Why trying to get everything done will ruin your productivity

With the launch of How to be Really Productive, I’ve been doing a few interviews lately, talking about what productivity is really about. One thing that keeps coming up for me is what I call The Everything Myth. Productivity is not about getting everything done. In...

Perspective

I was in Barcelona last week! As glamorous as that sounds, here’s a confession. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to traveling alone. If my husband had been with me, we would have been hitting the tapas bars, exploring the local delights....

Eliminating choice

Have you ever found yourself clearly out of your 'zone of expertise'? I did recently, when I found out I was shortlisted as a regional finalist in the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards and realised I had to figure out what to wear! Recognising I was out of my...

Sanity check

They say choose your battles, but how do you know which battles are worth fighting? Which battles to pick, and which ones to stand down and let pass? When you’re in the thick of it, how do you tell the difference between single-mindedness and narrow-mindedness? Between...

What do you see?

We’ve had a big weekend in the Marshall house, with the last day of school coinciding with my son entering double digits. There’s been lots of partying, lots of taxi-ing (and dodging traffic) and of course, lots of cake. As we tucked into the cake I had made...

The curse of the capable

“I wish there weren’t so many things that I can do!” My husband said this a little while ago. He was at a crossroads at his career, and was trying to decide which direction he wanted to steer in. His problem was, he was too capable. For...

Diving Deep

I’ve realised lately that most of my work happens in two distinct modes. Scanning and deep focus. Scanning is when I’m responsive, agile, on the ball, adapting to what’s around me. When I’m in scanning mode I am quick. I can respond to emails, turn around...

More than we expect

Sometimes plans change, sometimes things don’t go to plan. And sometimes, when we are wiling to abandon our plans, we can find ourselves with far more than we expected. In the last days of writing my book I had this nagging feeling. Several people had suggested that...

Eyes wide open

When you look at your week ahead, what do you see? A heavy schedule - or a week full of opportunities? A diary full of meetings - or decisions you can influence, relationships you can build and conversations you can give your voice to? Pressure to...

Why decisions drive you crazy

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...

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