If you have or have seen a grandfather or grandmother clock, you know that the pendulum (that thing that swings back and forth) is crucial in helping the clock maintain the correct time. Did you know that the term "speed up" comes from pendulum clocks?If the clock runs slow, then you move the weight up to make the clock run faster. On the other hand, if the clock runs too fast, then you move the weight down to slow the clock down. Whenever the time on the… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on July 16, 2012 at 4:55pm —
Set your timers for 5 minutes and let’s get started! The most successful people do several things to start their day off right. They plot out in some way, shape or form where they want to be at the end of the day.
Follow these steps, and in less than 5 minutes, you too, will find success before bedtime!
- Remember, successful people are very quick to make decisions and very, very slow to change them. Sometimes it is good to be a mule, engage stubbornness…
Added by James Murphy on June 4, 2012 at 10:30am —
You've probably had this happen: the morning is going well! You had worked out at the gym and had enough time to enjoy a cup of tea before leaving for your first appointment of the day. But then...you went to your computer to check and see if there were any really urgent emails. Next time you checked the clock it was 8:15am and you need to leave at 8:35am to be on time for the appointment. You hadn't even taken a shower! So you run around like a chicken with your head cut off and tear out of… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on May 24, 2012 at 5:57pm —
Many people tell me that they don’t have enough time each day to complete the tasks they “need” to finish. While we all have 24 hours each day and there isn’t anything we can do to increase the number of hours, there are some techniques and tips which can help you increase the amount of usable time each day. One of the most underutilized techniques is using the word "no" effectively.
Do you frequently get asked to volunteer your time? Do friends and family continuously hound… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on November 22, 2011 at 12:05pm —
For quite awhile, I've been stressing to my clients the necessity of actually scheduling time to complete tasks. Harold Taylor, well-known Canadian time management consultant, writes, Having due dates on all your projects and tasks is of no avail if you don’t schedule time before the due date to actually do the work. Due dates by themselves cause rush jobs, stress, missed deadlines, and sometimes, panic. In other words, we can have a fabulous… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on October 6, 2011 at 10:13am —
Are you overwhelmed by your email? If so, you are not alone. In his book Communication Landmines, Raleigh author Marty Clarke states, "Keep in mind that e-mail is essentially a speed medium. Communicating through e-mail buys you incredible speed. And this speed exists on both sides of the communication." So why the overwhelm...you receive an email, you respond, they respond, you respond, and so forth. If you start this first thing in the… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on September 20, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Ben Franklin has saved my business!
What does Benjamin Franklin have to do with pen & ink illustrations? Time management.
I am in the unique position, as a solo-preneur, that all is done by me. The marketing, materials purchase, client acquisition, sales, production, delivery and the financials. All… Read More
Added by Brenda Priest on March 28, 2011 at 4:18pm —
Whether it's paper or electronic, a single planner enables tracking all commitments (personal and professional) in one place, making it less likely that appointments will be forgotten or that you will double-book yourself. However, how do you make a calendar really operate as a tool to encourage your great success? Read on for tips to best utilize your calendar solution...
1. Use what works for you.
Test different options to see if your personality meshes best with… Read More
Added by Emily Parks on March 16, 2011 at 10:28am —
Teams have been chosen and locations declared. People are starting to make decisions about who will survive each round. Even if you're not a college basketball fan, you've probably surmised that I am talking about the NCAA College Basketball Championship otherwise known as March Madness. So what does bracketology have to do with organizing? More than you might think. Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on March 14, 2011 at 6:39pm —
Deciding your priorities can be a difficult task, especially when everything seems to be of utmost importance. First
, you need to decide your “priority categories”. You can name your priorities in a way that reminds you of their true significance. You can designate them as
- Numbers, letters or colors
- Important & urgent, Important but not urgent, Urgent but not…
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on March 8, 2011 at 4:00pm —
I saw (& posted) this on Facebook today:
Everybody is a genius (yes, including you♥ ). But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid......Albert Einstein
It reminded me of something that I posted on my website a year or so ago. I felt like I should post it here. Maybe it's just what someone needs today...
