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Don’t solve a problem until it is due!

By johannatime On April 10, 2015 No Comments
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A mañana attitude is not the most productive mindset. Rather, it often is more like procrastination than it is a relaxed way of life. However, there is an underestimated strategy beneath leaving tasks for tomorrow.

Project management as you know it

Do you manage projects sometimes? All of my clients do, and they all think mapping out actions ahead to complete the project is the way to go. It is not. In fact,

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Habit of the month April: Create extra time and never be late

By johannatime On April 1, 2015 No Comments
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The habit of this month will increase your productivity as well as keep you calm around stressful and time sensitive moments, when everybody else is in a hurry. Maybe you know that feeling, that you don’t want to be late for a meeting or an appointment. But also, you don’t want to be early

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The sacrifices you’ll need to make for GTD® to solve your problems

By johannatime On March 30, 2015 No Comments
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As far as I know, Getting Things Done® (GTD®), invented by David Allen, is the most sensible, sustainable and only effective approach for time and work flow management and productivity. In some cases, it will prevent burn out and in all cases it brings peace of mind, because it gets you back in

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When you go: ‘I shouldn’t be doing this right now’

By johannatime On March 10, 2015 2 Comments
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You may know that restless feeling that you are wasting your time. The sense that there is something else right now that needs your attention more. It makes you feel overwhelmed and it takes away your flow, and worst of all, your productivity drops so nothing else gets done either.

Things you shouln’t be doing right now

You will probably know countless examples of doing something else:

  • You may find yourself organising
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Habit of the month March: Use keyboard shortcuts for successful living

By johannatime On March 1, 2015 No Comments
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The habit of this month is a typical ‘small change huge effect’ type of behaviour. By using keyboard shortcuts (working on your computer using keys instead of your mouse) you’ll save bits of time countless times a day with very little effort. Also, you’ll save energy that you can now address to the hard thinking you need to

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Things don’t stay fresh by themselves

By johannatime On February 10, 2015 No Comments
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Quality work requires a calm and neat space free from distractions. So providing a good working environment for yourself is vital for your productivity, and indeed, it also makes work a lot more enjoyable. And if you think it’s your boss, your clients, or your co-workers who are making a mess, you are wrong!

Life cycles

The cycle of office life goes something like this:

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Habit of the month February: Capture all

By johannatime On February 1, 2015 No Comments
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Using your brain as a reminder what to do is a bad idea. This ‘organic’ type of work organisation will compromise your productivity and it will leave you feeling overwhelmed. The habit of the month February therefore, is about capturing everything and anything that has your attention into a trusted system, so there is nothing on your mind, and you’ll forget nothing either.

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Reduce stress: Reduce your options

By johannatime On January 30, 2015 No Comments
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Having lots to do is a stressful state of mind. The thought of all the things that should be done is overwhelming. It paralyses you to the point where your productivity drops to zero. Do you have too many things to do on your list, or worse, on your mind? Getting nothing done? Please read on!

The number one cure for reducing stress

Reduce your options.

There

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After Christmas decluttering party

By johannatime On January 10, 2015 No Comments
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Not sure about yours, but my home and life are always a bit of a mess after Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Routines are interrupted with visitors around, or us visiting, and presents need to find a new home somewhere in our house, or elsewhere. My my dear friend Do discovered decluttering after a big new year’s clean up last year, so I dedicate this post to her, particularly

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Habit of the month January: Singletasking

By johannatime On January 1, 2015 No Comments
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Singletasking is a sensible habit. It makes you feel more in control, less overwhelmed, more productive and more satisfied about your work. So the habit of the month January is:

S  I  N  G  L  E  T  A  S  K  I  N  G

An alternative to singletasking, multitasking, is the automatic behaviour of the majority of knowledge workers. That’s probably because there are overwhelmingly

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