One of my last presentations touched upon the isolation a small business owner feels during the day to day work. Someone after the talk came up to me and said “That isolation you were talking about, WOW! That’s real! It happens to me all the time. Thanks for sharing those tips.”

What does community and connection have to do with productivity? Studies show that if you have a strong community of people who support you, you foster good health, less stress and fewer mistakes on the job. Here are three ways you can beat isolation in your office and as a solo business owner. Check out the video at the end.

Meetings can be such time wasters. You get to a meeting on time and wonder when it’s going to start because half the people haven’t shown up. You go through the meeting not exactly sure why your there and what you can contribute. And it drags on and you’re not even talking about work, you’re chatting about the last vacation your colleague had. It makes you want to bolt out the door, leave work and lie on a sandy beach to forget it all.

You can have productive meetings. Here are a few techniques to incorporate to make meetings go more smoothly.


Bri Lords, our guest blogger, spends much of her time organizing garages with Garage Solutions of Arizona. Interestingly, those skills she uses in garage organizing can also work for your desk. Here are some great tips on ways to organize your office space. One tip that didn't make it on her list is not organize your deskspace alone. Get someone skilled in helping you discover the best ways you can work in your office and become more productive. I've got you covered on that.


Margo Brown
Productivity Coach

It’s the season for vacations. Just got back from mine and it was wonderful. It felt rejuvenating to get back into working. A client that got back from vacation mentioned that it took several days to relax into their vacation and some time to adjust back into work.

Did you really rest while you were on vacation? Maybe, like me, you are excited and revitalized. Maybe you feel a bit tired or jetlagged. That’s why focusing on re-entry is so important. Here are some ways that you can ease back into work after taking time off.

Studies show that taking a vacation can increase productivity, workplace morale, employee retention, and boost your happiness. Go away, get out of dodge and enjoy some time away from the office. Here is a checklist to prepare for vacation and get out of town in a quick efficient way.

How did most of these make it to the checklist? Some of them happened to my clients. Coming home to a runny faucet-yes. Leaving for an international trip without a passport-yes. Overdue book fine from the library that was more than $100-yes. Use this checklist to help get you ready for your vacation.