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Organize your workspace for maximum productivity

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The ability to focus and do your best work is directly related to your surroundings. A place where you are able to get your best work accomplished, in less time and with less stress.

When you have an organized office, your productivity soars, you feel calm and in control of your workload.

Here are 5 things to include in your office to make it a productive and inspired setting in which to get things done.
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5 steps to a CLEAR desk

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Can you see the top of your desk or does it look like a wasteland of file folders, business cards and the random paper clip?

If you’re like most busy professionals, cleaning up your desk is low on your list of priorities. At least until you reach your breaking point.

If that time has come, schedule some time to tackle the clutter on your desk. To help you, here’s my decluttering system I use with my clients. It’s five easy steps to get you closer to feeling in control of your workspace again. [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]

Feng Shui your office in 60 minutes

FengShuiGuest post by Michelle Cooke Little, Feng Shui designer

People tend to complicate things. We don’t mean to, but to some extent, we all do. It’s our nature.

When our workspace gets complicated it shows. We’re surrounded by clutter, it may take on a dark, dingy atmosphere and it’s generally not a place we can be our most creative and productive selves.

Let’s change all that. Let’s simplify our workspace, using the principles of Feng Shui to take us there. It doesn’t have to be difficult. I’ll show you four ways you can implement Feng Shui in your office in 60 minutes. [Read more…]

How to disinfect your computer in 5 minutes

Blooming SwabIt’s that time of year again. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, our thoughts turn to longer days, outdoor barbecues, and walks in the park. For some strange reason, many of us are also in the mood for some serious spring cleaning.

One area that often gets overlooked is our computer. I’m not talking about all the files and documents that may be cluttering up the inside, I’m talking about the outside. That’s the place where all the grime and bacteria love to hang out. Tests have shown that your computer keyboard has more germs on it than a toilet seat. If that doesn’t inspire you to take action and get cleaning, nothing will!

Here’s what to do to get your computer keyboard and mouse germ-free in 5 minutes: [Read more…]

5 ways Evernote will change the way you work

Evernote LogoHave you heard of Evernote? It’s a virtual notebook that lets you take notes, sync files across your devices, save webpages, capture inspiration, and share your ideas with others. Bottom line … it gives you the ability to change the way you work.

In a previous blog, I wrote about how I was at a conference and Evernote was the number one app I used to enable me to stay productive. At that conference, I took notes … lots of notes … and had them instantly filed away in a digital format for future reference. It was very useful. Previously, I would have carried around my paper notebook, scribbled my notes, and forgotten about them because they were lost in a pile of paper.

Not anymore.

Interested in how Evernote can keep you more productive and change the way you work? Here are 5 ways … [Read more…]

3 simple steps to move your business closer to paperless

Have you ever heard the expression, Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill? While this saying is usually used to help us deal with the troubles in our lives, I like to apply it to paper … which can definitely be a trouble for many of us.

If we’re not mindful of all those pieces of paper that come at us, they’ll stack up into bigger and bigger piles and before you know it, we’re surrounded by mountains of paper.

Lucky for you, I’m going to share with you 3 simple steps you can take right now that will make a huge difference in how you manage all your paper. You’ll see immediate results and you’ll have conquered those mountains once and for all. [Read more…]

Tech saves the day at tax time

It was a dark and stormy night. Through the thick blackness a tiny light shone in a house far, far away. Why was this light on in the wee hours of the morning? What could be so important to cause someone to be up this late? Were they up to no good … possibly concocting a plan to overthrow the world? No. They were preparing their taxes for the almighty Canada Revenue Agency.

The plot thickens…

Unfortunately, a series of events prevented our tired and frustrated heroine from making her tax preparations an easy and stress-free process.

It was down to the 11th hour … she had to get vital information to her accountant in time to meet the impending deadline. But alas, the file was too big to email. Whatever would she do? This information was crucial to filing a complete tax return. If this didn’t happen, and she was late in sending in her tax return, she would face a stiff financial penalty.

Read on to find out how she was saved from this impending doom. [Read more…]

5 free tech tools for your business

There has never been a better time to be in business for yourself. So many resources to help you in your entrepreneurial journey. Coaches to guide you as you build your business. Virtual assistants are just a click away, ready to tackle those tasks you’ve decided to outsource. And, best of all, tech tools to help you streamline your processes, automate your operations and connect you to clients. LOVE IT.

As responsible entrepreneurs and small business owners, we have to be focused on managing our budgets. Just because all those services and tools are out there, doesn’t mean we can afford to use them. At least not right now. So, here are five free tech tools to consider for your business. [Read more…]

Spring is a great time to battle the digital clutter monster

Research shows that 80% of what we keep we never use. Research also shows that office workers spend an average of six weeks per year looking for things. People … if we’re going to keep this much STUFF around, the least we can do is organize it so we can find it … should the need ever arise.

But the need rarely arises, so we don’t.

Digital clutter is incidious. It’s easy to keep and easier to ignore. It’s not like physical clutter that constantly reminds us we need to put it away. We don’t tend to trip over it or bury our keys under it. What does happen is our computer speed slows down taking our productivity along with it, and our stress level goes up (WAY up). Not a pretty picture.

This story could have a happier ending, but we have to be brave. We have to charge full steam ahead and go to battle against this evil monster. Listen in to my interview with CBC Radio morning host Matt Galloway to learn how you can declutter your computer. And what better time, than spring …
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