TIME MANAGEMENT BLOG

Time Management – How to Respond to Email

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 17, 2021 |

For many years now I’ve been a proud part of the “Meet the Pros” team in a seasonal series of organization magazines from Better Homes & Gardens. The process usually starts with a longer interview session and wraps up with several follow up questions by email or phone. During our most recent round, I received…

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Enchiladas Verdes Casserole Recipe

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 10, 2021 |

Ingredients 2 ¾ lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs½ tsp sea salt½ tsp pepper½ tsp onion powder½ tsp garlic powder½ tsp ground cumin12 tortillas (small to medium, roughly 7” in diameter)2 cups Queso Quesadilla, shredded2 cups Monterey Jack, shredded2 cups White Cheddar, shredded2 cups Asadero, shredded 4-5 cups salsa verde:2 ½ lbs. medium tomatillos, husks and…

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What Is Time? (Howard Meets Time)

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 3, 2021 |

What is time? When Howard meets Time in the movie Collateral Beauty, he learns that his opinion of it might be off base. What about you? What is time? What is your opinion of time? Do you think time flies? Do you think time stands still? Do you think time is everything? Do you think…

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National Leave the Office Early Day 2021

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 27, 2021 |

National Leave the Office Early Day is “celebrated” on June 2 of each year. If June 2 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s celebrated on the closest weekday. This “holiday” was created several years ago by Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE. A fellow productivity specialist, she wanted to encourage overworked professionals to take a…

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Travel Tips as We Emerge from COVID

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 20, 2021 |

Normally I plan our travel adventures 6 to 12 months out. Some folks think that’s way too far ahead because plans could change. But for us, our vacation is something we look forward to, so we won’t let anything get in the way of our plans. Once we say we’re going somewhere, we’re going. And…

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How to Be Productive While Working from Home – One Year Later (Part 2)

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 13, 2021 |

In last week’s blog about working from home, I shared the answers I gave to the Wall Street Journal’s questions about: *the biggest obstacles people face while working away from the office *why working from home can feel so full of procrastination *why working from home can be more productive that working in an office…

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How to Be Productive While Working from Home – One Year Later

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 6, 2021 |

Last year, the Wall Street Journal provided me questions to answer for an article they were writing about productivity while working from home. They wound up using a few of my answers in their article. It’s now been 14 months since the majority of U.S. towns and cities went into some form of lockdown mode…

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Missing Hugs Affects Your Health and Productivity

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 29, 2021 |

I am not a hugger. I am not naturally inclined to hug every acquaintance I bump into. Once the Coronavirus lockdown started, missing hugs was definitely not at the top of my return-to-normalcy wish list. That’s not to say that I detest hugs. Quite the contrary. I love congratulatory hugs. I need pick-me-up hugs. I…

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Are You Ready for the REAL ID Deadline?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 22, 2021 |

Back in 2017, I blogged about how the federal government’s REAL ID deadline would be here before we knew it…in October 2020. In February of 2020, I drafted another blog post to remind folks about getting their REAL ID in October. Here’s that rough draft: “If you fly using any domestic airport or if you…

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Does Speed Reading Improve Productivity?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 15, 2021 |

During an email seminar I was presenting, one of the participants posted this comment in the chat box: “I should learn speed reading so I can get through these emails faster.” Speed reading incorrectly can be costly That comment reminded me of what I discovered when I was researching a discount airline. One particular airline…

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