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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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7 Rules for New Year’s resolutions that stick

By johannatime On December 22, 2014 No Comments
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This post I dedicate to my brave friend Giorgi who recently quit smoking in order for her to be a better role model for her seven year old son. It’s been a month or two since she had her last cigarette and I think she’s plain awesome having the courage to make this important change.

Changing your ways is amongst the hardest

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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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