National Leave Work Early Day During COVID-19? Heck yeah!

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 28, 2020 |

National Leave Work Early Day is “celebrated” on June 2 of each year. If June 2 falls on a weekend, it’s celebrated on the closest weekday. The “holiday” was created several years ago by my colleague, Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE. A fellow productivity specialist, she was inspired to encourage hard working folks to take…

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Summer Elixir aka Gin and Tonic or Vodka Tonic Recipe

By Helene Segura | May 25, 2020 |

It can get pretty darn hot in the summer where we live. We can hit 100 degrees in May and hover around that mark until September. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, so we drink a gallon or more of water each day. But sometimes you need something refreshing with a little more zing. Enter:…

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Return to Work Framework: Why It May Not Happen Quickly – or At All

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 21, 2020 |

In my previous post about transitioning from “work from home” to office (yes, back onsite once again!), I laid out questions to consider as you prepare to transition through the big return to work onsite. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also still an uncertain time because we’re experiencing an unprecedented pandemic, and no one…

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How to Transition from Work from Home to Office (Yes, Back Onsite!)

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 14, 2020 |

Civilization is coming back to life. How do I know this? One sign was seeing humans yesterday. Each day for the past eight weeks during this whole COVID-19 shelter in place, I’ve checked our mailbox in the afternoon. I open the front gate, look both ways before crossing the road, check the mailbox and return…

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Coping with COVID-19 Fatigue

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | May 4, 2020 |

Have you been experiencing any changes in energy levels or moods? My household just finished week seven of sheltering in place. I noticed a downswing in my focus, energy and optimism in the past seven days. When I analyzed these changes in me, I realized that I’m experiencing what I call COVID-19 fatigue. Basically, I’m…

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How to Work from Home with Rambunctious Children in the House

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 30, 2020 |

You might be taken aback by a title that contains the phrase work with rambunctious children, but this topic has come up during different client sessions and seminars. You can substitute the word rambunctious with other adjectives like active, hyper, curious, free-spirited, bored, ADHD, ADD, creative, wild…. No matter which term you use, unless your…

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Work from Home Lessons – Should we keep doing these things?

By Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO® | April 21, 2020 |

If you listen to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 updates on the news, what you usually hear about are scary statistics and anxiety-causing prognostication. What usually gets pushed to the end of a news broadcast – if at all – is some positive by-product of this entire shelter in place, social distancing situation. I’ve noticed a pattern of…

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Two Recipes in One: Mango Salsa and Pico de Gallo

By Helene Segura | April 20, 2020 |

When I was dating my husband, his mother taught me how to make pico de gallo. One of the secrets she taught me was “cooking” the onions in lime. I didn’t know much about cooking back then and could not understand why she described onions soaking in lime juice as cooking. What the heck? Now…

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Mexican Rice Recipe

By Helene Segura | April 20, 2020 |

If you’ve read through my blogs or any of the books I’ve written, you know that my hobbies include traveling, watching movies and experimenting with recipes. While sheltering in place during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve expanded beyond our usual Saturday cooking day to two or three times per week. I’m posting this recipe for my…

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How to Apply for SBA PPP Loan

By Helene Segura | April 10, 2020 |

I’ve just finished the application process for the SBA PPP Loan, the special program the federal government recently rolled out as a result of the current Coronavirus COVID-19 situation. A close business contact of mine who is extremely knowledgeable about and involved in government policies related to businesses spurred me into action because this was…

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