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For more than a few years, I’ve been a slave to email. I was very aware of it and sought help. I got some relief, but email still felt like it was cracking its whip on me.
By the way, if you’ve got the email thing down, I don’t want to hear about all the different strategies I can use to ... Views: 28
Do you have to run and get your phone if you leave it in another room?
Do you check Facebook so often there are hardly any new posts since the last time you checked (half an hour ago)?
Does your email inbox run your life, with notifications popping up and grabbing your attention every time ... Views: 26
Every once in a while, I’ll find that I’m making myself nuts over everything there is to get done in a day. Ever feel that way?
As entrepreneurs, there’s a lot to do, and once you pile family, friends and community on top, it’s easy to feel like the to do list is going to smother ... Views: 32
Some days the brakes just won't release, am I right?
Nothing is more frustrating than knowing you have so much to do and not being able to do it. The first step to get out of the muck is to figure out what's really going on.
Why are you moving at a snail's pace or maybe not even moving at ... Views: 55
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting the days until your kids are back in school. School has started back up around here and I must say, it’s nice to have peace and quiet again! I love my kids, but I’m more productive when school is in session.
However, school starting always ... Views: 76
I remember the moment I realized I needed to grow my team from being a solopreneur to a multi-VA company.
It was clear as day that I needed to expand, and yet, I was scared to death to pull the trigger and hire my first contractor.
Did I really need another person? How would I ensure the ... Views: 83
One of the greatest challenges for busy, successful and creative people juggling several projects, talents and ideas is to live a well-balanced life. If only we could do all that is on our personal and professional 'to do' lists while simultaneously attending to our health, nurturing our ... Views: 97
If you wonder where your time goes, how you don’t get more done each day, or how to fit in everything there is to do, your time management style might be hurting your ability to be productive.
It helps to do a time audit, where you find out what you’re doing at all times for a few days so you ... Views: 83
Every day I talk to entrepreneurs who are interested in hiring a virtual assistant (VA) or an online business manager (OBM). So over the years, I’ve heard it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
If there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over again, it’s this…
“I need someone to take ... Views: 89
Last year Shire, a 30 billion dollar FTSE 100 company specializing in smart drugs [ working memory and attention] was the takeover target of ABBvie the US Pharmaceutical giant .
But why are smart drugs such big business, what do they do and what issues do they address.
Q1 - Answer - In the ... Views: 175
Like we talked about last week, summer is the hardest time to keep the productivity train moving, when there are so many better things to do with your time – splashing in the pool, chasing after the ice cream truck, and late nights outside, just to name a few.
So today, I’m sharing 10 of my ... Views: 141
I have bones with the gurus talking about “success habits” and such. It’s a personal thing, and here is why.
I am never a morning person, and I have two kids 2.5 and 5.5.
Whenever the gurus say – for the first 90 minutes in the morning, keep everyone out so you can meditate, exercise, make ... Views: 136
In this age of information overload and instant gratification, it’s not uncommon that we feel overwhelmed. We wake up to 52 emails in our inbox, each demanding our attention or action.
What to do?
First step is kind of counterintuitive. Instead of trying hard to multi-task and check ... Views: 132
Have you ever felt like everything is spinning out of control and you are so overwhelmed that you have NO idea what to do?
Here are a few tips on how to put yourself back onto the driver’s seat.
The first thing is to assume personal responsibility that we can take back control. When we ... Views: 149
You have invested thousands of dollars in programs and trainings. You are working your butt off on your business day in and day out. You follow the instructions to a T. You do everything by the book. Sometimes you make a few sales, get a few clients… sometimes you don’t. There seems to be no ... Views: 184
Melissa spent the whole day running at full speed, jumping from one task to another without a break, barely taking a moment to grab a quick lunch at her desk.
By the end of the day, she was exhausted. She looked back at her to-do list, and was dismayed to see that she hadn't accomplished all ... Views: 151
You're feeling very relaxed and refreshed. You've had a marvelous vacation filled with family and fun.
