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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…]

Productivity lessons I learned while on vacation: lesson #4

Productivity Lesson #4:  These 5 tools kept my business running 

My vacation has come to an end. I feel relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to help you work more efficiently and productively.

However, just because I’ve been on vacation doesn’t mean that I have been completely disconnected from my work … sometimes a little connection can go a long way. So, how did I do it? With relative ease, thanks to these five tools.

Here’s how I kept my productivity high and my workflow moving along, even though I was miles away from my office. [Read more…]