Episode 012 – Odd things we say in my family

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 […]

Grinding productivity out

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 […]

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 […]

More productivity by being someone else ;)

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… […]

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, […]

The basic building blocks are the most important things for productivity

Productivity and people – two fundamental truths

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 […]

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 […]

Productive traffic lights

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 […]