In this lesson I’ll go over the key elements and uses for Cards. As you may remember,
Lists are made up of a series of Cards, which are basically assignments, tasks, or calls
to action. On the front of each card there may be small icons below the title of the Card
indicating certain information contained on the back side of the card. I’m going to go over
each one, and show you how useful a single card can be. Cards can contain a single
item, or have a score of items attached to them.
So let’s get started. To start we will look at a single card called Draw as-built and add
items to the back side of the card.

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On Part 2 of the Trello Series, I’m going to show you how to set up a personal to-do Board.
This is no ordinary to-do list. It’s going to help you track daily tasks, someday tasks,
your big goals, and what you’ve completed. Let’s dive in.

This is a Board called My Tasks

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It has some default Lists – To Do, Doing, and Done.
Let’s start to personalize this so that it works optimally for you.

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One of my passions is finding new and better ways to manage projects. I’ve told you about Teamwork Project Manager and Basecamp. Now I’ll show you another program called Trello. Everyone likes to manage projects in different ways. No one program can satisfy everyone’s preferences. That’s why I’d like to introduce you to Trello. Trello is an easy way to keep track of your projects and collaborate with your team. The interface is beautiful and simple. You just have to get your head around the basic structure. Once you’ve achieved that, you can customize it to your heart’s content. I reminds me of Evernote in a way. You start with a blank slate, and create whatever you want, and have it function the way you want. [click to continue…]

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Ask Yourself These 2 Questions

Backup Your Data-3I have 2 questions for you: 1) What can be more boring than talking about backing up your data? 2) What can be more disruptive to your business than losing all your data?

The answer to #1 is that it pretty well tops the list of boring subjects. And the answer to #2 is that it pretty well tops the list of disruptive events. So at the risk of you nodding off, I think that this subject merits your full attention. And subsequent action. 

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Making a Sales Call at the Prospective Client’s Home

A complete step-by-step how-to on selling remodeling services to homeownersProcesses make every successful business more efficient and profitable. These systems and processes are the backbone of any great business. For business owners they create the path to growth, to succession, and a promising retirement. Good processes allow virtually everyone more freedom on some level, but they especially help owners and management run the business in the best way possible.

This business truth is not hard to see or understand, but deciding what processes should be made a part of your business, recording them, and then distributing the information is much more rare, especially in smaller companies. Most small companies keep everything in their head. They fail to record procedures that are repeated day after day, week after week, and month after month. This is one of the predominant reasons they will not grow, be profitable, or ever be able to sell their business.

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This week’s Weekly Wrap-Up is a list of questions you might ask yourself as you start this new year. A long list of questions with a few suggested answers. 

The beginning of the year is a milestone. A benchmark. It is a point in time where you can drive a stake and measure whether you are being more successful or not. Whether you are doing more of the same or embracing change. When you can determine to improve your business for your family and your associates. 

The new year is a blessing each year. You can let bygones be bygones, and start with a clear mind and a fresh attitude. The slate is wiped clean. Now it’s up to you what to write on it this year. 

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How the marketplace is shaping itself

Technology is changing everything around us right before our eyes. But what do  you care? You remodel homes. You use real people and solid materials to build your projects. Technology will never replace that. That’s why remodeling is such a safe business, as far as being replaced by fancy apps and printed circuits. You can just truck right along without any concern for disruptive technology.

Robots?

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It’s all too much

The year is hurtling towards the end. A new year is just over the horizon. What are you planning to do next year? Grow? Improve what you have? Make higher margins? Maybe get a steadier stream of leads and conversions?

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Ten ways to excel in customer satisfaction

What’s the main way you get new jobs? The answer, invariably, is by referrals. Which begs the question, “How do I get more referrals?” Of course the answer is multi-faceted. You get more referrals by having happy customers. You get referred because you have a referral process in place that cultivates new clients. You get referred because you have excellent customer satisfaction, which is the subject of this week’s Wrap-up –Ten ways to excel in customer satisfaction. 

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The Psychology of Gratitude

The study of gratitude started very recently, around the year 2000. Up till then, most psychology studies were about the negative aspects of human nature. These recent studies have shown how incredibly beneficial gratitude can be to our overall happiness and well-being.

Cicero stated that, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all others.” Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC – 43 BC)

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