Deadtime vs Downtime

Deadtime vs Downtime

Act, General
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fyuvKVBFCg&feature=youtu.be 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 because you’re waiting for someone to get back to you with a piece of information that you can’t move on without. Or it might be waiting in the dentist’s waiting room - all the more annoying if you arrive five minutes early and they’re running 15 minutes late. For me it’s often an issue as I travel - it’s hard to read a book and drive a car at the same time ;) Downtime…
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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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Maintenance va Active Tasking

Maintenance va Active Tasking

Act, General, Inform, Podcast
https://youtu.be/tMHnlP0yiOA 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, let’s have some definitions Pretend that the world is as simple as I’m going to describe: it’s easier to learn that way… Active tasks are those tasks that move your project forward. You can see an end result. Some people might call them the ‘glory jobs’! They tend to be pretty easy to define and you can usually point at the outcome saying “I did that”. Often - in fact usually - Active tasks…
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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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