13 Ways To Feel More Motivated This Month

Here are 13 ways to start feeling more motivated this month

Staying motivated is hard, especially when you’re always surrounded by potential distractions (e.g. your phone, social media, etc.).

So to help you stay on track so you can accomplish your goals, I had an infographic created, detailing thirteen ways to feel more motivated this month.

(Hint: If you want to get to the heart of your motivation issues, jump to the very last suggestion…it’s a game-changer.)

All of the suggestions are easy to implement and you can start doing them today.

Check out the infographic below.

Here's how to feel more motivated this month

What do you think of these suggestions to help you stay on track and accomplish more this month? Is there any other advice you can share? Please leave a comment below!

Here are 13 ways to start feeling more motivated this month

Here are the best little-known keyboard shortcuts to boost your online productivity

Just about everyone wants to save time and become more productive. But how can you do this realistically?

Entrepreneurs who spend a lot of time online, like I do, are always looking for ways to improve their work flow and optimize their time.

One way this can be achieved is by learning how to navigate the web and work on documents and spreadsheets more efficiently. So what I want to talk to you about today are keyboard shortcuts.

For example, instead of highlighting an entire document from start to finish, just use the command “Ctrl + a” to achieve the same result much more efficiently.

Below, I go through a big list of keyboard shortcuts (for both PC and Mac) that you can use to make your digital operations way faster and easier (I also had an infographic created).

To make things even simpler, I have a Table of Contents at the top. Click the category you’d like to learn about and you’ll be taken there directly.

Here we go!

Table of Contents

PC and Mac
Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox
Gmail
YouTube
Microsoft Word
Excel
Extra Mac shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts for PC and Mac 

Select all

PC: Ctrl + a

Mac: Command + a

Copy 

PC: Ctrl + c

Mac: Command + c

Paste

PC: Ctrl + v

Mac: Command + v

Cut

PC: Ctrl + x

Mac: Command + x

Bold text 

PC: Ctrl + b

Mac: Command + b

Underline text

PC: Ctrl + u

Mac: Command + u

Italicize text PC

PC: Ctrl + i

Mac: Command + i

Undo 

PC: Ctrl + z

Mac: Command + z

Redo

PC: Ctrl + y

Mac: Command + y

Find items in a document or open a find window

PC: Ctrl + f

Mac: Command + f

Print

PC: Ctrl + p

Mac: Command + p

Save 

PC: Ctrl + s

Mac: Command + s

Close the front window 

PC: Ctrl + w

Mac: Command + w

Minimize a window

PC: Alt + Spacebar + n

Mac: Option + Command + m

Shortcuts for Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox

(Unless specifically stated, the commands are the same for each browser.)

Close current tab 

Chrome: Ctrl + w

IE: Ctrl + F4 key

Firefox: Ctrl + F4 key

Or…

Ctrl + w

Open a new window 

Ctrl + n

Open a new tab 

Ctrl + t

Move through currently open tabs to the right 

Ctrl + Tab

Move through currently open tabs to the left

Ctrl + Shift + Tab

Close active window 

Alt + F4 key

Reopen the last closed tab 

Ctrl + Shift + t

Reload current page

Ctrl + r

Go back a page 

Alt + Left arrow

Open browser history in a new tab 

Ctrl + h

Zoom in

Ctrl and +

Zoom out 

Ctrl and –

Reset the default size of your webpage after zooming

Ctrl + 0

(Zero, not the letter o)

Show the downloads window 

Ctrl + j

Quickly finish a website address 

[Basic website name] Ctrl + Enter

For example, if you wanted to visit http://www.rachelrofe.com, you can type rachelrofe Ctrl + Enter instead.

Open the clear data window

Ctrl + Shift + Delete

Move down a page at a time

Spacebar

Move up a page at a time 

Shift + Spacebar

Save current page as a bookmark 

Ctrl + d

View a webpage’s source code

Ctrl + u

Go forward a page 

Alt + Right arrow key

Go back a page

Alt + Left arrow key

Go to the top of a page 

Home key

Go to the bottom of a page 

End key

Highlight text on a webpage 

Click the point where you want the highlighting to start. Then, press Shift + Click on the end point.

