First Impressions Count

A friend of mine who works in publishing relayed some very useful advice she had heard at a top writer’s conference: “When pitching a book to an agent, make sure and spell their name right.  Your first impressions count.  It could be the difference between a call back...

Coffee Cans in the Work Space

Time to recycle that coffee can and give it a whole new meaning and mission! Take 10 Minutes to find an old coffee can – or glass jar if that’s more your style – and keep it in a prominent location on your desk. It’s purpose: reward and punishment, plain and simple....

Cigarette Breaks in the Work Space

Ok, maybe not cigarettes, but staying in your seat needs to be a priority. So does taking a break. I had a friend who used to smoke and she would put a cigarette at the end of every chemistry chapter and make herself sit there until she finished. Having that “reward”...

Organize Your Work Space

If you read last month’s 10 Minute Solution, you have a new focal point.  And now that you are enjoying being in your actual office space more, let’s look at tackling that TO-DO List 10 Minutes at a time with one of my most effective strategies: Dump and...