Setting Goals for the New Year to Boost Productivity

‘Tis the season to talk resolutions, but we’re going a step beyond.  Productivity is our goal and so goal it must be.  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,...
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

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 you inbox so as not to drown in well-meaning retailer...

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

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...

Introducing Evernote’s Template Feature

Evernote has released a new update across all versions and devices to introduce the new template functionality.  I am excited about this new feature, because it makes using templates easier, faster and smarter.  Evernote has also built a template gallery with...

Try an E-book This Month

September is “read a new book” month.  Do you have a book in mind for the occasion?  I keep a running list of books I want to read.  I just need to find more time to read!  Based on a survey published by Pew Research Center, 24% of American adults say they haven’t...

Make Back-to-School A Good Season With Some Planning

School is back in session almost everywhere now.  It’s ok to celebrate.  Really it is.  I speak from experience when I tell you the summer months can do a real number on your organization and productivity.  I sent my youngest off to college this month, but am having...

Best Apps for Students

  Students need a number of applications to make their social and study lives easier.  The technology on campus can be overwhelming.   The apps for students listed below work across multiple platforms and on multiple devices (unless otherwise indicated).  I think...

Summertime: The Changes Can Mean Greater Productivity

Ah, summertime.  Fun, sun, rest and relaxation.  Though summer officially starts on June 21 and ends on September 22, most of our culture adapts to a “summer” schedule June through August.  And, whether you have kids in school or not, we all see some change with the...

Overcoming A Single Point of Failure

Have you ever said to yourself:  “If I left the company I work for now, they would be in bad shape. They wouldn’t know what to do and where to find what.”  Or, perhaps worse yet, have you said to yourself:  “If so-and-so left my company, I wouldn’t know what to do or...

A Case Study on Workflow Optimization and Mailchimp

Is it time to take a look at your processes?   Who doesn’t like routine?  Routine is comfortable. It can often become automatic, which means less brain power needed.  Familiar is friendly. Same is soothing. However, sometimes stepping back and studying a “tried and...