Open a new window in incognito mode

Ctrl + Shift + n

Toggle between browser windows

Alt + Tab

Show the current webpage in full-screen mode

F11 key

(Press it again to exit this mode.)

Highlight the text in the address bar

Alt + d

Open your homepage

Alt + Home key

Open the find option and search for specific text on the current webpage

Ctrl + f

Move the cursor to the search box

Ctrl + e

Move cursor to the address box

Ctrl + l

(The letter l, not the number 1)

Open the bookmarks bar/window 

Ctrl + Shift + b

Troubleshoot an unresponsive script error by opening the browser console

Ctrl + Shift + j

And one more Chrome specific shortcut…

Open Chrome’s built-in task manager

Shift + Esc

(This is helpful when Chrome freezes.)

Shortcuts for Gmail

Compose new message

Shift + c

Reply

Shift + r

Reply all

Shift + a

Forward

Shift + f

Delete

#

Label as

l

(The letter l, not the number 1)

Mark as read

Shift + i

Mark as unread

Shift + u

Go to sent mail

g then t

Go to contacts

g then c

Put your cursor in the search box

/

Report spam

!

Shortcuts for YouTube

Pause a video 

k

(Press k again to resume playing the video.)

Jump to the beginning of a video 

0

(Zero key)

Jump to the end of a video or go to the next video on a playlist

End key

Make the video full screen 

f

Turn the volume up and down

Up arrow key (to turn the volume  up)

Down arrow key (to turn the volume down)

Mute the volume

m

Skip 10 seconds forward

l

(Lowercase l, not the number 1)

Skip 10 seconds back  

j

Speed up a video

>

Which is actually…

Shift + ,

(Comma key)

Slow down a video

<

Which is actually…

Shift + .

(Period key)

Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

Capitalize the first letter of each highlighted word

For example, to capitalize the R in Rachel here…

“My name is rachel”

…highlight rachel and hit Shift + F3 key to make it read…

“My name is Rachel”

Capitalize each letter of the highlighted text

In the same example, to capitalize every letter in rachel…

“My name is rachel”

…highlight rachel and hit Shift + F3 key twice to have it read…

“My name is RACHEL”

(NOTE: to return text to how it was originally ((My name is rachel)), hit Shift + F3 key three times.)

Open the thesaurus function 

Shift + F7 key

Launch spellcheck 

F7 key

Refresh

F9 key

Open save as 

F12 key

Save document

Shift + F12 key

Or…

Ctrl + s

Create a hyperlink 

Ctrl + k

Create a new document

Ctrl + n

Redo the last section 

Ctrl + y

Undo the last section 

Ctrl + z

Insert a page break 

Ctrl + Enter

Select print preview

Ctrl + F2 key

Open the font preferences window 

Ctrl + d

Change the font 

Ctrl + Shift + f

Center align 

Ctrl + e

Right align 

Ctrl + r

Left align 

Ctrl + j

Create a hanging indent

Ctrl + t

Open the find box

Ctrl + f

Indent a paragraph 

Ctrl + m

Close the currently open document 

Ctrl + w

Create a bullet point

Ctrl + Shift + l

(The letter l, not the number 1)

