What happens when you say “I can’t”

When you say “I can’t” what are you really saying? That you don’t know how? You don’t have the resources to? That you’re not sure you want to? That you’re already committed to something else? Sometimes it’s easier to say “I can’t”. “I can’t make it” rolls off...

Three good reasons to take that frog off your to-do list

‘Eat That Frog’ - do the hard thing first - can be a great way of getting momentum going, beating procrastination and clearing that scary thing off your plate as soon as possible. But have you ever had a frog that lurks on your to-do list?...

Friends in the Arena

Theodore Roosevelt said, "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face...

Fuel

So often recharging is seen as a luxury, something to enjoy after the work is done. I disagree. Recharging is not a luxury. It is fuel for your productivity. Want to use this as your desktop wallpaper? Feel free: Full screen: 1024 x 768 | Widescreen: 1366 x 768 | Mac: 1280...

Flow

It’s easy to ride high on the energy and enthusiasm at the beginning of a new year. It’s also easy to crank up the pace when the urgency of a deadline at the end of year approaches. What about in between? How do we maintain momentum...

Baby Steps Move Mountains

What keeps you on track when: you don’t have much time? you’ve woken up with a bout of can’t-be-bothered-itis? or you’re so full of bright ideas you don’t know where to start? The answer is focus. Focus means being selective about what you work on first, rather than trying to...

Just Add Fun

In the world of business and productivity things can get a little too serious for my liking. And when things get serious, fear, overwhelm and procrastination come out to play. Fun, on the other hand, is naturally motivating. It comes easy, it doesn’t overwhelm and we...

Declaration

I love setting goals - the act of declaring that I’m going to make something happen. Some of my favourites this year were: “run a 10k race” (tick!) and “use my passport” (tick, tick!) I also love speaking out hopes and dreams, like the one in...

Wrapping up the year

It's been a week of wrapping things up before Christmas over here. It occurred to me that there are three things we typically wrap up at this time of the year. Highlights and Trophies These are the things we wrap up to celebrate. I love how every year, despite...

Can Games Boost Your Productivity?

I don’t know about you but when things get too serious, my brain freezes. That big important goal I’ve just set myself: way too scary. All those website changes I need to make: no idea where to start. That high profile speaking engagement I’ve just said...

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