’s very beneficial when done right! Still a work in progress, but it’s not as annoying as it used to be to step away for a bit. I don’t have a “hard schedule”, but I do have a routine. Hard schedules, in my mind, put me into a box to where I generally freak out if my day doesn’t go as scheduled… lesson learned for another day… BUT, a routine allows for daily things, work things, husband things, food things – all those things that make up a day – yet I don’t have to follow it to a “T”, like with a “hard schedule”. Routines are flexible, schedules are not.

#6. Interaction with Followers
It’s hard, and can even be annoying sometimes, to have to get online to chum up to people you don’t know. However, that’s not the same as actually interacting with people you think genuinely may be interested in what you have to offer, and vise versa (some of the best advice I’ve gotten with social media so far!). Something not genuine is only spinning your wheels at something not genuine. In the end, it’s a dead end road. @rrcreates Be intentional. Be effective. Be genuine. The rest will come with time and lots of patience!

#7. Setting Monthly Goals
Seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re like me, you may have set yearly goals and then stopped there. You may have set monthly goals, but not consistently. You also may have gone half-way through the year and realized you haven’t done anything to bring your company to the next level. I’ve been guilty of all of those things. But one choice can change it all. This past October, I started setting monthly goals for the following month about a week or two in advance. And it’s helped tremendously. I never get everything done (call me a wannabe over-achiever), but I at least try. This habit has allowed me to actually work towards something every single month. When it’s time to schedule goals for the upcoming month, I’ll add new goals, and maybe bring on some previously un-touched goals to try to tackle for the following month. With this goal, I know three things:

  1. I’m pushing myself every month instead of staying stagnate or wondering what to do (I’m definitely a list person!). Goals written, for me, means goals getting ticked off the list.
  2. I’m making progress, written down, to look back on, learn from, celebrate, and move forward with. Motivation and confirmation, all in one.
  3. I’m moving forward, learning, and getting better at what I do.

#8. Breaking Down Goals
Writing down goals for the month, year, week, doesn’t mean anything unless they are broken down into actionable steps that can be accomplished one by one. This year, I made yearly goals (see my top list) and then every month I break them down into actionable steps. This way, I’m making small victories month by month to accomplish my overall goals at the end of the year. If the monthly goals don’t align with the yearly goals, I either put them aside for later, or add them at the bottom of the list to possibly accomplish that month – but they aren’t as much a priority. I need to be working towards those yearly goals in small increments, so doing something that’s not working towards them is just a distraction – however good or awesome that goal may be. If it’s super awesome, however, you be the deciding factor of whether to add it to (or replace another goal) on your yearly list.

#9. Organization
This goal not only pertains to my business, but life in general, because they intertwine so much. It’s on my list to clean my desk every Friday – clear the clutter and throw away the trash. This, I know, is the one that falls to the wayside the most, but that’s okay. When I created this list of “Effective Time” Habits, it wasn’t because I always do every single one; it was because I know they all work together to accomplish the same end: Moving Forward. When I don’t get all of them done, I can take a step back and figure out why. Or I can let it go, because next week is a new week and I can clean my desk then (haha)!

Now you know what I’ve been doing since starting the blog, and also why I don’t always clean my desk! It’s definitely something I want to do, but it’s not as important as setting goals for the following month… definitely have to pick your battles sometimes!! When figuring out what habits to adapt, find the ones that mean the most to you, and work on those the hardest. If you want to make them happen, you’ll generally have more motivation and energy to do so.

Thank you all for reading and following, I really do appreciate it. I’d love a tweet or a Pin, comment or a follow!

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9 “Effective Time” Habits I Formed to Make My Small Business Efforts Stick

How to List Products In Your Online Store: Tips For The Best Of Us

How To List Products In Your Online Store: Tips For The Best Of Us + Radiant Rumble Blog

When it comes to listing products on your own site, there’s not much out there in the way of free resources to help guide you into the world of the unknown. Sure, there are tips on how to list via Google Ads, or tips on how to create product photos, or even tips on great FAQ pages. But there’s really not a whole lot that says, “Here, this is how you should list your products on your site, just follow these steps to get started.”

That’s why we decided to go ahead and do it ourselves!

