Bumble and Boo Update


Hey! Long time, no see!

I just wanted to say, I’m still here! As I said in my last post, I have paused Bumble and Boo for now so that I can get my design business off the ground. However, products are still available to buy on my website, it’s just the range probably won’t be updated for a little while yet and any handmade products have been put on hold.

Amber Phillips Design, my design business, is going quite well at the moment but I’m still incredibly busy with the biggest to do list EVER. I’ve actually just started a blog for Amber Phillips Design if you’d like to take a look. It’s all about business and design, and it’s aimed at helping other small businesses. If this sort of thing interests you, I’d love if you could follow me on Bloglovin here.

One of my latest posts on the blog at Amber Phillips Design is ‘Improve organisation & productivity with this simple app‘. Hope you like it!


7 tips to give your business a Spring Clean



I hope you’re enjoying the lovely Spring weather (Is it lovely? I can’t keep up…). I don’t know about you, but my mood is definitely affected by the weather. I always feel so much happier and much more productive when it’s sunny! Maybe that’s why Spring cleaning exists…uplifting weather, longer days, springy mood and a lovely freshly cleaned and organised house to go with it. Why not take the same approach with your business? If you’re like me and all of a sudden feeling much more motivated to improve on your business and your income, why not begin with a quick business spring clean to get going?


Business stress and 2 ways to deal with it



Lately I have been so stressed and worried about my work that I’ve been paralysed into doing nothing. It made me feel even worse when I kept thinking “but this is what you want to do, so why aren’t you doing it?!”. Turns out a lot of people feel the same! Almost by accident I stumbled across a couple of different blog posts with ideas of solutions for this sort of problem.


A simple strategy to increase productivity


Struggle with organisation and productivity? I’ve always thought of myself as a REALLY organised person but when I left my job to go freelance I found my to do list getting longer and longer and the amount of tasks I was doing getting less and less. It’s a pretty stressful situation when you feel like everything’s getting away from you, especially if you’re a control freak like me!

I then came across Tuts+ (which is amazing by the way!) and found not only does it have tutorials for things like coding and design but almost everything I could think of that I’d ever want to learn, including increasing productivity. They had a series called Build Your Own Productivity System, and I’d strongly recommend reading the whole series if you’re looking to improve organisation and productivity.

The key system that I now use for myself is the Eisenhower Matrix, based on a quote by US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

What is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.

The idea is you organise your tasks into 4 separate categories:

1. Urgent and Important
2. Urgent but Not Important
3. Important but Not Urgent
4. Neither Urgent Nor Important

I’ve made a printable to do list as April’s Amber Phillips Design Freebie, that you can download here. There’s a full colour one or a black and white one to save using too much ink. You could print the full colour one and laminate it so you can write on and wipe off as you go.