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Top 5 Things to Do in Portland, Maine in Just 15 Minutes

April 19, 2016

There are so many unique adventures in Downtown Portland, it was hard to choose just five. These are some of my favorite things for a short break from work, or between other activities. If you want more, please contact BreakTogether. We help people get to know Portland better, one break at a time.   The following adventures include walking time from most areas of Downtown Portland: 1. Walk to the waterfront. You can probably make it to the water in 5 minutes from most Downtown businesses. In the summer, I love to walk along the pier between Portland Lobster Company and DiMillo’s and check out the beautiful boats and yachts. It’s also a great seagull and people watching location. 2. Check out the views! We have so many places with views in our city. One of my favorites is the top of the parking garage at the corner of Fore and Pearl Streets. The views in every direction are breathtaking. There are great vistas from most of the garages, but this is my favorite, by the Custom House. 3. Ice Cream in a Secret Garden. We wait all winter for green to appear, and ice cream seems to be...

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Buying Time: 4 Tips to Create Time in Your Day

April 12, 2016

For years my work day consisted of a string of conference calls and in-person meetings with virtually no time in between. It was not unusual to mute my phone, run to the wash room, and hope no one asked me a question before I returned.  If this sounds at all familiar and you find it difficult to take even the most necessary breaks, you are my target audience. I now have breaks between meetings. It took huge resolve and it can be done! Especially when you realize, you have more control than you think. You can convert the non-believers by setting the example. Slowly…you will have more space to work mindfully and take healthy breaks. TIP 1: Shorter Meetings Unless there are strict rules within your company (hard to imagine), stop scheduling 1-hour meetings! You can set meetings for 45 minutes to give yourself time for a break. You can also set a meeting for 20 minutes instead of 30, and if you follow the next few tips, your meetings will also be more productive. TIP 2: Clear Purpose Verify the purpose of the meeting and whether you truly need to be there. If you are leading the meeting,...

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