Working on a Train

Working on a Train

General, Uncategorized
Let’s face it, we’ve all travelled by train, sometimes with a clear conscience, sometimes feeling guilty. So what is it that makes the difference and what is it makes best use of your time? I’m not making a huge claim that this is the only way of maximising your train-time, but it’s certainly a good one. How do I know?  Because I’ve been using it myself for a few months and doing some pretty serious Reflective Practice to check it out. Some of it is pretty obvious but some of it isn’t. Stay with me. Think small Yes, really. Take a long, hard look at what you hope you can achieve and cut it in half. If you manage to get more than that done, celebrate, but my experience is…
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Productivity: Stop being such an egotist

Uncategorized
So what’s the big idea? There are times in our lives, I know, when absolute precision is needed. Let’s face it, when I ask my accountant how much VAT I owe this time, an approximate answer isn’t good enough.  I can’t pay the HMRC “about three thousand”. But let’s face it, for most of us, most of the time (and even my accountant some of the time) life’s not that important. Absolute accuracy and perfection aren’t critical. As the old saw goes “Good enough, is”. It might not be nice to admit it, but most of what we do isn’t so important to anyone that it has to be perfect - it has to be good enough and that’s all. Let’s take an example… if you’re an engineer asked to…
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Deadtime vs Downtime

Deadtime vs Downtime

Act, General
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fyuvKVBFCg&feature=youtu.be Deadtime vs Downtime. They aren’t the same - they just feel like it you’re not paying attention. Let’s do some definitions first, so we’re all using words in the same way. Deadtime Deadtime is time when you’d like to work, when you’re trying to work, but something stops you being productive. Typically it might be because you’re waiting for someone to get back to you with a piece of information that you can’t move on without. Or it might be waiting in the dentist’s waiting room - all the more annoying if you arrive five minutes early and they’re running 15 minutes late. For me it’s often an issue as I travel - it’s hard to read a book and drive a car at the same time ;) Downtime…
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Maintenance va Active Tasking

Maintenance va Active Tasking

Act, General, Inform, Podcast
https://youtu.be/tMHnlP0yiOA There’s a distinction I use quite often in my planning of tasks and controlling my diary. I differentiate between tasks I identify as Maintenance tasks and tasks which are more Active. It’s not a perfect distinction but no system is perfect. It’s designed to help me figure out when to do what. First things first, let’s have some definitions Pretend that the world is as simple as I’m going to describe: it’s easier to learn that way… Active tasks are those tasks that move your project forward. You can see an end result. Some people might call them the ‘glory jobs’! They tend to be pretty easy to define and you can usually point at the outcome saying “I did that”. Often - in fact usually - Active tasks…
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