My secret to creating an Operations Playbook

When you think of having standard operating procedures in your business, do you think of a dusty binder sitting on a shelf that nobody looks at? Or perhaps you know it’s something your business needs, but have no idea how to start, so you procrastinate and continue to keep all the operational details stuck in your head.

Let’s change that for you and for your business.
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5 ways to be productive at a conference

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Think back to the last conference you attended. You were excited about attending; by the people you would meet, the information you would absorb and the motivation you would feel. However, upon your return, all that good stuff faded into the background as the busyness of work crept back into your life.

Let’s change all that for you.

Let’s make the next conference you attend time well spent.

Here’s how to ensure your investment of time, money and energy has a big return. [Read more…]

How to stay productive during the holidays

ProductiveCan you feel your brain starting to disengage from work as the holidays approach?  It’s difficult to stay focused on the task at hand when cards are coming in the mail and parties are filling up your calendar.

Distractions are everywhere.

How do you stay focused when your attention is being pulled in so many directions?

Here are some tips to help you stay productive so you can continue to work efficiently as the holidays approach. [Read more…]

Your secret weapon for battling interruptions

InterruptionsIt was a dark and stormy night when Sally was working on a project for a very important client. She could see the deadline looming just ahead, but it was always just out of reach. The notorious and sinister interrupter was in hot pursuit, stealing away her precious time.

Can you relate?

Do you feel like you can’t get your work done because you are constantly being interrupted throughout the day? You may be in the middle of working on a client project or writing your next amazing blog and then BAM! – an interruption comes from out of nowhere and destroys your attention, pulling you away from the task at hand. [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…]

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…]

5 crazy things I do to recharge when I’m sick of working

5 crazy things I do to recharge when I'm sick of workingIt’s 9:15 am and I already know I’m going to have one of those days. The kind where the easiest task feels like a chore. The kind of day where I feel really, truly L.A.Z.Y.

Sound familiar?

When I feel this mood set in, I know it’s time for a boost; otherwise, I’ll spend my time procrastinating, getting distracted and wasting time.

Here are 5 crazy things I do when I’m sick of working and have to recharge to get things done. [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…]

Get more done using the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro_timerIt’s easy to get overwhelmed when your To Do list is as long as your arm (or two arms)! Some days you may feel that you haven’t even made a dent in all those tasks that still need to get done.

When I first heard about the Pomodoro Technique, I was skeptical. I couldn’t imagine interrupting my work flow by taking breaks. How would doing that help me get ahead? Shouldn’t I just keep ploughing through it all?

After using this technique, I quickly discovered that this really does work.

Watch the video below and I’ll show you how easy it is to incorporate Pomodoro into your workday and how it will help you get more projects completed.

 

Twitter logo  Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein

 

Are you ready to take this week’s Shortcut? Commit to it in the comments below, schedule it in your calendar (and set your timer!) and make it happen!

5 ways to stop multitasking

When you ask people how do they get so much done in a day, many will proudly respond it’s because they are great multitaskers. However, research suggests this perception couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is this: multitasking kills productivity.

Researchers continue to find that multitasking decreases your productivity by decreasing your ability to focus and increasing your stress level. Technology has added to the problem by tempting us with email, texting, social media, etc.

So why do so many of us brag about multitasking? And if multitasking is impairing our efficiency and wasting our time, what can we do about it? [Read more…]