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9 Clear Strategies to Making Better Decisions

How do you usually make a decision? Do you act impulsively, or overcomplicate?
Knowing our personal quirks and decision drivers can help control irrationality
and impulsiveness, which can then lead to better decisions in tough situations.

Let’s take a look at nine strategies for making better decisions in crucial


1. Weigh the

If you start at the end first, it can help simplify a decision. For
instance, think about what you CAN and CANNOT live with. This can help
eliminate options and keep things in an appropriate perspective.


2. Think first

This one is for the impulsive decision makers out there. When you’re caught
up in the momentum of something, try to take a deep breath. Give yourself a few
seconds to re-evaluate the choice.


3. Do What’s Right

As they say, “You can do what’s right or you can do what’s easy.” The
whistleblowers at Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff had to choose. While their lives
became tough for a while, they could look at themselves in the mirror and sleep
at night knowing they’d done the right thing. We all deserve the same peace of
mind. Choose right over easy.


4. Listen to your Gut

Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book Blink
publicized what most of us already knew—sometimes that gut feeling is the right
feeling, even if we don’t know why. If perfectly logical choices—to take a job,
date someone, or purchase something—have our stomachs in knots, we need to
examine that red flag. Many times what we can’t consciously explain can be the
difference between a good choice and something we’ll regret.


5. Understand

Understanding our feelings and how they motivate our behaviors can be the
key to changing personal patterns. We may be surprised by how much of what we
do is based on irrational emotions. Think about that intelligent girlfriend you
know who always dates the wrong men.


6. Feel the pressure

Knowing what is driving the people around us can make a big difference in
the way decisions are made, and the outcomes down the road. Are things being
driven by pride, desire to advance, greed or power trips? Or, is there a truly
sensible reason that the pressure is on? Knowing the answer can help you move
forward or stand clear of unnecessary stress and drama.


7. Know your motive

Deciding something to keep up with the Joneses, because it’s what our
parents want, or to prove something to somebody, can be the right course of
action, but only if we understand what we are doing. Looking at our personal
motives behind a decision can help us evaluate if it is a good choice. If the
answer to “Why am I doing this?” isn’t a motive we’d be proud of, it is time to
re-evaluate that decision.


8. Decide not to decide

When it comes right down to A or B, sometimes the right decision is—C.
Simply say, “I don’t care for either at this time” or suggest a third option to
alleviate the pressure and get a better outcome.


9. Flip a coin

When you get down to A or B and flip a coin, it does more than give you a
choice. It shows you how happy you are with that choice. If you get the outcome
and your heart sinks, then you get an instant read on what your gut thought of
the decision.


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5 Top Remote Working Tools

by Tracey Lawton, Online Business Development Strategist

One of the many requests I get from business owners is asking me for my advice on how they can work productively when they’re not in their office, i.e. work remotely. With so many technology choices available today it becomes overwhelming knowing which one(s) are the most effective.

I have the traditional solo service professional office set up – I have a dedicated office space in my home with a desktop PC and wireless all-in-one printer.  But there are times when I don’t want to, or can’t be, in my office and still need to be able to work.  Lately I have been doing a lot of travelling in my business but still want to stay connected to my clients and business.  And sometimes I just need a change of scene, especially when the weather is starting to get so nice it’s lovely to be able to sit outdoors and work off my laptop.

So today I’d like to share with you my top five remote working tools that allow me to get out of my office but still have access to all my “stuff” as though I’m sat in my office.

1.  Gmail – I’m a die-hard Outlook fan and really don’t like the Gmail setup; however for when I can’t be in my office but still need access to my emails and calendar, Gmail is a great way for me to access that information.  When I go away I forward all my emails on to my Gmail account; and I have found this neat tool that syncs my Outlook calendar with my Gmail calendar so that I always have up-to-date access to my schedule.  And I’m also able to access my Gmail email and calendar from my Droid smartphone too, which is another great way for me to stay connected and on top of my schedule.

2. Dropbox – in case you haven’t come across this yet, this is a great service for sharing files between say your desktop PC and your laptop without having to copy from your PC to a flashdrive, and then from the flashdrive to your laptop.  The Dropbox software adds an additional folder to your PC/laptop that you simply drop your files into and you can access from any PC that has the Dropbox software installed.  You can also log in to your account online and access your files from there too.

I also use this service with my clients so that they have access to all of their files too.

3. TeamViewer – I have my husband to thank for this neat piece of software!  This allows me to access my desktop PC from any other PC exactly as if I were sat at it. For example, if I decide I want to go and sit on the deck to work, I simply take my laptop with me and connect it to my desktop using TeamViewer – and I can access EVERYTHING as though I were sat at my desktop.

4. Skype – for years my ‘office’ number has been a SkypeIn number.  This means that I can forward this number on to my cell phone, or install Skype’s software on my laptop, and I’m able to make/receive calls exactly as if I were sat in my office.

5. MiFi – if you’re travelling and you’re in an area that doesn’t have Internet access a MiFi is a mobile wireless router, provided through your cell phone carrier, which allows you to connect to the Internet from anywhere that has a cell phone signal.

So, with all of these tools available to you to enable efficient and productive remote working, these days you can run your business from just about anywhere!

Online Business Development Strategist, Tracey Lawton, teaches online solo service professionals how to create the essential online marketing and office organization systems needed so that they can create a more streamlined, systemized, and automated online business. Check out for how-to articles, resources, tips, and tools, and sign up for your “Office Organization Success Toolkit”.

Are We Fooling Ourselves?


Do you ask for advice when you already know the answer?  We all do at times. Instead, we should focus on taking the first step in doing what we already know. One step in the right direction is better than having one more conversation about why we aren’t doing what we know to do.

Most of us have become people who value the knack of “fooling ourselves.” 

We believe our own excuses that we continue to tell ourselves about “why” we haven’t done many of the things we hold dear to our life.

We have all fooled ourselves into believing that we are missing another piece of essential information to make us more money, more time, more resources, more information, more support and the list goes on and on.  

Do we find it?  Generally NO.  We find a ton of information but not just the right piece…so, we continue searching.

We already know the information but have not moved into action.

What do you already know? What first step can you take today?

Stop fooling yourself!  The answers are within you.  Now take the steps to get into action!

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