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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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Why You Need To Say No Today!

Why You Need To Say No Today!

No! Na! Nie! Nu! Niet! Ne! Mai!

No matter what language you speak, saying no to others can be hard but it’s an important part of maximizing your personal productivity. Like most people, you may fear saying no makes you look selfish, rude or lazy, but saying yes to everything will leave you with too much to do and can distract you from what’s important.

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1 Assistant Fail: Is It Time To Break Up?

Assistant Fail: Is It Time To Break Up?

Clack, clack, clack. The sound of footsteps approaching my office again. It was Sally (we will use the name Sally to protect the innocent) at my office door asking me about a client file. Recently, when I hear the sound of my assistant entering my office I cringe and hold my breath. Could she really need me again? Does she have a question worth answering this time? Does she think I don’t work? How do I make it STOP!?…

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Stop The Insanity! 5 Simple Email Decisions To Organize Your Inbox

Stop the Insanity! 5 Simple Email Decisions to Organize Your Inbox

Contrary to popular practice, your inbox is not your to-do list. It’s important not to just leave things in there to rot. But don’t aim for inbox zero either. Let me be very, very clear. Your goal should not be inbox zero. That’s because you can get so obsessed with keeping your inbox at zero that you waste valuable time and energy making that happen and not get important work done. Your goal should be taming then maintaining your inbox so you can always focus on the tasks and projects that need your attention.

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Stop Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 Strategies to Conquer Your Task List Today

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 Strategies to Conquer Your Task List Today

I am a list-making, get-sh*t-done kind of girl. I work from a massive task list that usually has around 200 tasks at any given time. Yep, that’s right! I have over 200 pending tasks on my plate on any given day and do not feel overwhelmed. You may be thinking, “What!?” or “Why!?” or “How!?”

Just the thought of a huge task list may make you feel overwhelmed, but it gives me a great sense of peace because I have all of my thoughts, ideas, and tasks outside of my head and documented in one place that I can access whenever the time is right. My task list allows me the freedom to think past today, tomorrow, and even next week. It empowers me to make proactive instead of reactive decisions about how I invest my time. My task list also enables me to live my life from a place of authority which comes from knowing I’m in control of my day. Ready to gain more control over your life? Start with conquering your task list!

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9 Reasons To Go Digital With Your Task List Now!

9 Reasons To Go Digital With Your Task List Now!

Are you still writing your to-do list down on a legal pad? Even worse, does your office look like a tie-dyed mess of brightly colored Post-it notes reminding you of upcoming appointments and to-dos? It’s time to step into the era of digitization, starting with your task list! That is a bold statement but you must go digital with your task list to be the most efficient and effective. It’s essential! Unless you’re obsessed with the old school method and could care less about improving your productivity, take advantage of current technology and reap the many benefits of going digital!

Here are nine great reasons you need to ditch paper and go digital with your task list today:

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Read More: How To Find The Time To Read

Read More: How To Find The Time To Read

When I was a child I hated reading! My Aunt Karen continued buying me books for every holiday though, just in case I ever developed an interest in them. I always opened her gifts last because I knew exactly what they were – books I didn’t want. However, now that I have a son and we read every night, I would give anything to have those amazing books in my possession again. Erik and I could not have been more opposite as children. No matter how tired he is, he refuses to go to bed without reading a book or having one read to him. Often times he’s still enjoying a different activity at bedtime and I ask him to make a choice: keep playing with your toys (or watching TV) for ten more minutes or we can read a book. I’m proudly never shocked by his answer. My guess is that we adults can learn a bit from Erik’s commitment to reading.  We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We do not have time for everything but we have time for activities in which we choose to invest our time.

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