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27 ways to recharge over the holidays

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There’s no doubt December is a busy month for you. But, before you put yourself into overdrive, trying to fill every moment with a task of some sort, remember the holidays are when your world actually slows down.

Being productive comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. I asked some of my clients and colleagues what they will be doing over the holidays to recharge their productivity batteries.

Here are the top 27 answers: [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…]

intandem’s annual Tech Gift Guide 2016

Tech GiftBack by popular demand is intandem’s Tech Gift Guide: 12 great holiday gift ideas for your own wish list or to give to that special client or colleague who has everything.

This year’s list is packed with very cool ideas that I’m excited to share with you.

Happy Shopping!

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7 ways to speed up the way you work

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My favourite TV show as a child was Betwitched. It was a sitcom about a beautiful witch named Samantha. One scene that stands out in my mind was when Samantha used magic to speed up getting the housework finished. With the twitch of her nose, she moved in fast motion, cleaning like a cyclone. Within minutes the house was spic and span.

This made me think of you. Do you ever wish you could get everything accomplished at lightning speed?

Here are 7 magical ways you can create productive energy so you can accelerate your results. [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…]

Scary stories about running your business

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The tale of the haunted graphic designer

It was a dark and stormy night when I heard the cry for help from Jennifer, a successful graphic designer. What she told me sent shivers down my spine.

“The piles of things (mostly bookkeeping) that are backlogged in my business are alarming and highly intimidating. What can I do?”

Having a scary mountain of mundane tasks that keep slipping to the bottom of your never-ending To Do list is a nightmare. Especially when you would rather spend your time doing what you love in your business.

Unfortunately, those hair-raising routine To Dos must get done. So, I shared with Jennifer, 3 productivity boosts to battle her terrifying tasks. [Read more…]

5 steps to setting boundaries in your business

BoundariesWhen you first started your business, you may have felt it was acceptable to work nights and weekends. After being at it for a few years you feel like you’ve paid your dues.

Unfortunately, your work hours haven’t changed.

Your clients have become accustomed to you being available 24/7. Constant connectivity has become your new normal. However, without boundaries you are operating from a reactive place; taking orders and putting out fires. This way of working is not a sustainable way to run your business.

Here are steps you can follow to get back in control of your time: [Read more…]

3 sneaky time thieves and how to crush them

Time ThievesThere are three “time thieves” lurking in your day. They are sneaky, cunning and hard to see. At first glance they pretend they are going to make a big difference to your business, but in the end, they are just a big waste of time.

I’m going to reveal them to you now and show you what you can do to protect yourself. [Read more…]

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…]