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3 ways to turn Google Calendar into your personal assistant

Google logoSome days, managing your schedule can feel like a full-time job. Scheduling appointments, rescheduling appointments and keeping track of important days can eat up a lot of time in your day. If you think you need to hire an assistant to manage your schedule, think again. Google Calendar makes it easy for you to automate all these tasks.

Here are 3 ways to get Google Calendar working for you. [Read more…]

7 ways to stop the flow of emails into your inbox

iStock_000009044151XSmallIf you’re like most people, you do battle with your inbox on a daily basis. And, if you’re like most people, you haven’t won that battle … yet. Instead of tackling the problem from the hundreds or thousands of emails that have already arrived, let’s approach the problem from another angle.

Let’s look at what is coming down the pipe and stop those emails long before they land in your inbox. Here are 7 easy ways to do this today to protect your inbox tomorrow. [Read more…]

Find your organizing style

I just read a book I’ve been meaning to read for a while.

It’s called Organizing Outside the Box and it’s written by Hellen Buttigieg (a certified professional organizer) and Sari Brandes.

I loved this book because of its focus on personalizing the way you organize your space and time.

When it comes to organizing, cookie cutter doesn’t cut it. Every person has a dominant style of learning and this impacts how we make sense of the world around us.

So if you want to get and stay organized, check out the video below where you’ll discover your learning style and how you can use it to your advantage. [Read more…]

How to easily save webpages to Evernote

Picture this …

You’re surfing the web and you come across an interesting article that sparks a future blogpost idea for you. As a rule, you keep a running list of blog ideas in Evernote – your virtual, cloud-based, digital notebook. Oh how you wish you could add this interesting article to your list!

Enter Evernote Webclipper.

With the click of your mouse, this useful widget helps you capture web pages and store them into Evernote.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you just how easy Evernote Webclipper is to use.

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Does Your Tactical To-Do List Have You Focused on the Wrong Thing?

Have you started your To Do List for 2013? We often depend on task lists, but have you stopped to think about how you’re approaching creating those lists? In this week’s guest blogpost, Jacquette M. Timmons reveals valuable tips and tricks to get you thinking about To Dos, making sure your approach is balanced, efficient, and focused on your business’s needs.

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10 resolutions to make your business more efficient

 

For those of you whose New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to make your business more efficient, here are 10 ideas to help you get started.

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Want to know the secret to being productive?

It came to me in the shower.

I’m not kidding. Somewhere between the shampoo and the conditioner I had an epiphany. There it was in front of me as plain as day … the secret to becoming organized, efficient, and to getting more done. If you want to change the way you work, I know the number one thing you have to do to make it happen.

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5 lessons to help you prepare for the worst

I’m one of the lucky ones. I live in Toronto, Canada, and although we were given advance warning of Hurricane Sandy, she never showed us her full force. The world has seen many images of her wrath: people being rescued from their homes due to flooding, fires that reduced homes to piles of ash, cars crushed by trees, and storefronts peeled back with the contents scattered across the road.

These images make us understand how vulnerable we all are to Mother Nature and her fury. They show us how we can lose everything in a matter of seconds.

The same is true for your business.

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How to overcome the power of distraction

No SoundThe other day my husband was watching one of our favourite movies on television. I was wandering by and when I saw When Harry Met Sally on the screen, I quickly joined him on the couch. It was just getting to one of my favourite parts … when boom … a commercial comes on telling us about a new laundry detergent. Talk about ruining the mood.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with the title of this blog post. The answer is, a lot. Stay with me here. [Read more…]

How to manage your finances without disappearing for a week

I disappeared for a week.

Seriously. People wondered where I was. Emails didn’t get answered as quickly. Voicemail messages took longer to return. And everynight I ended up in the place I spent most of my day.

Where did I go? Nowhere exotic. The truth is I was right here in my office, sitting in front of my computer … cursing.

Here’s what happened [Read more…]