Posts Tagged ‘expectations’

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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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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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

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Simply satisfied part 1: WHY to do lists work

By johannatime On October 11, 2014 No Comments
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When you have a to do list and then complete the tasks and cross them off, you know what I am talking about. In fact, everyone I know, who ever made a task list, gets an incredible boost of satisfaction when they manage to Click here to continue reading



How many projects can a human do simultaneously?

By johannatime On September 22, 2014 No Comments
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When there is a lot on your plate, work and life can feel overwhelming. Overwhelm can cause paralysis and then you get the awkward situation of being crazy busy and getting nothing done: ‘it is all too much’. So how many projects is enough? Of course, that depends.

About projects

The Getting Things Done® (GTD®)

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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,

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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

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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

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Habit of the month #13: Ten steps to change your behaviour

By johannatime On December 30, 2013 No Comments
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The gym is crowded on the 2nd of January. By the end of the month, though, a great deal of those new members decide to stay at home. Heartbreaking. Do you have new year’s resolutions? Will they last beyond January? Why (not)?

My resolution for the next year, is that I

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Holiday reflection time: how to look back on a wonderful year

By johannatime On December 18, 2013 No Comments
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The Christmas holidays are a time for reflection and reconciliation. Some days off work will help you get the busyness and overwhelm off your mind. I encourage you to look back for some moments, rather than being stressed about tomorrow’s deadlines. Somehow, hanging out with family instead of coworkers, helps you change your focus, too. I recommend you use this

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