“Your most important work, your highest-value work is the work that is most important to your team’s mission.” There’s a lot said among productivity pundits about the power of doing our most meaningful or most high-value work first thing in the morning. The theory being, and it’s backed by research, that we have the most cognitive … Continue reading What kind of work should you do first thing in the morning?
Planning is guessing. But... Being reactive costs 3 times more than planning. As a leader, what do you do? The answer is in the middle. Set high-level goals and lay a path for how you’re going to get there. You can’t know exactly what it will take to achieve what you want. And, what … Continue reading How to make project planning simpler and more effective
It’s hard to find anyone who would say that they love meetings. In fact, most people would probably say the opposite. Ask a colleague what they think about meetings and you’ll probably hear a combination of: they start late, they run long, there’s no purpose, there’s no outcome, the information is irrelevant, I could have been … Continue reading 11 steps to more effective meetings
If you work in an office it's likely you're familiar with the 'COB' deadline. 'COB' being the acronym for 'Close Of Business' or the old 5pm knock-off time. "...get that report to me by COB Tuesday" or "I need that submitted by COB Friday" you'll hear people say. But here's the thing. What is someone … Continue reading Let’s get rid of COB deadlines
Used in the right way, Youtube can be an amazing source of learning and personal development. The world changed a lot in 2017, and so did I. Here’s what influenced me. Ever wonder how bitcoin (and other crypto currencies) actually work? - 3 Blue 1 Brown Life is not a journey - Alan Watts The … Continue reading My 5 favorite videos from 2017: bitcoin, life’s journey, stoicism, procrastination & how we learn
2017 was a big year. Now that 2018 is well under way, here's a recap of 2017's best articles from around the web, as shared by The Monthly Review. Enjoy! Productivity How to Make Your Mondays More Productive (and Less Stressful) Monday. It’s the day we all love to dread. Garfield famously hates Mondays, and … Continue reading The best articles from 2017 (as shared in The Monthly Review)
People tend to focus too much on what app they can use to boost their productivity, when often it’s their physical environment that’s holding them back. Studies have shown that the average worker loses about an hour a day to disorganisation. Consider for a moment what that means in productivity terms. Let’s say for argument’s … Continue reading Why you need to keep your work space clean and organised