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The tale of the haunted graphic designer

It was a dark and stormy night when I heard the cry for help from Jennifer, a successful graphic designer. What she told me sent shivers down my spine.

“The piles of things (mostly bookkeeping) that are backlogged in my business are alarming and highly intimidating. What can I do?”

Having a scary mountain of mundane tasks that keep slipping to the bottom of your never-ending To Do list is a nightmare. Especially when you would rather spend your time doing what you love in your business.

Unfortunately, those hair-raising routine To Dos must get done. So, I shared with Jennifer, 3 productivity boosts to battle her terrifying tasks. [Read more…]

5 simple ways to stay productive this summer

 5 simple ways to stay productive this summerI’ve just returned from a weekend with my family at a beautiful resort in the country. Two full days of swimming, horseback riding, kayaking and ice cream. It was just what we needed to get in the mood for summer.

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days are just around the corner. The time of year when your attention dips, projects stall and clients are away on holidays. In other words, your productivity heads straight for the toilet.

Here are 5 things you can work on to stay productive this summer and make sure you’re a step ahead when September comes around. [Read more…]

Low tech tools to manage your paper piles

low tech tools to manage your paper pilesThis is the first of a three-part series called The Paper Chase – How to conquer the paper piles in your workspace.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only three weapons to defend yourself from the paper monsters that inhabit it, which ones would you pick?

Let’s face it, while you live in a highly digital world, you still do battle with these insidious sheathes that infiltrate your office space. Before you know it, you’re surrounded and if you don’t address the issue, soon you are drowning in it.

Here are three must-have weapons for your arsenal so you can do battle and win against the paper beasts that stalk you. [Read more…]

5 spring cleaning tips for your computer

5 spring cleaning tips for your computerIf computers could have dust bunnies, I know five corners in which they’d hide. These areas are often forgotten and become easily clogged and congested with old files.

So put on your rubber gloves, get out the broom and let’s attack those digital dust bunnies by doing these simple 5 things: [Read more…]

How to be a minimalist business traveller

How to be a minimalist business travellerRemember your last business trip? Do you recall cramming a bunch of papers, pens and folders into your briefcase? Did you pack too many clothes and not the right ones? When travelling for business, the last thing you want to do is lug around stuff you don’t need.

Make your next business trip feel effortless by travelling like a minimalist. Here’s how … [Read more…]

3 simple steps to make tax time painless

Tax stopwatchA colleague approached me at a meeting, cup of coffee in hand and a pained expression on her face. Something seemed terribly wrong. Did she lose a big client? Was she ill? Was her coffee decaffeinated? No. It was tax time and she was feeling the effects of a year’s worth of avoidance.

Her plea for help could not go ignored.

Here is your 3 step plan to getting organized for tax time. [Read more…]

How to stop doing what you stink at doing

Stop SignI’m just back from a conference where I joined 150 other entrepreneurs to learn how to market our businesses more effectively. I was excited about learning how to spread the word about intandem so I can help more people like you … who are determined not to burnout of your business.

We did a bunch of very helpful and interesting exercises, but one in particular brought you to mind. I’m going to share it with you AND give you a downloadable PDF so you can do it yourself.

To start the exercise, we were asked to map out all the “stuff” we do in our businesses sorted into these four quadrants:

  1. Stuff you LOVE to do
  2. Stuff you LIKE to do
  3. Stuff you CAN do
  4. Stuff you STINK at doing

After 5 minutes of draining my brain of all the TO DOs I have on my list, my business reality was all out in front of me. Sorting it into the 4 quadrants was eye opening. Mine looked like this: [Read more…]

A super simple way to get those B.I.G projects done

 

boxesDo you find yourself facing, what seems to be, an insurmountable project? Are you procrastinating, distracted and using any other delay tactic you know to avoid getting started?

Here’s a shortcut that will change the way you work. 

When you find yourself staring down the throat of that next humungous, daunting project, take a deep breath and ask yourself this one question:

“What is the absolute next thing I have to do to move this project forward?”

Resist the temptation to over-analyze and get too far ahead of yourself. It could be the tiniest thing:  writing that first sentence, creating a project folder, making a phone call or booking a meeting room. Whatever that first step is, make it an easy one and take it. You’ll be amazed at the momentum it creates.

My step-by-step approach to slaying those b.i.g. projects

Now you’ve gotten started, here is a 7-step method I’ve developed to help you continue to move forward. [Read more…]

Top tech apps to get you organized for the New Year

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.33.40 AMI was at the grocery store the other day looking for plain yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt that way when faced with choosing a technology tool?

Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult to find.

Whether you’re looking for an accounting app or a task management tool, choosing the right one can be daunting.
This week’s Shortcut is going to cut through the crap and reveal 5 new tools I’ve welcomed into my business to keep intandem humming along.

Get ready to be more productive + efficient in 2015 with these top tech apps: [Read more…]

Five essential systems every business needs

GearsIs your business rocking? Maybe it’s moving so fast it’s making your head spin. Or maybe things have quieted down for you giving you time and space to rethink how you do things.

In either case, I’ll bet this thought has crossed your mind more than once: I need to change the way my business works!

Like any successful business owner you always keep a close eye on your business. You can feel when things aren’t running the way they should. Your gut tells you when you’re wasting time recreating the wheel or doing things inefficiently. You can smell a lost document a mile away, you just can’t see it!

If you want your business to thrive, it’s important to build a solid foundation of systems to support it. I call this your Business Ecosystem. It’s what happens behind the scenes – things that are integral to how your business is organized and how it functions.

Without a healthy and balanced Business Ecosystem, you may start to see your business as “hard.” You’ll feel overstretched, overcommitted and overwhelmed. [Read more…]