Your business has been in a holding pattern, just as you had planned.
You're ready to get back to work now that vacation has ended.
Are the kids back in school (or ... Views: 223
Got stuff to do that you hate doing? You’re not alone. Procrastination kills productivity for millions of people. Follow these surprisingly enjoyable steps and you’ll actually look forward to getting tasks done that were painfully avoided just last week.
One of my biggest personal challenges ... Views: 230
How many times a week do you find yourself saying something like this? “Things are good. I’m just so busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day.”
Part of the crazy life of being an entrepreneur is learning to feel good about being busy, to not stress out over being busy, and to thrive when ... Views: 189
I think my dentist is on to me. Over the past year I have noticed an increase in their efforts to remind me of my appointments.
In the good old days I would get a postcard two weeks before the appointment reminding me of the day and time. I really appreciated this as most of my dentist ... Views: 367
Two different clients recently asked me this question. On the surface, their stories were very different. Janel is a dedicated stay-at-home mom who spends a lot of time cooking from scratch and volunteering at her children's schools. But she barely has time for a morning shower, let alone a ... Views: 160
The secret to having a good day lies in how we start and finish our days - and in being joyful, mindful, playful, kind-full and time-full at the times in between. Here’s how we can have the perfect day each and every day, starting and ending with a little light meditation.
Tip 1: Starting ... Views: 205
By MaryEllen Tribby
The other day I was tired. Not just yawn tried, but so tired my head hurt, my feet hurt and everything in between hurt.
To make matters worse, I had a zillion and one things that needed to get done that day, important things. Including hosting a bi-monthly Q & A ... Views: 217
As we all sit down to prepare for our annual tax filing, it is come to my attention that businesses of every size will be affected by the AFA. Everyone will feel additional pain with respect to the Affordable Care Act or Obama Care.
The small business owner will face new taxes on ... Views: 234
I run a business. I'm writing a collection of short stories. I'm working on a product for writers. I'm a mother of two amazing teenage daughters. I have deeply connected relationships with my friends and chosen family. I teach. I coach. I create and design new programs. I work with clients to ... Views: 170
As entrepreneurs and business owners we hear the phrase Value Your Time, a TON. But what does that really mean?
Does it mean charge more money? Work less? Work smarter (another ambiguous phrase)?
What does it mean?
I think it's somewhat different for everyone.
But there is one ... Views: 257
I've had my business since 2001, and it's been profitable since the very beginning (meaning I made more than I spent). Since 2008, I've had the sole support of me and my two daughters. My business has grown, and I'm thrilled to say I have a waiting list for people to work privately with ... Views: 156
Do you want to make more money? If so, you are like most Americans today. The latest surveys show that money is the most common concern for people. They report that finances have a huge effect on their levels of stress. Instead of constantly worrying about your lack of funds, think about how ... Views: 302
Life is full of opportunities. There’s work of course, or school if you’re a student. There are chores, and errands, but also workout time, evenings with your family, organizations you want to support…so many things you can take part in.
But if you end up saying yes to all of it, then before ... Views: 281
Not all entrepreneurs come prepared with a formal business education. In fact, many of the most successful small business owners are simply the ones who are truly passionate and knowledge about their industry. But despite the fact that you don’t necessarily need an MBA to be successful in ... Views: 226
In the world of time management, we give a lot of weight to appointments that we set with other people, or events and meetings that we have to attend. We block them out on our calendar and then we make a commitment to show up unless there is a true emergency. And that is certainly a good thing. ... Views: 170
It seems as if there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. But with a little bit of planning, and perhaps even adding in some delegation, it is possible to stay on top of it all! Here are some helpful tips that every busy mom can use!
Master your calendar
By reviewing ... Views: 214
Creating focus in a high tech, high touch, instant gratification world almost seems impossible these days.
Tell me if this sounds familiar…?
You plan your “tasks” the night before. You have a goal and you’re trying soooo hard to get there!
Every day you are prepared with a plan! You ... Views: 170
You're no stranger to the overwhelm associated with an ever-increasing to-do list; no entrepreneur is.
