How to Be Productive Even When You Are Sick

On a recent flight to a conference in Scottsdale, I noticed the many sneezes and sniffles going on around me. There's nothing like sharing air in a confined space with a crowd of sick people! I realized that at this time of year many of my clients face the challenge of trying to figure out how to handle work when they are feeling crummy. You know [...]

Avoid the Afternoon Blahs

You have a good handle on your to-do list and routinely get things done well and on time. You're a great juggler! But do you ever find yourself in that post-lunch, blah, can't think straight kind of place? You're not alone! I know, you have a business to run and clients to serve. So how can you keep moving and stay focused when you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Art of Asking for Help

Charlene is busy. Charlene is the mother of three young children, and is concerned about her aging parents. She owns a thriving clothing business, is a member of three networking groups, and volunteers at her children's school whenever she can. Down time? Charlene doesn't know the meaning of down time!! Although she takes care of the bare necessities each day, her focus is on [...]

How to Increase Productivity by “Killing Two Birds”

Your time management plan should be as unique as you are! As you develop strategies and blueprints and ideas to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, be sure to use your strengths! One of my clients (we'll call her Bobbi) knows she needs to add more time to her day / week / month to focus on self-care.  Bobbi has learned that her [...]

Protect YOUR Big Yes and Learn to Say NO

I hear this from my well-meaning, caring clients all the time - "She asked and I just couldn't say no." Think about it ... when your day is already packed morning to night, the only way to fit that new task in is to NOT do something else! “It takes 1000 ‘no’s’ to protect your BIG ‘yes’!” ~ Gary Keller Do you feel like [...]

3 Easy Ways to Stop Burnout

Did you ever have one of those days? Well, I know you did, because we all do! Those days you feel sluggish, tired, out of focus. You know the day is going to be tough, because you just don’t have the energy to focus, or the desire to even try. You are overwhelmed and burned out. The key is to identify what burnout means for [...]

When Does “Yes” Mean “No”?

We know there are limits to time, so why do we so often say “yes” to tasks or commitments that are not directly related to our goals? Think of this... when you say "yes" to something that is not aligned with your values to please someone else, you are in effect saying “no” to accomplishing YOUR dreams. I recently read "The One Thing” by Gary Keller [...]