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It never fails that brilliant idea, the sudden flash of inspiration or the perfect solution comes you when you are doing something else. You might be driving your car, taking a shower, just getting ready to drift off into dreamland in bed, talking on the phone, or maybe taking a walk around the neighborhood. What do you do so you don’t lose your valuable idea?



Is being in integrity something you struggle with sometimes too? Good. Then you are officially human. So what does integrity really mean? I think you’d get a different answer with every person you asked. Monica Shah talks about how lack of integrity comes from a lack of being organized.





Stay in touch, communicating at least once a week using an editorial calendar to schedule your content marketing and keep it on track with topics that resonate with your ideal client or customer.



As an entrepreneur, your to do list may be a mile long. Not knowing what to do first, you may end up focusing on the wrong things. You can know a lot of things, but if you don’t take action, there’s nothing to show for it. Fabienne Fredrickson shares a tool that she has used many times in her business to help her prioritize her own long to do list.




Clutter. What does that word conjure for you? How does your energy shift when you hear it? For many, clutter is a chronic challenge – and its causes, as well as its impact goes far beyond mere ‘messiness.’ Paula Eder explains how clutter can impact you, your space and your time!



Have you ever noticed when you get into the groove with a certain task, you become more efficient as you go? But if you stop and start different things, you lose momentum by switching gears. Once I learned about batching, I became enamored with it! And here are my five favorite tasks to batch.



Switching from Outlook to Gmail has been a huge learning experience for me, and I've found some great tools and shortcuts along the way!



You know, many creative people hate the thought of being organized. They view any sort of organization as a structure that’s meant to hamper their creativity, to put restrictions on it and tie it down. I suppose there are those rare individuals who honestly cannot handle much organization in their creative life. However, before you decide that you’re one of them, you should try to add some level of organization and see how it actually feels and works out for you, because organization can do a surprising amount of good for creativity.



To attract the new and better, you have to purge the old. From Aristotle and Einstein way back when, to physicists today, both scientists and philosophers agree that (at least here on Earth) nature abhors a vacuum.



Over the years I’ve discovered that most things in life can be improved with a good spring cleaning. Your business is no different. Your business is the same way. Whether it’s piles of old files that need to be thrown out or relationships that are no longer serving you, sometimes it’s good to take stock on what’s working and not working in your business, clean out what’s not working so you can open up the space to more of what you DO want. And yes, this sounds sort of woo-woo, but it actually does work.



Finding time to manage the volume of e-mail that you receive can feel like a full-time job some days. Paula will share some tips that she and her VA use, to keep things organized – AND to keep from feeling overwhelmed.



With the kids around more than usual over the holidays, you might be missing quiet time to get solid work done at home. Most moms I know get too busy to properly plan ahead. But, if you get a little creative, you can set your kids up for a fun, memorable vacation and not miss a beat at work.



Taking that first step, when you are working on a project or moving toward a goal can be a challenge. Get down to the nuts and bolts with these 5 timely tips to help you take your first step with a bang!



Finding time to dig out … whether it’s from under the piles of snow we’ve been getting here in the Northeast, or from under your personal brand of clutter … it’s always time well spent! Well, this New Year’s I resolved to chip away at that clutter as part of my larger goal of giving myself more expansive time and space in 2011. What originally looked like a rather overwhelming tasks has actually become enjoyable and empowering. Is this something that you want to work on? Here are 3 tips to get you started.



If you are like me, your inbox is full of emails you intend to read “someday”. Newsletters are a particularly insidious culprit; full of info-packed articles, tips and resources, we often save them to read later, only to find ourselves accumulating more and more email, and never finding the time to sit down to that task. Here are three tips for cleaning out your inbox.



You can clear clutter that slows you to a crawl. Free up hours a week to live bigger, simply by bringing meaning and intention to your space. Here are some free ideas for organizing clutter to energize your time, offered as 3 simple steps.



Out-of-town events are an investment in yourself and your business – one that you can easily offset with new contacts, strategies, and tools to boost your bottom line. Consider these strategies to get the most from your conference well before you head to the airport.



With back-to-school season fast approaching, it’s time for Mom to get organized! Though sending the kids back to school means less time spent supervising pool parties or otherwise keeping the kids entertained, it also means an avalanche of paperwork and after-school activities. Here’s how to stick to a schedule and stay organized.



So how can you add value while managing your current clients so they stay with you longer? It is easy...if you have the right SYSTEMS in place.



Do you love the idea of working from home but you’re wondering how to handle distractions such as housework, kids, hubby and friends?



Do you know you need to build and manage your business systems as early as possible, systems that are visible and documented? True fact. "Umm, hold on a minute," you're saying. I know. I know. Starting is the big hurdle. People get hung up before they even start. I get that. But you must do it. You can do it.



Working with a virtual assistant or other professional to help you with some of the routine tasks in your business is a great decision and can free up your time to focus on your income generating activities. But delegate wisely! Don't delegate what you can automate.



Once you return home from a conference or workshop, it's easy to forget all the things you learned and promised yourself you'd implement. Here's my simple process for ensuring I implement and put new ideas into action as soon as I return from a conference or workshop.



Now while "done-ing" certainly isn't a word (yet), it does speak to the difference between working on a project so that you're forever "doing" it and actually getting it "done". As small business owners and entrepreneurs dedicated to making our businesses a success, we need to be focused a lot more on the "done-ing" than the doing.



It's critical you have a system in place to insure you get the most out of each and every seminar and workshop you attend -- after all, you're spending your money AND time attending. So how do you do that?



Now that there is a hint of spring in the air I've been thinking about doing my yearly spring cleaning here at home... and it occurred to me, how about spring cleaning my business?



I was talking to a colleague of mine yesterday who was sharing that she loves her Virtual Assistant, but in her words: “the one thing that she won’t do is nag me to get stuff done… I need someone to nag me like my mom does!” Now this may make you chuckle, but it really is a very common complaint that I hear from business owners…



Staring at your own full Inbox will tell you that managing eMail is probably the one job you spend the most time on every single day. It’s enough to make us all crazy and it was making me crazy until I did something about it.



The real world of he home office: unforeseen distractions, a lack of structured time, and sometimes a perceived loss of identity. But don't give up the dream just yet! By putting into place a few simple ideas, you can reap more of the rewards of staying home-bound. Based on my experiences and those of my clients, here are 10 simple ways to help you stay on track.



Whether you work out of your home or travel to your business is your work environment conducive to success? What changes do you need to make today to create a motivating work environment?



Believe it or not, having a successful mindset begins first in your head and then manifests into everything you do including the people you interact with - your friends, family, colleagues, business associates, clients and customers.



Here are 6 simple tips to use to make YOUR office/work environment support your success (instead of nagging at you to get more done).

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