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3 keys to efficiently working with your virtual team

processesDo you have a headache? As a business owner, you have so much stuff crammed into your head, it must feel like it’s going to burst. Creative ideas, new services, project deadlines are just a few things stored in there.

If you have, or are thinking about having, a virtual team, you must set them up for success. It’s easy for virtual team members (whether they are full time employees or subcontractors) to feel disconnected from your business. You have a mission and vision for bringing value to your clients. Keeping your virtual team informed, connected and committed can happen if you use these 3 keys: [Read more…]

How to unplug while on vacation

Unplug on vacationDefinition of a vacation: An extended period of recreation spent away from home when no work is done.

Imagine you’re reclining on a beach, feeling the heat of the sun on your skin and basking in the glory of another perfect day. You can feel yourself finally letting go of your work-related stresses. And then suddenly you hear a ping on a device somewhere in the distance.

In that moment, the relaxation of your vacation is shattered.

As if awakened from a dream, you are transported back to your To Do list, to your clients and to the never-ending pull of work.

How do you escape the grind of work so you can focus on relaxing? Perhaps the real question is, why is this so difficult?

It doesn’t have to be a struggle. There is an easier way to allow yourself to escape the pressures of work. Here’s how you can successfully and confidently disconnect from work while on vacation. [Read more…]

30 powerful messages to help you work + live better

Powerful messagesWhen was the last time you went to a conference and returned with more than a bag full of handouts? Instead you

  • felt motivated to do greater things in your business or career
  • made meaningful business connections, and
  • were inspired to play a bigger game in your life.

That’s what I came back with, having attended the Women in Leadership + Business Conference where I spoke on productivity techniques to transform the way you work.

For two days I was surrounded by thought leaders, game changers and motivators. While I was there I kept thinking of you. Specifically, how to translate all I’ve learned into bite-size takeaways you can apply to your business, career and life.

Here are some of the powerful messages I heard from speakers, and during my many conversations. [Read more…]

How to organize your conference materials

conference material

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…]

3 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Your Business

Another Valentine’s Day come and gone. Did you receive flowers from your business? How about a box of chocolate? Maybe a nice card?  Me neither. (Sigh.)

reignite passion for your business

Sometimes loving your business can feel one-sided

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. A few tweaks, mixed with a dose of productive habits, and you’ll be doing the Tango with your business in no time!

Here are three easy steps to reignite the passion [Read more…]

5 ways to regain the passion for your work

heart_treeIt’s time to bring back that loving feeling for what you do!

Remember the excitement you felt when you launched your business or started on your career path? Everyday was exciting and new. You loved it and you flourished.

But then something happened to stamp out that spark that used to burn so brightly.

For me, it crept up on me quietly yet deliberately.

I didn’t even know the passion was leaking out of me until one day I woke up and felt empty.

In that moment, I didn’t jump out of bed anxiously anticipating the workday ahead. Instead I pulled the covers over my head and tried to hide. It was then I knew I had burnt out.

That was 5 years ago when I was a web consultant.

Looking back at it all, this is what I know for sure. [Read more…]

A sure-fire way to accomplish your work

LucyI love autumn.

The air is crisp and cool, the trees are full of colour and I get to wear big comfy sweaters.

It’s a great season to take my dog, Lucy, for a walk in the park. Usually, we have an hour to romp and play, but this day was different.

I had a project to get done, so this walk was all about Lucy doing her business … and fast.

But as we entered the park, it looked like a squirrel party. They were everywhere and Lucy was in heaven. Her all-time favourite thing to do is chase squirrels.

As I watched her burst into a full sprint after a squirrel who dashed toward the nearest tree, I could feel myself getting progressively frustrated.

Couldn’t she just focus and get on with the task at hand?

And then I thought of you!

Are you wasting your time and energy chasing squirrels rather than getting on with your work? [Read more…]

Top tech apps to get you organized for the New Year

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 10.33.40 AMI was at the grocery store the other day looking for plain yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt that way when faced with choosing a technology tool?

Sometimes the simplest things are the most difficult to find.

Whether you’re looking for an accounting app or a task management tool, choosing the right one can be daunting.
This week’s Shortcut is going to cut through the crap and reveal 5 new tools I’ve welcomed into my business to keep intandem humming along.

Get ready to be more productive + efficient in 2015 with these top tech apps: [Read more…]

Close sales faster using eSignatures

Electronic signatureIn every business there comes a time when you need to get someone’s signature on a document. Whether it’s a proposal, approval forms, working agreements, contracts etc. the goal is the same: make the process of sending, signing and managing documents easy.

The truth is your business efficiency will come to a grinding halt the minute you need someone to sign a document. If you’re like most solo and micro business owners, you still rely on your clients taking time out of their busy day to print, scan and email or fax the document back to you. This is a colossal waste of time and effort. Not only is it time consuming and cumbersome, it often leads to delays.

Anything that takes a person more than a few minutes to complete will  fall to the bottom of their To Do list. Guaranteed.

Before you know it, you’re spending time and effort following up with emails and phone calls … that is if it doesn’t slip through the cracks.

Here’s how to make the signing process easier. [Read more…]

12 Days of Business Efficiency

snowflake_smallYou may have noticed this too … the Christmas carols have been playing in the stores for weeks. I asked the cashier if she was getting tired of hearing the same songs repeatedly, she looked at me and said, “I don’t even notice them anymore.

Have we all been numbed to the spirit of the holidays?

I love the holiday season. Whether the celebration is Christmas, Hanukkah or Winter Solstice, it’s a time for friends and family to gather and share food, laughter and gratitude.

In keeping with this spirit, I’ve put together my version of the 12 days of Christmas, from a business efficiency perspective. With all the love floating around at this time of year, it’s important to heap some of it on your business. [Read more…]