We have enough experience with design to know that a great product page isn’t easy, but it definitely can be done with the right set of tools. Most of those tools are stored inside your brain; we’re just going to dig them out a bit today. You can certainly adapt this list to fit your own needs, we just wanted to take the chance to be one of the few to cover the subject in its general form.

If you’re completely new at this, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re not, a refresher is always nice – plus, you may find out new ways of doing things! Don’t stress over getting everything perfect… Our store has been revised twice now, and that’s just because we are always learning about and adapting to our audience. We want to help you do the same, in this simple, easy to follow format. There’s even a practice exercise at the bottom, so don’t hesitate to try that out…

No Distractions (Page Layout and Otherwise)
Ads, pop-ups, buttons, links, etc. etc. etc…. Terrible. Just don’t do it. Even if it’s your own. Statistically speaking, the more distractions, the less that gets done. If you do the work to get the customer from the search engine, Facebook ad, or Pinterest Pin (or whatever) to your website to buy the product, WHY distract potential clients with other junk? All it does is either distract them from purchasing altogether (prolonging the shopping process) or annoy them (causing them the leave).

Attractive Photos
It’s no secret the world likes pretty things. One reason to learn to take amazing photographs (or hire an amazing photographer) is to showcase your products in the best light possible (really). Check out The Artful Desperado for picture inspiration, then head on over to Pinterest and search “Product Photography Tips”. There were just too many good ones to link them all!

Interesting Descriptions
You want your item to sell, right? Brainstorm, use the dictionary and thesaurus to find words that are intriguing and interesting. I’m not saying spin a story or tell half-truths: simply create a description that portrays your product refreshingly and truthfully. Check out this post to Learn How To Write With Personality.

Rave Reviews
Use specific product reviews in creative ways to sell your products: directly on the product page, within an image, as a button, or otherwise. Don’t allow your reviews to fall to the wayside:

Tip #1: Place them on the specific product page

Tip #2: Add quotes of reviews underneath photos within email campaigns

Tip #3: Add quotes of reviews to the product photo and place as a link on another page – Pin this, too!

Thorough Instructions
Whether your product is a DIY, super simple, or extremely complicated – always include instructions. This not only adds to your product listing, but also creates more value coming from your company. Your customers will see that you not only know about your product, but that you know how to inform them of what they don’t know about it, too.

Recently Viewed, Pairings, You May Also Like, Others Viewed
You all know what I’m talking about, and it’s pretty clever. I’ve been known to click on suggestions just because they were there. Check out Anthropologie’s product pages:

+ Product Images – Different views, etc.
+ #YourAnthropologie – Actual people, wearing their products
+ Get The Look – What the models are wearing in the photos
+ You May Also Like – Suggestions based on the product

Try to take advantage – in a classy, non-distracting way – of advertising the products you sell, with other products in creative ways such as these.

Helpful FAQ
No matter the product, there are always questions! We hope that product descriptions and instructions will be enough, but that’s not always the case. To prevent customers from calling or bombing your inbox with the same questions, FAQ pages were created. They’re your best friend, I promise. Read this post to learn more about a great FAQ page.

Mock-Up Practice
We’re going to do a simple exercise to help get the creative juices flowing. Follow the steps below:

1. Choose one product, whether you have it up on your site or not.

2. Whether on paper or computer, list possible photo options – which you can either learn to do yourself, or hire someone to do for you. Keep in mind you’ll want product close-ups as well as model/stylized photos to show how the item can be used.

3. Write three possible descriptions. Why three? You’ll get more creative as you go, providing for the best possible description.

4. Sketch your page layout for this product. Doing the entire layout with just one product creates the base for the rest of your product pages (consistency is key, no distractions are a must!)

5. If you have reviews for that specific product, add that placeholder to your sketch.

6. Don’t forget to add a link for helpful FAQ, and either a link or area (if they can fit on the page) for instructions.

7. Last up, get creative. Brainstorm and search your favorite online stores, Pinterest and Google for ideas on how you can market your specific product in a creative way. “Get The Look” and “You May Also Like” are great starters, but you can do better.

Creating a product page is harder than it looks! Even ours is still (and always will be) a work in progress. Things are always changing online, so constantly learning and adapting is another key to success. Hopefully these tips will help you get the ball rolling on how to even begin to list your own products, or improve on what you already have up on your site. Let us know if we can help, we’re here!
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How to List Products In Your Online Store: Tips For The Best Of Us