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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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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