Walking the Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re an independent traveler, you might cringe at the thought of delegating vacation planning or trip planning to a company. I totally get that…because I’m the same way. My husband and I have been planning and traveling independently for over two decades. I wouldn’t say we’re high maintenance, but we are particular about certain…

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Independence Day 2019 – Go You and Go Team!

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our nation celebrates Independence Day every July 4th. Most folks think of this holiday as a grilling or swimming holiday. Fewer folks stop to think about the human costs of having this freedom and how grateful we all should be. Even fewer folks think about their own personal freedom – and the choices that they…

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Facilitate a Productive Meeting: How to Prevent a Waste of Time

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a prior blog post about how to facilitate a productive meeting, I mentioned an appointment for which the medical professional was completely unprepared. You can read the details here, but the short version is that we took off a day from work for this appointment, waited for over one hour to see this “professional,”…

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Productivity Recharge – Things To Do in Paris

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lovely woman who attended my book launch party for The Great Escape asked me for recommendations for things to do in Paris. Here’s the information I sent to her: “I’ll leave the sites you told me about (Louvre, Orsay, Opera Garnier) off this list. Not sure if you’ve been to or experienced these yet:…

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Is Chivalry Dead?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 13, 2019 | 6 Comments

When I was in my 20’s, I witnessed a woman chide a man for opening the door for her. “I’m perfectly capable of doing things for myself!” she snapped at him. I remember feeling very confused because I’d been raised to be fiercely independent, but I’d also been taught that polite men open the door…

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Are PacSafe Travel Bags a Worthwhile Purchase?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | June 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the ladies in our Camino de Santiago group asked me if Pacsafe travel bags were a worthwhile purchase: “Have you ever heard of a brand of travel bags called Pacsafe?  I have a small purse I’ve used before but it’s a bit small and leather, so I’m thinking about getting something bigger and more…

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To Do Lists Don’t Have to Be a Drag

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’ve heard many people lament about to do lists: “I hate them. They make me feel trapped.” “I never finish them so what’s the point?” “To do lists are such a bummer because there’s never anything fun on the list.” If you nodded your head at least once as you read those utterances, prepare to…

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Will You Take Part in National Leave the Office Early Day?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Leave the Office Early Day was founded by my esteemed colleague, Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, who is known as The Productivity Pro. Yes, there is a process you can go through to establish an official holiday! When you’re super efficient, you’ll have time in your day to take on crazy projects like that! There…

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Facilitate a Productive Meeting: How to Not Screw It Up

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Don’t be that person who takes what could have been a productive meeting and turns it into a waste of time! One of my husband’s doctors ordered a specialized test that required him to make a follow-up appointment to receive the results and have them explained. My husband chose a day that was a school…

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National Teacher Appreciation Week – What’s the big deal?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during May each year. In 2019, it will take place from May 6-10. Teachers will be given inexpensive trinkets and treated to snacks, which are lovely gestures. But when you think about what teachers have to deal with throughout the year, it’s important to thank them year-round, and not…

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