Category Productivity

How I Stopped Email Overload

“Inbox zero?” I haven’t seen anything near zero for a decade. I think email is a hugely useful tool, and also a massive black hole that can suck up my time and energy.  I haven’t tried to manage email for the last few years on the view that almost nothing of great value ever arrives or […]

Become Strategically Unavailable

First, you may ask, what is “Strategic Unavailability” anyway? What is Strategic Unavailability? If you say “yes” to every request for your time, money or attention you will have none for the areas that are your own personal priority.  If you want to achieve success, you must retain most of your resources and dedicate them […]

[Infographic] Habits that Separate Successful People from Unsuccessful People

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle Show me your daily habits and I can describe your future. Discover the habits of successful people as opposed to the habits of unsuccessful people in the infographic created by SuccessStory.com. Habits of Successful People vs Unsuccessful People How’s your […]

Your Scarcest Resource

I know plenty of financial advisors who would love to spend a few hours reviewing my investments, cash position, investment goals and helping me make a realistic plan. I know how much I spent on food, travel, housing, school in the last month, year and if I did the sums I could calculate a rough […]

My Productivity Posts at the Lifehack blog

I have been writing this month for the Lifehack blog.  They have published 4 of my blog posts so far.  It’s challenging and helpful to get pushed to improve my ability to explain my ideas, work with editors and pitch story ideas ;-) 6 Item Checklist for Running Impressive Meetings Our first board meeting was chaos. […]

My own notebook right now

For Productivity: Stop Doing These 9 Things

Stop Doing Stuff that Doesn’t Serve 168 hours in a week.  24 hours in a day.  I haven’t done the math to work out how many in a year or a lifetime, but however large the number, it is still finite.  It is limited.  We get so much, and no more.  This leaves you with […]

Resilience

6 Key Characteristics of “A” Players

Everyone wants to be Bruce Lee, but few want to put in the 10,000 (or more) hours of practice and preparation.  It is only when the bar is held high that we can consistently put in the practice and push our skills to the highest levels. What makes for an ‘A’ Player? The simplest possible […]

UnProductive 101: Paving the Cow Path

When I worked at Accenture, we were often in the business of identifying the existing business processes and then analysing how we would enable these processes with technology. Sometimes it was putting a mobile phone purchase process onto Siebel CRM, sometimes it was putting insurance sales onto SAP ERP. A senior partner used to say […]

Jedi Productivity Presentation

I summarised my 11 Jedi Productivity Posts series in a short visual presentation: The presentation was awarded Slideshare “Top Presentation of the Day”.  Thanks to all the “like”s ;-) The full Jedi Productivity Series:

The 4 Arts of Self Sabotage

The equation for human performance is the following: Performance = Potential – Self-Sabotage That is it. You achieve not what your boss lets you, not what the others let you… you achieve what you don’t screw up for yourself. In the years since I first wrote this equation up in a class and people said […]

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