Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Maybe you should have lunch

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning. (Lao Tzu)

Think about think about it in the context of lunch. Yes, lunch. How many of you skip lunch or eat something at your desk so that you can 'save time' ? Are you really saving time ? Maybe you would still get everything done even if you have a proper lunch break.

When I worked in Paris (in the days of the corporate career) I went out for lunch every day and yes often had a glass of wine (maybe two even) but I sure as heck worked harder and more productively in the afternoon than when I worked in London or Toronto and ate a boring sandwich at my desk and carried on working.

How many of you are taking a real break at lunchtime ? Eating a nice lunch rather than some boring old thing in a food court ? or at least going and eating the boring thing in the sunshine or with friends (no not co-workers - that is great for team building but not every day - you need a break from your work environment). And for readers who work at home... what are you up to ?? Bet you skip lunch or eat at your desk .. go on admit it.

So change it. Things will still get done even if you have a good lunch break.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Carbonite - or backing up your e-business

Have just found out about Carbonite, a company providing unlimited online back up protection for a mere $49.95 a year. All you have to do is sign up, download the software, install it, run through the set up choosing what you want it to back up, set it, and that's it. They even offer a 14 day Free Trial.

Carbonite basically installs a small application on your computer that works quietly in the background looking for new and changed files that need to be backed up. When your computer is idle, Carbonite automatically backs up your new and changed files. You don't have to do anything! When you're using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep so it will never slow you down or interfere with your Internet connection.All your files are encrypted twice before leaving your PC and they remain encrypted at Carbonite secure data centers, so only you can see your files.

So, if you accidentally delete or lose a files it takes just a few clicks on your desktop to get them back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or dies and you lose all your files, a visit to Carbonite’s website from a new computer and they can be retrieved in no time.

For those stay-at-homes who copy to DVD this is not a service they need but for those of you who work from many locations it can be a godsend. I am currently in the UK, had to have my laptop cleaned and reinstalled but a lot of my back-up was in Canada....

I am heading over to Carbonite right now !!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time Out

Between working for my business consulting and coaching clients; developing a series of e-books and teleseminars to help people evaluate their business ideas, harness the power of social marketing etc; translating my website content into French; developing CanEuropa - a consulting business helping Canadian companies move into Europe and European companies expand into Canada; working on three totally new business ideas, writing posts here every week…

I need some time out from blogging !

You’ll still find me on Facebook and be able to see what I am up to.

I'll be back at the beginning of October....

Friday, September 19, 2008

Culture Cuts in Canada

This is too funny - albeit a serious matter - culture is such an important part of our heritage.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Folding your T- shirt..

... or a Time Saving Tip for Nomadic Entrepreneurs.

This amused me and it is really practical too. How to fold a T shirt in 2 seconds. Click here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Marketing Tips from an Olympic champion

Colleen Coyne, a former member of the U.S. women's ice hockey team, earned a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games. And in a post at the HubSpot blog, she outlines how the keys to Olympic success apply to your work in marketing.

1. Don't train harder, train smarter

2. Success is a decision

3. Plan the work

4. Work the plan

5. Be in position to be in position ie anticipate the possibilities and make sure you are prepared to take advantage of them.

6. Nobody cares what you want, they care what you do

7. Hang out with & watch the pros

8. If you are not getting better, you're getting worse - There is no such thing as "maintenance" in business. Everything you do (or don't do) contributes to your level of success.

Click here to read the full post.