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 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 importance of holidays in productivity

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 […]

Do you need some AIR? ;)

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…

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, […]