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What Goldilocks teaches you about productivity

By johannatime On July 11, 2014 No Comments
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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

Forget about the bears for

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Habit of the month July: Inbox zero

By johannatime On July 1, 2014 No Comments
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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.

Defining

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Don’t balance work and life

By johannatime On June 22, 2014 2 Comments
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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.

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A boss as demanding as a new baby

By johannatime On June 11, 2014 No Comments
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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 advice

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Habit of the month June: Do a daily review

By johannatime On June 1, 2014 No Comments
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The habit of this month is yet another simple way to improve your productivity, tackle procrastination and prevent overwhelm. By embracing this habit, you’ll build in some structure to wrap up your day and prepare for the next. And because it is a very small effort, performed daily, it is a great habit that will not take a lot of

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Don’t organise for the sake of organising

By johannatime On May 22, 2014 No Comments
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Why would you organise your life? Why would you label your folders? Why have an empty inbox every day? For the sake of a clean desk can’t be a goal in itself. Because it feels good doesn’t apply to everyone; many professionals have a high chaos tolerance. So let me explain the point of organising your work.

Organising your space, your work, your time:

By

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Parkinson’s law always applies. Use it!

By johannatime On May 11, 2014 No Comments
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Parkinson’s law is a principle to make use of for your benefit and your productivity. Once you find out how it works and how it applies to all you do, you’ll get much more done, and there will be time for the things you’d like to last forever. Or doing nothing.

You probably recognise some of the following situations:

  • You have got all day to pack
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Habit of the month May: Bite sized chunks

By johannatime On May 1, 2014 No Comments
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The habit featured this month is my number one recipe for beating procrastination and kickstart whatever difficult project that might be on your plate. Making all of your tasks into bite sized chunks makes you productive and tackles overwhelm instantly.

There will probably be tasks on your list, or if you don’t have a list, on your mind, that have an excellent excuse not to get done: you need

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Why filing should be a joy, and how to do that!

By johannatime On April 22, 2014 No Comments
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A difficult filing structure will make you procrastinate. A poor one will make you feel overwhelmed and waste time on searching. A good filing system supports your productivity when it is a joy to use. You can focus on your work, not the chores.

Do you have ‘to be filed’ stacks of paper laying around your desk, or even on the floor? Do you

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Maintenance = moving forward

By johannatime On April 11, 2014 No Comments
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Applying maintenance is amongst the most undervalued, underestimated and invisible aspects of productivity and smart working. By maintaining your work organisation, you prevent overwhelm and you tackle procrastination before it occurs.

There are days sometimes when you think you did nothing, because you worked on e-mail backlog or culling your files. Or whatever it was you did, it was in order to keep up with the crazy pace of the day. Depending on how and when you do that, of course, this

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