Busy vs. Productive: 5 things to think about

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

The Capital Region Chamber developed BusinessU to serve as a central source to help businesses with their ongoing professional development needs. BusinessU provides a comprehensive approach to employee development and training that will continually adapt to the needs of our region.

Sharon Phillips, Founder and Chief Relationship Officer (CRO) of Said & Done Solutions LLC led a spectacular class on “Prioritizing- When Everything is a Priority.”

The class touched on points of what ownership of work/life integration and prioritizing responsibilities looks like and why it’s critical. Sharon introduced tools to help us stay focused and on track. All culminating in understanding what is necessary to sustain the path and commitment to success.

Busy vs. Productive- 5 things to think about.

Throughout the course of the class, Sharon talked about busy vs. productive and what each one looks like. Here are 5 take-a-ways from her class:

  1. Are you really too busy or is it not a priority? How often we are asked to do something, and we almost automatically respond with, “I am too busy!”  Take the time to think about what is being asked and respond accordingly. Perhaps, “I would love to do that, but I do not have time in my schedule until after this project is done.”
  2. What does busy look like? This is the million dollar question. Are you trying to do it all? Do you overthink things taking more time than needed to complete the tasks.
  3. What does productive look like? How do you manage your tasks? Do your lists have lists? Results driven productivity can show progress towards completing major goals and moving on to new projects. Check that box!
  4. Are there barriers stopping you from turning busy into productive? Do you need assistance in planning out time for projects? Are you easily knocked off track by interruptions from the office talker, excessive emails, or a jam packed, unrealistic calendar?
  5. Rank what is urgent or important and understand the difference. Time is your friend if used properly. Find a tool that works for you to rank order urgent and important matters and to-do’s. Whether it is an old fashioned paper planner or a high tech automated program, you do you and commit to using whatever it is you have selected.

Our work and our lives intertwine each and every day. This is not a dress rehearsal. Some days, work is the winner and other days, life is the winner. Balancing them is the trick. You do not have to do it alone. Use the resources available to you. Visit Business U on the Capital Region Chamber website to learn more.

5 Reasons to Make a To Do List

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From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner Put Another Way

Funny, this is a post that contains a ‘list’ of reasons why you should make a list. The irony is not lost on me. Like so many of us, January brings feelings of renewal and focus. We want to do so many things that our ambitions can get lost in our mundane daily tasks.

Why should you make a list?

  1. Keeps us on task. When you start your day and boot up your laptop or tablet, do you know what you need to do today? Reaction is different from action. Schedule important tasks and recurring tasks in your calendar. Build that ladder of activity in your day and leave some down time for unexpected events.
  2. Prioritize. Ok so you have you list and schedule in front of you. Have you prioritized your tasks? If billing is not due to your accounting department until the last week of the month, why do it now? Timing is everything.
  3. One thing leads to another. It is like pulling a string. You sit down to write a proposal and you realize you need pricing from a supplier….add that to do item now. You are creating a thank you campaign for your clients and need to purchase coffee shop gift cards…add this action in advance so you can finish that project in one swoop. Check!
  4. Allows the opportunity to punt. No time right now? No problem. Move that to do item to another day, week, or month. You are the boss of your time.
  5. Feeling of accomplishment when completed. At the end of the day when you look at your list and see all that completed activity, you will feel spectacular. The sense of accomplishment is rewarding, embrace it.

Good day or bad day?

Please don’t be discouraged if your list is still fairly large at the end of the day. Some projects take longer and that is ok. Some days you will finish the entire list and you can head out to the gym and take a spin class. Either way, you are better off and so if your business if you make a list.

Add this to your list.

Spend some time with your fellow list builders and come to the WBC luncheon, Your Voice, Your Values, Your Vocation…Doing you authentically; while explaining you succinctly. This marvelous event will be held on January 28th at Albany Marriott Hotel. Click here to register or for more information, email Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com .

Look around your office and change 5 things.

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

Holiday time, especially the new year, presents us all with a chance to change, renew, and start over. Not necessarily because we made mistakes or failed, but because we want to be better, do better, and implement with a fresh start on January 1st.

Here are 5 things you can think about and perhaps change in your office. I’ll use myself as an example and hope this speaks to you to look around your office and conceivably make a change.

