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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By johannatime On September 1, 2014 No Comments
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 advocateClick here to continue reading
By johannatime On August 22, 2014 No Comments
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 creatingClick here to continue reading
By johannatime On August 11, 2014 No Comments
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 tripleClick here to continue reading
By johannatime On August 1, 2014 No Comments
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 theClick here to continue reading
By johannatime On July 22, 2014 No Comments
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.
A human brain is an incredibly complicated system thatClick here to continue reading
By johannatime On July 11, 2014 No Comments
Have you got tasks on your list that are too hard? You are likely to procrastinate on them, and you’ll feel overwhelmed, too. When tasks are too easy, on the other hand, you will feel bored and not productive. Goldilocks, the girl who breaks into the three bears’ house, can teach you an important lesson about productivity.
Goldilocks and porridge, the chair and the bed
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By johannatime On July 1, 2014 No Comments
So many people dream of it: an empty e-mail inbox. Even if it was only once! Agreed, having none in ‘in’ feels amazing. Imagine granting this awesome gift to yourself on a daily basis: you’d finally get some work done, be tremendously productive and not get paralysed or even slightly distracted by overwhelm. This ultimate state of joyful control is within arm’s reach, so please continue reading.
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By johannatime On June 22, 2014 2 Comments
Work/life balance, you know the challenge. The way people talk about ‘work/life balance’ makes the two look like opposites. As if there is work on one hand, and then life on the other. As if you’d be out of control not getting your work done if you’d blend the two. As if you should split yourself in half, or whatever ratio you like, and not let them mix.Click here to continue reading
By johannatime On June 11, 2014 No Comments
When you want to get things done, interruptions are your worst enemy. Interruptions distract you from your work, make you feel overwhelmed and they are an excellent excuse to procrastinate. Singletasking is better than multitasking I always say. And I also advise to limit distractions and to organise a calm environment to work in. Reality however, is always a little more complicated, my clients often tell me. So here’s some adviceClick here to continue reading