Broken plans

In a world that is unpredictable, it is so much more important to decide who we are going to be, than to plan what we are going to do. Plans can go awry, what we do may change, but we can always, always stay true to...

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...

Three ways to extend your holiday 

Do your holidays always go by way too quickly? They say time flies when you’re having fun. But it also flies when you’re distracted, overwhelmed or just too busy. If you find that happens to you, here are three experiments to try on your next holiday: Create a...

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...

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...

Creating a routine that works for you

Last week I was invited to speak at a Sage Small Business Saturday session, along with Brendan Flattery, President of Sage Europe and Maria G del Pozuelo, CEO of Womenalia.com on how to create a routine that works for you. Technology prevented me from actually speaking...

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...

12 questions to start the new year

How are you feeling about the year ahead? Are you ready and raring to go, with some big, hairy, scare-the-pants-off-you goals? Or are you still getting your bearings and wondering what day it is? If it’s the latter, don’t worry about playing catch up. Just start...

Planned Sponteneity

My husband laughed when I suggested this.  When we first got together we were pretty spontaneous. Meeting friends, going out, what’s for dinner, driving over to Italy for the weekend - all that just happened, when we felt like it. We didn’t do much planning. We...

Is your schedule demanding perfection from others?

I am a recovering perfectionist. I’ve always had high standards of myself, but I’ve never demanded perfection from others. In fact, even when I’ve been hard on myself, I’ve still been encouraging others to be kinder on themselves.  I’m too ‘nice’ to be a perfectionist when...

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