Blog

Productivity Life Lesson! Not everyone cares

Act, General
All animals are equal Animal farm - a funky but productive place? 😉 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 than others. Here’s a tip for those of us who are working in an environment where there’s a sometimes some fuzziness about what to do, when, for whom. If you’ve got multiple bosses, that probably you. If you’re working with in collaboration with other people in other teams, other buildings or other organisations, it’s almost certainly you. And if you’re working with…
Read More
Google Keep – Productivity Friend or Foe?

Google Keep – Productivity Friend or Foe?

Act
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 ways as the Mona Lisa is a pencil sketch: it’s a masterpiece! You can check it out here. And if you like it, there’s a whole string of videos to help out by the incomparable Steve Dotto and my friend Carl Pullein. (Full disclosure, I’ve done a video for Carl on how I use Evernote as a presentations trainer.) I love Evernote so much I wrote pretty much the whole of my last book using…
Read More
Smart Phone Working

Smart Phone Working

Act
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 that are outweighed by the costs. This is the first of two articles which look at ways you can use your SmartPhone as a mobile office: in the second of these I’m going to look at some of the more widely used, general purpose apps you can use. (There’s not much point in discussing specific-use apps, as each of us will have different needs because we do different things and so our specific-use apps will…
Read More

Bonus episode: Hunting The Missing Mojo

Podcast
No matter how big your plan for changing the universe and no matter how much you love what you do, there are days when you just feel 'meh'. Your mojo has just upped and left.  So what do you do when that happens? You can't be productive without your mojo. I asked a range of people, from friends to experts (and a couple of people who are both! 😉 ) what they did to refind their mojo. I got a lot of different answers, and used a lot of different recording devices (quality alert! 🙂 ) but overall I got a fascinating glimpse of how some ultra-productive people stay ultra-productive. In order of the podcast, I talk to: Mark Orr -…
Read More

Episode 012 – Odd things we say in my family

Podcast
I'm not making any claims, but no one has seen me and Batman in the same room, at the same, time, right? 😉 In this episode I explore a couple of sayings we use around here to help us get things done and to help us figure out what we need to get done. Productivity is often about planning just doing! But sometimes we don't know what to do when, or don't feel up to doing it. Let me introduce you to FutureSimon, who knows what you should have done today, to make his job easier - and Batman, who you might have met before. Batman doesn't have off days. Batman doesn't go "meh, I don't feel up to it…
Read More

Grinding productivity out

General
Some days you just have to grind it out. There, I’ve said it. No matter how enthused you are about your ‘big idea’; no matter how much you love your job; no matter how grand the world changes are that you’re working on; some days you’ll not be on top of your game for any of a huge number of reasons. And on those days you just need to grind it out! Well, you could just take the day off, I suppose, but that might not be helpful. So lets take a look at the things you can do to keep moving forwards even on those days when it’s just a grim slog. Remember why you do it It much easier to keep slogging away (and keeeeeppppp sloggggiinnngggg awwwaayyyyy) when…
Read More
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…
Read More

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…
Read More
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)... 🙂
Read More