Productivity idea: in praise of limiting labels

There’s a lot wrong with labelling people, I think. Labelling someone as clumsy or stupid is limiting. It sets expectations. And it leads to lazy thinking and ‘-isms’. Labelling someone ‘a typical blonde’ or ‘black’ is just asking to be shocked when they don’t behave as you’re treating them. And quite right, too.  We’ve all […]

Productivity isn’t about the work

I’ve spent a lot of time working and travelling recently. Inevitably there was time here and time there when I could have been working. For example, there were those times (hours!) after I’d passed through the security checks at airports and I was waiting for my flight’s Gate to be announced. That’s over an hour, […]

I'm not sure, but it looks like a productive place! ;)

Space for speed – a productivity hack

I used to be a research academic in universities. I did it for 24 years, in fact. For part of that time I was also the Centre Manager for what was then the UK’s largest social science research unit. Impressive, eh? 😉 One of the things that used to drive the university administrators mad was […]

Calling beta testers! ;)

Hi there… as you’ll know if you’re signed up to the AIR mailing list (I’ll put the form at the bottom of this invitation so you don’t miss out in the future) the AIR productivity course opens for a Founders’ Cohort on the 28th of June, 2018.  It’s a blast and I’m very proud of […]

My mobile office - the key to productivity on the move!

Productivity on the moooooove

I travel a lot… a lot! Lots of it is by train, some by car when the train won’t cut it, and there’s more shifting around within my home region of the northeast of England than you’d expect, as I go to meetings, have coffee with clients and research in libraries etc. So that means […]

cafe productivity – in praise of a simple (chronological) list

Some productivity stuff – and sanity stuff – is best done with a video… … and even if it’s not BEST done like that, it’s fun! A really simple productivity tip in as long as it takes me to get served in a cafe!   Who’d have thought that the simple list would be so […]

Cafe productivity – text expanders and dirty tricks!

Some productivity stuff – and sanity stuff – as best done with a video… and even if it’s not BEST done like that, it’s fun! Productivity tips in as long as it takes me to get served. This one is about text expanders… and using them for dirty tricks, not just what their developers imagined! […]

Productivity tool 101 - the basic checklist! ;)

In praise of the humble checklist

I love checklists. No, wait… I actually hate them. They’re irritating and smug and stare at me, daring me to miss something out. What I love is the security they give me. That and the rather smug feeling I get from ticking off everything on the list. I’m less keen on the sick feeling that […]