Chinese New Year Resolutions 2019

By Helene Segura | January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you like having a reason to start a new task, project, or goal, Chinese New Year is a great time to begin. It’s almost spring, and spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Or maybe you didn’t quite get around to successfully beginning your “traditional” New Year’s Resolutions. Chinese New…

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Are Politicians and the Media Causing You to Lower Productivity?

By Helene Segura | January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

In my last post about National Quality of Life Month, I shared the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s definition of quality of life, as displayed at “A generic concept reflecting concern with the modification and enhancement of life attributes, e.g., physical, political, moral and social environment; the overall condition of a human life.” I…

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How National Quality of Life Month Can Improve Your Productivity

By Helene Segura | January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Quality of Life Month is observed every January. Some of these “national holidays” are silly and frivolous. If you look at the entire list, on the one hand you might wonder who has the time to make up all of these observances? On the other hand, you might realize that there are some topics…

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Get Organized for the Holidays – the ones in Winter 2019!

By Helene Segura | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

I know what you’re thinking – “Get organized for the holidays in winter 2019?!? What?!? Isn’t it a tad bit early??” I hear ya, I hear ya. But I’m not talking about getting your turkey baster out or decorating your tree this early. I’m talking about debriefing how things went during your 2018 holidays, so…

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How to Be Successful with New Year’s Resolutions

By Helene Segura | January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

  How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions on Day 3 of 2019? Are you still excited? Are you still working toward them? Or have you already considered throwing in the towel? If you’re still revved up about your New Year’s Resolutions, congratulations! Take a few moments to think about what is keeping…

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How to Find a Financial Advisor

By Helene Segura | December 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

I know what you’re thinking. How to find a financial advisor – what the heck does that have to do with productivity? It goes a little something like this… If you’re worried about your money or whether or not you’ll be able to retire when you want to –and live the lifestyle that you want…

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Things to Do in Florence, Italy

By Helene Segura | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

The daughter of one of my clients will be spending a few weeks in Florence, Italy, in January as a part of a study abroad program. If you’re planning a trip any time soon to this lovely city in the Tuscany region, here are some things to do in Florence. (taken directly from my note…

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Our Secret Hot Chocolate Recipe

By Helene Segura | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

I hope you enjoy some relaxation during this holiday season. One of our favorite ways to unwind is to curl up on the couch and enjoy a mug of our favorite hot chocolate recipe. My husband whips up a mean batch. When he serves it up he says, “Eight euros, please!” I thought you might…

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How to Prevent Holiday Madness

By Helene Segura | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

‘Tis the season to be fun and festive, but flailing about in a disorganized frenzy will certainly dampen anyone’s spirits. Getting it together pays big dividends, so here are three ways to do that: Decorations As you haul out your boxes, bags, and totes full of holiday cheer, take the time to do a little…

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Paper Management – How to stop junk mail from charities (Part 1)

By Helene Segura | November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Wondering how to stop junk mail from charities? When I help clients sort through their backlog of mail, one common issue I’ve noticed is the amount of donation requests. In many cases, a full one-third of the paper piles consist of paper-based begging. In disgust of the overload, the clients always end up dumping the…

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