Single-space lines 

Ctrl + 1

1.5 line spacing 

Ctrl + 5

Double-space lines

Ctrl + 2

Change text to heading 1

Ctrl + Alt + 1

Change text to heading 2

Ctrl + Alt + 2

Change text to heading 3

Ctrl + Alt + 3

Increase the selected text by one font size

Ctrl + Shift + >

Decrease the selected text by one font size

Ctrl + Shift + <

Print a document

Ctrl + Shift + F12 key

Open the find, replace, and go to window 

F5 key

Insert the current Date

Shift + Alt + d

Insert the current time

Shift + Alt + t

Delete one word at a time

Ctrl + Backspace

Shortcuts for Microsoft Excel 

Fill down 

Ctrl + d

Fill right 

Ctrl + r

Save the current workbook 

Ctrl + s

Close the current workbook 

Ctrl +

Search current sheet

Ctrl + f

Go to a specific area

Ctrl + g

Find and replace

Ctrl + h

Insert a hyperlink 

Ctrl + k

Create a new workbook 

Ctrl + n

Open a workbook 

Ctrl + o

Print the current sheet 

Ctrl + p

Repeat the last entry 

Ctrl + y

Undo the last action 

Ctrl + z

Change the format of the highlighted section

Ctrl + 1

Bold all cells in the highlighted section 

Ctrl + 2

Italicize all cells in the highlighted section 

Ctrl + 3

Underline all cells in the highlighted section 

Ctrl + 4

Put a strikethrough all cells in the highlighted section 

Ctrl + 5

Show or hide objects

Ctrl + 6

Show or hide the toolbar

Ctrl + 7

Toggle the outline symbols 

Ctrl + 8

Hide rows

Ctrl + 9

Hide columns

Ctrl + 0

(Zero, not the letter o)

Enter the current time

Ctrl + Shift + :

(Colon key)

Enter the current date

Ctrl + ;

(Semi colon key)

Apply time formatting

Ctrl + Shift + @

Apply date formatting 

Ctrl + Shift + #

Apply comma formatting 

Ctrl + Shift + !

Apply currency formatting 

Ctrl + Shift + $

Apply percentage formatting

Ctrl + Shift + %

Insert a new row or column 

Ctrl + Shift + =

Add a border to the selected cells

Ctrl + Shift + &

Remove a border

Ctrl + Shift + _

Select the entire column 

Ctrl + Spacebar

Select the entire worksheet

Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar

Move to cell A1

Ctrl + Home key

Move to the last cell on the worksheet

Ctrl + End key

Move between two or more open Excel files

Ctrl + Tab

Open the font drop-down menu 

Ctrl + Shift + f

Select all of the cell with comments

Ctrl + Shift + o

(The letter o, not zero)

Extend the highlighted text up one cell 

Shift + Up arrow

Extend the highlighted text down one cell 

Shift + Down arrow

Extend the highlighted area left one character

Shift + Left arrow

Extend the highlighted area right one character

Shift + Right arrow

Undo 

Alt + Backspace

Move to the next line when typing text in a cell, allowing for multiple lines in one cell 

Alt + Enter

Open the help menu 

F1 key

Edit the selected cell 

F2 key

Repeat the last action 

F4 key

Go to a specific cell (e.g. A24) 

F5 key

Go to the next pane

F6 key

Spellcheck 

F7 key

Recalculate every workbook 

F9 key

Activate the menu bar 

F10 key

Save as 

F12 key

Edit a cell comment 

Shift + F2 key

Open the find the replace box 

Shift + F5 key

Perform the calculate function on the active sheet

Shift + F9 key

Close the current window 

Ctrl + F4 key

Restore window size

Ctrl + F5 key

Move to the next workbook 

Ctrl + F6 key

Go to the previous workbook 

Ctrl + Shift + F6 key

Resize the window 

Ctrl + F8 key

Minimize the current window

Ctrl + F9 key

Maximize the current window

Ctrl + F10 key

Open a file 

Ctrl + F12

Print the current worksheet

Ctrl + Shift + F12 key

Save as

Alt + F2 key

Exit Excel 

Alt + F4 key

Create a new worksheet

Alt + Shift + F1

Save the current worksheet

Alt + Shift + F2

More shortcuts for Mac

Minimize the front window to the dock 

Command + m

Open the selected item 

Command + o

(The letter o, not zero)

Force quit an app 

Option + Command + Escape

Show or hide the Spotlight search field

Command + Spacebar

Bring up the character viewer

Control + Command + Spacebar

Use the app in full-screen mode

Control + Command + f

Take a screenshot of the whole screen 

Shift + Command + 3

Create a new folder in the finder

Shift + Command + n 

(NOTE: You may need to hold the following general sleep, logout, and shutdown Mac commands down for longer than other shortcuts.)

