3 Simple Tips: Organize Your Digital Life for Maximum Influence

3 Simple Tips: Organize Your Digital Life for Maximum Influence

How do you feel about the way you use email? What’s your relationship with your inbox?

How’s your computer desktop looking? What about your LinkedIn and Facebook contacts? How are those organized, if at all? Why does any of this even matter?

When I work with my clients at our SpaLife Retreats or in my online academy, one of the core principles I teach is that our environment affects everything. In 2017, our digital environment, including email, social media and our smartphones, are just as important as what we do with our home office.

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15 Minutes — The Difference Between Organized and Overwhelm

I believe we can all agree that time is one of our most precious commodities. Some talk about wasting time or managing time. I like to look at
it as how do we get to create the best time for us. For what is wasting time to some may be the perfect experience of time for others. That’s where priorities come in.

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Is Your Team All Pulling In The Same Direction?

Is Your Team All Pulling In The Same Direction?

Laurie Z Digital 3 graphicOne of my clients recently told me her manager accused her of collaboration with a co-worker. She was reprimanded for inviting another employee to tea on a break. Her manager felt communicating with other staff would distract her. As a leader, I’m thrilled when co-workers get to know each other. After all, every person working for an organization should be pulling in the same direction, right?

Some business owners forget to step into leadership as chief executive officer (CEO). Small business owners wear many hats and feel scattered as they switch from bookkeeper, to marketer, to salesperson, to janitor, and forget the CEO hat. This is the most important hat. The CEO is responsible for many aspects of the business. Continue reading “Is Your Team All Pulling In The Same Direction?”

First Steps Toward a Simpler Life

First Steps Toward a Simpler Life

How is it going so far in your quest to develop a simpler life? If this questions seems confusing, I invite you to read IMG_5767-1-768x1024my post of January 13, 2016, entitled “A Simpler Life.“ In it I suggested that we begin the new year with the intention of making our lives simpler by assessing some of the things that may be out of control. For example, we may be very, very busy, and yet may be spending very little time with the people in our lives who are the most important to us. And we may not even enjoy many of the things that are eating up our time and energy. Some of us may want to focus on the amount or kinds of things we eat or drink, and often along with this we want to get more exercise on a really regular basis. Or we may have decided that this is the year that we absolutely will clean out the garage or basement or attic or closets and NOT fill them up again. Whatever strikes you as being most important is the place to put your attention and ask yourself the question “How will I know when I have enough?” Stay with the question until you get some clarity, and then take whatever action seems important to take. Continue reading “First Steps Toward a Simpler Life”

Two Part System for Clearing Space and Making Room for 2016

Two Part System for Clearing Space and Making Room for 2016

Clearing space and getting organized is one of the top ten New Year’s resolutions that is often pushed aside by Marion G #2 picFebruary. Why aren’t we successful at attaining this goal? The problem could be in our head. There are a few issues in there that need to be sorted out first. Once our head space is clear, it makes clearing our physical space so much easier.
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Part One: Think about what you’re holding on to. Most often, closets are filled with items that served you well sometime in the past but aren’t serving you now. Clothes from another job, marriage or  decade can ’t be expected
to serve you the same way in present time. You’re not the same person you were a year, three years or five years ago. Imagine a closet filled with just the clothes that suit you and your lifestyle right now.

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Are You Ready … Quick Tips for Get Organized Month – Part 2

Do you find yourself overwhelmed in your office? Miss deadlines? Think you’re completing less work than you Sandy S pic2should? Generally frustrated by all the paper and constant email? If you are, there’s a special day set aside for you. Monday, January 11 – the second Monday in January, is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. No time like the present to get started!

  • Think of your desk as Prime Real Estate Space. Clear your desk of clutter, keeping only the essentials needed to perform your job. Arrange other items within an arm’s length. On my desk are my computer, post-its, a pen and pencil holder. All other items–stapler, paper clips, tape, rubber bands, etc.–are within my reach. It is so easy to get distracted

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It’s easier than you think.. Really!

When was the last time you had that moment? You know the one I’m talking about. That moment where you resolve that you are going to GET ORGANIZED! Even if it kills you! I’ve experienced that moment a few times. When it happens I am determined that every room, closet, shelf, cabinet and drawer will be cleared-out of anything and everything that does not need to be there. In that moment, I am determined to free myself from clutter, all kinds. Continue reading “It’s easier than you think.. Really!”

Convert Network Contacts

Have you accumulated a large amount of contacts from networking? If you answered yes, then you are not alone. Many of us are faced with a long list of contact information that we do not know how to properly and proficiently categorize. Rather than simply ignoring them, and possibly losing out on a great deal of business, I am going to provide you with some helpful information that will ensure you get the most out of your contact list. Continue reading “Convert Network Contacts”

Why Do We Make Lists?

Why Do We Make Lists?

checklistI was recently doing a strategy session with a client via Skype. I usually don’t even use the video functionality because we are sharing screens so it could be distracting sometimes with video. On this particular call, we were using video and talking about delegation so he picked up his laptop to show me his desk; that was literally covered with sticky notes of all different colors and sizes. I was grateful that after many years of organizing you have to learn not to have an outward reaction as most people will almost immediately shut down if you do. He went on to explain that these were his to-do lists, his notes that he needed to enter into his customer management system, reminders, login and password information etc.

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Create Your Space

Create Your Space

OfficeI used to think that I could work anywhere, the kitchen table, the couch, the bed. I came to realize very quickly how critical an actual desk and more importantly an actual door were to my productivity. If I looked back at those moments where I really struggled to get something done or felt like I just wanted to throw in the towel I know the vast majority of those times were before I had an actual office. I know that having a space all your own to work and feel creative may not always be possible all of the time, but I do believe we can always find that place for some of the time.

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