Motivation & Productivity

April 22, 2016
marketing podcast

5 Best Marketing Podcasts to Start Your Day

  We all know we should be listening to podcasts, but we never really commit to tuning in to one. I’m telling you to change your ways! Podcasts allow you to hear valuable conversations from marketing experts, without having to get ahold of them. It’s free knowledge! So, check out some of these podcasts and take a listen to one over your morning coffee, shower (because that’s where all the good ideas come from, right?) or commute to work. Here are my top five, in no particular order.    Marketing Over Coffee Hosts: John Wall and Christopher Penn Avg. Length: […]
April 11, 2016
How having a second phone number and cutting down on email made me 75% more productive

How Having a Second Phone Number and Cutting Down on Email Made Me 75% More Productive

  As a growth consultant, email is the bane of my existence. If you are an entrepreneur or freelancer, you can probably relate. A few months ago I started to realize how much time I spent on email: I used a fun tool called rescue time and it told me I was spending 6-8 hours of active time per week in Gmail. I received almost 250 emails a day! I was spending much too much time on email and not enough getting critical tasks done.     Fast forward a few months. I now receive a quarter of the emails […]
January 8, 2015

Goals To Accomplish In 2015

Happy 2015, With the New Year comes a fresh new start.  Time to wipe the slate clean.  This is the time of year when I literally spend 2-3 days planning my new year.  From finances to fears to goals and aspirations to holding myself accountable through it all. Remember the Winston Churchill quote,”He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”  So how do you plan your new year? Here is some inspiration to start your 2015 off the right way. I start off by creating a mind map of my yearly goals.  I am a very visual individual and it […]
November 17, 2014

Its All About Simplicity Stupid

You never know where you are going to find inspiration at the absolute time that you need it. Inspiration came to me today in the form of a website usability/user experience presentation performed by a work colleague of mine. So what could possibly have inspired me enough to focus an entire blog post on it? Let me set the scene. Since moving back to Boston it’s been hard for me to sit still and write. I have unfortunately put my book writing on hold for a while as I have had lots of catching up to do with friends and […]
September 6, 2014

Be More Creative- The World Will Thank You

Do you have that entrepreneurial itch from time to time that keeps you awake at night?  That dream, vision, idea, invention that you desired to bring to life?  Perhaps it came to you in a dream years ago.  Maybe it smacked you in the face one day and you said to yourself “why doesn’t that exist yet? It would make my life or someone else’s life so much better!” This post is inspired by the fact that I just decided to take a little time and dig into my old backup files to see what’s there.  Wow have I had […]
June 19, 2014
Family Guy Italian

Try Traveling Alone To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Scussi, babada boobie, bebada boobada bobida! -Peter Griffin Traveling alone to a small town in Italy with very little English speaking locals has proved to be more difficult than I anticipated.  Even with my two months of Italian training I have been somewhat socially isolated.  Even the Peter Griffin mustache method proved to not work as well as anticipated. Sure I can chat up the tourists but that’s not what I am here for. I am here to live the Italian culture.  I realized today that I put myself in a very precarious situation.  Unless I become conversationally fluent and […]
March 12, 2014

We all want Time Freedom

I just got back from Cabo San Lucas and it was a relaxing five days of lounging on the beach, watching whales at play, eating fish tacos, and exploring the Baja.  I rarely get to relax like that but I am making it a new habit because I had a explosion of creativity.  Just sitting with a pad and paper watching the ocean, I came up with a dozen new blog topics and even a good topic for a book.  I am really enjoying my time freedom which leads me to this blog post.  What is the definition of time […]
January 25, 2014

Being Indecisive Is Sabotaging Your Success

I am sitting here over looking the ocean trying to write my newest post.  The irony of this whole situation is that I want to write a post on decisiveness and yet I am staring off at the ocean being indecisive about how I want to start my post.   Some posts take me 30 minutes and others take me 3 hours.   When I am more decisive I write quicker and my posts tend to flow better.  So what does this have to do with anything and why is it such a game changer to be more decisive in your life? […]
December 17, 2013

Habits For Increasing Productivity (Part 2)

I hope you enjoyed part 1 from last week.  If you haven’t read it be sure to read it HERE before you read part 2.  We left off part 1 talking about how establishing your priorities is the first step toward increasing your productivity. I trust you went through the Covey Quadrant Method and took a look at the priorities you current have and what priorities you want to work toward.  In addition, this exercise is great for finding activities to limit or eliminate.  Its a real eye opener when you see how much time we spend on pointless activities. […]
December 9, 2013

New Habits For Increased Productivity in 2014 (Part 1)

I always feel like the blogs posts I write are timely and directly connected to something I feel I need to work on at the moment.  It’s getting cold, the sun is going down early, I am feeling lethargic, I don’t feel like working out, and frankly I am eating like crap.  I know lots of you are shaking your head.  All of this is having a direct impact on my daily productivity and its time to change that. Your productivity ebbs and flows with the seasons and for those of you in the mid west or north east, your […]