7 steps to clear your inbox

Email Inbox declutter

Is your inbox getting you down?

These 7 steps will help you get back in control of your jammed inbox. Even if you implement just one, you are making a positive change to how you deal with your email: [Read more…]

Your secret weapon for battling interruptions

InterruptionsIt was a dark and stormy night when Sally was working on a project for a very important client. She could see the deadline looming just ahead, but it was always just out of reach. The notorious and sinister interrupter was in hot pursuit, stealing away her precious time.

Can you relate?

Do you feel like you can’t get your work done because you are constantly being interrupted throughout the day? You may be in the middle of working on a client project or writing your next amazing blog and then BAM! – an interruption comes from out of nowhere and destroys your attention, pulling you away from the task at hand. [Read more…]

Scary stories about running your business

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The tale of the haunted graphic designer

It was a dark and stormy night when I heard the cry for help from Jennifer, a successful graphic designer. What she told me sent shivers down my spine.

“The piles of things (mostly bookkeeping) that are backlogged in my business are alarming and highly intimidating. What can I do?”

Having a scary mountain of mundane tasks that keep slipping to the bottom of your never-ending To Do list is a nightmare. Especially when you would rather spend your time doing what you love in your business.

Unfortunately, those hair-raising routine To Dos must get done. So, I shared with Jennifer, 3 productivity boosts to battle her terrifying tasks. [Read more…]

Are you at risk of becoming a productivity zombie?

ProductivityHalloween is my favourite time of the year. While it’s fun to see the houses decorated and the kids in their costumes, most of all I love the mini chocolate bars. So many kinds, so little time.

This spooky time of year also reminds me of the dreaded productivity zombie. If you’re unsure of what one looks like, here are three key features:

  • Reduced speed of movement relative to normal humans
  • Profoundly reduced or absent cognitive function
  • Ignores or is oblivious of fellow zombies

What has turned these once A-type go-getters into productivity zombies? It’s hauntingly simple. They have succumbed to bad habits. Sometimes the transformation is gradual and often goes undetected.

If you think you might be turning into a productivity zombie, here are 10 traits to be aware of: [Read more…]

5 powerful ways to show gratitude

GratitudeThanksgiving is a special holiday in North America. Historically, it commemorates the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 where thanks was given for the bounty of crops.

Fast forward to present day. As a business owner, do you give thanks to those who support you and your business? Do you celebrate all that you have accomplished?

With the hectic pace of running your business, having time to reflect rarely happens, yet it is essential to your overall state of mind and ultimately your productivity.

So how do you create gratitude systems to ensure appreciation and giving thanks becomes a habit?

Here are 5 powerful ways to show gratitude in your business. [Read more…]

3 sneaky time thieves and how to crush them

Time ThievesThere are three “time thieves” lurking in your day. They are sneaky, cunning and hard to see. At first glance they pretend they are going to make a big difference to your business, but in the end, they are just a big waste of time.

I’m going to reveal them to you now and show you what you can do to protect yourself. [Read more…]

Your checklist for unplugging from work while on vacation

unpluggingThe definition of vacation is “taking a break from work” or vacating the office. There are three very important reasons for taking a vacation from the busyness of work: to relax, renew and rejuvenate.

You need downtime, otherwise, stress and burnout will come knocking. Tweet that!

A recent HR management study showed that 40% of workers “feel more productive and better about their job” when returning from vacation. Stats or not, think about how YOU feel when you return from time away from your office.

It’s likely you feel a sense of wellbeing that comes with giving your brain and your body some time away from the daily routine.

The truth is it’s getting harder to completely disconnect from work while on holiday. Expectations from clients and colleagues may have impeded your ability to feel guilt-free when you’re offline.

Here’s a quick and easy checklist you can use to prepare for your off-the-grid downtime and make unplugging easier so you can enjoy your time away. [Read more…]

Create your simple paperless office system

create your simple paperless office systemThis is the third of a three-part series called The Paper Chase.

Does the idea of having a paperless office bring joy and calm to your mind? Having less paper clutter around you allows for a greater flow of creativity and clarity. There are other rewards too: saved money, more time and it’s better for the environment.

Knowing where to start can be confusing. Here are three easy steps to make the transition smooth and stress-free. [Read more…]

Tech tools to conquer your paper chaos

Tech tools to conquer your paper chaos

This is the second of a three-part series called The Paper Chase – Tech tools to conquer your paper chaos.

Picture your office. Is it the tranquil, clutter-free environment that supports your focus and creativity? Or is there a sea of paper standing between you and your best work?

There are some low tech solutions to help you do battle with the paper in your office. Click here to read The Paper Chase Part 1.  If you’re ready to move on to some high tech solutions, let’s get started. [Read more…]

5 spring cleaning tips for your computer

5 spring cleaning tips for your computerIf computers could have dust bunnies, I know five corners in which they’d hide. These areas are often forgotten and become easily clogged and congested with old files.

So put on your rubber gloves, get out the broom and let’s attack those digital dust bunnies by doing these simple 5 things: [Read more…]