As a Think Productive Productivity Ninja, I run fun, practical productivity workshops
to help organisations replace stress and overwhelm with playful, productive momentum.

How to be a Productivity Ninja

90 minute seminar for team meetings, staff away days, conferences and events.

Let me introduce you to a unique, ninja-like approach to increasing productivity. This short workshop will give you an overview of the nine ‘Productivity Ninja’ characteristics you need to be your most productive self at work, and show you how to keep a zen-like calm, as well as an agile ruthlessness in the face of the enemy – information overload.

Format:

90 Minute Seminar

Results: 

Individual action plan to help you implement ninja-style productivity skills

What you’ll get: 

  • Review your current habits, get inspiration and lots of new ideas, and have fun!
  • Use the 9 characteristics of a Productivity Ninja to identify specific changes and tactics to improve your personal productivity and wellbeing.

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Grace delivered the 90 minute ‘How to be a Productivity Ninja’ session for our Staff Day at Teenage Cancer Trust in July. She was a pleasure to work with in the build up, unflappable on the day and delivered a great session that was packed with advice and tools that people – including me – have been putting into practice straight away. Thanks Grace, I’d love to work with you again!

Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust

Stress Less, Achieve More

Full day workshop for knowledge workers, managers and decision makers.

This practical full-day workshop will help you increase productivity, reduce stress, and gain greater control and clarity in your work and life. We’ll focus on habits, choices, actions, attention and energy, as well as project-planning and the art of perfect ‘to-do lists’ to help you and your team learn how to get things done.

You’ll learn about productivity models and psychology, and work practically through at-desk coaching to help you to implement your own simple, fool-proof personal workflow system to organise and define your work. By the end of the day, you’ll feel in complete control.

Format:

6 hours

Outcomes: 

Implement a new workflow system and feel more in control of their work

What you’ll get: 

  • Learn the four key habits to increase productivity and reduce stress
  • Overcome ‘information overload’ by managing attention, rather than time

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Grace ran two excellent workshops (Stress Less, Achieve More and Getting your Inbox to Zero) with my entire team. Over the course of the time she was with us her enthusiasm, knowledge and ability was infectious and the frameworks she introduced to the company have already made a massive difference to us. I have no hesitation in recommending Grace and I certainly hope to be able to work with her again in the future.

David Knowles, Managing Director at Thinkbda

Getting Your Inbox to Zero

Half day workshop to equip individuals with personal email survival skills

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. It’s time to take control.

With this Getting Your Inbox to Zero email training, you’ll learn frameworks, tips and tricks that will significantly reduce your email processing time, and yes, your inbox will be at zero by the time we leave.

Format:

3 hours

Outcomes: 

Actually get your inbox to zero (yes really!)

What you’ll get: 

  • We’ll show you how to get your inbox to zero – and keep it there
  • Employees will be able to tackle ‘the real work’

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Grace is a productivity genius. I attended ‘get your inbox to zero’ a task I believed to be unachievable and I am now a convert to ninja productivity. At the start of the process I had over 12,000 emails to deal with. I now have zero requiring my immediate attention-which gives me more time to think and more time to be effective at a strategic level. Grace delivers the goods and her personal coaching style works well for busy knowledge workers who are always on the go.

Sandra Booth, Director of Enterprise and Commercial Development, Staffordshire University

Email Etiquette

Half day workshop for teams to improve email culture and reduce email stress, distraction and frustration

Email takes up 41% of an average workers time and is a significant source of stress. Studies have found that this is often the result of a poor ‘email culture’ amongst the workforce.

This workshop provides email etiquette tips for both individuals and teams to help them think about how their emails affect others. Within the three hours, your team will develop an email manifesto with practical ground rules to improve the ‘email culture’ around them.

Format:

3 hours

Outcomes: 

Your team learns rules and tips to help develop an email manifesto that makes email etiquette easier.

What you’ll get: 

  • Reduce stress from poor email communication
  • Learn how to deal with common email gripes

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Thank you so much for a fantastic session on Friday – the whole team really enjoyed it and it really helped us to think about the way we use email in a different way.

Laura Holland, Organisational Development Manager, KFC

Making Meetings Magic

Half day workshop to transform the time you spend in meetings from pointless drain to productive gain.

Think of how many hours we all spend in meetings. Then think how magnificent it would be if every single one was powerful, purposeful and helped you make decisions which worked for you and for the common good. Yes, every meeting is a priceless opportunity to surprise ourselves with just how much we can achieve together.

This facilitated session gives you an opportunity to think about what makes effective and productive meetings, and gives you the tools to help you make every meeting magic.

Format:

3 hours

Outcomes: 

Your team work on real meetings to make them more effective.

What you’ll get: 

  • Tips, tricks and tactics to improve your meetings, inspired by the 9 Characteristics of a Productivity Ninja
  • A “Meetings Manifesto” the whole team has contributed to, with practical commitments to better meetings practices and culture

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Loved it and really looking forward to receiving our meetings manifesto and watch everyone meet with renewed gusto

Jane Whalen, Chief Executive, Liverpool Students Union

One to One Consultancy

Bespoke one-to-one consultancy for senior leaders to regain control over your work-life.

Spend a day on your own with your Productivity Ninja, focusing on improving how you work. I will help you to take control over your workload and your constant influx of emails by sitting at your desk and sort out all areas of your workflow. You’ll learn how improve the management of your emails, procrastination, decision-making, prioritisation and gain a greater understanding of your attention span, as well as learn how to work smarter with your PA.

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I contracted Grace to work with me on increasing my productivity, having taken on a large new research centre this year (on top of 2 others that I’m either leading or collaborating on). Grace worked me through, step-by-step, what I’m doing well and what could be improved, and then sat with me at my desk while we set up new and improved systems.

Importantly she didn’t come in to sell me one way of doing things, but really worked with me in terms of identifying my own values (making sure there’s time for having fun with my family is top of my list, but also that I’m able to spend enough time working with and supporting my teams) and the reality of my life (e.g., 2 young kids, lots of overseas travel, split working between home and my office etc). I feel excited, energised and – importantly – as if my head’s above water. Many thanks to Grace!


Heather Marquette, Director of Research at DLP, Academic Director at GSDRC, University of Birmingham

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