Is it a task or is it an outcome? Are you sure?

Imagine you want to be happier. So you set yourself a goal of being happier. Now what? What are you actually going to do to try and reach that goal? You can’t just be happier by wanting it. Being happier is the desired outcome.  But, in order to progress towards it, you need to define…

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I wonder does this irritate you…

I got an email a while ago. Its subject began with “Double Your Productivity…” I’ve also seen “Triple your [insert word of choice]…” There’s even a new verb in the language – you’ll sometimes see “10x your…”  Actually, I just googled “10x your” and got 465,000 hits. Ok – sometimes you can make serious changes…

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You’ll never be done – and that’s okay

You have an important role to play in your organisation. The work is never done. Whether you work one hour a week or 168 hours, you’ll never be done.  You’ll always be able to identify stuff that could be done. And that’s for the simple reason that there always is stuff that could be done.…

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“I don’t have time”

“I don’t have time.” or maybe “I didn’t have time.” I hear this a lot.  I’ve had occasion myself sometimes to say those same things. But it’s often (though not always) BS. When we say we’re too busy to do something, or that we haven’t had the time to do something, what is actually going…

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Beware the Success Industry!

The “success” industry is huge. One example is love.  There are people out there telling and selling us on how to: find it revive it maintain it Another example?  Weight.  There are people telling and selling us how to: gain it lose it maintain it redistribute it, e.g., from fat to muscle Further examples abound,…

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Can you multitask? Should you multitask?

Conventional wisdom is that women are better at multi-tasking than men. To be honest I don’t know. My own take on things is that we’ve only one brain, whether we’re male or female, so it’s impossible to do more than one thing at a time with conscious intent. So we can chat while driving. But…

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Why you shouldn’t (have to) turn off your email notifications

Imagine: you’re working on something on your computer that requires your full attention. And some sort of sound and/or picture alerts you to the fact that you’ve just received an email. Firstly, the sound and/or picture impinges on your brain. Secondly, you might actually look at the icon to quickly see who the email is…

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Ever feel like a wave is about to engulf you?

You’re busy every day. You try to keep up the mix of sales & marketing, taking care of customers, planning, admin, learning, etc. You’re juggling. Most days you make a reasonable stab at it. But, now and again, there’s a day or a sequence of days when the juggling act is teetering on the brink…

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How to Stop A Day Drifting By…

I sat down to work one recent Tuesday morning. And I didn’t know what to do. The reason? I’d failed the previous day to identify what needed to be done first on Tuesday. I’d failed to observe my ritual. It’s a little ritual I have at the end of the working day. Write down (on…

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Vigilance and email management

So I got a new solid state drive/disk (SSD) installed and a new windows install and hey presto – performance improved.  Yeah there was a cost – but in reality it’s an investment as it immediately began to save time – and that’s a resource which we simply cannot create – all we do is…

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