6 Tips to Keep Clutter from Becoming a Bigger Mess

Make Cleaning a Habit Instead of a Project

6 Tips to Keep clutter from Becoming a Bigger MessHave you ever spent an entire day cleaning up your house? Or your garage? Or your office?

It’s not fun to have to dig out of a big accumulated mess.

Those “big messes” don’t create themselves. And with a little discipline and effort you can prevent those large time-consuming clean up jobs.

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Being Ready for Your Workday Feels Great!

Advance Preparation is the Key to a Successful Day

Being Ready Feels GreatAre you ready for your workday?

Prepared to charge into your day’s activities? Set to take on life’s challenges as they come?

Or will you make it up as you go? Stumbling through your appointments and obligations, all the worse for the wear.

Being ready for your day makes everything go easier.

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Stop Waiting for Work to Come to You

Do Your Work, Rather than Waiting for Tasks to Arrive

Stop Waiting for WorkDo you sit around and wait for work to come to you?

If you are waiting for tasks to come to you, then you probably aren’t being very productive.

Not only does this type of “reactive productivity” show a lack of initiative, but it is a bigger problem because if you are waiting for work to come to you, it means you aren’t doing your own work.

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Meetings Do Not Produce Results

If There is Nothing Accomplished in Your Meetings, Why Have Them?

Meetings Do Not Produce ResultsI recently attended a meeting, and as everyone departed, I heard one of the participants say, “What did we accomplish in there?”

Another attendee replied, “I can’t remember anything.”

If this is how your company’s meetings are perceived, then you need to re-evaluate how your team is spending it’s time.

Is your company guilty of meeting instead of working?

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Fill Up Your Calendar Before Others Do

5 Tips to Better Manage Your Calendar

Fill Up Your CalendarWe all dread that overloaded view of our calendar with overlapping meetings, double (and triple) bookings, and more.

If you find yourself running from one meeting to the next, you need to re-evaluate your calendar.

And ironically, the reason your calendar is overloaded is because you didn’t fill it up in the first place.

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6 Simple Steps to Achieve Inbox Zero

How I Manage an Inbox That Gets about 500 Emails a Day

6 Steps to Inbox Zero

This is a guest post by Heather Baker.  When she’s not embracing real life (offline, sans gadgets), Heather Baker wears her mantle as TopLine Comms founder and CEO with all the enthusiasm you’d expect of a PR pundit and inbound marketing afficionado.

If you’re like me you have a constant stream of emails arriving in your inbox, some of them needing almost immediate attention.

When we first opened shop eight years ago my partner and I had only a small handful of clients to service in our marketing firm. My inbox reflected as much, with daily emails rarely reaching double digits.

As time went by and we started closing more and more pitches, comms increased exponentially. Until one day I opened my laptop and found in excess of 500 emails waiting for me. At that point I realized the time for being reactive had come and gone.

You’ve likely reached that point too.  What we need is a solid, proactive plan for keeping our inbox at zero. I tested a few different approaches before finally landing on this one. It’s as effective as it is simple.

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5 Ways to Choose Happiness

Why Your Attitude Determines Your Reality

Choose Happiness
How is your day going to be today?

Is this going to be another boring day? One that leaves your complaining about work? Or one that runs you ragged?

That doesn’t sound that fun. That sounds like a bad day.

Yet, the secret is that you have a choice. You can let life push you around. Or you can keep your head held high no matter what life throws at you.

Your attitude determines your reality each day.

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