Remove the treat jar.

I have always had candy in my office. I convinced myself I maintained this magnificent stash for ‘visitors’ yet on too many late-night projects, the candy became my dinner. This year I am swapping out the candy for some healthier options such as nuts, low-fat granola bars, and fruit. Hey, I am no saint…I still keep peanut M&M’s in the bottom drawer!

Add a plant or a fish or two.

Plants can create a feeling of wellness and health. They are beautiful to look at and can really relax a seemingly stuffy office. Just remember to water them!

Fish require a little more care. I had four fish, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Horatio and Yorick. Alas, only Shakespeare survived slightly cloudy water and an odd feeding schedule. I recently lost poor Shakespeare…  and was truly saddened.

Change the location or direction of your desk.

This is a game-changer. I promise it makes a difference. If space does not allow, change up the location of your desk lamp or printer. Mix it up a bit.

Open for a chat!

If you are in an office, do you always work with the door closed and lights low? If you have direct reports, do they shy from coming in to actually see you and chat? Open up that door and raise the blinds! You will be surprised by what you learn about people when you actually sit face to face to face with them.

Clean up. No really, clean it.

Spring cleaning is great, but the end of year cleaning is healing.

  • Saving old daily planners from 2010? Get rid of them.
  • Old shoes under the desk covered in dust? Donate them.
  • Awards or plaques sitting in a pile? Hang them.
  • Thank you for notes that need to be sent? Write to them.

Make a change and Happy Holidays from Put Another Way and the Women’s Business Council.

E-mail Marna Redding or call 518.431.1421 to learn more!

5 Reasons to Attend the Holiday Fundraiser

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way LLC.

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government. The council develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

On December 10th, the Women’s Business Council invites you to join us and help support our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, at our annual holiday fundraiser. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Century House, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member- 997 New Loudon Road in Latham.

Here are 5 reasons why you should attend this fantastic luncheon.

Last chance to support the Epilepsy Foundation as the WBC adopted nonprofit.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation exists to #EndEpilepsy. C’mon out and support the Epilepsy Foundation for our last event in 2019!

It’s a great start to your holiday shopping.

Support our local businesses by helping the Epilepsy Foundation. Begin your holiday shopping! Silent auction items are abundant along with raffles, a gift card tree, and even a wine pull. Guaranteed to check at least one person from your shopping list.

Get the inside scoop on the announcement of the 2020 adopted nonprofit!

Be the first to be in the know and learn about our 2020 adopted nonprofit.

Networking is at its best.

Enjoy a wonderful environment, great food, and networking with friends old and new. This is a wonderful time to enjoy some holiday cheer and learn about new businesses from your peers in the capital region. Sit with someone you don’t know, and you will be a surprise.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with friends and colleagues.
Special thanks to our friends at Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham for their continued support. The food is certain to please so come and spend an hour or two with us!

All proceeds will benefit the WBC’s 2019 Adopted Nonprofit.

To learn more about the WBC, contact Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com

5 Things You Can Do To Build Your Network.

Post by Karen Lombardo, Owner of Put Another Way, LLC.

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Building a strong business network is critical to long term success. When I say ‘success,’ I mean both personal and professional success. Interacting in your community both socially and professionally builds an awareness of the issues that exist right here at home. Often times, you can combine your professional activities by volunteering or networking at a community event.

Here are 5 things you can do to build your network and expand your horizons within your community.

Get out there!

Think a little outside the box. Sign up for a community walk. Volunteer with our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York. There are so many ways you can help them and in the process, help yourself and the community too.

Ambassadors Committee

I absolutely love being a Chamber Ambassador! Ambassadors provide a valuable member-to-member link, understanding and responding to member needs. This committee actively assists members to be better informed about our Chamber’s work as well as opportunities to participate in Chamber programs

Tech Valley Young Professionals Network (YPN)

A workforce development initiative, YPN helps connect, develop, and empower young professionals. It offers professional development, networking, and civic engagement opportunities to ensure a strong talent pipeline in Tech Valley. The council serves as a catalyst to connect, develop, and empower young professionals.

