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...

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...

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