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Part 2: Productivity Hacks from Successful Entrepeneurs


In last week’s post I featured interviews of two successful entrepeneurs who shared their must-have tips for staying productive in their businesses.

In this 2-part series I am focusing on productivity hacks of successful entrepeneurs. I work with clients in my day job who struggle with trauma, mental health issues and difficulty dealing with stress. Many of them also struggle with lack of motivation, even when their mental health is stabilized.

Regardless of whether you are a budding entrepreneur or you struggle with daily tasks, these productivity hacks are pretty easy to add to your agenda!


In case you missed last week’s post, here are the interview questions:

  1. Can you give us a glimpse into what keeps you busy throughout your day?
  2. What are your favorite productivity hacks? Is there a hack you couldn’t live without?
  3. What is your favorite way to unwind?



The first interview is from Erin, who is a 30-something working mom of an energetic 8-year-old daughter. She works 50+ hours a week in a director position, while working on her doctorate with the love and support of her husband.

According to Erin, her days vary. “Some days are spent running a 50 bed crisis triage center that provides intervention and stabilization services to those suffering from substance use disorders and acute mental illness. Other days are spent in the community, representing my agency at city council meetings, grant presentations, board meetings, etc.”

Writing a daily and weekly to-do list is a key essential in maintaining focus and organization for this busy director. She prioritizes her tasks and goes from there. “I try really hard to only check my emails 3-4 times throughout the day. If I checked it more often then I would be answering emails all day long.”

Another hack she uses is the one-touch method; “I only touch a paper or task one time. I either complete it, file it, delegate it, or trash it. If it’s a document that needs additional follow-up then I set a time frame on when that follow up will be completed.”

Erin also relies heavily on her Outlook calendar and task list. The task lists allow her to assign a task to an employee and delegate it; but it also serves as a consistent reminder of what she needs to get done.

“The hack that I absolutely cannot live without is my white board in my office. I use it everyday to jot notes, goals, map out strategic plans, draw funny faces, etc. It helps keep my ideas fresh and present in my face so I continue to think about the future and the growth I want to see for myself, my staff, and my agency.” Erin also says that coffee and laughter are essential!!

Erin says she  plays as hard as she works but she doesn’t mean partying and staying out late. To quote her correctly, “Hell I’m too old for that!”

Erin plays hard when it comes to planning family adventures and vacations. She plays volleyball and softball every week, tries a new baking recipe on Sundays and barbecues with friends and family.

“I unwind by connecting with the people most important and precious in my life and celebrating those relationships. Sometimes that celebration is simply watching my daughter and nephew play Star Wars on the Kinect, like they are Hans Solo and Princess Leia. And sometimes that celebration is going off-roading in our new Razor. No matter what I’m doing I work really hard at staying present in the moment, whatever that moment may be.”


Our second entrepreneur is Vincenzo Landino, the founder and CEO of Landino Marketing, LLC, and hosts #MCEOtalk, a LIVE event and twitter chat.

Landino Marketing, LLC is a social media and content marketing consultancy specializing in brand correspondence and live-streaming video.

Vincenzo is proud to work with such brands as Applebee’s, Casual Friday’s, SocialFresh, BroadSuite Media Group, Social Media Day San Diego, MillennialCEO and Zoomph as an influencer, podcaster, engagement specialist, show host and blogger.

Vincenzo Landino is the founder of HUBCAP Wallingford, a collaborative workspace and small business incubator in the heart of Connecticut.


What keeps Vincenzo busy daily?

 His 2-year-old miniature pinscher and his 7 clients which range from hospitality industry to food/beverage and even professional services! Judging from his bio, you can see what keeps him busy!!
According to Vincenzo, “I get up pretty early every day which allows me to get work done before the majority of activity starts flowing in. I try to send emails, respond to requests and catch up on news in the morning before the day gets too hectic. Dealing with clients on the West coast is nice because I have until 11:00am before I begin business with them.”

