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NOV
19
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A Great Reminder of Efficiency

I used to think that I was good at time management.  Lately, I've started to rethink that, not because I'm not getting things done but it just seems to take so much longer.  Now, that could be because I'm getting older, I'm not sure.  To settle this conundrum I've been researching ideas and techniques to improve my throughput.  Some of things I've worked on are included in the Inc.com article, 8 Things Really Efficient People Do by Kevin Daum.  

On the surface all seem reasonable to accomplish.  I think that for many, and myself in the beginning, delegation is/was a bit challenging.  Delegating was hard, until I found the right person.  I think that is that key, having the right people in the right roles.  This makes delegating easier when you have the confidence to empower your team.  Finding the right person, however, may take some time but once you have them, you wonder what took you so long.   One technique that I don't do often enough is to, time my activities every so often.  As factors change, it is good to have new benchmarks. Obvious right?  The task that took 2 hours the first time it was done, doesn't take the same amount of time the 100th time that it's done.At least that's the case for me - some time. I started by thinking I wasn't good at time management when the real issue is that I needed to be reminded of the techniques to maintain my efficiency.   Are there other techniques that you find helpful? 
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OCT
21
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As Simple as Grinding Coffee Beans

As Simple as Grinding Coffee Beans
Today, I came across this article, 8 Ways to Energize Each Morning by Geoffrey James over on inc.com.  I love articles like this because while they may not be rocket science they often offer repackaging of long forgotten ideas allowing a fresh look.  What stuck out for me was the simple idea of Good Coffee.  Lately, I have been changing my routines to make myself more productive and smarter working.  To do this, I'd begun having coffee in another part of the house, away from my desk.  Instead of combing through emails, social media or voicemails, I sit quietly sipping coffee, thinking about the day ahead.  Doing this helps keep me from jumping from task to task but logically moving through a series of tasks - successfully moving through them.  I've always planned, now I plan smarter.  Now I am thinking about grinding my own coffee beans.  For a coffee aficionado that would be duh but for me, a person who never really liked coffee, until now, I really want GOOD coffee and the few moments of disconnect peace. A better work plan simply by grinding coffee beans… Which idea stands out for you? 

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AUG
01
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Old School Face Time

Old School Face Time
Sometimes we have too much technology….When is the last time you met your client in person for some old school face time?  Email is great, online tools that work with your computer's camera are awesome, but sometimes it is just great to sit down for coffee or meal and really communicate with each other.  I know this sounds weird coming from a techie but its true, I do schedule coffee meetings with my clients just to catch up, review major changes, etc.  It is hard sometimes but is so worth it.  I was thinking about it today as I am looking forward to meeting with a couple of clients next week.  There aren't any issues, we are just touching base.  I like talking with them and understanding their business goals, likes and dislikes. Just talking to them, helps me to understand if the solutions I'm creating are helping or not.  It also helps me to know them as people.  I have some really cool clients, if I do say so myself. It just so happens I saw this article on Inc.com Timeless Business Lessons from Don Draper, and it basically talks about how taking time to meet in person helps to identify the core problem which enables a true solution.  Now, that's just my 10 second overview, you may want to read it yourself, it's a quick read. Does it convince you to do some old school face time?  

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JUN
24
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From our reading list...June 24th

From our reading list...June 24th

inc.com | Inc Magazine | Young Entrepreneur Council | Jun 21, 2013 | Getting Press: 8 Tips for Going Hyperlocal
 
Why I like it:
First, it is advise for and from up-and-coming-newly-successful-and-young business owners.  It encourages story telling of the business and connections the owners have to their communities.  With so many news outlets focused on national and world events, local news reporters are looking for stories relevant for their markets.  These tips are especially helpful for non-profits looking to make connections with media outlets to help spread the word of their services, programs and fundraising events.
 
Which tip inspires you?
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MAY
20
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From our reading list...May 20, 2013

From our reading list...May 20, 2013

solstice-mobile.com | Solstice Mobile | Kelly Manthey | Company Blog | May 7, 2013 | Is Mobile Making Us More Productive?

Why I like it:

I saw this and had to read it as I love streamlining-process-improving-getting-more-done-in-less-time.  To Kelly's point there is more opportunity to complete tasks on the go.  I don't recall where I heard it but, the other day I heard about "mobile blinders".  Basically, the assertion was that because of the mobile device, the candy, gum, magazine sales at the checkout counters is far lower since we are checking mail, updating social media or like Kelly, balancing our checkbook while we wait.

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JAN
07
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From our Reading List ... January 7, 2013

entrepreneur.com | Entrepreneur Magazine | Stephanie Vozza | Jan 2, 2013 | Forget Your To-Do List: The 3 Lists Every Entrepreneur Needs

Why we like it:

We admit it, we are addicted to productivity tools - especially lists.  Paper or electronic, all-inclusive or segmented, we try them all.  So naturally when we saw the title we had to read it.  What we especially liked is the reminder of the things that bog us down and should not be on the list.

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SEP
09
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From our reading list...Sept 10th Edition

From time to time, we are asked about what we read.  Here are some articles we thought you might enjoy:

No Excuses

Entrepreneur.com | Nadia Goodman | August 30, 2012 | 4 Ways to Stop Making Excuses and Follow Your Passion

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