Watch out for the Procrastination Pixie

My most important priority today was my hardest priority. I had set myself the task of starting a complex whitepaper, which held enormous value but needed some deep thinking and writing. I had a couple of meetings in the morning, and a few emails to send, but had blocked some time over the lunch period […]

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The power of a weekly plan

If you are a busy executive, you probably spend some time planning the week ahead. Most of us have a Friday or Sunday ritual that helps us get our head around what the week in front of us has in store. Unfortunately, because we are so busy, most of us don’t spend enough time on […]

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Getting traction with complex tasks

A recent question from a participant in our Productive Leadership program got me thinking about a solution to managing more the complex tasks on our list. You see, he had a fairly busy meeting workload, but was pretty organised and managed to stay on top of most of his simple tasks all the same. What […]

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Boosting productivity in an Activity Based Workplace (ABW)

My phone is ringing more and more with requests to help organisations that have moved, or are moving to an Activity Based Workplace or ABW. This exciting style of workplace goes beyond open-plan and hot-desking, to create a workplace where workers can book the appropriate space for the type of work they are doing that […]

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Fight for your priorities

Over the past few months, I have put a lot of effort into spending most of my core working hours doing meaningful, appropriate work that will help me achieve my goals and objectives for this year. A worthy endeavor indeed, but as you will know, there are many things that distract us from our important work every […]

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Do your bit

I recently spent a whole day working on a video for our website. I considered this to be an excellent use of my time because it helps to position our business and helps potential clients to understand our approach to productivity. It did take much longer than I anticipated though, and I began to question the true value […]

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Fight for your time

This week I learned how powerful it can be when you fight for your time. I am involved in a year long training and coaching program as a participant. The main focus is on implementation, and there is a very high level of accountability to ensure that we do what we say we will do. […]

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Capturing a high level deliverable list in Outlook

If you have created a high level deliverables list, you may be wondering where to keep it so it is readily accessible, but not cluttering up your task list in MS Outlook. I simply create an All Day Event in my calendar in MS Outlook. I schedule it from the 1st of the month to […]

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Capture your thoughts using Instacorder

How often have you thought of something that you need to do, or tell someone, and then promptly forgotten it?  Do you come out of important meetings with your head full of information, and then get vague about what was said when you get back to your desk?  Do you think of brilliant ideas, only […]

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A productive partnership

In a recent executive team training session, I asked the organisations Managing Director how they felt about their workload.  They replied “overwhelmed”. I then asked their EA how they felt and they replied “Helpless”. What an interesting dynamic, yet one I see on a regular basis. Senior executives are usually the most time poor workers in any organisation. They are also […]

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