How To Get Things Done Quickly

How to Get Things Done Quickly | Promise Tangeman

I love owning a business and being my own boss, but oftentimes, it requires doing a lot of things that I don’t necessarily want to do. HA! Life, right? And because I don’t have anyone that I directly report to, I can tend to procrastinate on the tasks that are well, less exciting. Those tasks can range from things that I don’t want to do, don’t know how to do, or just make me feel overwhelmed. All the sudden cleaning the house seems like so much more FUN and a whole LOT better than doing my taxes. Can I get an AMEN??!? 

Because I’ve been at this for over 8 years now, I’ve had to learn how to pull through and beat procrastination. As my friend and mentor, says “you just gotta eat the sh*t sandwich as fast as you can!” LOL! And I can attest to that! So, are you ready for my fave tactics to get things done quickly, so that you can move on to the things that excite you in life?!?! Here it goes... 

Set a timer

How long do you think it will take you to do the task? 5 minutes? 30? Decide how long you’re willing to spend on this task, set a timer, and GO! I totally believe that a task will take you as long as you allow it to. Got 3 days to write a term paper? I swear it will take you 3 full days to write that paper. But only got 60 minutes? and it’s DONE!! Funny, huh?!? My husband and I even use this when we do the dishes too! We give ourselves only 4 minutes to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen after dinner! Even chores around the house don’t seem so bad when you know it will only last 4 minutes.

Start With The Quick Tasks To Get Your Day Rollin

Some people say that If you’ve got a lot to do, then do the task you’re dreading the most FIRST. I say do the smaller, easy tasks first to shorten that list ASAP, so you feel less stressed. The feeling of instant gratification and immediate accomplishment will give you a serious high for the day so you can SLAY the bigger tasks.

Batch Tasks

Take advantage of your full concentration by grouping similar tasks together and doing them all at the same time. For example, if you blog weekly you can write a full month or two of blog posts in one sitting (as opposed to writing week by week to help you not only knock out current tasks, but work ahead for the same (or similar) upcoming tasks!

So, those are my favorite tricks to beat procrastination…What are yours?

5 Tips On How To Be More Hirable

How to be more hirable

So, in the last few months, I’ve learned a lot about the hiring process for my company Go Live Hq. Overall it’s been a blast getting to meet new people, learn of amazing accomplishments, and different perspectives. Through the hundreds of applications I got to look through there were a few characteristics that definitely caught my eye. I thought it would share a few tips & learnings for those that are either hiring or looking to be hired. FYI, these tips may sound basic, but the *majority* of people did not do them, so I thought it might be worth mentioning.

1 - Articulate A Passion For The Mission Of The Business

I want to hire people that will love their job, and I’m guessing that a lot of other small business owners share that same desire. When people love what they do, it’s contagious. So, naturally I want to hire people that have a shared passion for helping people launch what they love. The people that really stood out to me personally, were those that mentioned a strong passion for branding, design, and helping others pursue their dreams. So, take some time to explain your shared passion for the heartbeat of the business you’re applying for.

2 - Specialize In Something

The people that stood out to me the most were people that had a specialization of sorts…data analytics, social media, writing, brand strategy, coaching or leadership, etc. It’s like they had an extra super power that they could bring to the table. So, get GOOD at something. 

3 - Clean Up Your Public Social Profiles

As an online business in 2017, I want to e-meet the applicants and get a feel for how they would represent my company online to potential clients. To be frank, if a profile was protected or inappropriate I just moved on. So, make sure your socials are presentable if you’re applying for an online brand/company.

4 - Respond Quickly

When people responded quickly to our emails (like within a few hours) it communicated that this opportunity was a priority for them. Plus it gave me a taste of what it would be like to work with them on a daily basis. So, respond quickly! 

5 - Send A Thank You Email

It sounds cliche, but getting a thank you email from someone that I had an interview with went a long way. To me, it showed that they were humble & appreciative, had a good time/and or liked the interview, were still REALLY interested in the position and respected my time.

