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3 reasons why a DIY business won’t work

Orange fronted hard hatDo you remember the day you decided to start your business? Remember the excitement and anticipation you felt knowing you were going to share your talents with the world, have an impact and make a difference?

You thought to yourself, “Finally, I’m my own boss … the CEO of my company. I’m finally in charge of my destiny!”

Then reality hits you like a cement truck.

You’re on your own. It’s all up to you now. Generating income – or not — is ALL on your shoulders.

“If I want something done right, I’ll do it myself.”

These words become the mantra for running your business. This is your new belief system. It’s what drives you to stay up late putting out your newsletter, to skip a weekend because you have to create another slide presentation, to postpone a vacation because your business needs you.

You want things done your way and you believe it will take you longer to tell someone how to do it than if you just did it yourself. Not to mention, your belief that you’ll save money.

And that is how your DIY business is created.

The reality is this … doing everything yourself is impossible, impractical and it’s no fun AT ALL. More importantly, it isn’t sustainable for you or your business.

Here are 3 reasons why running a DIY business won’t work for the long term: [Read more…]

5 simple ways to stay productive this summer

 5 simple ways to stay productive this summerI’ve just returned from a weekend with my family at a beautiful resort in the country. Two full days of swimming, horseback riding, kayaking and ice cream. It was just what we needed to get in the mood for summer.

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days are just around the corner. The time of year when your attention dips, projects stall and clients are away on holidays. In other words, your productivity heads straight for the toilet.

Here are 5 things you can work on to stay productive this summer and make sure you’re a step ahead when September comes around. [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…]

The secret sauce to making habits stick

The secret sauce to making habits stick

Last year I lost 15 pounds.

I hadn’t planned on losing weight, it was a side effect of seeing a naturopath and going on a three-month cleanse. Part of the cleansing process was sticking to a healthy diet, eliminating alcohol and taking vitamins.  I felt great. For a moment.

After the cleanse ended, I went back to my usual patterns. The glasses of wine, the bread and no vitamins. The weight also returned.

One year later I’m right back where I started

Looking back, I now see how much time, energy and money I wasted for a brief glimpse into what could be. With the help and accountability of the naturopath gone, as well as the healthy eating routine and reward of the dropping weight, I went right back to my usual ways.

That’s when I thought of you [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…]

Low tech tools to manage your paper piles

low tech tools to manage your paper pilesThis is the first of a three-part series called The Paper Chase – How to conquer the paper piles in your workspace.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only three weapons to defend yourself from the paper monsters that inhabit it, which ones would you pick?

Let’s face it, while you live in a highly digital world, you still do battle with these insidious sheathes that infiltrate your office space. Before you know it, you’re surrounded and if you don’t address the issue, soon you are drowning in it.

Here are three must-have weapons for your arsenal so you can do battle and win against the paper beasts that stalk you. [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…]

Put these rules to work in your business

Put these rules to workIn grade three I broke a very important rule: I skipped a day of school. In my defense, I didn’t realize attendance was mandatory. I also didn’t go hang out in the mall. Being the rebel I was, my friend and I spent the day at a house she was house-sitting… and cleaned it. Yes, I was wild, even back then.

Now that I’m an adult, I appreciate how rules prevent chaos and provide structure in the world.

That’s when I thought of you. [Read more…]

30 powerful messages to help you work + live better

30 powerful messages to help you work + live betterHave you ever gone to an event and been blown away by the people, speakers and content? You arrive back into the real world, motivated, inspired and renewed.

I’m still on the post-conference high from the Women in Leadership + Business Conference, where I was asked to speak on productivity. For two days I was in the company of thought leaders, game changers and motivators.

While I was there I kept thinking of you. Specifically, how best to share all that I’ve learned to help you work better and with more ease. While this is by no means a comprehensive list, it gives you a glimpse into some powerful messages that will inspire you to work (and live) better. [Read more…]