Inspired WorkSpaces

If you’re looking, you can find beauty almost everywhere. I like my surroundings to feel special, cozy and beautiful. I imagine all creative entrepreneurs encounter creative-blocks from time to time. When this happens to me, I look for what we at Adoublem call Inspired WorkSpaces. I change my environment or make my current workspace more comfortable. It is as simple as using a favorite mug, or lighting a candle in the middle of the day….

Direct online traffic to you

I have said for years, direct people to your blog, not only to your social media accounts. Today, this is a more common belief, but only a few years ago, many adamantly disagreed. So many people I know ditched the idea of a website, and stuck with only a Facebook page. I’ve had many conversations about this, and there are pros and cons on both sides. However, after all the discussions, I still believe you…

Don’t lower your expectations to please other people

How many times have you heard “this is just the way things are done”, with no one having an idea why this is? Or when you make a positive change to a company and other managers say, “They will never do it that way,” referring to employees. I learned more about this years ago when I started a new management job. For the first few weeks, I observed how things were done – what worked…

Did you notice them?

I’ve worked different jobs and lived in different cities, but most often in each of these settings, I say hi (or some sort of acknowledgement) when I pass someone going the other direction. I don’t do this in places like a busy city street, of course – it’s more like down a street if it’s only me and the other person passing by. One example happened when I was walking down a lengthy hallway. I…

Life is better with a dog

Full disclosure, I am a BIG dog lover. I love all animals, though I definitely don’t want some of them in bed with me. Dogs are different. They dig their way deep into our hearts, almost as saying “I am permanent here”. When they die, they break our hearts into a million pieces, feeling like we will never recover. They were right, they are permanent, they hold a place in our hearts forever. As people…

1 Thing Your Employees Need to Hear You Say

Can you guess what it is?  If not now, maybe you will after I share my experience a few years back. When I worked as a District Manager, I often traveled with the Regional Manager or the VP of Operations to our various stores.  It was natural to greet the store managers and say hello to the associates.  However, I noticed my companions wouldn’t say hello to most of the employees in the store.  In…

Can’t Keep up? 3 Ways to Simplify Your Workflow

If you’re reading this post hoping to learn how to simplify your workflow so you can ADD more work to your day I hope you’ll reconsider. The whole point of simplifying is just that – to simplify. So you have mental space in your day to do important things like thinking and planning. Simplifying should free up some energy so you can tackle all you have to do with more vigor and have a little…

How to Run a Business Without Ruining Your Life

This isn’t as easy as you might think.  It starts with knowing your priorities.  This helps you define your business goals, and should definitely save you some stress.  If you know you want to exercise every day, eat dinner as a family and be free in the evenings and weekends for your kids’ soccer games – then you’ll have to make some adjustments to your business plan. Unfortunately, we’ve all read stories or know people…