Planning ahead makes things calmer.

It is the time of year when I know that even though I was raised in Canada, I was born in England. For it is the time of year when the desire to get outside and start to garden starts to stir. Alas as I look out there is at least 2-3 feet of snow on the ground and a -20 windchill that is not very conductive to growing. One can temporary put this at…
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4 Ways to be productive when you least expect it.

Sometimes life can deliver opportunities for you to have some non-scheduled productive time which you can take advantage of. The question is: are you ready for when they appear? Two examples: 1. A scheduled meeting is cancelled and you have a windows of time with nothing scheduled. 2. You forgot that your vehicle was due for a service and you have to get it done today, but that will mean waiting an hour in the waiting room. In this times you can be quite productive…
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What can you give up and change?

My friend Chantelle on her blog is suggesting a 40 day experiment. In the spirit of Catholics giving up something for lent, the idea here is to do a personal sacrifice which will better yourself and others.  I've taken up the challenge and my sacrifice is to stop being on my laptop or phone one hour before I go to sleep. The more I thought about it, this idea is also a powerful way to change…
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10 tips for productive meetings

I can think of very few people who consider meetings a positive item in their work day. Meetings can be very productive, it’s just we have chosen to let them control us instead of the other way around. Here are 10 tips to help you manage meetings better. 1. Be on time Nothing interrupts the flow of a meeting like when someone shows up late and they have to be caught up. Respect everyone else's time…
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