Archive for Time Management

Mind Mapping: a creative way to make lists and share ideas

Lifehacker.com says, “Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form.” Mind mapping allows you to capture your thoughts or those of a group in a very unstructured way and then tie those thoughts together as you go along. It is great for brainstorming […]

A solution for tracking hours in real time

For those of us in service-based businesses it is important to track the time we spend on various projects. A contact manager like Act! is great for tracking appointments and to-dos, but as our lives get busier and more complicated, we find we need a more fluid system. That is why I went searching for […]

So you want to take a vacation?

Recently I got back from a much needed vacation and was lamenting about how much work and emails had piled up in my absence.  Yes, I have an amazing crew who handled the majority of the calls, but they too were very grateful we were back because we as the owners were the ones with […]

Black holes and boomerangs – the saga continues

Today, a friend and I were lamenting about getting people to do things and finish projects.  She said didn’t I write an article once about this and I said, yes, it was a while ago.  In fact it was 2009. It was on another blog forum so it belongs here as well, based on recent events. This […]

What am I doing this week? Quick lookups with ACT

Traveling for pleasure is an adventure – traveling for work, well, not always as much of an adventure.  I don’t keep a  paper calendar anymore.  It’s all on the computer or on my smart phone.  Yet, when I head out on a several day trip, I like to keep a paper copy of my details. […]

Business Improvement – it’s a process not a tool

Yet again, I met with a new client to discuss their current business “problem” or like I call them – “challenge.”  The client called me looking for a silver bullet or tool.  By the end of the discussion, I believe I had them headed down the right path – that of better defining the process […]

Multi-tasking – a juggling feat or searching for the final frontier?

Recently, I had a very interesting but somewhat unpopular conversation with my staff.  The  topic was  multi-tasking – or in this case, the inability to do so.  It turns out this is hard to do in our ever changing world.  There are constant interruptions and distractions that make it a challenge to keep on track. […]

Love love love Google Hangouts

This image is a screenshot of all of us during a video staff meeting. We’re using Google Hangouts and headsets.  All of us have webcams – which pretty much come with newer laptops. Seeing each other in person is SO MUCH MORE effective than just participating on a phone call. The participants are in Chattanooga, […]

Time to ACT!

Several years ago I wrote this blog article and after working with a client recently I figured it was time to post it again.  We went over exactly what was in the post and I thought that would be great to blog about. And I went, duh, I already did. Here it is. Time to […]

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