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...

Three ways to extend your holiday 

Do your holidays always go by way too quickly? They say time flies when you’re having fun. But it also flies when you’re distracted, overwhelmed or just too busy. If you find that happens to you, here are three experiments to try on your next holiday: Create a...

Six pre-holiday tactics to avoid email dread

Going on holiday? Here are six email tactics to ensure you can switch off and recharge. 1. Pre-schedule your out of office Instead of it being the last thing you do - or the first thing you do on holiday because you forgot to set it up...

How does your soul rest best?

I first came across this beautiful question from Nigel Langford, a church leader who was speaking at a women’s leadership conference a little while ago, and given the week a lot of us have had with the EU Referendum in the UK, it seemed an...

Do Dates vs Due Dates

One of the benefits of being Human, not Superhero (one of the nine characteristics of a Productivity Ninja) is that when you make a mistake, or as I put it, have a ‘doh’ moment, you can chalk it up as a point of learning, rather...

The “When-Then” Strategy

Want to make something a habit but hate the idea of scheduling? If so, the “when-then” strategy could be for you. In many of my workshops and coaching sessions, people love the idea of breaking bad habits like constantly checking emails or going to bed late,...

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