Interview with Elizabeth Densmore

PEelizabethdensmoreWhat projects are you involved in?

Some of the projects I am working on right now are presentations and webinars on how to organize as well as how different kinds of online programs/apps work to help you be more productive. My future goal is to develop workshops.

How did you get interested in productivity?

My past experience has taught me well when it came to working in chaotic office spaces. With no systems, processes or procedures, I felt frustrated locating the simplest items. I was not alone as the entire staff continuously fumble along blindly too. Instead of staying in the frustration, I took the initiative to develop systems and processes everyone in the office would be able to adapt to quickly. Systems were created to streamline office procedures and to improve office flow. Chaos and confusion were removed and replaced with a lean, healthy office environment. Happy staff became more productive which naturally increased profits. As well I worked in different business environments that did not have systems, changing trends or current technology. I would analyze what is going on around me and set up systems that work for the entire office. Streamline, effective and efficient that everyone in the office understood and could work with. I tell my clients it is important to have a pulse on every aspect of their business either doing themselves or delegating responsibilities to qualified experts.

How many meetings do you normally have each week?

I meet regularly with colleagues to brainstorm ideas. I do go to several business networking events and I am a member of many organizations.

What are some of your favorite productivity tips/apps?

My favorite apps I introduce to my clients how to use is everything google (google mail, drive, calendar, etc.), Dropbox, Evernote, paper tiger and provide instruction when requested. My favorite productivity tips are:

– Manage your priorities and your time will work for you
– Every business needs to create a system-dependent operation to free yourself to work on your business
– Find your pattern and your systems will flow for you
– Make room for new efficiencies to inspire great success
– Systems that work turn into regular routines
– Time is a precious resource

What’s the most recent adjustment that you’ve made to your personal productivity routine?

My most recent adjustment I made to my personal productive routine would be scheduled blocks of time to do small errands all at the same time. Sometime personal and business just seem to commingle and to schedule a morning to take care of small errands saves so much time instead of squeezing in during the day. Squeezing in time is unpredictable and stressful. Huge line up at the bank, traffic snarled, an unforeseeable accident are a few incidents you battle with constantly working against needless deadlines and stress on your own timeline.

Do you measure your productivity? If so, how do you do it, and what is your metric?

I measure my productivity by responses in the sense of the amount of referrals I receive, responses to my articles, and being contacted by companies such as yourself. It is hard to measure because my business is service based and I need to look beyond the dollars and reflect on the value I provide. The greatest achievement is when a client recognizes the measurement as an investment in time saved, and an increase in their own productivity and profits.

What do you think the next productivity trend will be?

The next productivity trend is outsourcing tasks. Business owners are seeing the value and measure results hiring specific expertise to get the task done, on time and within budget. The office of the future is now. Gone are the 9 to 5 corner office with the secretary taking dictation. Technology has changed the culture to become mobile and the ability to do most of the task yourself. Office layouts look more like large conference rooms called pods. These pods are no more than an office chair and a plugin for a laptop computer that attract an assortment of experts collaborating together on projects in person or virtual. Support staff is being replaced by outsourcing specific tasks to qualified experts. Support staff is the largest expense and the biggest headache for business owners. Outsource services you receive an invoice, there is no overhead, no training, no payroll deductions, and no headaches. As well you support another business owner and actually save money. It may seem at first there is a huge expense but it is actually less because of the time it saves. Other advantages to hiring the expertise is you don’t need to oversee and find work to keep a support staff busy.

Office 2 Office offers a range of office efficiencies for small business to operate at top capacity by introducing the tools, training and strategies to become more effective and productive. Elizabeth provides the guidance to streamline systems that accelerate, organize and simplify everyday business processes. Clientele businesses increased 25% plus in sales and profits.

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