As a small business owner, I understand the struggle of work-life balance and the constant feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. Balancing the needs of your employer or clients with your actual job requirements, not to mention your friends, family, and personal well-being, can be overwhelming. Sometimes it seems impossible. I’m […]
In most of our careers, especially if you’re working in a traditional 9-5, an emphasis is put on deliverables and billables. We’re evaluated on how many hours we dedicated to client work, how many units we sold, and if we delivered on the promises we made. Since we’re judged by these standards, it’s no wonder […]
Last week, I spent the weekend at a retreat, completely unplugged. Phone was turned off and left in the car, I didn’t bring a computer or tablet, even swapped out the e-reader in favor of a book. For nearly 72 hours, I didn’t see a screen. And it was amazing. Alcoholics can’t drink in moderation; […]
When I sent off the April newsletter announcing the productivity series, I also turned to you to ask for your biggest productivity challenges. Many of you wrote back and I wasn’t surprised when the majority of responses were about external distractions: How can I avoid getting derailed by unexpected calls, fire drills, or family emergencies? […]
Last week, we addressed the importance of managing your inbox and not getting sucked into the email response cycle. Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to implement some of those strategies and had a more productive week as a result! Today, we’re taking the next step: managing your calendar. For those of you who work in […]
As you can tell from some of my previous posts, I’m very interested in productivity. With the growing demands of our jobs, our side hustles, and our families, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by all that we need to get done. Our workloads aren’t getting any lighter, so the only way we can avoid […]
There’s no question that technology has changed our working lives completely. Our smart phones allow us to be connected at all times, video conferencing allows us to work remotely and still feel a part of the team, and shared calendars allow for others to book our meetings and know when we’re available. We are constantly […]
We have more responsibilities than ever before; our day jobs, passion projects, family, friends, and household obligations pull us in several different directions. We try so hard to succeed at everything, and yet, there are days we feel like we can’t seem to accomplish anything. We’re encouraged to “lean in,” “say yes,” and embrace every opportunity that comes our way. It’s exhausting and stressful.