In just a few short weeks I will be traveling to Italy for the Artists Retreat. I can’t wait to join together with artists to be inspired, and work with others like myself who are making their dreams and ideas come to life. Being in Italy for a week is a dream, but even though I’ll be in a beautiful foreign country, I know I still need to be productive. Here are some tools and gadgets I use to make sure travel doesn’t stop me from being industrious even while overseas. Apple iPad — What a great way to have everything you need at your fingertips, while not straining your bicep muscles carrying all your luggage AND a heavy laptop. The iPad is incredibly versatile and will allow me to tweet, read, write, and stay in contact while I’m away. Apple MacBook Pro 13” — I have nothing against PCs or netbooks, but my MacBook and I have taken many successful trips together, so why mess with a perfect partnership? It’s not as small as a netbook, but just as convenient and is perfect for those times when I need more than what my iPad can give me, such as [...]
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I have known Sam for years. But I also haven’t seen him in awhile, so getting together for a cup of coffee sounded great to me. Sam is getting his MBA at a well-known institution in Cambridge (there are really only two choices, so I will let you decide which one you think he goes to). He was walking me through the curriculum when I asked, “What is the objective of most of these classes?” He looked at me like I had four heads and responded, “To solve problems, of course.” That’s when it occurred to me that this program (and many MBA programs) has it all wrong. Life and in this case, business, isn’t about just solving problems. It is about recognizing opportunities. Those opportunities can come in many forms: some are where to present change and innovations. Some opportunities allow us to capitalize on a system that is currently working and integrate it into other areas or create derivatives of that model. That was why part of the Our Revolution team went on the road: to find the models that were working and share them with the world, so others could use them. Not everything is broken. There [...]
People often tell me I’m a busy woman. But we’re all busy, right? Everyone has to contend with finding time outside of their jobs, families, health, social obligations, and a ton of other responsibilities. So when I mentioned to a new acquaintance that I am in the midst of writing two books (“How to Create a Revolution” and “The Expanded Edition: How to Start Your Business with $100”), working on the Our Revolution Project, and composing an opera for the 140 Characters Conference, they ask me how I could possibly do all that. What can I say? I am all about effective productivity. There are a ton of things that I do and want to do, but still need and want my free time. Here is a list of tools and resources that I use to be productive: Time Management Tools: Are are some of my favorite tools that you can use to help save time. 1. Evernote – Whether you are working on a big project or just need a place to organize your upcoming blog posts, Evernote is what I would recommend. The platform (and its Iphone app) are incredibly easy to use and allows [...]
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead!” It’s the rallying cry of the overwhelmed, the busy go-getters who haven’t the time for sleep. I recently proposed how a to-do list can save your life in this article. But if your plate is too full for a little shut eye, like mine, then you may be missing out on the productive benefits of power napping and a good night’s sleep. Productivity never stops with me, and I am always looking for new ways to improve my productivity. But don’t doubt the power of the power nap – it has proven to actually increase your overall productivity in the long run. I have been power napping since college and it has allowed me to work four jobs and take double the course load while at Northeastern and New England Conservatory. Joe Spring reminds us in “How to Take a Nap at Work” that a lack of sleep increases stress and compromises the immune system. If you’re worried about productivity, think of how much time you’ll waste sick in bed! Meanwhile, a power nap can reduce stress, lead to quicker reaction times, and improve overall fitness – all of the things that make us [...]
When you have a traditional, corporate job, deadlines are created by your responsibilities and obligations to your bosses, partners, and associates. But when you are an entrepreneur with your own home business, the only deadline is death. Hopefully, that is a long ways off; but that just makes it harder to discipline yourself to look at the big picture of your life and how you spend your time.
Are you a DIY perfectionist? My dad happens to be one. You should see him redoing a house. What about starting a business or working on a project? Do you procrastinate finishing or launching in because you want everything to be perfect? Well then, this “How to Be More Productive” video is for you! Like this article and want to read more, feel free to subscribe to my blog feed