Organization and Time Management

A New Kitten – 31 Hints – and more

Welcome to August! While for many, there are still plenty of “dog days of summer” left, there’s also a good deal of prepping for the fall. I don’t have to do school shopping anymore, but even back in July I saw people shopping for school supplies. And organizations/businesses are already thinking about routines and initiatives …

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priorities

What is your MIT Today? Thoughts about Prioritizing

What is your MIT? One of my clients encourages people to focus on the “Most Important Thing” each day–a principle shared in their book, Winning Well. Similar concepts are part of conventional business wisdom however you word them–essentially, it’s prioritizing.  I wrote about MIT some time ago here but it’s worth looking at again. For …

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Do You Like Your Work Space? Plus Results of Pets in the Office, July Freebies, and More

Do you enjoy the space in which you work? Maybe it’s a cubicle, or a home office,  or a co-work spot.  Perhaps you carry your “desk” essentials with you or have a fairly permanent set up at your employer’s location.  Wherever you work, it’s important to have a set-up for comfort (ergonomically, too), motivation and …

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Pets in the Office and Elements of a Productive Day: Your Freebies, Features and Fun for June

If you had to list at least four elements of a productive day at work, what would you add to the list? Good coffee? Limited interruptions? An inspiring spot to work?  A dog or cat? I’m writing this at my favorite co-working spot and they have a cute dog that comes to the office. I …

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Learning to Take Breaks that Work: Seven Things You Should Do for Yourself Regularly

Let’s face it. Life and work can be stressful. Whether you are trying to wear all-the-hats running a small business (like me), have a pressure-filled position in corporate America, have to travel a lot for work or are under or unemployed, your professional life can be challenging. And when you add in personal pursuits and …

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Three Steps to Overcome "Paralysis of Analysis"

[featured-image size=”facebook_opengraph” single_newwindow=”false”] Think about: There you sit, staring at your desk. There are piles of work–reports to write, messages to return, letters to type–you fill in the blank. You’re paralyzed in thought because you don’t know what to do next. They all seem important, urgent even. Experts call this paralysis of analysis. Here’s the …

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Helping Overwhelmed Professionals Excel: A Quote Quilt & a Quick Poll

One question poll: I’d like to find out the best day of the week to share my newest blog post–based on when YOU would be most inclined to read and/or share it.  Please click here to select your favorite day. Thanks for participating!   In lieu of a standard post this week, I’ve put together …

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Pointers for Professionals: 10+ Experts Weigh in on Productivity Apps

Welcome to the first “Pointers for Professionals.” Because this is part of HOPE’s 10th Birthday Celebration, I was hoping for 10 contributions and I received 11!  Thanks everyone and also the Frontline Festival series over at Let’s Grow Leaders, upon which this post series is modeled. Read on, click on links, support our contributors, and …

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Pointers for Professionals: Tips for preparing for a trip

Some of you are looking forward to a vacation that’s coming soon. Others of you can’t wait to go on another one. Whenever your next trip happens to be, it takes some work–at work–to properly plan to take a vacation.  Here are some tips from professionals like you! Jessica Broadstreet of Triad Virtual Assisting   makes sure …

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