Category: Workplace productivity

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I’ve always talked about the importance of routine or ritual in your day, especially your morning ritual or routine. That sets the tone for your day. Having a weekly routine is just as important. Having a routine will make the difference between you just going through your days and actually getting the end results you’re looking for. After all, that’s what it’s about.

Following a pattern sets you up so you always know what’s next and as a result to be better prepared for what is coming up, so you’re improving when it comes to being ready and having what you need in place. Once you do things repeatedly, you develop the mindset for being more efficient and you discover how to improve on your processes and how to do things more quickly.

Having your routine in place also makes it easier for you and your team to schedule additional things, so you start to create fluid movement within your week that allows for increased momentum. If you look at the things you do on a regular basis, you will see that there are things you do every week.  You may have something that should be getting done weekly, but it’s not happening because you haven’t got your schedule in place or you’re operating off of what you have in your head.

It’s just as important to have a structure for your week as it is to have a daily one. Start by making a list of the things that have to be done every week. Figure out what days and times work best for each activity that you list and get it in your calendar. You might find that something comes along that will call for a change in the day you do something, so make the shift accordingly.

Establish your weekly routine, setting up your days based upon what works for you. Remember, productivity is personal, so take the concept and make it fit you like your favorite pair of shoes. Get it in place and stick with it. It will help you become more efficient. You’ll also find that you have more control of your time with a regular routine in place. Over time your routine will contribute to your increased level of productivity.


Desk Monitor & BookcaseOver the years as I’ve worked with clients I’ve come to learn that one of the things that people struggle most with is keeping their work space organized and clutter free.  It’s right up there with procrastination.  It starts small and then it builds into something that you just can’t seem to get rid of.  It can get to the point of you having an entire space full of clutter.  It’s definitely a formidable opponent and it will not only keep you frustrated, it can keep you from making money.

What most people don’t realize is that as the disorganization and clutter build up in the physical space, so does the energy that comes along with it. Everything is energy and clutter is no exception. If your office or work space is cluttered, you probably have client files, notes from conversations, that book that you started to or want to read, things that need to be filed, and bits and pieces of your personal life lying around in that space. What you also have present in that space is the energy that all of those unfinished bits and pieces bring with them.

Think about that for a moment. The files and notes that you have hanging out bring a stagnant energy to your space since you haven’t done anything with them. So do the books that you haven’t finished reading, and the unfinished or derailed projects on your desk. Some of these things bring other kinds of energy to your work space depending upon how they got there or why they’re lying around. Some things might be there just because you haven’t taken the steps to putting them away. No matter the reason, they bring negative, heavy energy to your space. The exact same kinds of energy build up in a disorganized space. When things don’t have a home, can’t be found or are lost in the shuffle, a particular kind of energy comes to the space.

Your office is your profitability space. This is the space that you come to daily to make things happen. This is the space where you create your products or programs to serve those you are here to serve. This is the physical space that you operate from to live out your entrepreneurial dream. Doing so becomes difficult when your space tells you that you can’t. You work on that new program or event, putting the best of your efforts into it. Sometimes you struggle with it due to the energy in the space. When it’s finally done, somehow it’s not what you intended or not as successful as you thought it would be. If your office is disorganized or cluttered, the space dictates that you can’t use it as you’re attempting to use it. The energy in the space doesn’t allow for you to create your profitability from it.

If your bottom line isn’t looking quite like you want it to, look at your office space. Is it disorganized or cluttered? When you look around do you see a well-organized space that works for you and supports you? What kinds of things are piling up? If you see that your space isn’t allowing for your profitability it’s time to shift the energy in your space. Start by putting away the things that are out of place. If your space isn’t supporting you, start to think about how it can be changed to help you be more productive and hire a professional to help you if necessary. Shift the energy in your space so that it allows you to build your business from it. The energy within it dictates your level of profit and your growth.


About three months ago I purchased my BlackBerry PlayBook and I have to say that I fell in love instantly.  Not only is it sleek looking and appealing to the senses, it provides exactly what I need to stay productive on the go.  I can leave my laptop behind, grab my PlayBook and keep things moving all day long while in or out of the office.  The biggest bonus for me is that I don’t have to be somewhere that allows me access to a wireless network to have access to the internet.  Now that’s a beautiful thing!

