Travel Tips as We Emerge from COVID

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 20, 2021 |

Normally I plan our travel adventures 6 to 12 months out. Some folks think that’s way too far ahead because plans could change. But for us, our vacation is something we look forward to, so we won’t let anything get in the way of our plans. Once we say we’re going somewhere, we’re going. And…

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How to Be Productive While Working from Home – One Year Later (Part 2)

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 13, 2021 |

In last week’s blog about working from home, I shared the answers I gave to the Wall Street Journal’s questions about: *the biggest obstacles people face while working away from the office *why working from home can feel so full of procrastination *why working from home can be more productive that working in an office…

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How to Be Productive While Working from Home – One Year Later

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 6, 2021 |

Last year, 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. It’s now been 14 months since the majority of U.S. towns and cities went into some form of lockdown mode…

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Missing Hugs Affects Your Health and Productivity

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

I am not a hugger. I am not naturally inclined to hug every acquaintance I bump into. Once the Coronavirus lockdown started, missing hugs was definitely not at the top of my return-to-normalcy wish list. That’s not to say that I detest hugs. Quite the contrary. I love congratulatory hugs. I need pick-me-up hugs. I…

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Are You Ready for the REAL ID Deadline?

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

Back in 2017, I blogged about how the federal government’s REAL ID deadline would be here before we knew it…in October 2020. In February of 2020, I drafted another blog post to remind folks about getting their REAL ID in October. Here’s that rough draft: “If you fly using any domestic airport or if you…

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Does Speed Reading Improve Productivity?

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

During an email seminar I was presenting, one of the participants posted this comment in the chat box: “I should learn speed reading so I can get through these emails faster.” Speed reading incorrectly can be costly That comment reminded me of what I discovered when I was researching a discount airline. One particular airline…

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Recipe: Banoffee Pie

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 6, 2021 |

Ingredients 3       sticks of butter 9 oz   ginger snaps (crushed) ¾ cup         sugar 14 oz can of condensed milk 4       bananas (sliced) 1       lemon (juiced) 1 cup double or whipping cream grated chocolate Directions Crush the ginger snaps into fine crumbs. In a saucepan, melt 10 TB (1 stick + 2…

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What a Happiness Audit Can Do for You

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 1, 2021 |

During one of my coaching sessions, a client shared with me that he’d decided to take a sabbatical from working. He’s going to quit his current job so he can enjoy life to the fullest, figure out what kind of work will make him happy, and live a balanced life. We agreed he wasn’t satisfied…

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Save Time Finding a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | March 25, 2021 |

If you’ve been trying to find a vaccine appointment, you might have experienced some consternation about how much time it’s taking you to do this. As additional tiers beyond healthcare workers, nursing home residents, people 65 and older, people with underlying conditions, and teachers open up into all of the aforementioned plus 50 and older,…

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Pie (standard and Keto)

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

This pie is smooth and cool – a perfect dessert for spring and summer. If you’re watching your weight, follow the notes for the Keto version. It tastes nearly as rich as the standard version. This recipe makes a 9” pie. INGREDIENTS Standard Crust 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted…

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