Productivity Life Lesson! Not everyone cares

All animals are equal Remember George Orwell’s Animal Farm? There’s a line often cited in it: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Let’s risk being a bit rude about the people you work with and change that a little. All colleagues are equal, but some colleagues are more equal […]

Google Keep – Productivity Friend or Foe?

I’m a fan of Evernote. In fact I’m so much a fan of Evernote that I have been known to tweet to the effect of “For those of you not using Evernote, how do you cope?”.  But for those of you who don’t know Evernote, it’s note-taking app… It’s a note-taking app in the same […]

Smart Phone Working

There’s a lot of stuff online about being more productive by using your SmartPhone (personally I use an iPhone) as a piece of office equipment, so that you can work from where-ever you are, whenever you want/need. Great, as far as it goes. But here’s the problem – what if the benefits of working like […]

Working on a Train

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 […]

Productivity: Stop being such an egotist

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, […]

Deadtime vs Downtime

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 […]

It's easy to forget that maintenance is part of productivity too

Maintenance va Active Tasking

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, […]