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How To Turn Your Paper Clutter Into A Fully Functioning Paper Flow System

How To Turn Your Paper Clutter Into A Fully Functioning Paper Flow System

The idea that our offices will soon become paperless has been a dream for many of us for many years. The truth is we are far from a completely paperless office anytime soon. So the question becomes, “How can we manage all that paper?” Paper can overtake our office so much that it creates physical and mental clutter and clutter is an enemy of focus. With stacks of papers all around to distract you from the task at hand, it is nearly impossible to work at your optimal productivity level.

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Lessons From My Burnout: A Personal Story

Lessons From My Burnout: A Personal Story

Most of us don’t see burnout coming. You may be tired, overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, lacking energy, exhausted, but burn out? Nah, not you. You’re a business owner with a company to run! You’re a go-getter who is dedicated to the bottom line, finishing each task, achieving every goal, growing your business. You keep trekking along, often on fumes, sometimes sputtering, but still moving forward to reach your goals. But without occasionally taking a timeout, you will burn out.

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Top 10 Productivity Tips For Busy Business Owners

Top 10 Productivity Tips For Busy Business Owners

You’re a business owner – a busy one I imagine, and one who would love the time to be able to grow your business. The answer is increasing your productivity. The internet is full of tips on how to lose weight, create your own hair mask, fix a computer issue, and don’t even get me started on the vortex that is searching on Pinterest for “Kids Birthday Party Ideas.” The internet is also stocked with tips on how to increase your productivity, so many though, that choosing which ones to implement could be overwhelming.

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10 Best Habits To Be Productive While Traveling

Blog 2-Productive While Traveling

Being productive is not exactly easy. Otherwise, most people would be less stressed and accomplish much more. Being productive takes hard work, consistency, and commitment which can be an even greater challenge if you travel for business. Traveling disrupts the systems you’ve established for how you normally get your work done. The key to being productive while traveling is to create good habits that enable you to continue working at your best wherever you find yourself.

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Out With The Old And In With The New System

Out With The Old and In With The New System

A new bride proudly cooked her great-grandmother’s brisket recipe that had been passed down generations for her husband, paying special attention to every minute detail. Although delicious, the husband questioned why his wife cut off the ends of the brisket, saying that they were the best part. The young wife replied, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.”

Curious though, the new bride asked her mother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. “Because that’s how my mother always did it,” she answered. The new bride then asked her grandmother who also said, “Because that’s how my mother always did it.” The new bride finally went to the source and asked her great-grandmother why she cut the ends off the brisket before putting it in the roasting pan. She did not expect her great-grandmother’s answer. “Because my roasting pan was too small to fit the whole brisket,” she laughed. Ah-ha! Needless to say, the new bride never cut the ends off a brisket again.

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Santa Approved Methods To Eliminate Holiday Stress

Eliminate Holiday Stress

Do you cringe each year in November when you first hear holiday music playing in the department stores? It can be like a sparkly red and green flashing alarm going off in your brain saying Oh no! It’s that time again – time for holiday parties, shopping for presents, house guests, traveling, decorating…

The holiday season is supposed to bring cheer and happiness but for many people, it is synonymous with stress and chaos. With the deadline of Chrismahanukwanzakah quickly approaching, the to-dos multiply exponentially and might leave you fearing you will never have enough time to get everything done. It’s no wonder already busy people have come to dread the scent of pine cones and chiming of sleigh bells.

Stress and chaos often come from the feeling of having too much to do combined with the uncertainty of getting it all done in time. Can you relate? My holiday anxiety has steadily decreased each passing year after figuring out the root cause and choosing to eliminate holiday stress from my life. Previously I approached each holiday season with too much optimism and not enough reality of what I could actually accomplish without stressing myself out. I had an ideal of what activities our family needs to do, what the house needs to look like, how large our holiday meal needs to be, and how perfect the gifts for our family and friends need to be. What I never planned on, was how high my level of stress would be – and I mean rip-your-own-hair-out high! I had been approaching the holiday season all wrong. Are you?

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The Productivityist Interview

The Productiviyist Podcast

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed on the Productivityist podcast last week. I got the chance to talk about all things productivity with fellow productivity specialist Mike Vardy. The recording is a not to be missed episode as we discuss the reason people want to be productive, how multiple screens can help or hinder your productivity, messy desks, and whether apps available on the market can make you more productive.

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Business Growth: 4 Steps to Less Stress

Business Growth: 4 Steps to Less Stress

Years ago, did you dream of owning your own business? Did you realize you’d face obstacles getting it started and have plenty of hurdles to overcome? You probably did, but you might not have foreseen the massive amount of stress you’d experience managing day to day operations. Are you now doing just what you need to get by because the idea of growing your business seems totally overwhelming?

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3 Methods To Get The Most Out Of Downtime Between Appointments

3 Methods To Get The Most Out Of Downtime Between Appointments

You probably want to maximize time but often think, “Where does the time go?” It seems to just disappear into thin air sometimes. Hours fly by. Minutes feel more like seconds. Time you could otherwise invest in your family, business, hobby, community, or other activity that supports your goals is often lost. Where does it hide? Likely, lost time doesn’t end up in the same place as lost socks from the dryer (still unsure about that answer). You can actually find lost time again and maximize it to make a huge impact on achieving your goals. A major key to doing so is to make the most out of your downtime between appointments. Here’s how:

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