There is still time! Be a mentor. The Executive Mentorship Program, presented by our Young Professionals Network (YPN), connects ambitious young professionals with high-level business leaders to support each other’s professional and personal development. 

Women’s Business Council (WBC)

With so many committees, programs and events, there is sure to be something that strikes a chord. The Women’s Business Council promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government. The WBC develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

Reach out to someone new

Networking can be scary and intimidating but it does not have to be. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Entering a new event in a large room? Look for someone standing alone and say, “Hi! My name is ….” Ice is now broken; the door is open, and you are off and running.

Find something here that intrigues you? Great! Reach out to us at the Women’s Business Council (WBC) and contact Marna via E-mail Marna Redding or call 518.431.1421 to learn more!

PS and if you see me at an event, c’mon over and say hello!

Never attended a Membertini? Here are 5 reasons why you should!

Post by Karen Lombardo, Owner of Put Another Way, LLC.

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government.

The WBC develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

Image result for free martini glass imagePresented by the Women’s Business Council, the Capital Region Chamber is pleased to announce the annual Membertini. If you have not attended a Membertini, here are 5 things you may not know about this annual event:

Support our nonprofit: Join us at the 2019 Membertini at Daley’s on Yates on September 25th to find out more while supporting the WBC’s 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York.

Meet the Women’s Business Council: Want to connect with members of the Women’s Business Council, learn about committee work and discover how you can get involved in this impactful, regional network? Sure, you do! There are so many ways to be active with the WBC. Come and chat with the members and learn how you can be a part of this active and enthusiastic group.

Networking at its best: The WBC events are always well attended and provide a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your network. All genders are welcome at WBC events!

Visit a venue you may not have been to before: The WBC and the Capital Region Chamber select businesses and locations all around the Capital District in support of the those that participate in the Chamber. Perhaps you have not visited Daley’s on Yates in Schenectady? This is a perfect opportunity to do so!

Did we mention martinis? Say no more. In addition, the event includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, raffle prizes and just plain fun.

We look forward to seeing you there however, space is limited! Please register by Wednesday, September 18!  $12 members, $15 non-members

For more information:

Email: mredding@capitalregionchamber.com

5 things about The Collar City, Troy, NY

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From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC

The Chamber recently held the August Network by 9 meeting at Franklin Terrace Ballroom, formerly Mario’s, in Troy. As usual, we had a wonderful turnout and the venue was spectacular.

Troy, NY is a hidden gem.

Troy was originally known as the Collar City with a stellar reputation for its production of textiles and men’s clothing including shirts and collars. The addition of steel production made Troy the 4th wealthiest city in America at the turn of the 20th century.

Located in Rensselaer County, and is the official home of Uncle Sam, who was a meat packer from Troy named Samuel Wilson.

Troy is rich in history and reputation. Here are 5 things you may not know about Troy, NY:

Population: Last population report states there are just about 50,000 (+/-) people in Troy and 50.1% are female. The city is ranked 13th in the State of New York.

Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market! Need I say more? Click here and see what wonderfully tasty and unique things you can find on a Saturday morning.

Entertainment: Looking for something to do after work or on the weekend? Fall is coming so why not stroll the tree-lined streets of Troy and stop in for a coffee, beverage, or a quick bite to eat. With so many options from unique and local fare to breweries and riverside dining, you will find something that hits the right spot.

Education:  There are five colleges and universities in Troy NY:

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-Lally School of Management and Technology
  • The Sage Colleges
  • Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing
  • SUNY – Hudson Valley Community College

Start-ups and Tech companies:  Are you a new business or thinking about starting a new business? Troy, in addition to the sister cities of Schenectady and Albany, might just have some solutions and tools for you!

Troy Innovation Garage

Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Troy is an important part of the Capital Region Chamber and visiting Troy for the recent Chamber event reminded me there is much to see on the other side of the river. In this post, a few things are mentioned, and that’s just skimming the surface. The entire Capital Region is full of resources and tools to help businesses grow and it is worth the time to investigate it.

The Women’s Business Council plays a dynamic role in community activity. Why don’t you come to our next event, The Women’s Business Council Membertini on September 25th? It is sure to be a great evening!

For more information:

Email: Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com 

Resources: https://www.citytowninfo.com/places/new-york/troy