About that mental load

There have been some great articles recently highlighting the mental load and emotional labour involved in managing life outside of work. I have to say, for every man I’ve had in a workshop who has said: “I don’t have to think about anything at home - my wife...

Broken plans

In a world that is unpredictable, it is so much more important to decide who we are going to be, than to plan what we are going to do. Plans can go awry, what we do may change, but we can always, always stay true to...

Technology and Productivity with Francesca Geens

Technology is not enough. You need to use it well. That’s the theme of my latest interview, where I got together to discuss technology and productivity with Francesca Geens, of Digital Dragonfly, who specialises in helping solo-business owners get their tech right. In this 38 minute interview,...

Worst Productivity Advice Ever

What’s the worst productivity advice you’ve ever heard? I think one of mine has to be “just try harder” along with “do better”. My son’s been struggling with high school lately - for many reasons which are his story to tell, not mine - but one thing...

The book that almost never was

I almost didn’t write this book. The opportunity came at an inopportune time. I’d just taken on sole responsibility for our family income to release my husband to do a full time Masters. Work and family commitments were already stretching. Besides hasn’t it all been said before?...

Is Inbox Zero yesterday’s news?

Someone suggested to me a while ago that inbox zero is a fool’s errand. That there is so much streaming in, it’s impossible to stem or control the flow, so we might as well let it flow past. She spoke of colleagues who would sit with...

What if this is the new normal?

I don’t know about you but 2016 for me has been full of uncertainty, transition and plenty of ‘oh crikey’ and a few ‘WTF?!’ moments. It’s also been a year of huge achievement, success and excitement, don’t get me wrong, but as I come towards the...

Clear is better than fast – especially with email

In the digital world, everything is instant. Instant notifications. Instant messaging. Instant downloads. And in the world of email, we get drawn into thinking that faster is better. That a fast response means you’re giving good customer service, delivering to your boss, supporting your colleagues. That...

A thousand tiny decisions

Death by a thousand tiny decisions. This is a phrase that has been echoing in my head for the past few weeks, and one the quite aptly sums up my summer. Big decisions we tend to plan for. We set aside time and headspace. We prepare...

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