Why decisions drive you crazy

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What does writing a book, going through a divorce, starting a company and buying a house have in common? They all involve a high level of decision making. Ever since I started writing this book, I’ve noticed two things: 1. The number of unmade decisions in my head Writing a book is filled with uncertainty. Like any creative process, there’s a vision to start with – an idea that sparkles just enough to draw us in – and there’s the finished product at the end, which may or may not be how we imagined. But in between is this vast […] Continue reading »

Stop the clock

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Ever wonder how much time it really takes you to write that blog post? Or update your Facebook. Or do that piece of client work? I was talking to one of my former Baby Steps clients this week, Catherine Poole, who told me about a really simple tool she’s been using to help her productivity. The Stopwatch. No, not a timer (that’s great too) but a stopwatch. You see, a timer helps you measure how much you can get done in say an hour, but a stopwatch helps you to measure the time you are actually spending on a specific […] Continue reading »

In Place vs In Use

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Last week I sent out an open invitation to people who wanted to join me in conversation to help me write my book, and I had the opportunity to speak to the lovely Eveliina Lindell at Go Lightly. One of the things we spoke about that really struck me was the difference between when something is ‘in place’ vs ‘in use’. Speaking as a professional organiser, Eveliina said that everything has a dynamic order. Things don’t stay in one place all the time, but everything needs a place to be ‘in use’ and to be ‘in place’ when it is not […] Continue reading »

Want to be in my next book?

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What fuels your inspiration? For me it’s conversation, so I’m asking for your help! I’m writing a new book, and I’d love to talk to you if a) you have a story to share – or a tactic that’s worked really well for you b) you have a burning question – something you’re struggling with or stuck on that you would like some help with on the following productivity topics: From Chaos to Clarity: Organising your stuff Mind Monkeys and Lizard Brain: It’s not just about being in the right place at the right time. Fake work vs real work: How […] Continue reading »

7 Alternatives to being right

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My son had a meltdown a couple of weeks ago over his homework. His class are transitioning to joined up handwriting, and his homework was to write a set of words in his best joined up handwriting. Like most things that are new, it feels awkward at first and doesn’t come easy. And the more mistakes he made, the more frustrated he got. The more frustrated he got, the more mistakes he made. Eventually he had a complete meltdown with a whole heap of “I’m rubbish” and “I can’t do it.” Oh how I miss the days when “I can’t […] Continue reading »

How to get a latecomer to turn up early

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If you run a business where customers being on time is pretty key to the smooth running of your operations, I’m probably one of your more um… problem clients. I’m the one who tends to turn up a few minutes late – not quite late enough to miss my appointment altogether, but enough to put a bit of strain on your schedule if you’ve got back to back appointments. I often get asked by clients if I have any tips for getting people to turn up to meetings on time. Even if you’re not a business that runs on appointments, […] Continue reading »

Is your workaround creating more work?

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We have some friends we usually do dinner with. One week we’ll go to them, the next week they’ll come to us. It’s a little family tradition we’ve had for several years.  When I’m working away that doesn’t happen, so last Friday I was looking forward to finishing early, picking the kids up from school and getting stuck into whipping up a batch of homemade meatballs and spaghetti, and cheesecake from scratch. I enjoy cooking, and usually it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. But last Friday I found myself getting irate. I kept having to stop, to move […] Continue reading »