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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…]

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…]

​​​​​​​3 drinks to boost your productivity

3 drinks to boost your productivityThe end of summer means a few extra pounds have found their way to my waistline. I blame it on too much ice cream and wine! Can you relate?

I was whining about it to my BFF, Carol. Her solution was simple: drink.more.water.

Sounds easy but I find water incredibly boring to drink. That is, until I discovered it directly affects my productivity.

It turns out water makes your brain run more efficiently. When your brain is operating at peak performance, you get more accomplished. When you become dehydrated your brain tissue actually decreases leaving you feeling sluggish.

So in my quest to simplify water consumption, I came up with three drinks you can include in your day to help you stay energized and hydrated. [Read more…]

How to make time for your important work

Make time for your important workWhen was the last time you had a day where you accomplished 100% of your work? Have you ever had such a day? Many people I work with struggle with having their time hijacked by other people’s priorities.

In the ongoing battle for accomplishing your work done, there is a secret weapon I’m going reveal. I’ll also show you how to use it to complete those tasks lingering on your To Do list. [Read more…]

3 tricks to stop social media from sucking up your time

Social media time suckHave you seen a teenager lately? It’s rare to find one without a phone in their hand connecting with their “squad” wherever they are, whenever they can.

I am in awe every time I see my  fifteen-year-old daughter using social media. She is a master. She knows the right social media streams to use, she is proficient in how to use them, and she constantly contributes.

In an age where connectivity is the norm, it is difficult to accomplish your work without getting distracted by the pings and dings of your device beckoning you to come and share. In those moments when procrastination is winning the productivity game, there’s nothing like a good dose of Facebook or Instagram to kill an hour of your precious time.

If you’re not careful, social media will suck hours out of your day and cause your productivity to plummet.  Here are three tricks you can implement today to ensure you are in the driver’s seat when it comes to participating in social media. [Read more…]

3 time-saving tricks to manage your money

money managementYou may have a love-hate relationship with the money side of your business. Money management tasks can be extremely tedious and time consuming. Other than invoicing and depositing payments, you may shy away from the bigger financial duties such as tracking revenue and running reports for financial forecasting.

I’ve always hated handling the money side of my business, so I feel your pain. I’ve been there, made the mistakes, spent countless hours fixing the mistakes and licking my wounds.

Here are three simple adjustments I’ve made with my money systems to make it effortless and pain-free. [Read more…]

Be inspired by these 20 Olympians

Inspiring Olympic quotesHave you been glued to the Olympics? I have to admit, I’ve taken a keen interest. It’s so inspiring to see the determination and dedication of all the athletes, regardless of which country they represent.

If you’ve ever wondered what drives the competitive spirit of these athletes, I’ve rounded up 20 inspirational quotes from Olympic medalists and their coaches.

Perhaps some of these will resonate with you as you grow your business, serve your clients or just go about the race of life.

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5 steps to creating a crack-proof password

crack-proof passwordsI’m reading a spine-chilling novel about a woman, Laurel, who is being held captive by her deranged husband because he suspects she is being unfaithful. I’m at the part where he accesses her computer and finds a secret email account. She won’t give him the password so he downloads a computer program that will crack the password. Within hours, he gains entry to her email account.

That’s when I thought of you!

How safe are all those online accounts you have? Do you use your pet’s name because it is easy to remember? That, my friend, is a mistake. [Read more…]

3 powerful ways to automate your email

automate your emailWould you believe me if I told you that 70% – 80% of your day is spent in your inbox?

The Huffington Post reports US workers spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails and 3.1 hours to personal messages.

That’s A LOT of time. If you’re spending that amount of time in your inbox, when do you get your actual work done… let alone time for your family, friends and fun?

As a busy person, your email inbox is notorious for interruptions, distractions and procrastination.

While email can empower you to get more done, it can also be a colossal waste of time.

Your email client, whether it’s Gmail or Outlook, has three powerful features to help you take back control of your inbox. When you use these three email power moves, you will approach your inbox proactively, use your time more efficiently and spend your energy more productively. [Read more…]

How to include self care into your busy schedule

How to include self care into your busy schelduleTake a look at your calendar for the week. Is it packed full of meetings, client work and events to attend? Now take a look at it another way. Is there any time reserved just for you?

The truth is, the time when you most need to care for yourself, is the time when you tend to drop it. The more stressed and time-strapped you become, the more you trade in self care for another hour or two of work.

If this sounds like you, here are five ways to successfully include self care into your busy schedule. [Read more…]