Put the Mac to sleep

Option + Command + Power button

Put your displays to sleep 

Control + Shift + Power button

Quit all apps and force your Mac to restart while being prompted to save any unsaved documents

Control + Option + Command + Power button

Or…

Control + Command + Media Eject

Logout of your macOS user account while being asked to confirm 

Shift + Command + Q

Finder and system Mac shortcuts

Duplicate the selected files

Command + d

Eject a disk

Command + e

Open the home folder of the current user

Shift + Command + h

Open iCloud Drive

Shift + Command + i

Open the network window 

Shift + Command + k

Open the download folder

Shift + Command + l

(The letter l, not the number 1)

Create a new folder

Shift + Command + n

Open the documents folder

Shift + Command + o

(The letter o, not zero)

Open the AirDrop window

Shift + Command + r

Open the utilities folder

Shift + Command + u

Show or hide the Dock

Option + Command + d

Show view options

Command + j

Open the connect to server window

Command + k

Create a new smart folder

Option + Command + n

Open the selected item

Command + Down arrow key

Open the selected folder

(This only works in list view.)

Right arrow key

Close the selected folder

(This only works in list view.)

Left arrow key

Move an item into the trash.

Command + Delete

Empty the trash 

Shift + Command + Delete

Show the desktop

Command + Mission Control

Open sound preferences

Any volume key

Adjust the volume

Option + Shift + Volume up

Or…

Option + Shift + Volume down

Documents shortcuts for Mac

Bold the text

Command + b

Underline the text

Command + u

Italicize the text

Command + i

Add a weblink

Command + k

Show or hide the fonts window

Command + t

Show or hide the definition of the selected word

Control + Command + d

Show the spelling an grammar window

Shift + Command + :

(Colon key)

Find misspelled words

Command + ;

(Semi colon key)

Scroll up one page

Fn key + Up arrow

Scroll down one page

Fn key + Down arrow

Scroll to the beginning

Fn key + Left arrow

Scroll to the end

Fn key + Right arrow

Move the insertion point to the beginning

Command + Up arrow

Move the insertion point to the end

Command + Down arrow

Extend text selection one character to the left

Shift + Left arrow

Extend text selection one character to the right

Shift + Right arrow

Go to the beginning of the line or paragraph

Control + a

Go to the end of a line or paragraph

Control + e

Jump one character forward

Control + f

Jump one character backward

Control + b

Go up one line

Control + p

Go down one line

Control + n

Left align

Command + {

Right align

Command + }

Center align

Shift + Command + |

(Vertical bar, not the letter l or the number 1)

Move to the search field

Option + Command + f

Show or hide the toolbar

Option + Command + t

Paste and match style

Option + Shift + Command + V

Show the save as box or duplicate the current document

Shift + Command + s

Decrease the selected item’s size

Shift + Command + –

(Minus sign)

Increase the selected item’s size

Shift + Command + +

(Plus sign)

Below, you’ll find the infographic I mentioned earlier. 

Increase your web productivity with this big list of keyboard shortcuts

What do you think of this big list of keyboard shortcuts? Do you think you’ll use them to save time and increase your web productivity? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Increase your web productivity with this big list of keyboard shortcuts

10 Types of videos you can create to promote your bestselling products

Here are 10 types of videos you can create to promote your bestselling ecommerce products

People love visuals – especially videos.

And because of that, videos can be a powerful medium for promoting your products and business – even if they’re not “beautiful.” Heck, you can make good-enough videos DIY, hired on Fiverr, or made with some kind of software tool.

And while you can’t add videos to Amazon and Etsy (with the exception of your “About Me” section on Etsy or if you’re signed up with Pattern), you can promote them on social media with relevant hashtags, on YouTube, or on your personal blog or website.

It’s worth testing this on your bestsellers to see if you can drum up some more sales.

To help you start brainstorming about the videos you might create, I came up with a list of ten types of promotional videos, including examples, for you to check out below (I also had an infographic created).

Let’s take a look…

Unboxing

Unboxing videos are hugely popular. They function as on-the-spot video testimonials. Product recipients record the process of unwrapping products from their shipping materials. They look the products over and then review them as they go.

The reason unboxing videos are so popular is the footage is raw typically. So if a product arrives damaged or is in any way unsatisfactory, the unboxing video reflects that. But when everything goes well and recipients give products a thumbs up, the resulting social proof is highly effective.

You *could* create an unboxing video of one of your own products, or you could ask a real recipient to create one for you.

Here’s an example of an unboxing video from a YouTube influencer I worked with last month: 

And here is a Fiverr person available to create unboxing videos (note: I haven’t personally worked with this person before):

I will make you an unboxing video

Cost: $20

Interview

Video interviews won’t make sense for everyone. But if you’re in a niche with “experts,” you can find people willing to participate in Q&A chats (to be recorded).

