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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Effective Traveling

Recently I traveled to London. As light as I could, considering I get cold very easily. Packed a medium suitcase and found myself stressed, lost and rumbling in my luggage for passport and papers. There's many posts out there written about effective traveling. But none written by someone who actually had to carry around a 3 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Effectiveness Tip no. 2 – New Year’s Resolutions

People start December with a heavy weight on their shoulders. It's called making New Year's Resolutions. I'd say, more important than making new resolutions is checking up on the ones you did last year. If you haven't thought about them since February, you should get a better planning in place for this year. Step 1. Check up on ...