But there's a simple reframe we can apply to move from overwhelm to 'over and done.'
Take a look at your to-do list, and instead of viewing it as an exasperating army of tasks clamoring ... Views: 302
Many of us use a to-do list right?? It’s the one task that keeps us organized and busy all in one. But what I realized was that at the end of the day I would often find myself not making big movements forward, but making teeny tiny steps toward progress. Delaying the big outcomes! I was busy for ... Views: 199
Are you ready to achieve success in your life or career but constantly feel drained or overwhelmed? That’s natural because we are consistently bombarded with tasks, emails, phone calls, text messages, and social media. You might have the greatest intentions, but still find obstacles getting in ... Views: 310
There is so much we can learn about time management, productivity and work life balance right?
But what are some of the things you can do to make each and every ACTION a moment of success… a way to EXPERIENCE what you put out in the world?
As we create goals and action items in our life, ... Views: 259
When it comes to time management, the truth is you can’t “manage time” but you can Manage how you USE your time!!
You can either waste it away on stuff that truly in the grand scheme doesn’t matter, OR you can focus on things that pull your life, personal development, relationships and ... Views: 218
I have often found that when I plan out my day, as well intentioned as I am, I find times where there are gaps of focused productivity…
Let’s set the scenario… It looks a little like this:
• You have your goals for the day listed.
• You’ve mapped out how you plan on spending the “x” ... Views: 235
You begin your day with good intentions of being productive, when all of a sudden the day is gone. The time has ticked away, yet you still have so much to do. You wonder how this happened and exclaim, “I just don’t have enough time to do it all!”
Do you know what that is?? That is ... Views: 254
Overcoming procrastination may be difficult for most people when the "negative feeling" strikes. However, it should become easier for you because you have to create achievement and fulfill several things in life.
The feeling of procrastination can slow you down greatly and when this happens ... Views: 335
Workers seem more and more stressed every day.
Technology has created expectation of an immediate response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Short-term thinking and planning based on the focus of quarterly stock reports has increased the sense of importance for every project. ... Views: 403
What is the number one reason people give for NOT doing something? I don’t have enough time! You have big ideas and made plans to start a meaningful project, but you can never find the time to get it done. Days, weeks, and months fly by but there hasn’t been any action taken to move you closer ... Views: 415
Have you ever put off a task that you just didn’t want to do? Procrastination can be frustrating.
If this happens just once in awhile, it’s probably not an issue. But if procrastination is a way of managing stressful situations, it’s a real problem. When you procrastinate, things pile up. You ... Views: 510
When I wake up in the morning, I generally have a huge, mental list of a dozen or so big tasks I want to accomplish in the day. But, more often than not, I don’t accomplish all of those things. I’ve been working on improving my productivity for years, and I really feel like I’m getting somewhere ... Views: 443
Dear friend, did you ever stop to realize that we each have?
24 hours per day?
168 hours per week?
720 hours per month?
8,760 hours per year?
What a bank account! And it is up to each one of us how we choose to spend or waste it.
The first step in learning how to better manage time ... Views: 371
How different would your life be if you just didn’t procrastinate at all? Or, think about how much better your life could be if procrastination actually made you more successful instead? Both might be hard to imagine, but today I am going to tell you why they are both possible. ... Views: 465
Ely was excited about his new job. He’d spent a year looking, and found what he wanted – interesting work, good pay, friendly people. Perfect, right?
But Ely had also increased his responsibility, added a long commute, and decided that he wanted to make a fabulous first impression at work. He ... Views: 377
First of all, my name is Luke, I have been working from home since I was just 16 years old, I am now 26. At that age is was very hard to motivate myself to keep on track and reach deadlines, a lot of guys at that age are forever out with friends and getting into all kinds of capers! I on the ... Views: 420
It’s an all too familiar story: you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.
You want (and need!) to be more productive and get more done, but clutter is everywhere and getting in your way. It may be physical clutter, mind clutter, or a horrid combination of even more than ... Views: 517