The animals… Read More
Added by Heather O'Sullivan (HeatherO) on February 13, 2011 at 11:30am —
Babies’ brains are wired for sending and receiving information at astonishing rates. This is what allows them to learn so much so early in life.
According to the… Read More
Added by Teresa Molter on December 7, 2010 at 10:47am —
The first Wednesday in September, which happens to be today, is National Fight Procrastination Day... According to dictionary.com, procrastination means "to defer action; delay; to put off till another day or time", and I would wager to guess that we've all been guilty of procrastinating at one point or another.
There are plenty of reasons why folks procrastinate: we're afraid of the task or failing at the task, we're overwhelmed by the task, we don't know enough about the… Read More
Added by Emily Parks on September 1, 2010 at 10:25am —
Google launched realtime search last December, but they have now 'kicked it up a notch" by giving it its own home page. Basically it is a Google search page that updates in real time. Unlike 'regular' Google searches which often have 'top results' that are years old, these searches will produce them as they are posted. While sorting the data based on things like 'number of people who have clicked on this one' is believed to be useful based on the… Read More
Added by Heather O'Sullivan (HeatherO) on August 26, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Task overwhelm in the office is created by more than having too many tasks to complete each day. While that is certainly part of the problem, other issues include procrastination, lack of prioritizing, perfectionist tendencies, and failure to delegate. In some cases, using a different calendar or task-list format more suited to your needs allows you to structure your day more effectively. Other times,… Read More
Added by Janice, Productivity Strategist on March 16, 2010 at 10:42am —
I am a huge proponent of social media, because I have seen and experienced its incredible power in my own life and business, as well as others.
I understand that it is all foreign, confusing and complicated to many. It seems like just one more thing "to do' and that you have to 'learn' when you already feel completely overwhelmed!
Even if you wanted to learn it, there are zillions of websites, and guru's and more...where to start?
Start by changing your thinking. You… Read More
Added by Heather O'Sullivan (HeatherO) on March 4, 2010 at 2:00pm —
I have been working in the studio now over a year on about 15 more songs for publication. It has been a long & frustrating time -- very slow going. I keep thinking about what I am going to do with these songs when I am finished. I really enjoy the process of recording the songs, and "producing" them with my sound engineer to make them bigger and more interesting than I would be able to present them as a soloist.
There are so many limitations to creating into a marketable product.… Read More
Added by Paula C Snyder on January 10, 2010 at 1:01am —
One of the things I need to keep track of is my VARIOUS logins and passwords. I am on a muriad of sites during the day (many times simultaneously :o) and I need to login and use a password for each.
We all know it isn't safe to use the SAME password, so I keep a ROLODEX next to my computer and I file the login and password under the Websites name in the Rolodex.
For example: Craigslist (login / password) are under C. This… Read More
Added by Angel Lebak ~ Virtual Assistant on November 1, 2009 at 8:57pm —
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (or VA for short) is a qualified individual who will handle the administrative, marketing, clerical, bookkeeping, payroll, website, SEO or social media tasks for your business on a contract basis. The VA is not on the premesis of your office, hence the term "virtual".
The benefit to a business owner is that the fees are able to be expensed on the business taxes at the end of the year. Also, a business owner does not have to… Read More
Added by Angel Lebak ~ Virtual Assistant on October 30, 2009 at 4:45pm —
An interesting article from Bloomberg that is worth sharing.
Vote on Extending Homebuyer Credit Delayed Over TARP
Oct. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate won’t vote until next week at the earliest on proposals to extend both an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and unemployment benefits for the nation’s jobless. The administration endorses an extension.
Senate action was delayed by a Republican demand that a vote be allowed on an… Read More
Added by Amy Shair, REMAX Real Estate on October 30, 2009 at 3:35pm —