For example, if your bestselling products are in the dog niche, you could contact owners of local animal shelters or pet stores, or people who have dog-related Facebook fan pages. The experts don’t have to be anyone crazy famous. Just people with something of value to say that your audience would find interesting.

You could ask the experts tips about grooming or dog training or what the best types of dog food are. If you create products in the dog niche, anyone who buys your products must love dogs (or at least know someone who does) and is therefore likely to be interested in dogs in general.

At the end of the interview, you can mention your products and where they can be purchased. You can also give the experts a chance to plug something of their own — to make the experience a win-win.

Here’s an example of a video interview: 

Photo Montage (Slideshow)

A montage or slideshow featuring photos of your bestselling products is one of the easiest promotional videos to create. Tools like Animoto.com make it simple to drag and drop product photos from your computer, add text and music, and then create a montage. Animoto isn’t free to use, however. Pricing starts at $8 a month.

But you can also create a montage, or slideshow, yourself for free with YouTube. Here’s how:

  • Log in to your YouTube account.
  • Click Upload.
  • Select Photo Slideshow.
  • Upload photos of your products from your computer.
  • Drag the photos to put them in the order you want.
  • Click Next.
  • Select a music track (if you want), set the duration for each image to appear on the screen, and choose your transition effects.
  • Click Upload.
  • Title your slideshow.
  • Write out a description.
  • Add relevant keywords.
  • Click Publish.
  • After your video processes, if you want to add any text to the slides, hit the Annotations button.
  • Click Add annotation.
  • Choose from speech bubble, note, title, spotlight, and label.
  • If you choose speech bubble, for example, type in the text that you want to appear on the slide and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Click Apply changes.
  • Repeat this process for each of your video’s slides.

Here’s an example of a photo/video montage: 

If you don’t want to create the slideshow yourself, here is a Fiverr person who can do it for you (note: I haven’t worked with this person before):

I Will Make A Video Slideshow With Your Photos In 24 Hours

Cost: $5

And here is a tool you can use to create slideshows of your own:

Video Retargeter (don’t be fooled by the name; it can make all kinds of videos)

Tips, Teaching, Or News-related 

Even if your video’s primary goal is to promote your business or products, sometimes you don’t want the video to be super “salesy.” You still want to provide useful content – especially if you plan on creating a number of videos. A balance between heavily promotional and more informative is a great thing.

A tips, teaching, or news-related video is a good way to break up your promotional content. You can provide niche-specific advice or show your audience how to do something. You can also share something noteworthy that recently happened in your niche and offer your opinion.

Then, at the end of the video, you can, of course, still include a plug for your business.

Here’s an example of a how-to video for the dog niche: 

Live Webcast

Live streaming, such as with Facebook Live, has become popular among businesses and brands. And it’s a great video medium because it lets viewers interact with you (and vice versa) live and off-the-cuff. It’s also a fantastic way to get real, honest feedback about your business, products, and ideas.

Some suggestions on what to talk about include a new line of products or an upcoming event or business milestone. You could even ask viewers for their input on design ideas.

Or, depending on the niche you’re in, you could focus on a subject related to your niche and then include information about where to purchase your products at the end. For example, if you’re in the dog niche, you could talk about training tips or information about the best types of dog food.

You can do a live webcast via Facebook Live or you can use Video.IBM.com or Livestream.com.

Get-To-Know-You

This type of video lets you introduce yourself and talk about your business. You don’t have to go into tons of personal details. Just a little bit about your background — for example, how you got started, why you chose to be in the business you’re in, or what types of products or services you offer.

A get-to-know-you video is a great way to add a personal touch to your business and let your audience know that you’re a real person. This helps people feel more connected and relate to you.

Often, these types of videos are super simple, occurring in “talking head” format. (“Talking head” refers to how the speaker is positioned. In a talking head video, the speaker talks directly into the camera, showing only his or her head and shoulders.)

Not all get-to-know-the-sellers take this format, though.

