The Organizational Art of Getting Things Done

I’m overloaded. There’s way too many demands on me in comparison to the number of hours in a day. At the same time, I’m committed to eating right and sleeping well—and not burning out. In other words, I’ve learned that burning the candle at both ends does not a long-term successful business make.

That’s why I’m reading a book right now that’s absolutely changing my life—not just my business life but my entire life. It’s called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

David Allen penned a time-management method that is more suitable for the modern age in which we live. Admittedly, the Getting Things Done (GTD) model is challenging at times to apply but will set your brain free to create and execute on more than you ever thought possible if you adopt it.

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6 Ideas to “Declutter” Your Small Businesses

Cluttered Personal and Professional Lives

It’s easy for a small business to become overwhelmed with blocking-and-tackling tactics and unable to focus on strategic initiatives. The to-do list is almost endless and can become paralyzing. A recent survey finds the average worker spends less than half their time on their primary job function. The rest of the time is spent on meetings, administrative work, answering calls, and other tasks.

This creates immense pressure on small business leaders who are under pressure to perform, and time is one of the biggest challenges. A study conducted by Sage found that almost half work 40 to 60 hours per week, with 16 percent working more than 60.

The impact of having a “cluttered” professional life also impacts the personal lives of small business leaders. A recent survey by Simply Business reveals:

  • Half cancel social plans once a week

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Dreaming of a startup- We have some Shark Tank Tips for You

Building your own startup isn’t an easy process. If anyone tells you different, they aren’t being honest. There are an enormous number of variables at play, and unfortunately sometimes luck isn’t on your side.

Between funding, market health, brand awareness, staffing, and consumer recognition, building a company from the ground up is always a gamble. The hard data tells the same story. Depending on your definition of success, anywhere from 40-90 percent of startups fail.

So why then, is entrepreneurship on the rise?

Well, independence for one. The ability to control your own destiny is very appealing to many Americans. Then there’s the 10-60 percent of startups that actually succeed. These are the companies glorified on investor television programs such as Shark Tank.

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The Power and Value of Showing Appreciation to Clients

Let’s face it, BCs and Serviced Workspaces are smack dab in the middle of the High-Hospitality industry — and in fact it’s the highest of the High-Hospitality business models since it serves its clients for days, weeks, months and years on-end. This is not just for an hour, or a day or two here-and-there, such as what Hotels, Car Rental agencies, airlines, restaurants and even resorts like Disney do.

And with the territory of being the premier High-Hospitality industry comes the responsibility to show appreciation at any, and every turn. It’s more than just providing service — more than fielding and fulfilling customer service requirements. ‘Hospitality’ requires initiating a friendly interaction. It’s pro-active, whereas customer service is re-active. It’s extending a helping hand or compliment, and not waiting for the client, guest, tenant, member or neighbor to initiate or be left hanging expecting it. And the centerpiece … the fuel that drives the engine of an ongoing, fruitful, professional, winning relationship at any business, and especially at a High-Hospitality business such as at a Business Center or Serviced Workspace — is demonstrating appreciation.

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Things to Consider Before Hiring a Small Business Consultant

Running a small business can be a lot of work. Many small business owners have not trained specifically to run a business, and for many it is also the first business that they’ve owned. Without past experience running a business, even the smallest details like creating your business cards can become sticking points and threaten to trip you up and disrupt the flow of your business.

That’s where consultants come in: consultants can allow a small and inexperienced business owner to make strategic and prudent decisions. However, hiring the wrong consultant can be an expensive and time consuming mistake. We’ve outlined the steps that you need to consider before you hire that business consultant in order to minimize the chances of losses and mistakes.

Step one: do your research

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8 Things That Can Go Wrong When Hosting a Customer Meeting

Whether customer meetings are hosted onsite or offsite, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Nearly every business professional has been witness to at least several of the following scenarios. Some may have simply been minor distractions; others may have been show-stoppers where deals were lost or service issues were left unresolved.

1. Obscure Address. Not every company is able to afford a location that is easy to find. While your office location may fully satisfy day-to-day business functions, it may not be the best location for a customer meeting. Indeed, beyond a late start to the meeting, having customers “frantically” searching for a hard-to-find address creates a bad customer disposition before the customer even arrives at your location.
Tip – Davinci Meeting Rooms are Google optimized so they are easy to find and direct your clients to. Your client will always find the address as we already took the necessary steps to make Google aware of the location.

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Find Success With A Davinci Meeting Rooms Planner

Kalie, Your Meeting Room Planner

Organizing a meeting, especially with prospective clients, takes a lot of planning, consideration, and effort. For many small businesses owners, mobile entrepreneurs, and independent consultants, the meeting planning process is often a bit stressful. Davinci Meeting Rooms understands that the process can feel a bit overwhelming at times and has created a product that removes the stress and the hassle while providing a meeting space that is sure to impress.

In today’s environment, even small meetings can be pretty demanding from a technological standpoint. Internet access, audio-visual presentation tools, and video conferencing are just a few of the things we use to conduct meetings. Throw in catering and room preparation, and it’s easy to see how someone can simply feel overwhelmed by the meeting planning process. For as cheap as a few cups of coffee, Davinci Meeting Rooms can actually handle the entire meeting planning process, including room setup, room booking, and providing the necessary technology and tools for you and your clients.

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5 Meeting Room Etiquette Tips for Meeting Attendees

Davinci Virtual 101s

Business meetings can be held for a wide variety of reasons, but the impression you make on others is often the most memorable part of the event. As business partnerships are usually built on trust, making positive impressions in every meeting can help your business grow. Below are a few small tips for maintaining proper etiquette during meetings where you have been invited to attend.

  1. Be on Time!

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for a good meeting is to be on time for the event. People often operate on tight schedules, and if you cause delays, everybody is going to feel put out if the meeting ends with unresolved items. Always plan to be early to every meeting so potential delays won’t be much of an issue. If an emergency or an unavoidable problem arises that causes you to be late, try and notify each attendee that you’re running behind and let them know that they’re free to start the meeting in your absence.

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The ‘Mouse That Roars’ Inside Of Us: The Dreaming, Winning Entrepreneur

As the old book and movie ‘The Mouse That Roared’ reminds us, the little guy that dreams big can win big. In fact, all victories start with the firing up of the imagination.  Inside of us, we all have a mouse ready to roar. The trick is how to make that roaring dream become a reality.

The road to success takes different paths. Sometimes it’s a burning desire that was triggered by an unexpected motivating experience, or maybe it’s getting a kick out of receiving recognition and being heralded for something that felt great when you did it. It’s the child who made people laugh and grew up to be a brilliant comedian, or it’s the accomplished designer, doctor, race car driver or anyone else that experienced a spark, and dared to dream that someday they’d reach loftier heights by pursuing more of that magical touch that made them feel victorious.

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Learn How to Hire Your own Leonardo da Vinci

In a recent article on Business Insider, Drake Baer took a look at Leonardo da Vinci and pointed out why successful people often develop their career paths in a similar way as the original Renaissance Man did. The article pointed out that da Vinci wore several different job hats at one time, essentially making himself, to use today’s terminology, a portfolio worker. Any employer, especially a small business owner, would love to have a modern Leonardo da Vinci on staff, but it can be a little tricky trying to identify the kinds of people who can be that sort of employee.

But how do you hire an employee that can turn into somebody special within your company? How do you know who to target? It’s common to hire people based on their skill set, but there’s another way to measure applicants that might help you better identify high potential talent. Rather than reading lists of skills and wondering how they’ll translate to the job you’re looking to fill, look at personality traits. Most often skills that an individual develops are born out of their personality traits.

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