project management

10 Unusual ways to Get Organized – And Stay that way

10 Unusual  Ways to Get Organized - and Stay That Way Why is it that some people seem to be effortlessly organized, and others struggle to keep silverware in the right place? For many of us, we fall in the second category. However, there are a couple of unusual ways you can trick yourself into getting organized – and then staying that way. Set Realistic Goals If you’re not already organized, the biggest hurdle might simply be starting to organize your work space. It can look like an impossible project if you try to tackle too much at once. Therefore, it’s important to set a realistic goal for yourself. If you can imagine using your calendar consistently, for example, start with that and go from there. You don’t have to push yourself to transform overnight. Plan Ahead It might be [...]

5 Things to Consider when Choosing Apps for your Business

5 Things to Consider when Choosing Apps for your Business As the sophistication of technology in business has risen, so have the number of possibilities. The sheer volume of software and applications for each business can feel overwhelming. However, it’s also an exciting opportunity! There are so many more ways to conduct business than ever before, making it even easier to pursue your passions. What do we mean by apps? There are two types of apps: Web apps and Mobile apps. Web apps typically have more features and are accessed using a browser like Chrome. Mobile apps are specific for phone or tablet use and have a separate access portal (not a browser). There are sometimes Mobile apps accompanying web apps that offer fewer features but can be used anywhere. Mobile apps might not be as powerful as web apps [...]

3 Essential Aspects of Delegating Tasks Effectively

3 Essential Aspects of Effective Task Delegation One of the hardest lessons business owners must learn is that they can’t do everything themselves. For some reason, delegating work to employees is an almost insurmountable task. “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” has been a phrase we’ve all heard. However, there’s a way around that line of thinking! You can get it done right the first time, and you also don’t have to do it yourself. “How is this possible?!” you might wonder. Here are three easy tips to help turn control into guidance.   1. Instructing If you want employees to do something properly, they should know how to do it. Invest the time educating employees on how to complete the job appropriately. Instruction allows employees to be perfectly capable of doing work with [...]

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions

Everyday Battles: Fighting Distractions One of my New Year resolutions was to become more efficient productive in 2018. I feel like I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked to (even though I‘ve made some) I believe my #1 issue is distraction, and I’m not alone. According to a study conducted by Gloria Marks of the University of California, Irvine, a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between interruptions. It takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task following the interruption. And it’s not just phone calls of people stopping by the office that can throw you off track. Something as simple as checking email or texts messages can have the same effect. As a small business owner, having as much time as possible to be productive is essential. What Can I [...]