How to Use Your Time Wisely

Laura Licursi We all want to use our time wisely to achieve the most we can in a day. The fabulous Laura Licursi, owner of Elite Virtual Assistants says that means not only doing the right things, but doing them at the right time. Although everyone is different, she stresses that there are "best times" to accomplish certain tasks during the day. We need [...]

Your Future Self Isn’t That Great

Hal Hershfield, a professor at UCLA, conducted a study on brain scans and learned something important: when you think about your present self vs. a stranger, the scans look very different. But when you think about your future self and a stranger, the scans look the same. What does this mean? According to Chris Bailey author of The Productivity Project, this means that the [...]

How to Prevent “Important” from Becoming “Urgent”

I recently presented a workshop focused on scheduling and calendar skills for entrepreneurs and business owners, and was starting to work through the blocks of time that should be represented in a calendar on a daily or weekly basis. Planning time Maintenance time Email time Self-care time Client time Prospecting time Project time This discussion led to many of the participants feeling like they [...]

2018-02-26T10:15:43+00:00 By |Prioritizing|2 Comments

Is Delegating to Friends and Family a Good Idea?

Laura Licursi If you've been following me for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite ways to increase capacity is to delegate. (Read this post or this one.) You may be considering hiring a friend or family member - is working with that person in your best interest? You want and need great service, but not at the [...]

When “Good” Crowds Out the “Great”

We allow so much “good” into our lives, that these activities often push out the room for the “great.” Here are some real-life examples from some of my clients over the past month! You say “yes” to hanging out with some work acquaintances after work (you had a free night, and you like your work pals, so good), but then are unable to take your [...]

Is 5:00 in the Morning the Magic Hour?

Pick up five books on productivity and I guarantee at least three of them will advocate getting up an hour earlier. It’s quieter then so you’ll have fewer distractions. You can start your day off working on your most important tasks without being interrupted. You can start your day proactively. In fact, I recently presented a workshop on scheduling and setting up a calendar, [...]

When Even a Locked Door is Not Enough

Let me introduce you to Brenda (not her real name). Brenda is one of my favorite clients. She is motivated to improve, aware of what's going on in her life and business, and has a lot going on, which keeps our coaching calls interesting. One day, Brenda came to our call and was frustrated because she just couldn't keep her dedicated "office time" distraction-free. [...]

The Parking Lot: A Distraction Busting Technique

It can be frustrating to concentrate on a project and then get distracted by an idea for another project. You can build structure around eliminating physical distractions (such as phone calls, email, and people), but it’s much harder to eliminate the distractions in your own head! The Challenge You’re working on a project and an unrelated thought pops into your head. Your [...]

2018-02-13T11:08:36+00:00 By |Productivity|0 Comments

Fitting Self-Care Into Your Calendar

I recently shared some ideas my clients have given me about making time - and enforcing it! - for self-care. (Read the post here.) I admit that I’m guilty of letting my self care activities slide a bit when things get busy. I've learned from past mistakes that if I try to “fit in” time later, that time never comes. There always seems to be [...]

The Importance of Self Care

Taking enough time to recharge your batteries is important – and though I’ve written on the subject before, I think it’s important to revisit often. (I’m guilty of letting my self care activities slide a bit when things get “busy.”) I reached out to some Cleveland business owners to see what they do to stay healthy, and here is what they said.  Feel free [...]