Is Inbox Zero yesterday’s news?

Someone suggested to me a while ago that inbox zero is a fool’s errand. That there is so much streaming in, it’s impossible to stem or control the flow, so we might as well let it flow past. She spoke of colleagues who would sit with...

Clear is better than fast – especially with email

In the digital world, everything is instant. Instant notifications. Instant messaging. Instant downloads. And in the world of email, we get drawn into thinking that faster is better. That a fast response means you’re giving good customer service, delivering to your boss, supporting your colleagues. That...

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...

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,...

Are you getting too involved?

I’ve had some interesting conversations recently about trust, delegation and involvement. Specifically how being too involved can get in the way of your productivity. Here are 5 signs that you might be over-involved: You constantly have a backlog of unread or part-read emails you never get round...

How to create an extra day

It’s leap day today. The extra day we get once every four years. What have you been doing with your extra day? My guess is, for most people, it’s just another Monday at the start of another week. Yes it was nice to discover we had...

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....

The one email that can cost or save you hours of work (and tears)

I’ve been deliberating whether to write this post. Because it is a bit of a rant. It’s about communication. The kind of communication that saves pain, confusion, conflict, and hours of work. Ok, so today’s world of work is unpredictable. We live and work in a world where...

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...

In Place vs In Use

Last week I sent out an open invitation to people who wanted to join me in conversation to help me write my book, and I had the opportunity to speak to the lovely Eveliina Lindell at Go Lightly. One of the things we spoke about that really...

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