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Master Your Time: Productivity Tips for the Bored Association Professional

Posted by Kayla Jenkins on Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Admit it; we all struggle to stay productive at some point throughout the day. Whether it’s due to your work environment, outside stress or just pure procrastination, we all catch ourselves yawning or spacing out one (or two, or three…) times a day. While it’s natural and has been scientifically proven that we will inevitably lose focus after a while, it’s a terrible feeling when you have projects to finish and you haven’t accomplished anything at the end of the day. Luckily for you, there are ways to master your time and stay productive in spite of distractions and short attention spans. This list of tech tips to keep you motivated and focused will help you get the most out of your work day.

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Topics: Associations, Productivity, Time Management

2017: Motivation for the New Year & New Opportunities

Posted by Patti Overton on Dec 7, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Need a little motivation or inspiration for the New Year? A New Year can often mean new beginnings, an opportunity to set new goals or make changes in our personal and/or professional lives. Whether you call them resolutions, goals, life changes or any combination encompassing the want to turn over a new leaf, we all have different motivators.

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

Nine Ways to Use Questions to Make 2017 Great

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Nov 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It is that time of year when we reflect on the past 12 months and set some goals for the coming year. For me, 2016 was a swirl of firsts (including my first child), challenges, activity and general busyness. I will admit that most of the year was spent reacting to all the things coming at me and not enough spent strategically. With that in mind, my goal for 2017 is to ask more questions to keep myself focused on my goals, improve relationships and be more mindful. Here are nine ways I believe questions will make my 2017 a success:

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

Five Tips For Making—and Sticking To—Your 2016 Resolutions

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Dec 9, 2015 12:00:00 PM

My husband and I are huge FRIENDS fans. Every year around this time we watch our favorite holiday-themed episode: “The One with The Resolutions.”

In this episode, each of the characters makes a New Year’s Resolution. These range from trying something new every day to flying a commercial airplane. Chandler’s resolution to not make fun of his friends is the trickiest because it is completely counter to his sarcastic personality.

Fortunately for the sake of comedy, none of the friends keep their resolution and hilarious mayhem ensues. 

Unfortunately for us, we have all made resolutions we didn’t keep. Here are some tips for keeping your resolutions for 2016:

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Topics: Success, Career, Productivity

Commit to Inbox Zero: Email Management and Productivity Tips

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jan 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Do you feel like your email inbox is running your life and ruining your productivity? A quick Google search yields hundreds of tips for managing your inbox, but you don’t have time to sift through all of that. So, here are four things that will get you results, right away:

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Topics: Association, Associations, Association Executives, Productivity, Email Management

Association Professionals—What's on Your Bulletin Board?

Posted by Laura Wilson on Jan 14, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Association professionals use an arsenal of tools to master demanding time commitments. Online calendars, productivity apps and other digital products help workers stay on time and on track.

Then there is the low-tech standby that quietly decorates most office walls: the bulletin board. It may be humble, but it does not disappoint. The bulletin board keeps needed information in plain view for instant-view access, immune to power outages and other electronic mishaps.

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Topics: Association, Success, Associations, Association Executives, Productivity

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