Digital Organizing Part 3 – How to easily organize your bookmarks

This is the last of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

icons of browsers applicationsWhen was the last time you thought about the bookmarks in your browser?

If you’re like me, the bookmarks (or favorites) area in your browser barely gets any attention. In fact, I’m willing to bet your bookmarks list is full of links to unused and forgotten websites. Am I right?

Bookmarking websites can be a very useful and time-saving way to access relevant information on the internet. The purpose of bookmarking is this: as you come across interesting articles or websites, you create a bookmark so can reference it later.

However, for many later never comes. And so, you are left with a long and disorganized list.

Because the bookmarks list is hidden from our view, we never really think about it. It’s sort of like that junk drawer in your office. The reality is what gets noticed, gets organized. Tweet that!

To keep your bookmarks organized, you need to create a system, similar to your filing foundation.

Once it’s in place, accessing that memorable website will be a snap. Using my CLEAR approach (which I use in the CLEAR Your Clutter workbook) here’s how you can easily organize your bookmarks in 5 steps. [Read more…]

Organize Your Computer Desktop

uncluttered computer screenThis is the second of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

If your computer desktop is littered with random documents, it’s time to get organized. One, because it’s a mess and finding files in a mess takes more time and energy. Secondly, because it slows down your computer. All those homeless files take up operating memory from your computer. With less memory available your computer will run slower.

Clutter is a catalyst for wasting time. Tweet That!

It might be overwhelming to think about organizing those files, but if you followed the steps in the first part of this series, getting your computer desktop clear off will be a cinch.

Here’s how … [Read more…]

Digital Organizing Part 1 – Organizing your computer files

This is the first of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

laptop with computer file foldersThe start of a New Year is a time for renewal. Never are people more motivated to make positive changes in their life than in January.

Losing weight, exercising and getting organized are the most common New Year’s resolutions North American’s make each year. They are also the ones that are the hardest to keep.

While I can’t help you shed those extra pounds or work up a sweat, I can do something about the state of your business. Creating systems to help you streamline how things get done is one part. But what I’m about to show you will revolutionize and simplify the way you organize the digital side of your business, particularly your computer files. [Read more…]

12 Days of Business Efficiency

snowflake_smallYou may have noticed this too … the Christmas carols have been playing in the stores for weeks. I asked the cashier if she was getting tired of hearing the same songs repeatedly, she looked at me and said, “I don’t even notice them anymore.

Have we all been numbed to the spirit of the holidays?

I love the holiday season. Whether the celebration is Christmas, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice, it’s a time for friends and family to gather and share food, laughter and gratitude.

In keeping with this spirit, I’ve put together my version of the 12 days of Christmas, from a business efficiency perspective. With all the love floating around at this time of year, it’s important to heap some of it on your business. [Read more…]

Tools I use to run my business

toolkitYou can’t run your business alone. This is a fact.

I’m not saying you need a vast team of programmers, designers, assistants, make-up artists, images consultants, etc. behind you. But the one thing you do need is technology.

Whether you’re a baker or a coach, to be in business today (especially if you have an online business) you need to use technology to get things done.

People often ask me about the tech tools I use to automate and streamline my business. So, here’s a peak into my business back-end. These are all the tools I use to make sure stuff gets done around here. [Read more…]

Scary stories about running your own business

Scary jack-o-lanternsPart 1

What scares you about running your own business?

To get you in the mood for Halloween, this is the first of a two-part series dealing with some spooky situations associated with running your own business. To be honest, there are lots of scary things, but we’re going to focus on the day-to-day operations.

The first is from Lynn in Canada. Here’s her situation:

“I run our family business out of our home, so I have 7 years of business receipts and statements to store. I’m running out of storage space. What can I do about it and how long do I have to keep all these receipts and statements?”

[Read more…]

Beat the bottlenecks in your business

Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 10.40.07 AMBottlenecks in your business are like having a bad head cold. Just as your nose gets congested and your head feels heavy when you’re sick, so too does your business when experiencing a bottleneck. You’ll notice your workflow gets clogged and your business becomes sluggish and inefficient.

Symptoms also include piles of paper on and around your desk, tasks remaining undone and rising stress levels.

The first step in finding relief is to identify the bottlenecks. That’s not always easy to do on your own, so I’ve put together a list of the top five common business bottlenecks and what you can do to beat them. [Read more…]

This bag will protect you from the notorious time killer

Red briefcaseWe’ve all been led to believe social media is the latest time-wasting criminal to be released on the unsuspecting professional. But there is another villain on the scene. One that sneaks up on you and steals a bunch of time from right under your nose. It doesn’t have a name, it can’t been seen, and after it strikes you feel stressed and frustrated. Its motive: to make you late and leave you unprepared.

But there is a secret weapon that will protect you from this villainous time killer. Read on to find out where it lurks and how to stop it in its tracks. [Read more…]

Quick tips to get you and your business ready for fall

Colourful autumnal leaves illuminated by the sunFall is an important time of the year for entrepreneurs and small business owners. No matter what kind of business you’re in, summer has likely given you a reprieve from the usual hustle and bustle. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy serving your clients, it’s just the atmosphere has been more relaxed.

As you gear up for fall, it’s natural to feel a little anxious. You know from experience that September typically arrives with a jolt. Just the thought of it makes the stress creep up the back of your neck.

How do you make the transition easier?

Here are some quick tips to help you boost your productivity and keep you in control as you move into autumn. [Read more…]

The 7 secrets to an organized photo library

iStock_000007056396XSmallIf you’re like most people, you have thousands of photos on your computer just waiting to be organized. Thinking about it likely makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Like any big task, you can find a million other things you’d rather do, so the task  gets put off … and the photos keep piling up.

Whether it’s your personal or professional photos you need to organize, here are 7 ways to create a photo library that is easy for you to use and maintain.  [Read more…]