Posts belonging to Category 3. Productivity

Small Business Owner Roles – Owners Wear Too Many ‘Hats’

Everyone knows a business owner wears many hats – from Chief Executive to Janitor.  While taking a Small Business Management class with Dr. Thomas Jones, I learned to be aware of these three critical ‘hats’, the responsibilities and purpose of each, and how much time you need to allow for each of them to do […]

5 Ways to Say “No” …Gently

If you are going to manage your time, then you have to be able to say “No.”  Here are five ways to say “No.” in a positive way: 1. Counter propose a time frame that works for you.  “No, I can’t have it done on Tuesday but I could have it finished by Friday if that […]

Get Moving – Strategy #1 – The 5 Whys

Sometimes I tell myself I am going to do an activity and I don’t.  No matter how strong my interest or commitment, I just can’t seem to get started. Whether it is about eating healthy, spending wisely or doing an important project I know will benefit my business there is a deep, unspoken resistance below my […]

Prioritization or Procrastination – It’s All In How You Feel

As a time liberator, I teach my clients that the only difference between prioritization and procrastination is how feel about it.  Both are making a decision to do one activity before another. When we feel bad, we call it procrastination.  When we feel good about it, we call it prioritization. When you feel bad, look […]

Maybe Having Goals Is Not So Important

The word goal can – and for many people has – become so much blah, blah, blah.  We know we should have them – everyone tells us so.  There are books, articles and webinars and tons of materials written on how to set and achieve goals.  Maybe you do have goals but, they generate more guilt than results.  Maybe you […]

New Year – New Focus

  I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago – instead I set a theme for each year.  A theme creates a sustained, focused effort in one area of my life – both personally and professionally – which I find to be more impactful.  I not only get to work consistently at creating and building the change but […]

The Importance of Doing Nothing

We pretty much live in a go-go-go, do-do-do society.  If we are not being productive, somehow we are letting ourselves and the world down.  This credo is true in both our personal lives and our professional lives.  So, we cram our to-do lists with more than can be accomplished and then get frustrated or feel […]

Time Is On Your Side

Time is on your side if you let it be.  I probably answer more questions about time and time management than any other area of productivity and organization and, of course, the complaints can all be generally classified as too much work and not enough time. I think one of the most important and easiest […]

What Are You Procrastinating About???

 How you spend your time is how you spend your life.  Procrastination is another way of saying what I am doing is more important than what I am not doing.  If you frame it in that language on each action you are procrastinating about, you should see clearly that, either you are right or wrong.  If you are right and what you […]

Make the Most of Time at Conferences

Attending industry or corporate conferences is a great way to get some great classes that are more focused on what you do.  I rarely miss my professional organizers conference.  Humans are herd animals and NAPO is one of mine.  I thoroughly enjoy mingling with my herd once a year. A couple of tips – Budget and save for attending at […]