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Simply satisfied part 2: HOW to do lists work

By johannatime On October 22, 2014 No Comments
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What’s your to do list like? Is it making you more productive? Or does it rather make you procrastinate? Do you have a functional to do list at all? Or do you have a list, but for most tasks you actually short cut the list? Are there any very sticky tasks on

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Simply satisfied part 1: WHY to do lists work

By johannatime On October 11, 2014 No Comments
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When you have a to do list and then complete the tasks and cross them off, you know what I am talking about. In fact, everyone I know, who ever made a task list, gets an incredible boost of satisfaction when they manage to tick the ‘done’ box. No exceptions.

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a: By placing a

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Habit of the month October: Unpack your bag

By johannatime On October 1, 2014 2 Comments
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Do you pack away and organise the contents of your bag the moment you get home? Or is your bag planted on a table or tossed in a corner, not to be looked at until the next day? Often, a bag holds ‘actionables': Reminders of things you need to do. A business card from someone

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How many projects can a human do simultaneously?

By johannatime On September 22, 2014 No Comments
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When there is a lot on your plate, work and life can feel overwhelming. Overwhelm can cause paralysis and then you get the awkward situation of being crazy busy and getting nothing done: ‘it is all too much’. So how many projects is enough? Of course, that depends.

About projects

The Getting Things Done® (GTD®) definition of a project is in short: every outcome

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Spring clean!

By johannatime On September 11, 2014 No Comments
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Cleaning and decluttering are some of those things you don’t really look forward to doing, but when the work is done, you feel light and fresh, and after all it wasn’t so bad. In Australia, where I live, spring has started, so it is time for a spring clean. No matter the season, I recon a spring clean is always good for you.

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Working in a

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Habit of the month September: Big Rocks First

By johannatime On September 1, 2014 No Comments
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When you are busy all day sorting out tiny details, replying to yesterday’s e-mails, responding to missed calls and voice mails, fixing loose ends, you’ll feel that you haven’t done a thing. And that, in a way, is true.

I dedicate this post to my wonderful friend Julie who is not always as organised as she’d like to be, but who casually mentioned to be an advocate

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Simplify your morning routine: dress with less

By johannatime On August 22, 2014 No Comments
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Do you struggle and hurry early in the morning? Does getting dressed overwhelm you sometimes? Not quite a calm way to start a productive day! Do you have time for a proper breakfast? Excercise? Your daily review even? Getting ready in the morning is a breeze when you have a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe has very limited pieces that mix and match conveniently, whilst creating

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Clear Calm Consistent

By johannatime On August 11, 2014 No Comments
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Do you have a boring office? That’s good. Because boring will not distract you. In an environment that is clear and clean, calm and quiet, consistent and predictable, you can focus on your priority without the overwhelm and excitement. Save the noise for your Friday afternoon drinks.

You may have heard of ‘clean calm and consistent’ as a parenting principle? Professionals, in this regard, are similar to children. I would even argue that this triple

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Habit of the month August: E-mail etiquette

By johannatime On August 1, 2014 No Comments
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Are you sometimes annoyed by an e-mail? Or even offended? Do you agree that there are too many e-mails in your inbox, that they are too long, and often unclear? I am a true advocate for good manners and mutual respect amongst coworkers and professionals, so let’s make this world a better place: You can only change yourself,  so here’s the habit of the

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Micro breaks and productivity

By johannatime On July 22, 2014 No Comments
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Sometimes, you have so much to do that you skip your breaks. Sometimes, you have a challenging deadline so pausing your activities would feel like a waste of time. Other times, you may experience a tremendous flow and moving yourself out of the zone would compromise your momentum. All wrong. Your brain needs breaks or your productivity will drop well below zero.

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A human brain is an incredibly complicated system that

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