This month has possibly been one of the busiest months we’ve experienced here at Life In Magazines, with the planning and execution of our second monthly magazine, Life In Bromley!

From going on photo shoots in town with the aim of getting the perfect cover shot, to interviewing local heroes, it’s been non-stop action and we’ve loved every minute!

Now it’s just a case of keeping up the momentum of producing two monthly magazines – and putting systems in place to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Speaking of systems, and just to offer a bit of an insight into one of our ways of working, we couldn’t do without our whiteboard in the office. For each date in the month there’s an action plan – whether it’s finalising the next flatplan, doing the social media posts for new advertisers, picking competition winners and updating the website – every day is strategically planned so that we don’t miss the important stuff.

Seeing something visual is how we operate best – even if it’s just a ‘to-do’ check list. Favourite apps we’ve discovered include Notebook (very aesthetically pleasing!) and FocusList which also helps with productivity.

Business planning & strategy!

It has also been a busy month in terms of new developments and learning. We had the pleasure of attending a business presentation by Lee Lam of Your Startup Partner on business planning and strategy. It was organised by Startup Bromley earlier this month, held at Bromley Central Library.

Lee’s chat was both entertaining and informative and got attendees thinking about (a) where they are going (b) planning the route to get there.

We also managed to attend a few other business events and sessions this month including People In Business (PIB Bromley), Ladies Who Latte and the Bromley Business Network.

Meanwhile, our new 3-metre banner has been installed at Beckenham Town Football Club. We are really pleased with it and, as it’s a permanent fixture, we only hope it withstands the weather for a few years!

Banner at Beckenham Town Football Club
Our 3-metre banner at Beckenham Town Football Club

And this month we wrap up with a new design for our digital newsletters. Now that we’ve got two magazines, it was definitely in need of an overhaul. If you are a subscriber, we’d love to know what you think!

As usual we’ll leave you with an inspirational quote to ponder – and this month it’s about having the courage to take risks.

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

—André Gide