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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

How to Minimize Complexity

I think we all agree on the increasing complexity that's in our lives. And, ironically, most of the things that are adding complexity are initially promising to simplify (for a quick example, just open your TV and check out the latest ad for the new mop that will forever take your mind off dusting. But ...

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 ...

3 Best Ideas of 2009

Simple, quick. 3 of the best ideas I came across this year. 1. Buy experiences, not things. Found in Seth Godin's book "What Matters". The idea can be also found in the book I'm reading now - "Affluenza" by Oliver James. In short, today's developed society is focused on consumerism. We end up working our lives away ...

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 ...

Follow the white rabbit

Remember the scene in "The Matrix" when Neo gets the "Follow the white rabbit" advice, and then goes after the girl with the tattoed rabbit on her shoulder? That's about what happens when you're starting to be aware. You start connecting the dots. What matters If you read Seth Godin's free ebook "What Matters", which has taken the ...

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 ...

Effectiveness Tip no. 1 – Procrastination

I’m a bad example of procrastination. I tend to put away everything that’s big, seems confusing, or I don’t like doing. But that’s exactly what helps me figure out what needs to be done. What’s Procrastination? Procrastination is defined as the bad habit of constantly postponing things that need to be done. Why you should NOT be afraid of ...