Category Archives: MSPA Recommends


Save time and boost productivity

7 special time-saving tools to keep you ahead of the game and boost productivity

7 special time-saving tools to keep you ahead of the game and boost productivity Constantly strapped for time? Never enough hours in the day? I hear you! Life’s *always* busy, right? But what if I was to tell you that there were a few simple ways in which you could re-claim some of...

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Graphic design for non-designers

Special Saving 7 – #5: Graphic design for non graphic designers

Graphic design for non graphic designers… with Canva We can’t all be designers! And for those of who aren’t, Canva is a great, relatively simple tool for those little design jobs that you really feel you ought to be doing yourself… Canva makes it easier for us non-pro folks to design attractive,...

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creative business advice

Brexit: sane insights and practical advice for small creative businesses

Brexit: sane insights and practical advice for small creative businesses Early in the morning on 24th June 2016, I walked into my living room to find my partner staring at his laptop in total disbelief...he then almost inaudibly uttered 'Brexit won'. The shock immediately sent us both outside, with Eddie my...

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3 Daily De-cluttering Habits That Will Transform Your Productivity

3 Daily De-cluttering Habits That Will Transform Your Productivity I don’t buy into the idea that creativity is born from chaos. When I’m surrounded by disorder in any area of my life, it makes me feel panicky. And for me, panic is the kryptonite to creativity. Being in a muddle – physically or mentally...

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The Royal Academy – A BIGGER affordable London Members Club

Need a Members Club in London? - Consider joining the Royal Academy Last Wednesday 8th February, I took a well needed day off and went to see the  David Hockney  exhibition at the Royal Academy.We got there just before 10am in the peak of big freeze temperatures and stood in line...

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New Service #2 – Business Strategy for Creative Professionals

We get a lot of enquiries from creative professionals requesting help with developing an effective business strategy. My Special PA's services have all been carefully moulded and refined from what our clients tell us they need and could most benefit from in the future.  Esme and I have also drawn on...

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New Service #1 – Workspace Spring Clean

Happy 30th January! I don't know about you but I'm really pleased to see the back end of January. There may still be snow on the way, but I feel we can allow ourselves to look forward to Spring as February begins. Snowdrops and crocuses randomly poking through on urban lawns...

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Our top 5 ‘To See’ Art Exhibitions in London – Spring 2012

David Hockney - A Bigger Picture - The Royal Academy, Piccadilly  21st Jan - 9th April 2012. The show is part of Cultural Olympiad Lucien Freud -  'Portraits' - National Portrait Gallery  9th Feb - 27th May 2012 The Mystery of Appearance: Conversations between 10 British Post-war Painters - Haunch of Venison...

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A (non-smug) tip for getting all your ducks in a row this new year

People often ask us for quick tips on list management. Methods that work for me may not necessarily suit everyone. Even the MSPA team use different systems, some are still very happily committed to their moleskin notebook and some (like me) are almost entirely digital. I don't think it's flash,...

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Wunderlist - perfect TO DO business tool used by My Special PA

Wunderlist – Enables dreamers to plan and planners to dream.

Wunderlist - Enables dreamers to plan and planners to dream. Do you write TO DO lists for each days tasks? - if you don't complete them that day, where do you write down the ones you haven't done?....and so on. Read on for a really effective solution. MSPA has been using 'Wunderlist' since...

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