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 ...

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 ...

Pen and Paper – Tools of the Trade

This post is dedicated to organizing tools. Time Management, yes! I've always said I'm a person of the pen and paper tools. Apart from Calendar and email, I've never used electronic planning devices. I have Evernote, Money Manager and a few other apps installed on my smartphone, but hardly ever use them. Luckily, my Google Calendar ...

5 Roles – Pie Chart tool

This is a very easy to use tool I've developed when working with one of my coaching clients. I've actually even simplified it more, to make it more appealing to a first time user! :) The downloadable link is just at the end of the blog post. But first, here's how you can use it. 5 Roles It ...

Life Management – Are you getting the best out of the first 2010 quarter?

At the beginning of 2010 I posted this yearly planner online. As mentioned, setting 10 (or one, or two) New Year's Resolutions is not going to help you much. Oh, ok, writing them down and posting them (like Leo of Zen Habits suggests here) is gonna get you a bit more focused. But what really helps is ...

Put your thoughts in the bucket. No, really.

Buckets is one of the most interesting concepts of time management I ran across. I found it with David Allen, Marc Mc Guinness (still think his little e-book on Time Management for Creative People is the best short read on time management you can find online), and, yes, even Jack Nicholson. What's a Bucket? A bucket is, essentially, ...

Idea of the Week – How to create Productivity Structures

It's early February now, and I wonder how many of us kept their New Year's Resolutions. Or whatever goals we set for ourselves a few months ago. I wrote here about how to set simple, kind-of-motivating New Year's Resolutions, that will still keep you going - yes, even mid-February!. And then I wrote here about the ...

Taking over a new role – part 2: Focusing

I wrote here about the transition experience to a new role, and how coaching questions can help you focus on the right areas. This post is about what comes next. The first week of a transition is an explosion. So much new information, new perspectives, and everything seems almost like a foreign language. What to maximize You get a ...

Yearly Planner 2010

So, as promised, I am back with an easy-to-use tool to plan ahead for 2010 (downloadable link below). What does it do? It helps you keep all your projects and deliverables in check. Helps you see your months/weeks when you will be most loaded, so you can plan ahead. What does it not do? You need to do the tracking ...