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…]

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…]

My secret formula to prioritizing your work

Prioritizing your work is as simple as ABC. Here are 3 simple steps to get you there.

Prioritizing your work

Step 1: Put all your tasks into the following ::

A = Business Critical :: These are the urgent things that often come up out of nowhere and whack you on the side of the head. These things pull you away from the priorities you had set for yourself. At the end of the day, you feel stressed and tired from putting out all those fires.

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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…]

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…]

3 essential steps to avoid burnout

BurnoutI’m going to be totally honest with you. Sometimes, it’s freaking hard to run a business.

This morning, I woke up and I thought to myself, how I would love to play hooky from my work. Just “call in sick” and spend the day on the couch, or go for a long walk, or just do nothing. The little devil on my shoulder whispers: If you feel that way, just do it.

My problem is I can’t slack off

My work ethic stops me from goofing off whenever I feel the urge. Entrepreneur or not, I approach my business with all the dedication and seriousness I did when I had to go into an office and report to someone else.

That’s not to say I haven’t developed a schedule that builds in time to exercise, take my dog out for a walk and get some errands done. I have. Freedom and flexibility are two fundamental reasons I started my own gig. But my goal is to have a business, not a hobby.

So, how does someone like me avoid burning out?

Eating right, exercising and getting outside help a lot. But that’s not enough.

Sometimes the problem isn’t me … it’s my business. It’s about how it runs and how these things affect me.

So I perform the following diagnostic on my business. I encourage you to do this too. You may be surprised by what you discover. Here’s how … [Read more…]