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The blessing of a tiny space

By johannatime On December 11, 2014 No Comments
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A big office holds more furniture and things than a closet size one. A large home is filled with more posessions than a tiny cottage. You may think bigger is better, but today I will demonstrate it is not. So much time is wasted organising and packing away stuff each day. So many people are overwhelmed by everything they own. And so many are distracted by

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Habit of the month December: The 2 minute rule

By johannatime On December 1, 2014 No Comments
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For the last habit of the year I chose one that resonates with lots of people, because it is easy to remember and easy to apply. It is an essential strategy also, for dealing with all of those tiny ad hoc tasks that often leave you overwhelmed:

T H E   2   M I N

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Undercommit and overdeliver

By johannatime On November 22, 2014 No Comments
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Things are good when you expected less, things are bad when you expected more. The expected result will not be noticed. This post is about management of expectations. When you expect others to expect lots from you, you are setting yourself up for overwhelm and stress. Being productive is about getting the tasks done you committed yourself to. Let’s dive in.

A commitment is often an overcommitment

People tend to underestimate the amount of work that is involved

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Task list nonsense

By johannatime On November 11, 2014 No Comments
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Working from a good looking to do list feels awesome, too. You will be more productive when your most important tool is in your favorite style and colours. In fact, I always advise my clients to get their favorite gear for their personal workflow system, because when you love your tools, there is an ovbious chance you keep them nice and clean, like inbox zero and all.

Task list illusions

However,

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Habit of the month November: Obey your biorhythm

By johannatime On November 1, 2014 No Comments
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Your grandmother may have told you so: there is a good time for everything. Well, bless your nana’s wisdom, because she was right. Ironically, I’m now writing this post in my after lunch dip, where I shoud’ve done it this morning, because my mornings are a good time for writing.

Patterns in nature

For as long as life exists on earth, it has adapted to

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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.

a+b=5

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.

Cleaning

Working in a

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