Back to school

It’s that time of the year when we mourn the passing of the Summer Holidays, and begin to look to the next few month’s leading up to the dreaded Christmas. Our office is an office of parents, and the juggling and military plans of childcare are beginning to come to the end. New shoes, pencil cases and uniform have been bought and everyone is ready for the routine of term time.

It is at this time of year that many of us feel that we are going back to school, too. It’s a great time of year for goal setting and planning, whilst we still have the light nights and warmish days. Many of us find setting goals at New Year stressful, and bound for failure. January is not always conducive to anything much – no money, no motivation and not much sun. No wonder our Danish and Norwegian cousins adopt Hygge.

So rather than wait for 2018, set some goals now.

  • Will they be for business, or personal?
  • Make them as big as you want, but be aware you may need to make smaller goals to achieve them
  • Research what books may hep you – self help, mindset, autobiographies of people you admire
  • Make a regular time to attend to these goals – add it to your diary and make yourself accountable
  • If you struggle with accountability, team up with a friend or colleague. Share your goals and become accountable for each other
  • Watch Ted Talks – brilliant archive for amazing talks on anything and everything
  • Buy yourself some new stationery – pencil case, pens, notebook – whatever floats your boat


Good luck, and enjoy


Help, I’ve lost my mojo!

Where does your drive come from?

What makes you start each day with passion and excitement?

What do you do when your mojo is lost?

Some people are naturally prepossessed with a get up and go, and zest for life. But some people are not, but still manage to tackle each day, and each situation with zeal. What do these people channel to ensure that they keep striving for the best, and don’t let the daily problem grind them down?

I suspect that we only see these people at their best, and if placed in a Big Brother/The Island type situation, we would eventually see that this type of behaviour, 24/7 is difficult to maintain. We all need down time and moments alone to recharge.

What do you enjoy in these times?

Here are some suggestions, let us know what helps you

  • Music – lifts our mood, helps us recall different times and can be a real mood changer. So stick on you favourite track, grab a hair brush (optional) and sing along.
  • Videos of cute pets – have you ever spent time searching on YouTube to be distracted by a cute kitten, cuddly puppy or cheeky panda? Not ideal to be doing in work time, but in your own time a perfect antidote
  • Books – these may be inspirational tales of overcoming adversity, such as I am Malala, they may be a self help style book, for example The Chimp Paradox, or something that removes you far away to a different place, try 50 Beaches to Blow Your Mind. You might also find that reaching to a book to help within your business may help clarify solutions, and make you feel less alone – an old favourite with many being How to Win Friends and Influence People.
  • Inspirational quotes – we love scrolling though Pinterest and it’s quotes, again not in work time! But it’s a feast of quotes, business ideas and mojo enhancing boards and pins. Give it a go and see what you think – here’s our Words of Wisdom board
  • Exercise – many people swear by the power of exercise in mood lifting, and therefore, the mojo finding powers of exercise – whats your go to exercise?

However you find, keep and enhance your mojo, keep doing it!


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Who is your ideal client?

The decisions that we make as a business owner are often difficult on the surface, but when you look into them a little further they are quite straight forward.

Where am I going with this?  Today we took the decision not to quote for a sizable piece of work.

Why you may ask, are we mad?  No we are not.  They did not represent the ideal client that we pride ourselves in working with.  Some of the process we had been along with them, was not as clear as we felt it should have been, and for which we like to work towards.

Following our meetings we understood that they had approached colleagues of ours, and requested they quote for the work again.  Our connections in our business community are very important to us, and we pride ourselves in being open and honest.  We therefore assessed the ideal client, and graciously stepped aside, allowing our colleague, and perhaps others to continue with their actions to secure the business.

We can help you understand who your ideal clients are and when it is right for you to pursue work, or to step aside and focus on your ideal client. If you would like to discuss your ideal client and how you attract them, then contact us.

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Tel: 01384 823835 ~ Registered No: 06958004

September – time for a re-focus?

Are we achieving what we set out to achieve at the start of the year? If not why not? Have our goals changed? Have new opportunities arisen? Have we been working effectively and efficiently enough? What else can we be doing?  Manager / Directors share your vgoalsision of the company with your employees, ask for their input on changes and improvements they would like to see, think about updating all policies and procedures to help with the smooth running of the business. Are there efficiency savings that can be made? What does your marketing and social media plan look like for the rest of the year?

Don’t think you have the time to do this? Think again, the drive and focus a session like this can give you and your business, as long as it is planned effectively, will be invaluable.  The Acorn Support team can help with the planning and facilitation of such an event as well as asking questions you may think are obvious -all you need to do is turn up with an open mind. Email