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Entries from October 2007

Managing More with Less: The Cell Phone

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments

In thinking about traveling, what do you plan to pack so that you can “stay in touch” during a short trip? I propose that in order to keep the packing to a minimum, you pack simply your cell phone. Let’s think about what the simplest of these gadgets can do these days. Obviously you can […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Are You Time Challenged in the Reading Arena?

October 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Last week a client I was working with mentioned that she had her name put at the end of the list when magazines and newsletters were circulated among the department heads. That way she could take her time getting around to the reading and not feel guilty about holding up others who were on the […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Being Environmentally Correct Can Improve Bottom Line

October 18th, 2007 · No Comments

47% of small business owners are already taking steps to be environmentally responsible. (Gallup Survey, April 2007) In two recent blog postings, we talked about digital reading versus paper. The focuses were on managing email without printing out many of the messages, and then reading books and newspapers comfortably online. The end goal of these […]

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Tags: Changing Times

Tips and Techniques for Improving Email Reading Speed and Comprehension

October 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Have you ever printed a longer email message so that you could read it? If you can answer yes to that question, you are not alone. There are very good reasons why so many of us are more comfortable doing this. Consider the fact that we read 30% to 50% slower online. The concept of […]

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Tags: Computer Productivity · Personal Productivity

Reading Digitally with Improved Comprehension

October 13th, 2007 · No Comments

With all the predictions of a paperless society, shouldn’t paper-bound books now be a thing of the past? Yet bookstore browsing and shopping is still going strong. What happened with the digital reading idea? A few of the hindrances included the simple idea that the computer was for work, not for pleasure, and that it […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

7 Strategies for Controlling Clutter

October 11th, 2007 · 3 Comments

One of the biggest problems we deal with today as we strive to improve daily productivity and reduce stress is the clutter that surrounds us. Clutter comes in various guises but all of it wreaks havoc with the best time management plans. Why is that? Because clutter is distracting, we constantly lose focus. Our mind […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

8 Habits of Unproductive People

October 9th, 2007 · No Comments

We want to continually increase productivity and are always looking at ways to work more efficiently so that we “find” more time. When we are accomplishing more, there actually ends up being more time for us to enjoy life. Unfortunately, we sometimes make mistakes that lower our productivity. Here is a list of 8 things […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Work/Life Balance…Saving Time at the Grocery Store

October 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Along with other predictions of change that were going to be common events before now, online grocery shopping started to provide some services several years ago. Yet it never took off for the majority of people, and grocery shopping still appears frequently on weekends or evening task lists. While other online shopping venues have become […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance

3 Ways to Increase your Productivity in the Afternoons

October 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Have you ever noticed that you’re often less able to focus on work in the afternoons? While you’re committed to accomplishing your work throughout the day, as time goes on it often becomes more difficult. For those of you who experience that afternoon lag, here are some tips for working through the later hours and […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Important or Urgent Tasks – what is the Difference?

October 3rd, 2007 · 1 Comment

We are faced with jobs, errands, and projects that require our immediate attention every day. Tasks from personal chores (picking up the dry cleaning) to professional obligations (finishing the report by 5 p.m.) weigh on our minds regularly. Trying to decide which to do when can be a challenge.To help determine priorities, let’s first consider […]

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Tags: Stress Management · Task Management · Time Management