3 ways to automate your business right now

clock and gearsI recently asked a group of entrepreneurs and small business owners to imagine they had a magic wand that would grant them one wish to solve their most pressing challenge in running their business.

Without hesitation, the majority of them told me it would be to have more time to serve their clients and grow their business. They all strongly disliked dealing with the day-to-day operational tasks that were important to keep their businesses running smoothly.

The truth is you don’t need a magic wand to get your wish. What you need are the right tools to automate certain areas that drain your time, energy, and money.

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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…]

Using Boomerang for Gmail

I came back from Australia with a boomerang in my Gmail.

I’m not talking about the boomerangs the Australian Aboriginals developed for hunting. I’m talking about another kind of weapon … the one I use to attack my email inbox every day.

It’s called Boomerang and it’s a plugin that you use in Gmail to control when you send and receive emails.

In this week’s video, I’m going to show you how to get the Boomerang plug in and how to use it to help you save time and energy when dealing with your email.

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The top 5 tech apps for 2013

Choosing yogurt is a lot like picking the right tech tool for your business.

I was at the grocery store the other day because I ran out of yogurt. All I wanted was raspberry yogurt. Not Greek style. Not fruit on the bottom. Not fat-free. Not probiotic. Just plain old raspberry yogurt. It seemed like an eternity before I found the right type.

Have you ever felt like that about choosing technology tools?

If so, read on. I’ve got five key tools to help your business become more efficient in 2013.
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10 resolutions to make your business more efficient

 

For those of you whose New Year’s resolution for 2013 is to make your business more efficient, here are 10 ideas to help you get started.

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How to set up Google Alerts

I finally did it.

After procrastinating for a very long time, I decided the time has come to post my very first screencast tutorial. There will be more screencasts coming your way, but the theme of each will be the same: DIY Efficiency. Each screencast will outline action you can take to simplify your business to increase your productivity.

This week I’ll show you how to use Google Alerts. [Read more…]

Want to know the secret to being productive?

It came to me in the shower.

I’m not kidding. Somewhere between the shampoo and the conditioner I had an epiphany. There it was in front of me as plain as day … the secret to becoming organized, efficient, and to getting more done. If you want to change the way you work, I know the number one thing you have to do to make it happen.

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How to overcome the power of distraction

No SoundThe other day my husband was watching one of our favourite movies on television. I was wandering by and when I saw When Harry Met Sally on the screen, I quickly joined him on the couch. It was just getting to one of my favourite parts … when boom … a commercial comes on telling us about a new laundry detergent. Talk about ruining the mood.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with the title of this blog post. The answer is, a lot. Stay with me here. [Read more…]

Productivity lessons I learned while on vacation – lesson #1

Lesson #1:  Many of us waste time and energy using the wrong tools.

Here’s the scenario … three families sitting on the beach on a hot and sunny summer afternoon at the cottage. Three of our kids come up to us and want to use the giant floating toys, which are currently deflated. It doesn’t take us long to figure out that blowing up these things the old-fashioned way (i.e. using our lungs) will take at least 30 minutes.

We look at each other. Then we look at the puppy dog eyes these kids are giving us and we begin to blow. Shortly afer we start this exercise that is making us feel light headed and dizzy, I remember we have a pump that is equipped to inflate these toys. But there is a glitch. [Read more…]