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How to efficiently deal with email

ProductivityYour overflowing inbox is a minefield of unanswered questions, untended requests and incomplete tasks. If you listen closely you can hear things slipping through the cracks.

No wonder you open your inbox with a sense of dread.

I get it. I used to be there myself until one day I reached my breaking point. I couldn’t bear the constant nagging from all those voices inside Gmail, each one wanting a piece of my attention and precious time. So for half a day I embarked on the journey to inbox zero. The simple three-step system I created to get there will work for you too. In fact, I use it every day to keep my inbox empty. [Read more…]

How to declutter your To Do list

declutterOne of the biggest areas of office clutter is your To Do list. Having a cluttered To Do list distracts you from the work that matters most. The result is you feel overwhelmed and unsure of what task to tackle next.

The good news is organizing your To Do list is easy once you know what to eliminate.

Here are 3 types of To Do list clutter and how to get rid of them: [Read more…]

How to organize your conference materials

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This is a three-part series with tips and tools to take the stress out of attending a conference.

You’ve returned from your conference with an armload of materials. You may be tempted to drop it in your office to sit untouched for months. Imagine what would happen if you immediately put the information to good use so your time at the conference could be considered time well spent.

Here’s your step-by-step action plan to make that happen. [Read more…]

My secret weapon for stress-free travel

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This is a three-part series with tips and tools to take the stress out of business travel.

The season for business travel is upon you. Whether you’re going to a conference, attending client meetings or pitching new business, organizing all the details of your trip can be a chore. I have three trips planned in the weeks ahead and I can already feel my stress level rising.

Thankfully I’ve discovered my secret weapon for making travel easy and efficient. My flights, transportation, hotels and activities are all stored in one handy app called TripCase.

Here are some of the features that make TripCase my go-to travel companion. [Read more…]

20 love notes to your business

business love“Years ago I fell in love with you. The attraction was instant and intense. I could feel the passion rise inside me the minute I set eyes on you. In that instant I knew the inescapable truth: You complete me.

Does that capture the way you feel about your business? For me, it is true. My business is my passion. That’s not to say it’s easy. Like any relationship it has its ups and downs.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some inspiring quotes to get you in the mood to love and appreciate your business. [Read more…]

7 ways to speed up the way you work

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My favourite TV show as a child was Betwitched. It was a sitcom about a beautiful witch named Samantha. One scene that stands out in my mind was when Samantha used magic to speed up getting the housework finished. With the twitch of her nose, she moved in fast motion, cleaning like a cyclone. Within minutes the house was spic and span.

This made me think of you. Do you ever wish you could get everything accomplished at lightning speed?

Here are 7 magical ways you can create productive energy so you can accelerate your results. [Read more…]

7 steps to clear your inbox

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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…]

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…]

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…]