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Another Snowy Day…4 Ways to Make the Day Productive

Don't let snow days keep you down. Stay productive and positive with these four tips!

Don’t let snow days keep you down. Stay productive and positive with these four tips!

Another snowy day. Schools, government offices, and businesses are shut down here and throughout as much as a third of the country. I’m having a hard time focusing with my kids and husband home, and the front walkway is beckoning to me to clean it off. Shoveling is gratifying to me because I have a goal, I can watch my progress and see what is still in front of me. On a day like today, my desk cannot compete. I’m going to have to pull out all the stops to accomplish something today. Here’s what I do to stay on task:

  1. I’ve made a short list of four actions I want to complete today, plus a “bonus”. I could try to tackle five times that and probably feel frustrated when I don’t complete it all; instead, I’ll be happy with these four important tasks well-done. I’ve chosen these four because they all move my business forward. I am especially excited about one of them because I think it will surprise a client and help them move forward quickly.
  2. I’ve accepted that interruptions will occur and have planned for them. There is solid research that backs up the value of taking breaks every 90 to 120 minutes. While I often struggle to take breaks, today I am embracing them.
  3. Set up a reward system. As soon as I finish this post, I know that I get to go shovel. I can’t wait!
  4. As part of my four action items, I’ve outlined with which I want help from my team members, my in-house IT department (aka my dear husband), and even my children. Sure, I could do most of them more quickly myself, but my work gets completed more quickly and we feel like a team.

Tackle your work like you would shoveling; set a goal, monitor your progress, and enjoy the accomplishment. Now I’m off to the front walkway! 

Lessons on Losing from Sochi and Shaun White

SWhite_imageHow would you congratulate your biggest competitor on a big win, especially when it was directly against you? We can all learn something from how Team USA Snowboarder Shaun White congratulated Iouri Podladtchikov on his half-pipe win. Even in losing, he showed the best of the Olympic spirit by being a good competitor and an even bigger sport. Nicely done.

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Helen Dutton, A Vision of Your Own, has provided business and personal coaching for small business owners since 2000, providing online and face to face coaching for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-up businesses as well as established businesses across the country. Clients come from New Hampshire, her home state, but she has also acted as a mentor to business owners in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Denver area, and closer to home in the Boston area. Helen helps her clients develop their small business ideas, create marketing plans, improve operation efficiency, build customer service systems, build management and leadership skills, and develop confidence as a business owner. Helen provides business tips and resources through her blog and her newsletter, where you can also find business templates to help your business prosper.