Back to School Preparation for Parents and Employers

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

Back to school preparation for parents has been fairly standard in the past. You make sure your kids have their required boosters and that they’re registered with your school. Then you hunt down their school supplies list and start stocking up. If you’re an employer, you really don’t prepare for back to school unless your…

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Aviation American Gin

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | August 3, 2020 |

Gin and tonic has been one of my favorite summertime cocktails because it’s so simple to make, it’s refreshingly cool, and I enjoy the flavor. But three incidents have occurred which lead me to believe that I don’t actually love gin. Incident #1: My husband and I drank a flight of Dutch gin at a…

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Back to School Preparation for Teachers

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 30, 2020 |

Back to school preparation for teachers has been pretty standard in the past. If you’ve been teaching for a while, you know the drill. Your school district releases the next school year’s calendar in the spring, and you mark your first professional development date for the fall on your calendar. Once school is done for…

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Are Your Utility Bills Killing Your Productivity?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 23, 2020 |

If you’re like most people, you’ve been spending an increased amount of time indoors. It’s summertime, so in most areas, that means it’s heating up and time to run the air conditioner. Before the pandemic, you would’ve been onsite at work all week long and your kids in daycare or at a camp or a…

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How to Be Productive While Working from Home

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 16, 2020 |

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. I thought I’d share with you all of the answers and recommendations I’d given to them. – What are the biggest obstacles…

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Best Tonic Water – A Simple Taste Test

By Helene Segura | July 9, 2020 |

When you make time for fun, you can partake in silly things like a best tonic water taste test. This crazy quest came about after I shared my gin and tonic recipe and my vodka tonic recipe. A reader asked: “Have you found a tonic that does not contain high fructose corn syrup?” I must…

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Communicating Change During COVID-19

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 7, 2020 |

Last week, a business contact I communicate with almost daily sent me an email with a short but startling message: “Helene:  I am going to be out of the office for the rest of today and I’ll give an update later about tomorrow.  My husband was laid off today and it’s a long story but…

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English Garden Cocktail Recipe

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

Ingredients: 1 ½ TB Elderflower Liqueur 1 ½ TB Gin 5-6 oz Prosecco, super chilled Cucumber, thinly sliced Mint, torn into small sprigs Champagne flute, chilled Directions: Grab your champagne flute from the freezer or refrigerator. Pour the elderflower and gin into your glass. Fill the rest of your flute with prosecco. Add one or…

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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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