Vincenzo loves coffee, but it’s become more or less of a habit, rather than access to superpowers! He recently began exercising in the morning as well, which he noticed has helped his creativity!

His favorite ways to unwind are playing with his pup, Khaleesi, watching movies, cooking or golfing.

The common thread I noticed in these 4 amazing entrepeneurs is their ability to keep it simple:

  • coffee, notepads, iPhone, Outlook calendars, white boards, daily lists, one-touch method, waking up early, prioritizing, exercise.

Their responsibilities are FAR from simple and I truly admire their tenacity and drive.

Let me know how you will take these hacks and incorporate them into your plan for success! 

Special thank you to Kelly, Kathy, Erin and Vincenzo for agreeing to be featured in this post! 

Part 1: Productivity Hacks from 2 Successful Entrepeneurs

Do you ever wonder, “How do they do it all?”

Do you ever wish you could shadow someone successful?

The problem is that many of us are afraid to ask people we admire for their tips or secrets. This series will highlight 4 professionals who are managing it all and maybe it can give you some insight about how to increase your productivity! I will highlight 2 professionals for the next 2 weeks and ask them to share their secrets for success!


Here are the questions they answered:

  1. Can you give us a glimpse into what keeps you busy throughout your day?
  2. What are your favorite productivity hacks? Is there a hack you couldn’t live without?
  3. What is your favorite way to unwind?


Our first interview is with Kelly Wonderlin who expanded her entrepreneurial reach coining the term, “It’s A Wonderful Wonderlin Life” and sharing it with the world on her YouTube channel and blog.  Kelly works in the marketing/advertising/social media space and often partners with brands ranging from small to large as a video correspondent, spokesperson and/or brand rep. She co-owns a sports magazine (Horns Illustrated) and owns her lifestyle blog ( Kelly is a busy full-time mom, step-mom and wife who aims to achieve balance with her professional and family life.


Kelly checks on her 10-month old daughter 2-3 times a night so she hardly sleeps. She starts her day at 6:00am when her daughter wants a bottle. She works full time with both of her companies and has her 6-year-old step son and daughter at home this summer.

Kelly says that she couldn’t live without coffee and note pads.  She HAS to have her coffee first thing in the morning or she doesn’t function. I totally agree Kelly!  Notepads are great for quick thoughts and she likes having her notepad in front of her for daily reminders. Kelly also likes seeing her words and ideas on paper!

She commented that she prefers to unwind with baths, watching T.V. shows or movies and a glass of wine.


Our second interview features Kathy, who runs her online jewelry company, SHINYMIX, with her husband while maintaining a full-time job in Manhattan. Her experience as a photographer makes her a triple threat as she also manages the marketing side of her business.

Kathy has a full time job and runs her business on the side. Once she’s done with her 9 to 5, she is up until midnight focusing on her company, SHINYMIX, whether, it’s PR, marketing, shooting new products or responding to customers and others. She says it may sound crazy, but she loves being busy because it’s what keeps her motivated. Kathy says that hopefully one day SHINYMIX will be the only thing she’ll be focusing on.

Waking up early is the best, according to Kathy. She gets more things done in the morning and of course it’s a must that she has coffee to get her day going. She always checks her phone in the morning and states that her iPhone calendar is her savior! It helps keep her organized and allows her to jot down her daily tasks.

Her favorite thing to do to unwind is to have a nice dinner at a café, walk around the city afterwards and truly enjoy her surroundings. Kathy says she acts like a tourist in her own city and appreciates the scenery that’s around her.


One of the purposes of this post is to show that successful people aren’t drinking a magic juice that makes their lives seem more amazing (although I can vouch for coffee being filled with magic).

They work towards their passion.

They wake up and keep going.

Their hacks are like little assistants who help them get the job done.

Next week’s post will provide some more tips from busy professionals who also keep their eyes on the prize with the help of productivity hacks!!

Do you feel like you need a boost professionally or personally? Could you benefit from changing up your productivity routine? 

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