Archive for Productivity

Staying Sane While Working From Home – Part 2

Unprecedented times are upon us. The Covid-19 crisis is affecting all of us. In particular, it’s forcing many organizations to send their employees home to work remotely. This sounds like an easy thing to do – work from home. But for those of us who have been doing it for years, we know there are […]

Reese’s Southern Wisdom

  Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting a new client who has also become a friend. His name is Reese Griffin. He is now retired, and was lastly a SVP at Boston Mutual Life. He’s a born and bred southerner from Tennessee. Reese came to us looking for Act consulting. He is […]

You can lead a horse to water…7 UI design tips for increasing user adoption

We’ve all heard the saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  Maybe you can’t MAKE him drink, but… you can ENTICE him to drink. You can provide beautiful, convenient and tasty water so that he WANTS to drink.  Let’s apply this analogy to software UI (screen layout) design. […]

Managing a Procrastinator or How to not be “put off” by those who tend to put things off

We have all known procrastinators or have been one at some point ourselves. Managing a procrastinator can be a frustrating and difficult situation. Let’s face it, procrastination not only affects our business but it affects our sanity. One of the obligations of a good manager is to mentor those we manage and help them achieve […]

3 easy strategies to protect your business and data

We all know that procrastination can get you into trouble. You can lose data if you don’t backup your computer/database, you can lose a customer if you don’t follow-up when you said you would, and you sure don’t want to be at a meeting at the wrong place on the wrong day or time. So […]

5 tips to help manage procrastination

Last week was National Procrastination Week so it inspired a theme for some of the articles in our monthly newsletter (which ironically is one week late.) That is just dripping in irony. For years, I have been a proponent of time management and organization. But I can and do procrastinate when there is something I […]

Automation…do more with the resources you have

Your greatest resource is your time. – Brian Tracy Automation is the key to doing more, more accurately with the time and resources you have. Many of the tasks we are required to do  – or think that we should do – can be done in whole or in part by automation.  Automating routines frees […]

Top 5 tools that can help you get things done

I have not always been the most organized and productive person so I am personally fond of shortcuts and other tools to keep me on track. I love finding the shortest and easiest way to accomplish what I need to do. My list here is certainly not a comprehensive one, but I have outlined those tools I cannot do […]