Your Inbox, Your Rules

The Inbox is not your master, it is your inbox, so you make the rules. You can master the inbox, you can create your own rules.

Around the globe slavery was abolished for the most part over 100 years ago. However, for many people in their offices today, the ‘inbox’ has become a virtual slave master creating tonnes of stress and destroying productivity.

However, you can change this relationship by developing rules that mean the inbox works for you. But you have to create these rules and stick by them.

Personally, I use these three rules when dealing with my inbox.

1) Process all emails until you hit inbox zero three times a day first thing, lunchtime and before heading home.

2) Read any emails that need to be read at this minute and archive or delete straight away.

3) Work to Inbox zero then start on my to-do list.

These rules work for me. However, they may not work for you.

If you are struggling to create your own rules what we suggest is that you sit down away from your email and brainstorm what is important and what is not important with emails in regards to you key priorities.

Once you have done that. Pick the three rules that you think will improve your daily battle with the inbox and stick to them ridgedly for 28 days and see what happens.

Have a calendar item booked in for the 29th day to review how it worked and what you may need to change.

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Some rather useful tips on how to work from home as a recruiter

Working from home is one of the most brilliant and challenging things to do as a recruiter. Recruitment is almost a perfect industry for working from home. For me, it is now coming up to four years working from home.

This time has really been both a blessing and a curse. Blessed that I could have so much and cursed because there are so many ways that working from home can be tough. As someone who is busy can be a be anxious and somewhat crazy at times working at home really does offer to throw up some challenges.

Before working from home permanently, I had worked from home on occasions before. So the idea of working it would be a breeze, easy and enlightening. So after ‘jacking in’ at my old company and starting my own company. When I got started in those first few months, the business consumed my attention with work and building my business to even really notice. It was a blast, I could come and go as I please, I did not have to deal with office politics, silly “management meetings”, putting money into birthday cards for people I did not know, care or like and all the other things that drove me mad about offices. Then one day something strange happened.

I realised something. I was sat at my desk and understood that I felt that something, that something nagged me and it was loneliness. The buzz, the conversations, the general office banter. These I missed because they  This was a revelation that actually left me feeling very down and disheartened.

Over the next couple of years I would go through periods feeling lonely and depressed, and other times I would be infused with energy and excitement. This happened in waves while working from home. It leads to times of real business growth and other times that affected the business. However after a while and some trial and error I found ways to deal and cope with my own mental state that came from working from home.

Understand why you liked the office

Working in an office environment presents a wide range of problems, but on the other hand, working in a social office environment that we all love. Knowing what this is vitally important for learning how to cope with working from home. For me, it is the social side of being able to have some banter, conversations and noise and hum of activity. Once I knew this a plan was formulated.    

Find public places to work

This was one of the first things I did was to start to work in public areas that allowed me to work. This can seem hard to for recruiters compared to other industries and jobs. You will be amazed how much you can get done in a couple of hours in a coffee shop or a pub. Even as a recruiter.

My biggest deal since running my business was put together while working from the bar of a local hotel with lovely big sofas and brilliant chips. The way that I found this worked was once or maybe twice a week for afternoon going and working in this or other locations I have scouted out using trial and error.

The reason I have found that these works are because it allows having a change of scenery. Which creates a shift in mindset. This change of pace, place and background noise really does change my thinking and mental state.  

See friends and family more often than normal

One of the things that I certainly did not do enough when I first got going in the working from home, recruit gig was seeing enough of family and friends and doing social things. In many ways, I got really caught up in the business, and this was one of the biggest and most sad mistakes of my journey.

Not seeing friends and family enough was a mistake. Why is this so important? Without the office and without the daily interaction you could go days, weeks, even with just talking to candidate, clients and your other half. My other half is wonderfully, but it not conducive to a happy relationship, so make sure to make time for meaningful relationships.  

Take a walk – often

This is something that I have found really useful. Getting out of the house at some point in the day. Taking a step gets you up from your desk, giving you the chance to unwind and also get perspective.

Perspective is something I am not very good at when I am stuck on my own without someone to bounce off. However, taking a quick walk allows me to stride out the problem, talk to myself about the issues and also get the blood pumping and fresh air in my lungs.  

Find a hot-desking space

This is very similar to working in public areas but with a twist, it is more work focused (read more comfortable to make BD calls). I  have spent a lot of time looking and working in a wide range of hot desking and drop in zones.

Some of these spaces are really funky others were really very dull. Some cost an arm and leg, other were cheap and chips. However, I have found that I have worked best in the spaces that allowed and encouraged human reaction and interaction and feel more like a startup space rather than a corporate office.  

Have someone to bounce ideas off

Have someone to bounce ideas with and off. It is better if they do not work in recruitment. Indeed talking with another recruiter is likely to make you much more anxious and crazy because we all know what recruiters are like.

Why do you need someone to bounce ideas off? Perspective. You need perspective to know that the candidate not showing up for an interview is not the end of the world (it is never is). For me without a coworker to blow off, I would get really sidetracked and upset at what was happening.  

Decide a start and home time…. Then Stick to it

This is something that I was awful within the initial start phase of my business and indeed for the first three years. I would spend an hour, after hour working. Generally, these hours would not be very productive.

They would actually be very unproductive. However, in time I started to develop the mental strength to stick to certain working time. For me, I would 10 am to 6.30pm.

