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Time Management Tips Uncovered in World War Z

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 2, 2020 |

When I watch movies, I’m in relaxation mode. But afterwards, my brain automatically goes into reflection mode. Call it a blessing or a curse – either way, I enjoy unpacking the different layers. Even though it’s Hollywood and make believe, we can walk away with lessons from what entertains us. The productivity mantra that I…

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Cyber Security – Ransomware, Privacy and Patches

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 25, 2020 |

If you’re like most people, you’ve spent a heck of a lot more time online in the last four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More time connected to devices means a greater amount of time that hackers and malware have to exploit opportunities. Here’s important cyber security news from Bryce Austin of TCE Strategy…

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Vacation Planning in 2020 aka How to Take a Vacation When Travel Is Uncertain Due to COVID-19

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 18, 2020 |

Vacation planning isn’t necessarily at the top of everyone’s priority list, but each year most folks plan at least a one- or two-day break away from work. Maybe your getaway is normally spent a few hours’ drive away or a short flight away in another state or a long flight away overseas. But what about…

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What should you look for when you buy a new computer?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 11, 2020 |

I received a request from a client and her husband for advice on how to buy a new computer. Her husband’s office had just received a special offer from Dell, and they wanted to take advantage of it. She didn’t know if she should purchase a laptop or a tablet. My client was kind enough…

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A Helping Hand or a Nightmare? Navigating SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 4, 2020 |

Back in April of 2020, I shared some how to’s related to applying for the SBA PPP loan. Since then, the rules governing both the application process and the loan forgiveness criteria have been amended multiple times. I recently conferenced with a business contact of mine who is heavily involved with monitoring business legislation, educating…

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National Leave Work Early Day During COVID-19? Heck yeah!

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 28, 2020 |

National Leave Work Early Day is “celebrated” on June 2 of each year. If June 2 falls on a weekend, it’s celebrated on the closest weekday. The “holiday” was created several years ago by my colleague, Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE. A fellow productivity specialist, she was inspired to encourage hard working folks to take…

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Summer Elixir aka Gin and Tonic or Vodka Tonic Recipe

By Helene Segura | May 25, 2020 |

It can get pretty darn hot in the summer where we live. We can hit 100 degrees in May and hover around that mark until September. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, so we drink a gallon or more of water each day. But sometimes you need something refreshing with a little more zing. Enter:…

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Return to Work Framework: Why It May Not Happen Quickly – or At All

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 21, 2020 |

In my previous post about transitioning from “work from home” to office (yes, back onsite once again!), I laid out questions to consider as you prepare to transition through the big return to work onsite. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also still an uncertain time because we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic, and no one…

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How to Transition from Work from Home to Office (Yes, Back Onsite!)

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 14, 2020 |

Civilization is coming back to life. How do I know this? One sign was seeing humans yesterday. Each day for the past eight weeks during this whole COVID-19 shelter in place, I’ve checked our mailbox in the afternoon. I open the front gate, look both ways before crossing the road, check the mailbox and return…

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Coping with COVID-19 Fatigue

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 4, 2020 |

Have you been experiencing any changes in energy levels or moods? My household just finished week seven of sheltering in place. I noticed a downswing in my focus, energy and optimism in the past seven days. When I analyzed these changes in me, I realized that I’m experiencing what I call COVID-19 fatigue. Basically, I’m…

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