Overcoming Mental Roadblocks

Overcoming Mental Roadblocks

When it comes to increasing productivity and accomplishing more, I find that most of the roadblocks are mental. We feel like our schedules are completely full and cannot accommodate any more. When we’re not sure we can finish a project before our next meeting or obligation, we decide there’s no point to even start it […]

7 Easy (and Free) Ways to Establish Your Personal Brand

7 Easy (and Free) Ways to Establish Your Personal Brand

Having a memorable and favorable personal brand is crucial to your career success. A personal brand is the key difference between being unremarkable and being unforgettable. Once you’ve created your tagline and brand summary using your Personal Brand worksheet, you’re ready to convey your brand message to the world. But how? While many companies spend […]

When is business personal?

When is business personal?

For many of us, the dividing line between work-life and home-life isn’t as defined as it once was. More people are working from home, either full time or part time, and the concept of 9-to-5, no exceptions, is quickly leaving the modern workplace. We don’t want to miss soccer games and piano recitals; we want […]

5 Misconceptions about a Personal Brand

5 Misconceptions about a Personal Brand

When I first launched Branding Outside the Box, I was surprised at how much confusion and misinformation there was surrounding personal branding. Many people don’t really know what a personal brand is, some think they know what it is (but really don’t), and the majority of people I’ve met don’t think of personal branding as […]

Eliminating Your Top 5 Time-Sucks

Eliminating Your Top 5 Time-Sucks

I’m always looking for new ways to increase my productivity and work smarter, not harder. Over the years, I’ve test-driven multiple systems, planners, team members, and other resources to increase both the quantity and quality of my work. We’ve addressed things to implement, but what about the things to cut out? In my experience, there […]

An Argument for Analog: Why You Should be Writing, Not Typing

An Argument for Analog: Why You Should be Writing, Not Typing

I spend a lot of time highlighting systems and digital tools to increase your productivity and streamline your workflow. But despite all the advances in technology, I’m still an advocate for putting pen to paper and utilizing non-digital systems. Manual note-taking is stickier; I often find that I remember appointments and ideas much more accurately […]

More Time: A Mindset Shift

More Time: A Mindset Shift

In a recent newsletter, I polled many of you asking what stopped you from signing up for the latest course offering. About 65 percent of you responded in the same way… I don’t have time right now. Time is one of the biggest challenges facing those of us who are trying to advance our careers. […]

An Argument for Being Selfish

An Argument for Being Selfish

 In most cases, our desire to advance our career and/or launch our business is not entirely selfish. We have families to support, parents to make proud, and people we want to help. We also want to earn enough to create the life we want, but that’s usually not the sole motivator. But during growth […]