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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 some […]

Schedule Your Procrastination

“Productive Procrastination” – a very real . . . and very sneaky . . . phenomena where you stay busy all day yet accomplish very little.  Previously, I wrote a post entitled “Don’t Confuse Progress With Motion”  where I shared 5 tips on how to overcome Productive Procrastination.  Periodically I’m updating some of these solutions; last time we talked about identifying your #1 task […]

How to Overcome “Stuck”

Procrastination is a topic that clients often ask to discuss during our coaching calls.  Sometimes they lament, “I know I’m a procrastinator, it’s just who I am, I wish I could change.”  Others will comment, “I want to stop procrastinating, I know it’s ‘bad’ for me, but I just do my best work when I’m under pressure.” Sometimes clients will say, “I’m so excited […]

How You Can Succeed at the Balancing Act

When Amy Walker of Walk Your Talk Radio invited me to talk with her, the topic seemed to set itself. We all deal with “the balancing act” – managing family and work obligations. And Amy is a master at helping women to find balance in a busy, chaotic world.

It’s so important to add yourself into the balancing mix. How do you remember to get […]

How to Spend Your Time Wisely

It’s universal – we all want more money and more time.  Once we spend our money  – we can still make more.  But once we “spend” our time, it’s gone forever.

So why do we tend to “waste time” every day?  For most of us, wasting time isn’t intentional, it just “happens.”  It’s frustrating to get to the end of your day and realize you […]

Prevent Email Interruptions in 3 Easy Steps

Does your email program have a default setting to check for new emails every 5 minutes? If so, you could be interrupted by email 96 times in the average work day. 96 times!!!

Does this sound familiar? You start writing a training manual and the little mail icon slides across the bottom of your screen. You minimize the manual, jump over to your inbox, read […]

How to Survive a Snow Day When You Work From Home

Life isn’t black and white.  We have the opportunity to renegotiate each moment, each interaction, each goal.  I was reminded of this opportunity last week when we experienced a “snow day”.

As a child, I loved snow days.  I could sleep in, read all day, and just relax.  As a teacher I REALLY loved snow days – what a great opportunity to catch up on […]

It’s All In a Day’s Work

As you know, the SystemSavvy Consulting blog is all about success in all its forms.  My posts and my programs are geared toward the entrepreneur who wants to reach career and personal goals by using the ideal systems, attitudes, and time strategies for their own life.

Well, I just ran across a fabulous info-graphic (right) from SalesForce Canada that echoes everything I teach!  It’s about […]

Schedule Time for Interruptions

Even the most productive of us can get stuck in a rut.
I recently received this email from a former client Jim, who struggled with constant interruptions (don’t we all, at some point?). Jim’s sales team is one of the top performing teams in  his company.  He’s a great sales trainer, and one of the things that makes him so great is his ability to […]

Exercise Your Pause Muscle

What are you grateful for? How often do you “hit pause” and actually think about it?
In a recent session with a client, she began designing her action plan for the next week.  She was deciding which area she wanted to apply extra focus and effort: delegating or scheduling or estimating her time or email management or energy management (these were only a few of […]