Getting Better at Email Management

Getting Better at Email ManagementEmail management can challenge even the best time managers. Let’s face it, email revolutionized our world by allowing instant communication. But, let’s also face it, instant communication results in the expectation of an instant response, which can be overwhelming at times.

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Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality (pt 3)

Executing Ideas Part 3This is Part 3 of a multi-part series. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

In Part One of Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality, we ended by editing yourself down to one or two great thoughts to execute. Part 2 began the process of evaluating the idea. Part 3 will walk you through actually executing ideas.

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Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality (pt 2)

Executing Ideas Part 2This is Part 2 of a multi-part series. Click here for Part 1.

In Part One of Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality, we ended by editing yourself down to one or two great thoughts to execute. Part 2 begins the process of evaluating the idea.

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Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality (pt 1)

Executing Ideas: Turning Great Thoughts into Reality Part 1This is Part 1 of a multi-part series. Click here for Part 2.

Working with many small business owners, I hear from a lot of them that they love to start things, but don’t necessarily love finishing them. When executing ideas aren’t as important as thinking of them, you are selling yourself short. Without actually executing ideas, they end up being just worthless thoughts.

A while back, I watched a webinar demonstrating that many business owners struggle with executing ideas and implementing strategies. They are frustrated, especially when employees take no action on those ideas and strategies. But there is an easy solution. Create a process around turning your great thoughts into reality so that you can see your brilliance come to life! Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery for Small Business

Disaster Recovery for Small BusinessDo you have a plan for disaster recovery?

Recently, I had new doors installed at my home, which involved widening my single-door space to a double-door space. Since I work from home and my office is right next to the door, I had to find an alternative space to work for the day due to the noise and the dust. And, it got me to thinking about disaster recovery. Continue reading

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Elusive Moose: Guest Posts on Project Management

I was honored to be invited to be a guest blogger for Elusive Moose. I shared project management strategies and potential tools for project management processes. You can read the posts in their entirety through the links provided, but I’ve also included a brief summary below:

6 Project Management Strategies for Software Developers

  1. You manage projects with sticky notes???Stop using email.
  2. Determine your project management strategies.
  3. Commit to your software choice.
  4. Develop a template.
  5. Build a complete timeline.

Project Management Process Tools

Project Management Process ToolsI evaluate the following:

  • Basecamp 2
  • Asana
  • Basecamp 3
  • JIRA
  • Smartsheet
  • Teamwork
  • Microsoft Project

You can read about additional SaaS tools that I use and recommend here: These are A Few of My Favorite… SaaS Tools for Small Business.

Elusive Moose is a business resource and community for software developers. The free content, as well as content tailored toward members, can be very useful to your business.

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Managing Projects Across Multiple Solutions

Managing Projects Across Multiple SolutionsI’m a firm believer in having one place to go for all of your to-dos so you can prioritize. If you are managing projects across multiple solutions though, that isn’t always possible.

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Proactive Project Management for Improved Business Health

Proactive Project Management for Improved Business HealthThe other morning, while walking the dog, I got a metaphorical lesson in proactive project management that I wanted to share. Plus, it is an excuse to add pictures to a blog post of our awesome dog, Shelby. (He is named for Caroll Shelby, a Texan racecar builder and driver, who also has an outstanding chili recipe.)

About 1 mile into my 2-mile walk that morning, my right hip starting hurting – a lot. As I made it home with a hitch in my giddy-up (that’s Texan for “limp” or other maladies), I got to thinking about getting into tough situations that you have to limp through.

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Why You Need to Improve Processes

Why you need to improve processesWhen I tell people I help small business owners improve processes to ensure success, I get blank stares. Not surprising, right? How do you even know if you need to improve processes? What are the symptoms or pain points? Continue reading

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9 Tips for Starting Projects on Time

Staring Projects on Time... it's sorta like planning a dinner party.Starting projects on time leads to finishing projects on time. But, how do you know when to start? Using planning a multiple course meal as an example, here are nine tips to make sure that you are starting projects on time. Continue reading

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