AIRcast Episode 005 – What we can learn about being efficient by being rubbish!?

Podcast
We're all good at something. And it's fair to say we're all less good at other things. If we're going to be honest, there are some things we're absolutely sucky at! But all is not lost. Sometimes we can look at things that we're rubbish at (or better yet, things that other people are rubbish at) to see how to be more efficient and effective. For example, I know I drive more economically when my car's computer tells me there's only enough juice in the tank to get where I'm going with not tooooo much spare! In this short, solo episode, I look at how I'm more effective when I copy people who have a problem doing what I do instinctively and easily, because the've figured out how to be…
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More productivity by being someone else  ;)

More productivity by being someone else ;)

General
Sometimes other people are more productive than we are. Why don't we pretend to be them? ;)  Yeah, I know, I know... it's not a long term solution and I'm not suggesting you go around fibbing about your name and faking an ID but there's a dirty trick you can use to increase your productivity... and sometimes pretending to be someone else will increase your sanity (or at least your self confidence)... :)
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Productivity and people – two fundamental truths

Productivity and people – two fundamental truths

General
[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="156"] The basic building blocks are the most important things for productivity[/caption] A couple of blindingly obvious and fundamental truths coming up. Ready? They apply to lots and lots of work-related stuff, but let’s concentrate on getting stuff done. They’re so basic I often hesitate to cite them in training courses but when I do, people look at me like I’m some kind of genius. Ah, if only they knew! Fundamental truth #1 You can’t control the other person. You can influence them, sure, but short of locking them in a room so that you control their physical location you can’t control them. Even if they’re people who report directly to you, you don’t control them - because they’ve always got the option to quit, either with…
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Productive traffic lights

Productive traffic lights

Act, General
https://youtu.be/XTK2dP9tKj0 Nope, I'm not talking about the things you do in the queue while you're waiting for it to turn green. That's your own affair and so long as it's legal and moral I'm not interested.  (Well I am, if it's a bit salacious - drop me a line! ;) ) No, I'm talking about the traffic light system for reviewing something you've done. In a corporate/business environment it's probably best used as a review tool at the end of a project or some other big milestone but it works nicely in a domestic situation too. For example, you could use it at the end of a 'season' or the end of the year. You might even use it after a relatively big event, such as a big, family summer…
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The importance of holidays in productivity

The importance of holidays in productivity

General
I'm writing this as we come out of a holiday season. (I won't publish it until a lot later for a whole bunch of reasons, but I'm writing it now, while the scars are still fresh in my mind.)  I can tell you from personal experience how important holidays are: my wife has just spent six out of seven weekends visiting her parents after one of them had a heart attack and surgery as a result; she was also working during the week. I've got a massively busy job and was supporting them (a little) and her (a lot). On top of that, there were assorted other things going on, such as an 'adopted' daughter being deported (long story!). In short, we were bushed! So bushed, in fact, that my…
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Do you need some AIR? ;)

General
Not everyone's right for AIR.  Like atmosphere-air everyone needs it, but not in the same way.  We've put together a bit of a light-hearted quiz for you to see if you're the kind of person who'd benefit most from some fresh AIR in your life... Loading...
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What is AIR productivity

What is AIR productivity

Act, General, Inform, Restore
[caption id="attachment_398" align="alignleft" width="217"] The AIR triangle for productivity - with sanity![/caption] AIR is an acronym. It's a philosophy. And it's a way of getting more done without selling your soul. AIR is about productivity, with sanity ;) As an acronym, AIR stands for Act, Inform, and Restore - a three part system for being hugely productive but without that productivity eating away at your life. After all, your life is why you're productive and if you can't be productive without ruining that, what's the point of being productive?! Any fool can get more done by getting up an hour before they went to bed last night, but what's the point of that? You can read more about the individual parts of AIR here: Act - getting things done Inform…
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