Worst Productivity Advice Ever

What’s the worst productivity advice you’ve ever heard? I think one of mine has to be “just try harder” along with “do better”. My son’s been struggling with high school lately - for many reasons which are his story to tell, not mine - but one thing...

Six pre-holiday tactics to avoid email dread

Going on holiday? Here are six email tactics to ensure you can switch off and recharge. 1. Pre-schedule your out of office Instead of it being the last thing you do - or the first thing you do on holiday because you forgot to set it up...

Do Dates vs Due Dates

One of the benefits of being Human, not Superhero (one of the nine characteristics of a Productivity Ninja) is that when you make a mistake, or as I put it, have a ‘doh’ moment, you can chalk it up as a point of learning, rather...

The “When-Then” Strategy

Want to make something a habit but hate the idea of scheduling? If so, the “when-then” strategy could be for you. In many of my workshops and coaching sessions, people love the idea of breaking bad habits like constantly checking emails or going to bed late,...

Hate typing? 5 procrastination-busting alternatives

  Q. I prefer writing by hand & am now stuck/prevaricating on the typing up stage. Really hate sitting typing at my computer. Eek.. This was a question sent in by Frances, one of my readers. It's funny what can trigger procrastination. If typing is a bugbear for...

40 Days of Baby Steps is back – with a difference!

It’s a big week for us in the Marshall house. It’s Chinese New Year, my daughter’s turning 7, and it’s Pancake Day and the start of Lent. Lent always holds a special time for me, partly because pancakes happen to be one of my favourite foods,...

5 tips to stop email taking over your life

The average worker spends 41% of their time on email management, and the volume of email each of us receives is currently doubling every 4-5 years. More than half of all UK workers admit to being stressed by how much email they receive, and being...

Stop the clock

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...

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