How to Guard Your Top Priorities

Many professionals struggle with time management. For successful owners, this struggle is more like an all-out war. Making time for the people, projects and other pursuits that are most important to you can seem almost impossible. And the real problem isn’t that there isn’t enough time. It’s that there are too many requests from people...

How One CEO Transformed His Business to Embrace Workshifting

Much of the conversation about workshifting traditionally focuses on the shifter — i.e., the individual worker who is creating her own transition, or whose employer or job situation allows for remote or flexible working. However, unless the company itself embraces and effectively manages workshifting, problems can result. This was clearly proven in 2013 when Yahoo...

16 Clues That the Future of Work Is Already Here

Technology and globalization are affecting us more than we think they are, especially at work. How we work, when we work and even whom we work with are changing. Below are 16 clues that prove that the future of our work world has been changing steadily and ways you can be ready for what’s next...

The Argument for Napping: Why You Should Nap When You Like!

Many of us admit that we don’t get as much sleep as we should at night. And it’s not always our fault. We’re thinking about the events of the day, worrying about the events of tomorrow, remembering things we need to do, struggling with being too hot or too cold, tossing and turning … it...

Five scientifically proven productivity hacks

Many of us spend our working lives in a state of sensory bamboozlement – juggling endless to-do lists, while practising mindless online procrastination. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Honing productivity is actually very simple – you just have to put the science into practice: Work in blocks According to the ultradian rhythm...

WORKshifting: What’s Your Story?

I recently attended Toronto’s Mesh Conference, where I shared a meal with the co-author of Storyscaping, Darren “Daz” McColl. It got me thinking a lot about how the role of storytelling helps us transform behaviour. At the end of the day, I’m in the business of cultural and behavioural transformation. WORKshift improves employee engagement, optimizes...

5 Ways to Avoid Work Stress and Burnout

Whatever field you work in, you’re bound to feel frustrated with your job at some point. These stresses and trials can progress to such a degree that you begin to burn out. And when you do, it is much more than just a bad day or even the occasional tough week at work. You are...

8 Deadly Wastes That Every Entrepreneur Must Avoid

Every entrepreneur I know is short on resources, including time, money, and skills. The last thing they can afford is to waste any of these, but in my mentoring and coaching activities, I see it happening all too often. Waste in a startup is any activity that absorbs resources, but creates no value or competitive...

Why the “employee experience” is key for retaining staff and freelancers

Financial rewards may seem an obvious way to motivate your staff and freelancers, but a new study has revealed they don’t work in the long term! While hefty pay rates are good at attracting staff to your company they may not be so good at motivating or getting them to stay with you. When someone leaves an employer to...

How to Create the Perfect Home Office Space

More and more people are choosing to work from home, with the trend growing 73 percent in the last six years. That can be attributed, in part, to the more relaxed attitude of bosses and, more heavily, to the growth of technology, making it much easier than it’s ever been. Whether working for a startup...

4 Big freelancing mistakes I’ve made and what to learn from them

Whether you’re a new freelancer, a freelancer-to-be, or a freelancer with a few (okay, a lot of) years under your belt, one of the most efficient ways to learn is from mistakes…preferably some someone else’s.But that’s not always easy to talk about.(How many peers do you feel comfortable asking about their biggest mistake(s)? Chances are,...

The 9 Worst Workshifting Habits Told Using GIFs

Working from anywhere certainly has its benefits. It’s hard to resist the siren song of a better work-life balance, no more early morning commutes and flexibility in your schedule. Sounds ideal, right? Many people think so – flexible work arrangements actually grew 118 percent from 2012 to 2013! But nobody ever talks about the side...

How to Become More Disciplined

Photo by kspoddar, via Wikimedia Commons An aspiring author friend recently wrote me a plaintive note. “Discipline has been a big topic on my mind lately,” she said. “I’ve seen a pattern recently of starting something and not finishing the project and I’m fearful this is what will become of my book.” There are plenty...

How to Be Productive from Anywhere: A Work-on-the-Go Checklist

In a recent blog, I looked at the challenges of working on the move. So often, workshifting seems like the perfect solution. You can work around dropping the kids off at school, get to an event in a different city, save money on a long-term office space or just cut out the dreaded commute. It...

How I found the perfect work/relaxation balance as a freelancer

So you’re having yet another 12-hour long work day. Just like yesterday, and with very little hope for tomorrow to be any different. Sounds familiar?What happened? Wasn’t freelancing supposed to be this dream job allowing you to work whenever you want and wherever you want? How did you let this overworking thing happen?This will be...

Easy Accounting Tools for Your Freelance Business

How badly do you hate accounting? Yeah, me too. We certainly can’t avoid it. But, we can automate it with some really slick and easy-to-use accounting tools. Let’s take a look so you can spend less time battling those numbers. A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of streamlining your business with systems, software and automation. Today...

The Challenges of Workshifting

Working in an office from 9 to 5 (in the words of Dolly Parton) has been a regular and regimented tradition in working life for what seems like forever. Maybe the reason why it has been such a mainstay is the extra element of trust staff get by sitting together. Or maybe it’s that traditionally,...