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What’s Your Vision?

What’s Your Vision?

I hope your business is all you want it to be!  If not, it might be time to refine or create your business vision.  A true vision will help guide you through all its ups and downs. Understanding what makes you tick, what gets you out of bed in the morning, what is exciting about your work,...
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Binders: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Binders: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Does your business have at least one binder? Most business want and need binders to easily access their information. A poorly put together binder is not an asset. But a well put together one is. Ok, so the contents of a binder matters a lot. But, so does the binder itself. People are much...
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My Favorite (Organizing) Things

My Favorite (Organizing) Things

Below are some organizing solutions that I’ve found to be favorites with me and my clients. They typically are reusable as situations change and can be used in variety of ways. If you are feeling musical, try singing along to the tune of ‘My Favorite Things’, from one of my favorite movies (or just read about...
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4 Ways to Get Your New Hire Off To A Great Start

4 Ways to Get Your New Hire Off To A Great Start

Hiring an employee can be a big step for a growing business. I’ve worked with a few clients over the past year getting things ready for a new hire. It can be a great relief to have help but also it can be stressful. A typical scenario-the long time administrative assistant is retiring and...
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Got Documents? 3 Ways Business Documents Help you Succeed

Got Documents? 3 Ways Business Documents Help you Succeed

Is it easy for you to bring in and train a new employee? Do you know exactly how and why you do things the way you do? People notice when you have a well-run business. There are many types of business documents, ranging from procedure manuals to process workflows, all of which help your...
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5 Ways to Avoid Computer ‘Turtleneck’

5 Ways to Avoid Computer ‘Turtleneck’

Turtle neck or ‘turtleing’ is the term I learned for hunching your back and neck over a computer so that you look like a turtle. Needless to say, we do not function our best when we sit like this. It’s not just computers. Any hand held device or book that you look down at...
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Business Talk: Turning Ideas into Actions

Business Talk: Turning Ideas into Actions

Most sole entrepreneurs have a lot on their minds.  Do you ever find it hard to sort through all your ideas and turn them into actions? I know sometimes I do. One of the things I do for my business clients is listen. And write. And listen some more. Then we turn all that talk...
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10 Reasons Why We Don’t Put Things Away

10 Reasons Why We Don’t Put Things Away

We all have reasons why we don’t put things away. I’ve been taking an informal poll and thinking about the reasons why we leave things lying around and at what point it becomes a problem. We all leave stuff around (our Halloween decorations are still out).  Knowing when it turns that corner and starts...
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Is Your Mind Trashy? 5 Ways to Clean Up Your Mental Clutter

Is Your Mind Trashy?  5 Ways to Clean Up Your Mental Clutter

 Mental clutter has a big impact on our lives, probably bigger than most people realize. Mental clutter can make you feel helpless, overwhelmed and unmotivated. It can paralyze your actions, make you want to leave the scene and forget things. Mental clutter is all the extraneous information we are trying to take in, remember and decide...
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Power Desks

Power Desks

Can you imagine having a desk layout created just for you? Wouldn’t it be great to sit down and instantly be able to find what you need to start work? Arranging an optimal desk layout can have a big payoff in terms of your productivity and enjoyment. Here are 3 ways to get started...
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You and Your Magazines

You and Your Magazines

Let’s face it. Magazines are fun! The provide information, relaxation and keep you current. Magazines have a way of piling up and can quickly become an ‘issue’ though. We get busy, interests change, or it’s just too much information sometimes.           How many of these are true for you? You are...
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Diagrams are an incredibly powerful way to understand your business, identify breakthroughs and increase productivity. Consider the last time you saw a diagram (a type of picture).  It can make a complex issue much easier to understand. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Sure, it can take a bit of time and effort...
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Enjoying Childhood Mementos

Enjoying Childhood Mementos

Do you enjoy looking at your childhood mementos? Or instead, are you ‘enjoying’ the view of boxes worth of childhood stuff. What are you saving for your kids? Read on to discover that you CAN enjoy your childhood mementos and make it easier on your kids, too! Mary finally decided to tackle looking through...
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The Power of Labels

The Power of Labels

What if I told you there is one simple thing you can do that would change everything? Would you do it? How many times have you pulled open the same drawer, looked into the same bin, searched through the same folders over and over because you didn’t know what was in there? Don’t be misled...
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Is Your To Do List Last On Your List?

Is Your To Do List Last On Your List?

Too Busy to Plan Notes written here, scraps of paper there, forgotten appointments, up too late, not really enjoying the moment.  All of these, need I say it, are signs of doing too much. Typically we know we can expect to be busier at year end. There are year end goals to meet, a...
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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

You don’t have to wait for September, National Preparedness Month or October, Earthquake Awareness Month,to be prepared for a disaster.  It’s never too late! If the thought of having to prepare seems like a disaster itself, read on! Below are 3 easy things you can do right now and 2 really important things you can...
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Tame Your Book Habit

Tame Your Book Habit

Another pile of books, crammed onto every shelf in the bedroom, the living room, the house, boxes of books in the garage. It’s frustrating. You can’t find the book you are looking for. You trip over the pile of books by the door. The kids have books strewn across their room because they can’t...
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Are your Piles Your To Do List?

Are your Piles Your To Do List?

Most of us have them, a pile or two or three of papers sitting on our desk or counter. They have a way of multiplying, especially when we’re busy. We end up sifting through them, looking for the important things (things we need to do) or that one piece of information you know is...
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3 Tips for Gaining Control of Your Email Inbox

3 Tips for Gaining Control of Your Email Inbox

“I just sat down to check my email for a minute and then it was 2 hours later”. Sound familiar? I too can get caught up in the email black hole. But there are ways to be in control of your inbox instead of it controlling you!  Here are 3 basic things you can...
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Research on lost business productivity due to disorganization

Spending time looking for misplaced documents is not only frustrating–it is most likely also hurting your bottom line. Research shows that the average executive wastes 150 hours each year looking for lost or misplaced documents (Office World News, 2003). 50% is the percentage of time professionals spend locating pertinent information (PricewaterhouseCoopers). And finally, the...
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