Meetings Can Be Effective Using These Strategies

Meetings Can Be Effective Using These Strategies

Sarah Cooper’s book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smarter in Meetings, makes light of some of the more absurd things you might see in a meeting; the book is truly hilarious. But, it is a sad truth: meetings have earned a bad reputation. That is too bad. I’m a firm...
How Clutter at Home Can Impact Productivity at Work

How Clutter at Home Can Impact Productivity at Work

Late getting to work today because you decided to clean out your closet or pull down your summer wardrobe? Was the lure of shoes lined up in pairs and winter clothes moved to the back the closet too much to pass up? Feeling good about the closet but bad about the...
10 Quick Tips to Improve Team Communication

10 Quick Tips to Improve Team Communication

Some of us are born communicators. We love to talk. Love to share. We might generalize these people as “extroverts.” Then we have the labeled “introverts” who often prefer to keep to themselves. They share best in smaller audiences. If...
Organize Your Apps for Easy Access

Organize Your Apps for Easy Access

It may seem like they’ve been around forever. And, for many of us, it may seem as if we couldn’t live without them. But, mobile apps only became mainstream around 2008. A study from a few years back suggested the average person uses 9 apps per day. I am...
Clear Out Office Clutter To Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Clear Out Office Clutter To Reduce Stress and Anxiety

I suspect some of you don’t need a study to convince you, but it has been confirmed: clutter causes stress.  And, as the article “The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter” author, Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, points out, “Procrastination is closely tied to...
Organizing Tax Information in 4 Easy Steps

Organizing Tax Information in 4 Easy Steps

  Organizing tax information does not have to be stressful or chaotic. Start separating out the information you know you will need to file your taxes this year.   Tax statements and reports from employers, charities, financial institutions and investment...
Get Shipshape With Clear, Written Processes and Procedures

Get Shipshape With Clear, Written Processes and Procedures

Know that term “shipshape?” Well, I saw it, literally, in action last month when I took a holiday cruise.  I was fortunate to be able to go on a tour of the ship’s kitchen to see how they produce an incredible amount of meals. What I discovered is...
Setting Goals for the New Year to Boost Productivity

Setting Goals for the New Year to Boost Productivity

‘Tis the season to talk resolutions, but I would rather skip the resolution talk and focus on goals.   Studies show that one is  1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to accomplish a goal that they have vividly described in writing.  Furthermore, the...
Annual Review: Answer 3 Simple Questions to Plan for 2019

Annual Review: Answer 3 Simple Questions to Plan for 2019

It is time to do an annual review our 2018 accomplishments and challenges. This is the time of year when many of our clients, co-workers and team members are out of the office.  I encourage you to use the slower days of the year to reflect on your 2018 successes,...
Easy Ways to Handle Holiday Retail Communications

Easy Ways to Handle Holiday Retail Communications

We talk a lot about processing email on this blog.  For all its benefits, electronic communication can become overwhelming.  I believe the past two weeks represent the greatest opportunity to effectively manage your inbox so as not to drown in well-meaning retailer...
Increase Your Productivity With Dual Monitors

Increase Your Productivity With Dual Monitors

Doubles anyone?  A few weeks ago I added a second monitor to my desktop.  It was really easy to setup with my MacBook Pro.  I simply connected the new monitor into the port on my laptop and plugged it in.  After “arranging” the desktops how I wanted to view them in my...
Start the Day on YOUR Terms: Put Boundaries Around Email Processing

Start the Day on YOUR Terms: Put Boundaries Around Email Processing

Question.  Do you allow anyone and everyone to dictate what you work on?  Is your preference to have someone prioritize which projects and tasks you complete first?  Aside from interactions with your boss, I feel certain your answer is going to be, “No way!”  But, if...