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...

The question that should replace ‘how do I get more done?’

I was interviewed last week by the lovely Julie MacDonald, journalist, broadcaster and founder of The Daily Juggle. I loved the question she started with: “Grace, this isn’t a book on how to be more busy is it?” Quite the opposite, actually! But it’s an interesting question. Because much...

Busy is new normal

How often do we answer the question "How's it going?" with "Busy!" Busyness has become the norm. But it has also become strangely aspirational. As much as we complain about being busy, we're also strangely resistant to being not busy. When was the last time you heard...

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...

Cancellations and chance encounters

When plans change and you find yourself with a clear diary, what do you do? Do you use it to catch up with work, get ahead of yourself or just keep slogging away at the pile? Do you get annoyed, thinking of the missed opportunity -...

Daily treasures

There’s a lovely old man who comes into my writing cave - the local cafe where I’m fast becoming part of the furniture. He’s a regular too - he usually visits as part of his daily routine to get out the house, pick up a couple...

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...

How to get a latecomer to turn up early

If you run a business where customers being on time is pretty key to the smooth running of your operations, I’m probably one of your more um… problem clients. I’m the one who tends to turn up a few minutes late - not quite late enough...

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