Tool: Mini Notepad for To Dos

I've always been looking for the perfect Time Management tool to carry around. Organizers are too big and chunky, end up being stuffed with papers and never fit in small purses. Plus, you buy them for work only. What happens at home, if you remember something? Where do you put it? I tried the electronic version ...

Transition to a new job Phase 3 – getting up to speed

Did you read "The first 90 days"? It's the best book ever written about the transition process of a newly appointed person, whether it's a new leadership role, a new job, or a new team. The principle there is that you have 90 days to prove.  They should have entitled it "The first 30 days". I've ...

The Ireland Road Trip or how to really enjoy your vacation

"Time doesn't stand still here - it just lingers." This was an inscription on "Joyce's craft shop", above, in Connemara; and it stands true for all Irish countryside. Time is, ultimately, how we perceive it, and that's one thing I experimented through my 12 days - 2000 km - country-tour-coastal route of Ireland. We started off ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 2

As I'm now officially on vacation, I can continue the series of the Best Time Management tools tried and experienced, and recommended further. The part 1 post you can find here. Here are the next few tools/tips that can improve your personal organizing/peace of mind, if used properly and frequently enough. 9. Daily/weekly priorities list An example of a ...

Best Time Management tools – Part 1

As a personal organizing freak, I've laid my hands on almost every time management tool or concept ever invented. Below is a list of the best I've tried - and, for those who want to read more, some recommended books. 1. Forms. By Forms I mean Excel sheets with calculations, colors, formulas and stuff that transform what you ...

The Time Thieves Killer Cocktail

Take one busy summer afternoon at work. Question after question, issue after issue. Someone comes with a request to join a quick meeting, right away. And there's the need to return an urgent call. All while you're trying to think about an important proposal that you need to submit tomorrow. What do you do when you're swamped ...

How to boost energy when you’re tired

Mostly I write about my tries - and failures - to be a better life manager, an organized, single-tasking, focused person. But this period, as I'm organizing (not alone, thank God) my upcoming wedding, I'm starting to feel slightly burned out and very, very tired. How does tiredness show? I don't get rest after one night's sleep Although I'm ...

Slowing Down – How To

This is part 3 of a series of 3 blog posts on how slowing down can actually improve effectiveness and productivity. This focuses on practical aspects. The first one's called "Are you living your life too fast?" and the second is "Benefits of SLOW living". How to slow down? I'm a fairly fast person. Multitasking is my ...

Are you living too fast?

This is part 1 of a series of 3 blog posts on The Slow Movement, aimed to raise your awareness that doing things slower increases your effectiveness and enjoyment. I came across a mind-blowing talk by Carl Honore, author of "In Praise of Slowness" recently. The kind of idea that simply "fits the puzzle". We ...

How to get your social life organized

This is a guest post from my friend Eduard Ezeanu, who is a communication coach with an attitude-based approach. He also writes on his blog, People Skills Decoded. Most people find the whole concept of organizing your social life odd. Organizing your business life makes sense, organizing your files makes sense, but why would your deliberately ...

How to work less – the 1 step challenge

Take the following situation. Boss hears about an issue. Or has an important project he wants to assign to someone. He delegates the issue by email. Then the subordinate wants to talk more about it. Enter meeting 1. Boss has a lot of experience on the project, but too little time to transfer the know how to the subordinate. Enter ...

Top 10 Questions for an Effective Start of the Week

It's Monday morning. You're at your desk, opening your computer. A cup of coffee is on the table, and you breathe in, before immersing yourself into work. Wait. What's wrong with this picture? What are you getting yourself into? As I mentioned in this post, it's very  easy to waste the day away, answering to emails and prompt ...

How to really focus at work

When it comes to focusing at work, I do all the wrong things: I start my day with email. I answer phonecalls. I respond to interruptions. I compulsively check email too often. If there's one thing I've learned in my years of corporate life, it's this: You can spend a day's work (or more!) answering emails and ...