A Hidden Factor of Productivity

It's common knowledge that there are many things that affect productivity - level of focus and alertness, distractions, organization... But did you know that the temperature factors into the equation? Chris Bailey, in A Life of Productivity, explains that setting your office temperature to around 72 will help with peak performance. Being physically uncomfortable is just another distraction you do NOT need if you [...]

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. [...]

Are You Charging Your Batteries or Zoning Out?

As I sit at my desk looking out at the sun hitting the lake, I realize I've been staring out the window for a while. AND ... by "a while" I mean about 15 minutes. Hmmmm ... probably not the most effective way to use my time this afternoon! I know - I could think of this as a way to recharge my batteries, [...]

Eliminate Distractions in 3 Easy Steps

Our daily lives are so complicated and full of distraction - social media, text messages, voicemails, phone calls, Skype, email .. the list is endless! Between the internet and our phones, it can seem like you barely have time to eat! At least that's how I felt for a time. But, out of necessity, I developed some strategies for reducing distractions so I could keep [...]

What Do Parking Lots and Distractions Have In Common?

You know what it's like when emails, random thoughts, to-dos, and reminders pop into your head at the worst possible time. I have frequently written here about distractions and how to manage them, and here's another quick tip to remind you of my favorite method: the parking lot!   But wait - that's not all! I’ve created the SystemSavvy Consulting Parking Lot to [...]

How to Prepare for When “Life Happens”

What happens when your typical routine gets disrupted? Here's a scenario . . . You've created a consistent routine that works for you. You are able to keep up with email. You have arrived at the perfect balance of work and home. You can "breathe" throughout the day. In fact, you are feeling like a rock star! Then . . . life happens! The situation doesn't [...]

Results Follow Focus

I was recently at a networking event, and a colleague mentioned that she and her husband had recently switched their schedules a little.  She was really excited about the positive changes that were occurring due to a couple of little tweaks. One of the biggest changes she noticed for herself was that she was generating more leads because she made sure she dedicated time in [...]

How to Set and Communicate Boundaries

Boundaries: Lately a big topic here in this blog, because it's an important issue for any entrepreneur.  Amanda recently told us how she succeed in preventing everyone from wanting "a piece of her",  I described how Rosie and Ariel learned to honor their own agendas, and my VA Holly offered some tools to set boundaries in your home-based work. Recently I was offered the [...]

How to Benefit From a Productivity Buddy

I organized the Tupperware this morning. It started with throwing together a couple of ingredients so I could marinate chicken for tonight. But before I could do that, I needed to empty the dishwasher. Then I noticed the Tupperware shelf was messed up, so I fixed that. Then I went looking for a Ziploc bag, and wouldn't you know it, that cupboard could use [...]