5 Areas to Organize Now to Make Your Life Easier

5 Areas to Organize Now to Make Your Life Easier

Last month we discussed the importance of putting systems in place at work in order to improve productivity. This month we’re going to continue with the theme, but we’re going a little closer to home.  Let’s talk about systems for culling and organizing...
Improve Productivity by Creating Workflow Systems with Technology

Improve Productivity by Creating Workflow Systems with Technology

Finding flow. Economies of scale.  Doing more with less. Capitalizing on your current assets. Piggybacking. Utilizing all available features. Looking for similarities and redundancies. Tapping into technology. For our purposes here, the concept of systematizing is...
How You Can Benefit From a Productivity Consultant

How You Can Benefit From a Productivity Consultant

“Oh, I hadn’t thought about that.” Have you ever found a solution to a nagging problem after talking it over with someone else? Ever had someone else’s point of view be just what you needed to solve a situation? Have you been better able to...
Vacation and Productivity: Why Time Off Pays Off in Productivity

Vacation and Productivity: Why Time Off Pays Off in Productivity

My friend sent me the above picture recently, with the note, “Recharging the batteries!”  She gets it. Time away from work pays off.  What’s more, time spent with family and friends refuels the soul.  I’ve heard far too many times,...
Effective Meeting Strategies

Effective Meeting 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...