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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:53am

GRATIAS: How to Handle the Someday/Maybe Projects

There are always projects that lurk in the back of your mind and you think “I’ll do this someday…maybe.”  You don’t need to start them now, nor do you want to forget about them altogether.  So, what’s a dreamer to do?  Keep a Someday/Maybe list!  Here's how...

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:12pm
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:23am

GRATIAS: 10 Secrets to Success in the Entertainment Industry

Veronica DiPippo has had a great career in one of the most challenging professional arenas in the world.  How has she accomplished this? According to Veronica: If I had to sum up the 10 things pertaining to time management, organization and productivity that allowed me to achieve a certain level of success, they would be that I...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:24pm

GRATIAS: The Productive Art of Practicing What You Preach

Allow me to introduce you to Jeff Turner, Certified Financial Planner®  and Accredited Estate Planner® .  Jeff is not only my family’s financial advisor but someone I definitely wanted to feature in my #ProductivitySuperheroes blog series.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 2:44pm

GRATIAS: 3 Choices You Must Make at Mid-Year

The purpose of setting goals is to achieve them. However, obsessive pursuit of a goal to which you have committed your time and efforts in the past is not always the best plan. What are your options?

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:33pm

Become a Savvy Business Owner

Savvy business owners have come to recognize and value the benefits to be gained by being able to interpret financial data and use it to run their businesses more effectively.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 9:15am

GRATIAS: Success through Strategic Ignoring

Productivity gurus tout the “no” as the most powerful weapon that a startup has in their arsenal. Success can be obtained through strategic ignoring.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:55am

GRATIAS: Four Mistakes that Leaders Make in Meetings

Meetings are one of the most significant time investments that organizations make.  When you consider the hourly rate of everyone in the room, meetings are expensive.  It is the responsibility of leaders to manage the cost of meetings like they would manage other large expenditures.  Are you or your leaders shirking this responsibility?

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 8:25am

GRATIAS: Combat Procrastination. Focus on Action!

A to-do list can be a powerful weapon in your anti-procrastination battles.  Your to-do system must start your day, guide your actions during the day, and close out your work at the end of the day.  It is a living, not static, system that functions as an inventory of everything you need to accomplish now and in the future.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:54am

GRATIAS: Bloody Good Outlook Tips

Working at a blood center requires excellence in the areas of biotech, healthcare, customer service, marketing, and IT.  Many blood banks operate as not-for-profits as well.  So, you won’t be surprised that I found #ProductivitySuperheroes when I recently facilitated my seminar, Productivity Hacks Using Microsoft Outlook, at a community blood center in southeast Georgia.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 7:03am

GRATIAS: Productivity Secrets from Scott West

Being a solopreneur is exciting.  And stressful.  And lots of other things.  But, I’ve found a productivity superhero who is an example of what one dedicated person can achieve.

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Submitted by Ammie Dover on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:46pm

Do Non-Profits Need a Sales Strategy?

There are many ways in which a non-profit is similar to a for-profit and why they too need a strategy.  Let’s look at the three of the major ways:

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:44am

GRATIAS: The BEST Use of Your Email Inbox and Sent Items Folders

Every email program has these folders:  the Inbox and Sent Items.  Interestingly, I find that my clients often use these two folders in ways that can be inefficient and increase record-keeping risk.

In this post, I’d like to re-introduce you to your Inbox and Sent Items and offer best practices in organizing and maintaining them.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:21am

GRATIAS: Productivity Tips from the Assembly Line

I recently facilitated a seminar at an automobile assembly plant with a diverse group of participants.  They were an almost perfect cross-section of departments at the plant.  I quickly found that was surrounded by #ProductivitySuperheroes who were willing and eager to offer tips on how to be more effective at work.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:55am

GRATIAS: How to Manage Your Business Reading

You want to read stuff.  There’s lots of good stuff to read.  But, the volume of stuff is overwhelming.  Is this you?  If you don’t have a robust system with which to gather and prioritize your articles, you are probably an inconsistent consumer of information.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:49am

GRATIAS: Productivity Pearls of Wisdom

The person featured in this installment of the #ProductivitySuperheroes series is most assuredly productive, but soars even higher in the superhero department.  Meet Beth Underwood, President at Ancla Seguros y Servicios.  In addition to running a complex business, she is an active community volunteer and mother of two children she adopted at older ages.  So how does she do it?

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:20pm

For a great business return, invest in yourself

Do you have the skills and knowledge you need to excel in our fast-changing world?  Businesses invest funds in many different things including new equipment, the latest technology, signage, association dues, advertising, etc.  However, owners frequently overlook one of the most important investments they can make for their business...an investment in expanding their own knowledge.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 8:30am

GRATIAS: "I Do" or To-Do? How One Productivity Superhero Succeeds at Both

In this series on #ProductivitySuperheroes, the prevailing question is “How does she do it?”  Tracy Brisson, a wedding officiant in Savannah, Georgia, married 228 couples last year. In addition to providing a personalized and unique ceremony for hundreds of people (even coffee shop weddings), she writes books, provides career coaching, and is active in her community.  And, yes, this very productive wedding expert is happily married with an active family life.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:03am

GRATIAS: How to Succeed with your Side Hustle

A side hustle can range from something you do to make extra money now to a dream you are pursuing with the hopes of full-time engagement in the future. Several billion-dollar companies began as side hustles: Papa John’s, Yankee Candle Company, Craigslist, Twitter, to name a few.  Side hustles are not easy. They require time, energy, and money, and these are three things that side hustlers don’t often have in abundance. 

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Submitted by Katie Martin on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:10am

A closer look at the MPC/Wicklow Farms development meeting

Last week's decision by the Metropolitan Planning Commission to approve the general site plan for the Shops at Wicklow Farms - the site of Johnny Harris Restaurant - even with loud disapproval from the public left many people visibly frustrated, angry and confused.