Using Boomerang for Gmail

I came back from Australia with a boomerang in my Gmail.

I’m not talking about the boomerangs the Australian Aboriginals developed for hunting. I’m talking about another kind of weapon … the one I use to attack my email inbox every day.

It’s called Boomerang and it’s a plugin that you use in Gmail to control when you send and receive emails.

In this week’s video, I’m going to show you how to get the Boomerang plug in and how to use it to help you save time and energy when dealing with your email.

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Does your business have baggage?

Photo of a pile of suitcasesI just returned from 3 weeks in Australia.

It was a truly amazing vacation full of good food, great scenery and incredibly friendly people.

I learned a lot while I was there: the proper way to cut up a mango, how to drive on the left side of the road without causing injury to yourself or others, and the mysterious ingredients in Vegemite.

But what I want to share with you right now has nothing to do with any of these things. What I want to tell you about is the one thing that could grind your business to a halt faster than you can say “tie me kangaroo down, sport.” [Read more…]

The top 5 tech apps for 2013

Choosing yogurt is a lot like picking the right tech tool for your business.

I was at the grocery store the other day because I ran out of yogurt. All I wanted was raspberry yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old raspberry yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt like that about choosing technology tools?

If so, read on. I’ve got five key tools to help your business become more efficient in 2013.
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Does Your Tactical To-Do List Have You Focused on the Wrong Thing?

Have you started your To Do List for 2013? We often depend on task lists, but have you stopped to think about how you’re approaching creating those lists? In this week’s guest blogpost, Jacquette M. Timmons reveals valuable tips and tricks to get you thinking about To Dos, making sure your approach is balanced, efficient, and focused on your business’s needs.

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How to set up Google Alerts

I finally did it.

After procrastinating for a very long time, I decided the time has come to post my very first screencast tutorial. There will be more screencasts coming your way, but the theme of each will be the same: DIY Efficiency. Each screencast will outline action you can take to simplify your business to increase your productivity.

This week I’ll show you how to use Google Alerts. [Read more…]

Want to know the secret to being productive?

It came to me in the shower.

I’m not kidding. Somewhere between the shampoo and the conditioner I had an epiphany. There it was in front of me as plain as day … the secret to becoming organized, efficient, and to getting more done. If you want to change the way you work, I know the number one thing you have to do to make it happen.

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How to overcome the power of distraction

No SoundThe other day my husband was watching one of our favourite movies on television. I was wandering by and when I saw When Harry Met Sally on the screen, I quickly joined him on the couch. It was just getting to one of my favourite parts … when boom … a commercial comes on telling us about a new laundry detergent. Talk about ruining the mood.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with the title of this blog post. The answer is, a lot. Stay with me here. [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…]

Productivity lessons I learned while on vacation – lesson #1

Lesson #1:  Many of us waste time and energy using the wrong tools.

Here’s the scenario … three families sitting on the beach on a hot and sunny summer afternoon at the cottage. Three of our kids come up to us and want to use the giant floating toys, which are currently deflated. It doesn’t take us long to figure out that blowing up these things the old-fashioned way (i.e. using our lungs) will take at least 30 minutes.

We look at each other. Then we look at the puppy dog eyes these kids are giving us and we begin to blow. Shortly afer we start this exercise that is making us feel light headed and dizzy, I remember we have a pump that is equipped to inflate these toys. But there is a glitch. [Read more…]

5 simple steps to start your paper-based task list

Last week I wrote about how to CLEAR your workload so you can stay focused and accomplish your work. In that blog, I referred to using a digital task manager. Since then, I’ve had a bunch of people ask me if they can apply my CLEAR formula to their paper-based task list. The answer is, definitely.

While I’m all about using technology to work smarter, I acknowledge that sometimes you have to use the system that works for you. And for many, that means a paper task list. So, here are five simple ways to start and maintain your paper-based To-Dos.

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