BONUS!! We had several people create designed PDFs and even full blown password protected websites customized for Go Live. It was pretty impressive and it DEFINITELY stood out. I liked that kind of creatively and innovation! Hopefully this was helpful!

Releasing Studio Website Design For Showit

**CONTEST CLOSED** My team and I at Go Live have a new website theme live in the shop called Studio. Studio is where minimalism meets style with clean structure and collage-like aesthetic. The methodical layout and text heading allow viewers to navigate the site effortlessly. Each page of the template is easily customizable and includes an EXCLUSIVE feature of beautifully custom handwritten headings that will attract those whimsical creatives. We've even included extra handwritten headings for all your website page needs. Overall, Studio is the "it" site for creativity and stellar style. Check out the live demo and purchase it here

So here's the scoop… I suggest customizing this design in one of three ways. 1 // Purchase and customize the design yourself (our designs over at Go Live are easy to edit and make your own - that's our whole goal). 2 // Hire us to customize it for you!  Drop us a line if you need help deciding! :)

In celebration of the new release we're giving away the website template to one lucky Pinner. Simply pin the graphic (below) straight from this website to your Pinterest account to be entered to win the Studio design theme! We'll be announcing the winner on: Thursday, August 31st 2017.

Side-swept Double Topsy-Bun For Medium Length Hair

As a creative entrepreneur I have my fair share of days filled with working the grind at home and then needing to quickly hop on a skype call. It's nice to look put together, and sometimes the messy top knot can feel overdone or even worse make me feel like I am still in my pajamas. So, in an attempt to look unique and put-together in a time crunch, I created what I’m calling the Sideswept Double Topsy-Bun. The best part? There are no pins needed for this look. Just two pony tail holders and hairspray. Let’s get started.

Easy up do for medium length hair

Viola!! This hair style STAYS!!!! I’ve even slept in it and it still looks great the next day with a little more of a tossed look. I can’t wait for you to try this!

If you tried it, I’d love to know.

Chalk Art Hack

I don’t know about you, but every time I see really cute chalkboard art in people’s homes or offices I always think "THAT'S SO CUTE! I could never write like that." Since I started relying on my computer and my iPhone for pretty much everything, my handwriting has gotten so bad. Because of that, I was a little nervous to agree to help my sister-in-law with some of their wedding decor plans last month. She loves the gold frame chalkboard look (which is adorable) so I set out to make it happen. As a designer, I told myself this CAN NOT look bad. LOL. So, I thought back to my old art class days where we learned a lot of different techniques for achieving certain looks. Hence today’s Chalk Art Hack. So, I’ll show you step by step how to achieve AWESOME looking chalkboard art that will have all your friends asking “did you write that??!” Here is goes…

What you need:
    •    chalkboard (framed or un framed)
    •    computer
    •    fonts you like
    •    printer
    •    regular printer paper
    •    pencil
    •    regular chalk or chalk pen 

chalk art hack by promise tangeman

Instructions:
00 - First, If you’re looking for a cute chalkboard gold frame like the one I have, It’s super easy to make. I just bought a gold frame that I liked and painted the clear glass with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. Easy peasy! 
01 -  Find a font that you like on the computer and create a document with the words that you want to have written. The font that I used for this project is Adios.
02 - Print out the document on your home printer
03 - Take a pencil, flip the paper, go to the window and color in the letters on the back side of the paper. Make sure you press so that it’s dark. I like to follow the lines of the letters to make sure it’s neat and tidy.
04 - Flip the paper back over and put it on the chalkboard. Begin filling in the letters again with your pencil. Make sure you hold the paper in place so that it doesn’t move around. This will leave a graphite impression of the letters on the chalkboard.
05 - Make sure you can see the graphite outline on the chalkboard
06 - Take your chalk or chalk pen and draw over the graphite impression.

All done! What do you think? Think you’ll try this? My know how bad my handwriting is so they literally did ask me “did you write that?” haha “Yes! Technically yes!” LOL.