Productivity

Are you good busy or bad busy?

One of the first things I frequently hear from clients, when we check-in at the beginning of a session, is they’re busy.  I ask whether it’s ‘good busy’ or ‘bad busy’?  “What’s the difference?” they ask. It’s usually pretty easy to tell, from the tone of their voice and what comes next. Often we can…

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The Four Day Work Week

We work some of the longest working hours in Europe and this is linked to increased stress levels, sleep issues, reduced productivity and increased sick leave. According to recent surveys in order to reduce stress levels across the workforce, we need to start working a four day week.Sounds like a great idea, after all, in…

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World Cup Productivity

England may be out of the 2014 World Cup but business goes on as usual … or does it. With big sporting events there’s a desire to get involved and this can have a significant impact on business and productivity. What effect have you already seen on your business in the first  two weeks of…

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Do I Have To Do Everything Around Here!?

Quite often when I’m talking about delegation – I’ll hear the comment “Oh, but I’ve got no one to delegate to” or “Everyone ‘delegates’ to me”.  Sometimes this might be the case, there really is no one else that can do the work but quite often there are ways and means. If you run your…

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Lower productivity in open plan offices

A recent study shows that working in open plan offices reduces performance and increases fatigue. It’s not an easy environment in which to be productive. Easy to put up, easy to reconfigure, there is no privacy and little to stop noise, voices and ringing phones carrying across the office space. You’re separated from your neighbours…

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How to keep productive when travelling

A common problem I come across when working with people is that when you have a busy travel schedule it knocks out your usual routine and emails and actions build up, which means you’re twice as busy when you return. So, how do you stay productive? Plan time at the beginning and end of the…

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Serial multitaskers – worse than they think

The impact multi-tasking has and the fact that it’s actually not as effective as we might think. Or at least those who think they’re great at multi-tasking are likely to be the worst. It also relates to another news item I saw recently about accident prone texters – oblivious to the world around them –…

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How to get back on track after a break

You’ve been away for a few days, either on holiday or travelling and it’s your first day back in the office. It can take a while to settle back into your normal working routine, especially if it’s been a shortened working week – it’s easy to lose track of what day it is. Here are…

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Procrastination: epic time-wasting

Came across this article recently: Procrastination: Readers’ tales of epic time-wasting I’m sure we can all come up with instances of ‘epic-time wasting’ and those embarrassing moments we’d rather forget due to our own mis-management of time. It’s certainly a challenge that many of us have faced at one point or another and it’s a…

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Book Review: Getting Things Done

If you’ve got a logical analytical mind then this is the book for you.  David Allen offers a system to help you get back in control and improve your productivity. Many people swear by the system introduced in the book it’s spawned a whole series of apps and add-ons for devoted GTD’ers to implement in…

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