This gives me the chance to lay in a little longer than usual. Some people would be horrified with a recruiter not working early. However, I found that most of my candidates are commuters and getting ahold of them in the customarily produced less satisfactory output. So if you are a crazy, anxious and busy home recruiter or planning to start out on the beautiful journey of going alone, I hope that this quick tour de force of ideas from working from home helps.

If you have come up with other ideas on how to develop and keep your sanity while working from home, please email me at joseph@thenakedrecruiter.com

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How to join the 5am, 6am, 7am or 8am club, or 11am!

 If you want to get up in the morning early, refreshed, and ready to go, you need a good night’s sleep. However, you will also need a waking up routine.

Awaking up routine is just as important as a bedtime routine. Necessarily there is a process of waking up and staying up. Firstly,  have your phone across the room, not next to you, or your alarm clock across the room and not next to you.

So when the alarm goes off, you have to physically get out of bed and walk to the phone/alarm. Next, have a glass of water ready to drink next to the alarm clock or phone.

The longer you are ou Lastly, once you have drunk the glass of water do five press-ups. This will get you awake and keep you awake. Going across the room means you have to step out of bed and walk to the alarm to turn it off.

The further you have to walk, the more likely you are to stay up. Drinking the water hydrates you and will start to kick-start the brain into going from sleep to awake mode. And doing five press-ups will get you active, will get the heart pumping, and will get you thinking that you are awake.

Once you’ve done this, go downstairs or leave the room. Doing this every day will keep you awake. That’s just a brilliant way of staying awake.  

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Lunchtimes are golden – take one!

So, did you take a proper lunch break today? Yesterday? Anytime in the last week? The depressing thing is that most people who work in offices in the 21st century just do not take time for lunch. It is a very sad indictment on the way we work and live. In Britain, according to the Telegraph newspaper, the average worker takes only a 34-minute lunch break, and for many, those 34 minutes are just scrolling through Facebook while eating at their desk.

Compare that with the Germans (who are by far more productive per hour than the average British worker) where an hour and a half is not unheard of, many employers still have a canteen where people actually sit down to eat together. That beats cat videos on Facebook.

Personally, I did the same until the power and miracle of a lunch hour were shown to me. Once I started working for myself and started taking lunch breaks (thanks to my partner making me) everything changed when it came down to the lunch hour. So what are the benefits of taking a lunch break away from your desk?

Social interaction with colleagues build bonds that help in the day-to-day team working of the business. It de-stresses and gives perspective by getting your mind on other things. Allowing your subconscious to do the rest. It is suitable for health – getting out of the office or going for a walk instead of sitting is right for you and will promote well being.

It invigorates your working as you are fresher for the afternoon. No carb crash – as you are not checking in a Boots meal deal into you month as quickly as possible before getting back to the phone you will not get the mid-afternoon carb crash as you will have eaten mindfully, slowly and probably less. So when it is your next lunch break, take it.   

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Three quick linked in super tips

 LinkedIn Video

LinkedIn Video is your newest and most exciting avenue to reach your followers and have a real impact on every recruiter’s favourite platform. A LinkedIn video is videos created using the LinkedIn app. The reason you should be using this is very straightforward, it is quick and easy to use.

It will get you in front of your audience, and LinkedIn favours it in their algorithms. So get creating videos: Below we have outlined five ideas that you use straight away:

1) Jobs update. Have a job that you are working on? Talk about it for a minute highlighting three positive points.

2) Friday industry news rounds up – a rundown of the 5 biggest stories that week.

3) Daily advice video for job hunters – short quick videos to help out.

4) Big breaking news in your industry –  when the news breaks put your comment and spin on it.

5) Videos with candidates you are representing exclusively.

Mindful Friday LinkedIn

LinkedIn is great. All those candidates just sitting there waiting to be headhunted. It is every recruiter’s dream. That is partly why it is so successful. However, when on LinkedIn you need to be mindful of why you are there. To help with this mindfulness, you should spend 90 minutes every Friday afternoon on LinkedIn focusing on a few simple but essential tasks.

These tasks are outlined below. You should send three prospects an exciting article via LinkedIn that may be helpful for them. Why? It shows you are thinking about them and adding value and not just asking for ££££.

Clear you LinkedIn notifications, say happy birthday and congratulate people on new jobs. It is beautiful, gets your name out there and makes you look active too Linked In. Connect with all the clients and candidates that you spoke with this week and add them into your network.

Comment on five new stories on your feed. Clear out all read messages as well. Do as much of the above every Friday and it will increase your presence on the site but will also show LinkedIn you are active. Being active means, you will place higher in the rankings which what we all want.

LinkedIn welcome messages

When you have a new connection on LinkedIn, you should welcome everyone. You should always say hello. It’s courteous. It’s polite. It’s a nice thing to do. What you shouldn’t do is sell, sell, sell at them.

The worst thing that you get is a message saying “Hello, I’m a recruitment consultant. Will you buy and spend £10,000 with me, please?” It’s awful. It doesn’t necessarily fit the purposes at the time of that person, and it makes you look bad. So what should you do? Mostly, you should do three things.

You should say hello. You should thank them for connecting. You should say, “These are my contact details should you need to get in contact with me off LinkedIn.” And then you should ask a question, like “Is there anything I could help you with today?”

And then just leave it at that. A week later, send them a piece of content they will find useful. That will have a more significant impact on people than a rush to sell, sell, sell.  

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