10 Common Sense Lessons from the Corporate world

I've recently started recognizing people (outside work environment) who work in multinationals. They have a certain way of behaving and, of course, personal idiosyncrasies (or as we say it in Romanian, "pitici", or "stoluri"). On the other hand, there are some valuable lessons I've learned, some not yet mastered, while working almost 6 years for corporations. ...

Procrastination – why it’s hopeless and what you can still do about it

Note: Procrastination is the nasty habit of postponing things that need to get done. All the time. On the other hand, if you're not so familiar with Procrastination, you might not be needing this article, because you're a very happy and efficient person. So much has been written in the Productivity Bloging realm about Procrastination - two of ...

How to choose your 2011 Planner

In about 15 years of using organizers (yes, I started early), I experimented quite a few solutions. And now, the market is more diversified than ever, offering various types of organizers, agendas, planners, notebooks, all colours, shapes, types, sizes, filled with all possible templates for organizing mostly any life. So, out of a large array of choices, ...

The first steps of a transition

Since ages, I've loved transitions. The first days of falling in love; the changes of seasons; moving to a new place to live (ok, without the packing and unpacking); going back to school in autumn; and changing the job. Transitions spice up life. Without them, we would be caught in a neverending slumber. The only thing ...

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 ...

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 ...

Goal Setting – Magic Fairy exercise

This is a response to an exercise launched by Dragos Roua on his blog, yesterday. Don't worry, it's more than a "tag", so keep reading. Dragos pointed out that in the bedouin and magic fairy story, unless you really know what you want, you'll end up transformed in a toilet. Quite similar to Johnny Bravo saying ...

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 ...

The Un-Work Life Balance

Inspired by the post of a Romanian career coach here. Lately my days have been shattered by personal quakes. I have a grandmother who is struggling for her final breaths, a friend who just gave birth today to a beautiful baby boy, and I'm planning my wedding for the summer. In the meanwhile, I go to ...

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 ...

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 ...