BlackBerry Bridge can be used  to connect a PlayBook with a BlackBerry smartphone to access work email, calendar, BlackBerry Messenger, files and other data directly on the tablet while maintaining your work environment’s existing level of security.  This nifty little app lets you see whatever is on your BlackBerry smartphone on your PlayBook tablet.  The new 2.0 software allows a BlackBerry smartphone to be used as a wireless keyboard and mouse to control a PlayBook remotely and wirelessly.  You can also opt for a mini keyboard if you like.

Built-in messages lets you quickly and easily manage email and social network messages with a unified inbox.  Messaging is super easy with inline editing and the ability to use bold, underlining and italics, just as you would directly from your email program.

The newsreels feature and a people view of the day included in the calendar gives you info about those on your calendar and the contacts app acts more like a social hub, gathering information from your social networks (Twitter, FaceBook and LinkedIn) to give you a complete profile of your contacts.

It’s easy to connect with clients and colleagues with the video chat from PlayBook to PlayBook that allows you to continue to use other apps while you’re chatting. Oh, and did I mention that this tablet has 2 cameras?  That’s right–front and rear facing HD cameras.

The Documents To Go feature lets you view and edit your MS Word, Excel and Power Point docs.  You can also print from your desktop or laptop to your PlayBook with Print To Go.

If security is a concern, not to worry.  The operating system is designed from the ground up to be resilient and secure.  The PlayBook was the first tablet to achieve FIPS 140-2 certification, making it trusted by governments and other organizations for which security is of the utmost importance.

These are just a few of the great features and conveniences that this tool affords you to help keep your day and your company moving.  PlayBook brings together the best of BlackBerry communications, powerful productivity tools and your favorite apps, along with collaboration and communication tools to help you make the most out of every opportunity.  If you’re looking for a tool that can help you get it done, BlackBerry Playbook is the one.  Click to learn more about BlackBerry PlayBook and its features.

This is the final post in this series.  To continue looking at your connections to clutter, let’s look at the spiritual connections that exist between you and your environment.  Everything is energy including the clutter in your space.  We know that like attracts like.  Clutter attracts more clutter.  The more clutter you have in a space, the heavier or more negative the energy, which impacts you.  This is the energy that will keep you from being productive in a number of ways.

That energy will blur your vision, keep you confused mentally and keep you from moving forward in life. Everyone has their own personal path; a reason why they are here on the planet, or life’s purpose and when there’s clutter we are detoured from that path because it becomes difficult to connect with our Higher Self or Higher Power.  When we hold on to things we stay connected to the past.  The things you hold onto hold the energy from past relationships or other situations, and you stay there in that space unable to connect on a spiritual level or to move forward on our path.

When you clear the clutter from your environment, you call back to yourself the parts of your spirit that have been attached to them and attached to the emotional needs and the memories associated with those things.  You bring yourself powerfully into present time.  Your energy, instead of being dispersed in multiple unproductive directions, becomes centered and focused.  You feel more spiritually complete and more at peace with yourself.

As you attempt to clear the clutter from your environment, take a look at the spiritual clutter in your life.  What things need to go so that you can clear the clutter?  If you really want to get rid of the clutter once and for all, start with you.

Previously, I talked about the physical and mental connections between you and your environment.  Here, I’m going to address the emotional connections.  Now, you may not think about this area of your life being cluttered, but how many times have you known people to walk around with unresolved emotions?  What happens at the end of a relationship?  Usually there are things that remain unfinished, unsaid, and plenty of emotion as well as the baggage to go along with it.

At times it’s not a relationship that’s ended that leaves us cluttered emotionally; it’s the existing relationships—the vampires, draining relationships, and the abusive ones as well.  They are all forms of emotional clutter.  If there is enough of it and if it remains for long enough, this emotional clutter will flow over into your environment.  If you’re dealing with a cluttered environment, take a look at your inner circle and see who’s present.  It may be possible that there are some people in your life that need to be removed.  If that’s the case, start thinking about the process of letting them go.  Remember that just like the clutter in your space, people can contribute to our emotional clutter and the longer they’re present, the more space they take up.  Be careful about who you allow to stay and occupy space in your life.  It’s important to keep your emotional space clear, so that your environment can stay clear of the clutter.

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