TIME MANAGEMENT BLOG

Sugar and Spice Pecans Recipe

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | December 22, 2020 |

Pecans are definitely not my favorite nut, but I was willing to give this recipe a try because of the story behind it. Betty Lifshutz shared this recipe with her community when she was in her 70’s and included the following story with it: “When we got married, I gave Archie the choice of having…

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5 Components of a Productive and Professional Out of Office Message

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | December 17, 2020 |

Taking time away from work to allow your body, mind and soul to recharge is an extremely important component of time management and productivity. By taking time away from work, I’m not just talking about physically; I’m also talking about mentally. This means not thinking about work and most definitely not checking emails during your…

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How To Track Down Missing Deliveries

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | December 10, 2020 |

Whether your missing deliveries were supposed to arrive via USPS, FedEx, UPS or Amazon Prime, it can be a major frustration, especially if you have a deadline for when you need to receive your order. Recently, I ordered medical supplies for delivery through Amazon Prime. I specifically chose these items based on ratings, price and…

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How Does Exercise Increase Productivity? The Secret Productivity Tool of Walking

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | December 1, 2020 |

If you’ve been wondering how exercise increases productivity, you’re in luck! Last week, a homework assignment I gave to a client included walking while creating her project management maps. She seemed surprised about this assignment – not the project planning, but the walking. This might sound like an odd set of instructions to give during…

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Productivity Boost: Giving Thanks

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | November 26, 2020 |

How can anyone possibly give thanks in 2020? Those were my initial thoughts when I was trying to figure out what to be thankful for this year, which is an annual Thanksgiving tradition. To stay positive, which increases productivity, I’m a big proponent of daily reflections about “wins” or accomplishments – no matter how big…

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Office or Home Decluttering Projects: Where to Donate or Sell Your Items

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | November 19, 2020 |

You might have some extra time on your hands this holiday season since there won’t be holiday parties and large family gatherings thanks to COVID-19. With all of that extra time, you might relax a little more or go all out on baking…something fun. Or, you might decide to finally plow through and get rid…

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How To Look Better on Zoom for Important Meetings

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | November 12, 2020 |

Like most people around the world, you’ve probably spent more time than you ever thought you would in virtual meetings and virtual calls via video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meets, WebEx and so on. Because we were initially all in the same boat with suddenly being required to work from home while the entire…

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How to Prevent Holiday Stress in 2020

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | November 3, 2020 |

This annual post about avoiding holiday stress has been a tradition of mine since 2012. This year it seems more fitting than ever to share this. As I write this introduction, the governor of California has just announced rules for Thanksgiving gatherings: no more than three households, must be outside, can’t serve food family style,…

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Daylight Saving Time: A Gift of Time for You

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | October 29, 2020 |

The clients I work with always say with exasperation when I first speak with them, “I wish I had more time!” Or, “I have too much to do and not enough time!” Or, “There aren’t enough hours in the day!” You get the picture. There’s great news if you feel the same way! Once a…

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How to Ask Your Boss to Continue Working Remotely

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | October 22, 2020 |

Recently, a journalist from Celebrity Parents Magazine asked, “What should employees do if they are afraid to return to work because of COVID-19? How can you talk to your boss about not coming back in if you’re nervous? Can an employer fire you or let you go for not wanting to be back in the…

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