How to make tracking your mileage less of a pain

One money task that always used to keep me guessing was logging my mileage. As a business owner who is always on the move, I have to track the mileage traveled so I can get reimbursed. Believe me, I love getting the money back … however, even that incentive didn’t always get me to stop procrastinating with this boring task.

Does this happen for you? Do you have a notebook in your car dedicated to writing in the details of your drive, but still forget to log it? Been there … done that too!

In today’s video I’m going to give you a tip that changed everything for me when it came to logging the details of my road trips. It has transformed a once tedious task into something that has become a habit … sort of like learning to drive a car!

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5 ways to be productive at a conference

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Think back to the last conference you attended. You were excited about attending; by the people you would meet, the information you would absorb and the motivation you would feel. However, upon your return, all that good stuff faded into the background as the busyness of work crept back into your life.

Let’s change all that for you.

Let’s make the next conference you attend time well spent.

Here’s how to ensure your investment of time, money and energy has a big return. [Read more…]

Tool Time: Getting to your destination just got easier

WazeToday I am feeling a little melancholy. Summer is fading away and those long sunny days spent on the dock at my cottage are becoming a distant memory. I have to say, I love spending time in cottage country … except for one part of it … the commute.

Living in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most traffic-intense city, escaping the urban confines has become a game of roulette. Should we leave before or after noon? Thursday or Friday? What route shall we take? All these decisions must be made with the purpose of getting to our destination in the least amount of time and dealing with the least amount of gridlock.

And then I discovered Waze. It’s become my co-pilot when I’m in the driver’s seat. [Read more…]

How to setup your mobile office

How to setup your mobile officeAre you looking for more freedom in how you work? Do you dream of travelling to exotic destinations and still being able to run your business?

At some point, all of us need to work remotely. Whether it’s from the Champs Elysee in Paris, your summer cottage or the corner coffee shop.

Having a mobile office isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s simple and can be highly productive. A 2013 Stanford University study found that workers are 19 per cent more productive when they work remotely.

Here is your five-step guide to making your mobile office run smoothly and efficiently. [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…]

Cloud computing 101

CloudsMost busy entrepreneurs these days have a computer and a smartphone. Many have heard about the Cloud, but aren’t quite sure how to use it in their business.

If that’s you, then read on for five quick and dirty facts about using the Cloud to make you and your business more efficient and productive. [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…]

What to do when there’s no WiFi

airplane_mouseAs I write this, I’m on a flight coming home from Australia. This means I have 22 hours in the air with no access to the Internet. For some that would be a big stressor, but I prepared ahead of time for the journey with a list of things I could do to stay productive.

Being offline is actually quite liberating. Think of it as time for you to focus on the task at hand. For me, in between the in-flight service and a couple of movies (I loved Hope Springs and The Hunger Games), I’m managing to get a ton of work done.

For when you’re faced with a similar situation, here are the five things I planned to accomplish while unplugged from the Internet: [Read more…]

Scan, snap and save to boost your mobile productivity

I’ve become a mobile scanning addict.

I don’t know how it happened. It just snuck up on me and before I knew it I found myself whipping out my smartphone at will, snapping a picture, scanning it and then saving it to Evernote.

Before I go on, I must caution you. What I’m about to share with you is highly addictive. Once you discover how easy it is to snap, scan and save, you’re world will change forever. You’ll be more efficient, productive and people will be amazed at how tech savvy you are … which means your credibility will skyrocket. [Read more…]