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

By johannatime On April 1, 2014 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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For the first time

By johannatime On March 22, 2014 No Comments
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When you’re doing your routine tasks you’re likely to be highly productive. You have worked out the smartest way to do it and that’s great. Things you are doing for the first time, however, take a lot more effort and time, because there is this awkward obstacle almost everyone experiences with new things. You feel overwhelmed because it is unknown territory, and you are likely to procrastinate.

Doing something

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Why you need to get some routines in place

By johannatime On March 11, 2014 No Comments
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Routines will dramatically simplify your life. By doing certain repetitive tasks the same way every time, you’ll save yourself time and energy and you’ll avoid overwhelm, you’ll be more productive because you get more done and by having routines in place you’re less likely to procrastinate, so you feel better about your day, too.

Let’s dive right in:

Whatever is coming at you, there are at least two decisions you’ll need to make about them:

  1. What are
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Habit of the month March: Use keyboard shortcuts for successful living

By johannatime On March 1, 2014 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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The e-mail diet

By johannatime On February 22, 2014 No Comments
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How many e-mails are delivered into your inbox every day? If it’s less than 20 you’re doing fine and you can stop reading. Most inboxes, however, collect crazy volumes, overwhelming the owner completely. How do you keep track of all this information and still be productive? Is there anything else you do but e-mail processing? Do you procrastinate on your other work because e-mail asks for all of your attention? Then read on.

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The truth about inbox zero: How e-mail processing is done

By johannatime On February 11, 2014 2 Comments
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Is your inbox zero once daily? Does it only hold the e-mails you need to respond to? Or does it contain hundreds of messages? No matter how you organise your incoming mail, a clear inbox makes you more productive and by clearing your inbox you avoid overwhelm and procrastination. Let me explain how it works:

What e-mails really are (about)

Let’s for now ignore the

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Habit of the month February: Capture all

By johannatime On February 1, 2014 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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Did you eat your frog today?

By johannatime On January 22, 2014 No Comments
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We all have those tasks that just sit on our to do lists and don’t get done. And by having one such task permanently residing there, other tasks seem to get comfortable to stay, too. They are a pain in terms of your productivity, and you waste time and energy by procrastinating on them. Your to do list should be a dynamic tool,

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