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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Fast living

Remember this viral short film that came through your inbox last year? This wouldn't happen in most offices I know... Along with many of you, probably, I started work back in the office on Monday. Two days later, I have a cold, am dizzy and started to feel hectic again. Fast Living comes from the Outside I notice ...