Here’s an example of a get-to-know-you video that my production manager made about CustomHappy: 

Video Testimonial

Testimonials, in general, are a powerful form of social proof. But video testimonials are even more powerful. Being able to put faces to names and actually see the people singing your praises is much more compelling than simply reading a text-based testimonial — something like…

“Your business is awesome!” – Lisa K.

…Video testimonials allow customers to hear the positive reviews straight from the source. Accordingly, video testimonials are perceived as being more authentic and trustworthy.

You can put video testimonials on a website or sales page. Video testimonials can be harder to obtain, though. But reaching out to your email list or social media followers are both good avenues to take.

Here’s an example of a video testimonial a customer made about The Ultimate Kindle Course: 

Giveaway

If you want to run a giveaway or offer a discount on one or more of your products or services, you might consider sharing that information via video. You can start by introducing the special offer you are giving away. Then, you can explain how the giveaway process works.

Is there something people have to do to enter? Is there a special code people need? Is there a time limit on the deal, or only a finite number of offers available? Specify all the details and let people know the benefits of participating.

For example, you might say the giveaway is for a set of two 11 oz coffee mugs and you will give the mugs away to the first three people who share your product page on Facebook. You can let participants know the mugs are dishwasher- and microwave-safe and the designs are guaranteed not to bleed or fade with use.

Here’s an example of a giveaway video: 

Announcement

Announcement videos are a great way to get people excited about the happenings in your business, whether it’s a new product or design launch, a special discount or offer, or just something cool happening that’s going on, such as reaching a benchmark in sales or the anniversary of when your business first started.

Just sit down in front of your computer’s webcam or use your smartphone’s video recorder and start talking! An announcement video doesn’t need to be fancy or high-tech.

But, if you are talking about an upcoming launch or a special offer, be sure to provide all the relevant information, including any URLs, dates, or coupon codes people should know about.

Here’s an example of an announcement video: 

If you want to put a cute spin on your announcement video, here’s a Fiverr person who will create a video as if it were a newscast (note: I haven’t worked with this person before):

I Will Do A News Video Of Your Message, Ad, Or Announcement

Cost: $50

Product Video (Demonstration)

This is one of the most common types of promotional videos, and it’s especially effective for products that “do” something, like color-changing mugs. But product videos can still work well for almost any type of product.

People like seeing 360-degree renderings of ecommerce products so they feel more at ease about purchasing items they can’t personally inspect themselves.

Just set up your webcam to record yourself talking about a product and showing it off from all angles. And if the product does do something, like change colors, be sure to show how that works.

Even for products that don’t specifically “do” anything, if there’s a benefit you can showcase, like a regular mug being microwave-safe, you might consider performing a demonstration of that by microwaving the mug for 30 seconds and then showing how the design didn’t get damaged.

Here’s an example of a product video: 

NOTE: If you want to learn how to create a product demonstration video, similar to the one above, which features only the mug itself, Vanessa posted the following in the Low Hanging System Facebook group:

  • Open a Gear Bubble campaign for a color-changing mug.
  • Open Snag It software (free for 14 days)
  • Select these options: Select video, Preview to on, Copy to Clipboard to off, CAPTURE CURSOR to off, and 5-second delay to off
  • Press the Red Capture Button
  • You will now see yellow/blue dashed lines at the top and on the bottom.
  • Click once until you see a small square. There should now be a small square on 4 sides of your screen.
  • Take your cursor and drag the smaller square on each side until your square is where you want it. By now, you should only see the color-changing mug and nothing else surrounding it.
  • Hit the red Capture button to record the video.
  • You will immediately see 3, 2, 1. Now, you can talk on the video or immediately place your cursor on the thermometer (hot/cold), which will change the mug from black to white, showing the design.
  • Hit the blue button whenever you want the video to end.
  • Hit File, Save As, and save the video to wherever it should go on your computer.

Or, if you want to hire someone to create a product demonstration video for you, here’s a Fiverr person up to the task (note: I haven’t worked with this person before):

I Will Create A Product Demonstration Video

Cost: $25

Below, you’ll find the infographic I mentioned earlier. 

10 types of promotional videos for your bestselling products

What are your thoughts on promotional videos? Have you promoted any of your products using videos before? I love hearing what you have to say. Please leave a comment below and let me know! 

Here are 10 types of videos you can create to promote your bestselling ecommerce products