3 steps to investing your time wisely

investing your timeI have a confession. I am addicted to the TV show Gilmore Girls. (Yes, I’m late to the game since it’s been off the air for a number of years … thank you Netflix). I binge-watched the whole first season in a matter of days. My family saw this as a huge waste of time.

Which made me think of you. [Read more…]

7 ways to attract good luck to your business

7 ways to attract good luck to your businessThe number 7 is the luckiest number of all the digits. There are 7 days of the week, 7 colours of the rainbow, 7 notes on a musical scale, 7 seas and 7 continents.

As today is St. Patrick’s Day, here are 7 ways you can keep those pesky leprechauns away, and bring good luck to your business:

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Digital Organizing Part 1 – Organizing your computer files

This is the first of a three-part series on organizing the digital side of your business.

laptop with computer file foldersThe start of a New Year is a time for renewal. Never are people more motivated to make positive changes in their life than in January.

Losing weight, exercising and getting organized are the most common New Year’s resolutions North American’s make each year. They are also the ones that are the hardest to keep.

While I can’t help you shed those extra pounds or work up a sweat, I can do something about the state of your business. Creating systems to help you streamline how things get done is one part. But what I’m about to show you will revolutionize and simplify the way you organize the digital side of your business, particularly your computer files. [Read more…]

This bag will protect you from the notorious time killer

Red briefcaseWe’ve all been led to believe social media is the latest time-wasting criminal to be released on the unsuspecting professional. But there is another villain on the scene. One that sneaks up on you and steals a bunch of time from right under your nose. It doesn’t have a name, it can’t been seen, and after it strikes you feel stressed and frustrated. Its motive: to make you late and leave you unprepared.

But there is a secret weapon that will protect you from this villainous time killer. Read on to find out where it lurks and how to stop it in its tracks. [Read more…]

7 things to consider when hiring an assistant

assistant_2So you’ve decided it’s time to get some help.

Maybe it’s because you’re tired of drowning in your administrative duties. Maybe it’s because things are slipping through the cracks. Or maybe it’s because you don’t have the inclination to learn the technical piece for delivering your services.

Whatever the reason, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to hire an assistant … virtual or otherwise.

Hiring someone isn’t second nature to most of us. Managing someone can be even more challenging. Not to worry, I’ve got it covered. I’ve compiled a list of the top seven things to consider when hiring an assistant.

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How to get more done in your day

patchwork quiltWe all struggle with having more To Dos than time.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or corporate professional, most people’s task lists are so long they get overwhelmed and avoid looking at those lists altogether.

Rather than putting your head in the sand and hoping it will all just go away, I’m going show you a productivity secret that will help you cross off all those tasks from your list.   [Read more…]

Productivity lessons I learned while on vacation: lesson #2

laptop on a beachLesson #2: You still need an Internet connection while on vacation

As a service-based independent professional, it’s important that I stay connected to my clients and my work, even while I’m on vacation. While this sounds like a sad state of affairs, it really isn’t. It just means checking and responding to email on a regular basis.

Typically, I travel with my laptop and my smartphone. This is really all I need to accomplish my work. My clients need never know I’m actually lounging on a beach looking out at the water rather than sitting in my office working.

But on the road to that beach there’s inevitably a bump. How do I connect my laptop to the Internet while I’m away from the office? [Read more…]

How to take control of your passwords

Online Password SecurityI froze this weekend. Not because I was at a ski hill and the temperature was chilly. It was because I was trying to log in to my Netflix account to view a movie and couldn’t remember my password. (Please tell me this has happened to you too!) I tried a few different guesses, until I finally gave up and had to go through the pain and humiliation of clicking the Forgot Your Password? button and resetting it. Wasted time, wasted energy and worst of all my popcorn got cold!

These days, we have so many passwords to remember. We all go online to do our banking, check our social networks and shop. Many of you tell me you’ve resorted to having one password for all your accounts — a definite no-no when it comes to online security and preventing identity theft (more on that later). There is a solution. It’s safe, secure and easy to use. It’s called a password manager. [Read more…]

Saying thank you has never been easier

Thank YouHow many of you have written your thank you cards for the gifts you received during the holidays? If you’re like many people, the answer would be “not yet” (meaning not ever).

My mom was a stickler for making me write thank you notes. Every year after Christmas, she’d ask me if I’d written my Thank You Notes. When I got into my teens, I can tell you this was the perfect excuse to roll my eyes and let out a big sigh.

Fast forward to present day. I still hear her voice asking me the million dollar question. But, thanks to her years of training, I’ve got it covered.

Saying thank you is something few of us do enough. The reasons? Lack of time and sheer laziness. I’ve heard these excuses before … “It takes too much time” “I don’t have any cards” “I don’t have stamps” “I can’t remember who gave me what.

Well I’m here to help you get over these excuses with a tech solution that will help you say thank you in less time, with creative style and with great ease. [Read more…]

How to use your voice to get more done

microphoneI just bought the iPhone 4S. I couldn’t resist.

I did have a business reason for making this purchase, it wasn’t only for fun and games. The main reason was to meet Siri. As it turns out, I like her so much, I’ve made her part of my team.

Who is Siri? In my mind she’s my new assistant. In the real world, she’s Apple’s voice recognition software, and she came built into my new iPhone.

Here are the top five things Siri does for me: [Read more…]