Erin Condren Life Planner – Review after 3 months!

I recently bought an Erin Condren Life Planner, after - of course! - a lot of thinking and analyzing options (find the process and the other options here). After I've been asked to write a review, here's how the colourful little planner helped me so far: 1. It's pricey, but it stands out. Not your average business planner, ...

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. ...

How to be an awsome Project Manager

"Not everyone can be a Project Manager" it is said. Or at least, that's what I heard in a conversation yesterday. "You should be able to see what's coming, control the steps, and take over when things are not working properly. Yes, you can learn the technicalities, but to be a really good Project Manager, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Life Management 101

I'm not a master of life. But at least I'm a hard learning apprentice. Here are some things I found along the way. I'm sure you've thought about them too. The hard part is getting to do them. This is a crash course on managing your life and bringing it closer to where you want. Call it effectiveness ...