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Being late is rarely about just being late. Oftentimes, it’s related to fear of downtime and/or a lack of time management skills. We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. Yet some of us have that polished capacity to arrive with enough time before morning meetings to brew a fresh coffee. While others’ scrambled entrance is flustered and chaotic.

Not that tardiness is always negative. In fact, according to Quartz, there’s an upside to being that person who’s always late: It means you’re incredibly optimistic. But wouldn’t it be considerably less stressful to see the glass half full while arriving on time? According to these five time-management tips from MakeSpace (a convenient alternative to self-storage units in Chicago, NYC, LA, and Washington, DC), it's possible: 

standing desk fotoliaMaybe you've wondered if the fancy stand-up desk your company purchased for your colleague is a waste of money and just the latest "shiny object."  Or perhaps you've considered one for your own office but aren't really sure if the claims of increased health and productivity are true.  A recent study from Texas A&M University found that employees who used sit-stand desks were 46% more productive than those at traditional desks. In addition, numerous research studies show that too much sitting can cause a decrease in overall health and productivity.  Apparently this latest "shiny object" is here to stay. A team at Reviews.com recently tested 67 of the most popular standing desk models and found which ones lead in functionality and were most suitable for a variety of budgets, design aesthetics, and any workspace needs.  In addition, they offer some helpful tips when looking for standing desks, outlining the important features, warranty options and how to properly use them.


A recent survey by management software developer AtTask and market research firm Harris Interactive asked 2000 office workers how they spend their time each day. Results showed that 7% of our time at work is spent in wasteful meetings. In fact, 45% of those surveyed feel time spent in wasteful meetings is the largest contributor to lost productivity. Meetings are necessary for communication and collaboration, but how do we ensure that the time spent is not wasted?

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A couple months ago, my two daughters and I had the chance to do something I never thought I'd do. Typically, my fear of heights and "mother instinct" would have prevented me and my girls (ages 9 and 12) from experiencing one of the best adventures of our lives. But thanks to Vallarta Adventures, I overcame my fear and accomplished The Superman, the longest and fastest zipline in Mexico. What did Vallarta Adventures do? To answer simply, they started small.

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It’s 9:32am, and you are in your office. You just got off the phone with a client and have notes to deal with, you have a staff meeting at 10:00, you have 2 phone messages, the board meeting you are in charge of is in 3 days, your manager asked when the report she is waiting on will be done, and you need to make an appointment to get your oil changed.  What do you work on right now?

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How do you feel about email? If you're like many, just the mere mention of it brings feelings of stress and overwhelm. One of the largest challenges I see people face with email is the creation of folders for organization. Some have so many folders they have lost track of their original system, and others have no folders at all. What if I told you that you could manage and maintain your email like a pro with just five top-level email folders?


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Today is cleaning day at my house, one of my favorite days of the month. Before you think I'm crazy, I should tell you that I don't clean my own house...we hire someone to do that chore for us. About 10 years ago when I left my stable corporate career to start my business, my husband and I discussed ways we could cut back on expenses for a while. When the topic of the cleaning lady came up, we both quickly dismissed it as a feasible area to cut. Here's why...


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“Trip enjoyment is inversely proportionate to the amount of crap (re: distractions) you bring with you,” according to Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 Hour Workweek.

I love to travel. I love the excitement of the journey and the fun of the destination. But, I do not enjoy travel preparation. Recently my frequency of travel has increased, spurring me to research ways to reduce the stress and time it takes to prepare. This is obviously a popular and passionate topic among many of you because when I asked my friends and followers on Facebook for their top travel tips, I was blown away by the response. 




Last month, I attended the annual conference for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). It was an amazing three days of learning, presenting, networking and little sleep. At the conference, NAPO's technology experts met for the Technology Special Interest Group meeting. We were asked to share some of our favorite "apps" and you can imagine how eager a room full of tech geeks were to share.



Let's face it. While passwords serve the needed purpose of protecting our digital information, most times they can just be a pain. To be effective, passwords must be changed often, be unique to each application, and contain a good mix of letters, numbers and characters. And, they shouldn't be written down! If done the right way, remembering all of our passwords and coming up with new, unique combinations is almost impossible. Below I share two simple strategies for making this mundane task easier and perhaps even inspiring.

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