The Tool Every Home Office Needs

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | September 16, 2021 |

“What is the single most important tool every home office needs?” A journalist recently posed this question to organizing and productivity experts. This was my response: The single most important tool every home office needs is a battery backup. APC is a popular brand, but they’re not the only ones:  If there is any kind…

Read More

Strategic Planning for Q4 – Where Exactly Are You Going?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | September 8, 2021 |

Do you ever feel like you spend so much time dog paddling, doing your best to keep your head (or at the very least your eyes and nose) above water, focusing on that to do list every single day (hoping to knock out at least a few items)…that you never pause to lift your head…

Read More

How to Smoke a Boston Butt Roast

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | September 2, 2021 |

Whether it’s Labor Day weekend or an ordinary Saturday, it’s always a great time to barbecue pork! If you don’t have a lot of time to study how to smoke a Boston Butt (aka pork shoulder), here’s a quick tips list: *Fire up your grill It will take anywhere from 30-45 minutes for your grill…

Read More

How Can Time Tracking Help You?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | August 26, 2021 |

As I was archiving some of my writing from ten years ago, I was reminded how strategic best practices stand the test of time, unlike fad hacks that are popular today but fade over time. Case in point. The following is an excerpt from a written interview with a journalist in which she asked me…

Read More

How Do I Get People to Use My Appointment Scheduler?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | August 19, 2021 |

A client asked me last week: “How do I get people to use my phone appointment scheduler?” She’d begun to use a scheduling platform (think Calendly or ScheduleOnce). She was worried that people would be turned off by being told to use an automated digital calendar system to schedule a phone or Zoom meeting instead…

Read More

Productivity Boost – Fixed Wireless Internet in Rural Areas

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | August 12, 2021 |

If you’re a city dweller, you might be wondering why someone who lives in the United States of America in the 21st century is writing about how to find high speed internet service. But if you live in a rural area, you might be down on your knees right now, hoping that this time, you’ve…

Read More

What to Do If You Lose Your Vaccine Card

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | August 5, 2021 |

You now have one more object to be responsible for: a vaccination card. It’s one more item you need to keep track of, to know where it is at any given moment, to protect from the elements, to keep pristine when you need to carry it. But your vaccine card is different from any other…

Read More

Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life

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

Do you remember the television show, The X-Files? FBI Agent Mulder – with a mind open to everything possible – investigated alien sightings, the supernatural, and the seemingly unexplainable. His partner, Agent Scully, was a medical doctor who didn’t readily accept paranormal (aka “out there”) hypotheses and instead sought scientific proof and explanations for each…

Read More

How a Kim’s Convenience “Sneak Attack” Can Improve Productivity

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

This mantra is one that I preach to participants in my seminars and workshops as well as during individual client sessions: “Time management is all about mind management.” Your brain decides how you’re going to use every single moment each and every day. Your brain will decide whether to wander or stay focused. Your brain…

Read More

Email Best Practices at Work

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

Outside of picking up the phone and calling someone in order to prevent a lengthy, time-consuming email thread, the subject line and the format of the body are the fundamental keys to immediately improving email efficiency. Subject Line State the purpose, content and any deadline for action or response. It should be clear to the…

Read More