Posts Tagged ‘e-mail processing’

Habit of the month August: E-mail etiquette

By johannatime On August 1, 2015 No Comments
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Are you sometimes annoyed by an e-mail? Or even offended? Do you agree that there are too many e-mails in your inbox, that they are too long, and often unclear? I am a true advocate for good manners and mutual respect amongst coworkers and professionals, so let’s make this world a better place: You can

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Habit of the month July: Inbox zero

By johannatime On July 1, 2015 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 by overwhelm, or even slightly distracted. This ultimate state of joyful control is within arm’s reach, so please continue

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How to choose a digital task manager that works for you

By johannatime On June 30, 2015 No Comments
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Could you be more productive if you just had the right tool? Often, looking for a technical solution to fix your procrastination is just a distraction, but sometimes it may help you to organise, tackle overwhelm and get into the zone. Here’s what to consider when you bother to switch to a new

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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Clear Calm Consistent

By johannatime On August 11, 2014 No Comments
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Do you have a boring office? That’s good. Because boring will not distract you. In an environment that is clear and clean, calm and quiet, consistent and predictable, you can focus on your priority without the overwhelm and excitement. Save the noise for your Friday afternoon drinks.

You may have heard of ‘clean calm and consistent’ as a parenting principle? Professionals, in this regard, are similar

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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 Click here to continue reading