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...

Are you getting too involved?

I’ve had some interesting conversations recently about trust, delegation and involvement. Specifically how being too involved can get in the way of your productivity. Here are 5 signs that you might be over-involved: You constantly have a backlog of unread or part-read emails you never get round...

Are you pretty clear or really clear?

This is a question I came across in Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism, and one I’ve been sharing lately in talks and conversations. Greg suggests that in any team or organisation, “clarity of purpose consistently predicts how people do their jobs.” When people are clear they know where...

The tiny tasks that can take you off track

How much work can you create with one sentence? Turns out, quite a lot! It all started when a client got in touch. I ran several Productivity Ninja workshops for her and her team last year, and she was now exploring some training around mindfulness. She thought she...

The question that should replace ‘how do I get more done?’

I was interviewed last week by the lovely Julie MacDonald, journalist, broadcaster and founder of The Daily Juggle. I loved the question she started with: “Grace, this isn’t a book on how to be more busy is it?” Quite the opposite, actually! But it’s an interesting question. Because much...

What to do when you don’t know what to do

Ever found yourself floundering - knowing that you could be really productive, if only you knew what it was you were supposed to be doing? That you have the drive, focus, skills, ability and know how to succeed, you just don't know what? Especially if you’re used...

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