Quick tips to get you and your business ready for fall

Colourful autumnal leaves illuminated by the sunFall is an important time of the year for entrepreneurs and small business owners. No matter what kind of business you’re in, summer has likely given you a reprieve from the usual hustle and bustle. That’s not to say you haven’t been busy serving your clients, it’s just the atmosphere has been more relaxed.

As you gear up for fall, it’s natural to feel a little anxious. You know from experience that September typically arrives with a jolt. Just the thought of it makes the stress creep up the back of your neck.

How do you make the transition easier?

Here are some quick tips to help you boost your productivity and keep you in control as you move into autumn. [Read more…]

5 habits that are secretly killing your productivity

Wasting timeHave you ever reached the end of your work day feeling like you didn’t accomplish anything? You worked eight solid hours, skipped your lunch and only left your desk when nature called. Still you feel worn out and deflated.

How is that possible?

Well, my friend, you’ve become a victim of a productivity killer. These are habits that are preventing you from being efficient and effective at work.

Often you don’t even know you’re doing them. They seem innocent enough at first, but left too long, they wreak havoc with your time and energy.

If work leaves you feeling unfocused and overwhelmed, check to see if any of these habits sound familiar. Then, follow the action steps to lead you back to a place of control and calm.

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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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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…]

Does Your Tactical To-Do List Have You Focused on the Wrong Thing?

Have you started your To Do List for 2013? We often depend on task lists, but have you stopped to think about how you’re approaching creating those lists? In this week’s guest blogpost, Jacquette M. Timmons reveals valuable tips and tricks to get you thinking about To Dos, making sure your approach is balanced, efficient, and focused on your business’s needs.

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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…]

How to plan your tasks without jumping out of a plane

A good friend of mine loves to skydive. He loves the peaceful feeling of being up that high, the exhilaration of free falling and the clarity that comes from intense focus and concentration.

But what struck me in my friend’s description of skydiving were these words, “When I’m up that high, I get a big picture view. I can really SEE our world.”

His words resonated with me. I couldn’t help but think how useful it would be to have that perspective of our tasks. To see our To Do list from high above the clouds where everything is uncluttered and crystal clear.

So, I did some research (which didn’t involve me using a parachute and jumping out of an airplane). What I found was an exercise call mind mapping. [Read more…]

5 simple steps to start your paper-based task list

Last week I wrote about how to CLEAR your workload so you can stay focused and accomplish your work. In that blog, I referred to using a digital task manager. Since then, I’ve had a bunch of people ask me if they can apply my CLEAR formula to their paper-based task list. The answer is, definitely.

While I’m all about using technology to work smarter, I acknowledge that sometimes you have to use the system that works for you. And for many, that means a paper task list. So, here are five simple ways to start and maintain your paper-based To-Dos.

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