Tips for Working and Managing Remotely
Coronavirus is forcing many people to work remotely. For some, this is a seamless transition but for many others, it can be difficult to implement. For 20 years our company had an office in Basking Ridge, NJ, and everyone worked together in one location. I loved being with the staff every day. I felt that the proximity allowed for a better exchange of ideas and made us a better team.
Then 5 years ago, my husband (and business partner) and I decided to move to San Diego. We planned to keep the NJ office and open a second location here in Southern California. Before we moved here, and right after Superstorm Sandy disrupted our lives for weeks, we decided to shift all staff to laptops and to make a plan for people to work at home during bad weather and when people felt too unwell to commute but not too unwell to work. It also allowed us to give our staff with babies and children the ability to adjust their workdays based on family needs.
A Simple Trick to Instantly Lift Your Mood
To keep my energy and level of enthusiasm generally high, I eat well, get exercise, and drink lots of water. I also love what I do and work with people I admire. However, there are days that are tough no matter what. For those days, when I am feeling feeing down, tired, or anxious, here is a great little shortcut that helps me to feel better instantly.
Living Life Authentically
Connection. That’s the word of the year.
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5 Ways to Create Happier, More Meaningful Days
We do our best work, when we love what we do. As the owner of a online marketing and publicity firm that helps authors promote their books and brands, I've had a lifelong love affair with books. Helping authors share their message is my passion. Reading just one book (okay, even just one powerful sentence) can change your life.
Recently I read Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life by Tom Rath* and watched the new documentary Fully Charged, and I immediately made some tweaks in how I go about my day. I read Tom's book StrengthsFinder 2.0 many years ago and it helped me uncover my individual strengths. His new...
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21 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
When you share small acts of kindness, you are giving back more than you might think. You spread cheer to someone else. You elevate your own mood. You inspire more giving. Giving can have a ripple effect. The recipient of your act of kindness benefits, and so do any witnesses. Oh, and you just may enjoy the feeling of giving so much that it turns into a giving spirit that lives on well past the holidays.
So here are some ideas: Call a friend you haven’t talked to all year. Spread good news about someone. Collect cans of food and...
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Married to Your Work: How to Be in Business with Your Spouse
My husband and I were both working in the publishing industry 18 years ago when I had an idea to start my own business. I wanted to promote books online. I left a great job to follow my interests, but thankfully, my past employer became my first client. Within a year of starting FSB Associates, I had more work than I could do alone, so my husband took a huge leap of faith and quit his job to join me. Together we built a niche service company creating online awareness for books...
4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude Everyday
Recently I read Brene Brown's book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, and it had quite an impact on me. In her book, she listed her 10 Guideposts of Wholehearted Living, and I decided to look into each one to make sure I'm living wholeheartedly. I found that I am lacking a little bit in many of her guideposts, but if there was one where I felt entirely confident it was number four: Cultivating Gratitude and Joy.
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18 Lessons in 18 Years
Do you remember where you were when you saw the Internet for the first time? I do. I was working at Henry Holt and an assistant asked me to check out something cool. He showed me a page of text on his computer. Nothing impressive yet, then he clicked on the word Paris and we went to a site in France. Like magic.
That was it. I was in love. Two months later I quit a job and a company I loved to chase hyperlinks and surf the Internet. Thankfully Holt became my first client and so FSB Associates was launched. That was 18 years ago today. Wow. Will you believe me if I told you it felt like...
New Marketing Mantra: Assess, Delete and Respond
Imagine if you opened your inbox, and saw only one email. Imagine if you only got a new one when you answered the current one. Without knowing how many emails you have in total you would take the time and respond with great care. Now imagine you open your inbox and get 200 emails (like most of us). Your process would have to be different. You would have to quickly assess what gets deleted, what can wait, and which emails are top priority. You should approach your job in the same way. Look at everything that needs doing, then assess, delete and respond.
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Wanna Be Successful? Make a Do-Not-Do List
As women entrepreneurs, we often take on more than we can handle. Often the "to-do" lists from projects, family schedules, home, business, clients, staff, etc., can bury us. However, when I finally learned to make a Do-Not-Do list, I freed up my time and energy to focus on my most important priorities. Now anything that comes between me and my priorities goes on my Do-Not-Do List.
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Steve Jobs Makes Me Better
Steve Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple on Aug. 24, 2011, and if you read the news on Twitter first, then you also saw the millions of tweets thanking him and feeling sad at the news of his departure. Think about that for a minute: we, the people, were thanking the CEO of a company for making us better.
Most of us don't even know the CEOs of companies, but we know Steve Jobs. We know him because he was always on our side. His decisions about design, beauty and elegance were not about technology; they were about us.
Apple makes great products, but I was not always a Mac fan. Actually, until 2007, I was a...