Trouble Managing Your Time?











Trouble Managing Your Time? 

Try Tasks.

Tasks move work from the inbox to a “to do” pile. The process is similar to how you handle mail from your mailbox on the side of your house, sorting it into junk mail and bills. You don’t put the bills back into your mailbox, so why store work in your inbox?

Converting the evaluation of email and what/how long it takes to get something done into a task allows you to spend the time actually DOING the work as opposed to evaluating.

That’s why the minutes at the front of each task are so critical. It’s not the entire time to do the task but rather the minutes required for the next step in the job. The process for completing a work task is similar to eating a meal: one bite at a time. How does it work? See the illustration at the top.

Client Feedback

“Karen, I had no idea I waste 45 minutes a day on Facebook. Nearly everyone at my table said they do too. That’s four weeks a year that I’d rather use elsewhere.”

– Participant at ConnectAg Annual Conference


10 Time Management Hacks

Get More From Your EarPods

Got EarPods?

You’ve got a powerful time- and fumble-saving mic and remote control. EarPods are made by Apple for iPods and iPhone 5+, and there are 12 features you can control with their center button.

Although EarPods can be used for listening with an Android or a BlackBerry, the mic and remote-control enhanced features probably won’t work.

If you’ve got an Android or a BlackBerry, check out:

Best Headphones, Earphones and Earbuds

Client Feedback

“I’m looking forward to coming to work without an [overwhelming] inbox.”            – Manager, Fairmont


Nearly Bionic Earbuds?


Want to Save Money, Time and Energy?

Want to Save…

  • money (less impulse buying)?
  • time (searching for stuff)?
  • energy (recalling information)?

Sort your space!

“If an individual creates a messy environment, their surroundings will be more mentally depleting and lead to an even lower sense of personal control.”

Journal of Consumer Research

To sort your space:

  1. Start small. Do what’s doable (e.g., a counter, drawer, room or car). We helped a client sort her purse because we only had an hour and her office was an eight-hour affair.
  2. Keep going. As one space gets sorted, work on others. And if you’re discouraged, check out your completed space for motivation.
  3. Get help. Sometimes the lifting, endurance and decision making become too much. Having someone there to help can make all the difference.

If you don’t think your space affects you, consider this: People in the cluttered room were more likely to purchase and performed worse when answering computer questions.

 (Journal of Consumer Research article)





Client Feedback

“A 5/5. Definitely the autocorrect is amazing, and quick parts have been so helpful. I’m saving time, and things are moving faster!”

– Sr. Catering Manager, Fairmont Vancouver Airport


How to Organize Any Room

Tips to Organize Your Desk

Keep Your Purse Organized

Should You Update Your Smartphone Software?

Smartphone Software – Should You Update?
YES, if you want new features.
NO, to a version ending with “.0” (e.g., 9.0). Usually “.1” has the bugs worked out.
AND don’t update:
  • just because the phone’s asking you
  • between meetings (as it will be “busy” when you need intel)
  • right before bed (unless you have an hour first thing in the morning to “fix” it)
  • as you’re leaving on a trip (with the boarding passes, hotel info, etc., on your phone)
Remember: Downloading usually resets defaults, so you’ll have to re-customize.  And it can take time to learn the new system.


Client Feedback
“I am ever so grateful for all the tools, tips and strategies you gave me. How long ago was that?  It has made such a tremendous difference to my efficiency and being able to handle the workload. Not sure I could cope without your instruction.”

– Administration, Little Venice in Bermuda