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…]

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…]

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…]

The number 1 mistake when choosing your tech tool

The number 1 mistake in choosing a tech toolThose hot humid days of summer are upon us. Forget the humidex; I know it’s muggy because my hair is frizzy. I asked my good friend Carol what she uses to keep her hair sleek during those steamy days.

Of course I immediately rushed out and bought the product, lathered it on and waited for the awesomeness to start. I waited and waited and then BAM, the frizz returned.

Have you ever had an issue, randomly asked someone for their solution and then tried it for yourself?

Sometimes it works, often it doesn’t.

The same happens when choosing your business tech tools. With so many choices of apps at your fingertips, purchasing is the easy part, but choosing can be complicated and overwhelming.

There is one b.i.g. mistake that is often made when choosing apps to help you run your business.

This scenario may sound familiar … [Read more…]

3 simple steps to make tax time painless

Tax stopwatchA colleague approached me at a meeting, cup of coffee in hand and a pained expression on her face. Something seemed terribly wrong. Did she lose a big client? Was she ill? Was her coffee decaffeinated? No. It was tax time and she was feeling the effects of a year’s worth of avoidance.

Her plea for help could not go ignored.

Here is your 3 step plan to getting organized for tax time. [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…]

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…]

Mailbox helps you put email in its place

Mailbox app icon

Mailbox is a free app that helps you decide what to do with the deluge of emails that bombard your inbox on a daily basis.

Right now, Mailbox only works for Gmail or Google Apps for Business users, and on iPhones and iPads, but other platforms are coming soon.

The makers of Mailbox say this app makes getting your inbox to zero and staying there a breeze. Let’s see if they’re right. [Read more…]

Five Great Holiday Gift Ideas

I’m assuming all you solo and small business owners out there have been too busy to even think about being naughty this past year! Am I right?

This year, intandem’s Nice List features five great holiday gift ideas for your own wishlist or to buy for that special person who has everything. [Read more…]