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Productivity

Health and WellbeingProductivity
December 7, 2017

Simple strategies to help you transition better between work and home

Some days I am a shit dad. There I said it. My head is up my own ass worrying about shit I can't do anything about and I'm there in front of kids who only want to play with their dad. But I'm not there. I'm physically there but in my head, I'm at work worrying about some pointless shit…
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Productivity
November 5, 2017

Seeking high performance? Frame your day with clarity

How deliberately do you live? Some days, do you feel like you get up and move through your day on autopilot routines? I do. Not every day but there are days that just feel fast forwarded. Days where you get up or go to work and lack clarity. What is it that I am supposed to do today? The days…
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Productivity
October 30, 2017

Need to focus? Design a Spoke and Hub workspace

Find it hard to focus? Struggle to sit down and get that large project or report done? We all procrastinate. Put off the work we know we should be doing and then put ourselves under the pump by cramming at the last minute. The excuses for why we shouldn't complete the work would fill the report twice over but it…
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FlowProductivityStrategies
August 26, 2017

Take a walk and increase your creative output by 60%

Image source The following is the second post in a four part exploration series on the known stages of Flow as defined by the Flow Genome Project, an organisation dedicated to furthering the research on optimal performance and human potential. This builds on the extensive research of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In my last post, I explored the first phase of the…
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ProductivityStrategies
August 12, 2017

To-Do lists, live frogs and the Pareto Principle

How often do you slay your To-Do list? For many of us, our To Do lists are endless lists of items that we have no chance completing in a day (or even a week or month). But what on the list is essential? Greg McKweon, author of the book Essentialism, says we need to pursue less. The pursuit of less…
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Growth and developmentProductivity
June 12, 2017

Want to actually have breakthrough success? Develop a daily habit!

And just like that, it was gone! It had such promise. It had been on your mind forever and you were determined that this time you had its measure. But it eluded you...again...as it always does. As the excuses pile up; "Life got in the way",  "I ran out of time", "It just wasn't meant to be", you reflect and…
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ProductivityStrategies
June 1, 2017

Struggling with focus? Strategies to help you sharpen your concentration

Do you struggle to maintain concentration for an extended period of time? Do you find that the length of time that you can focus your attention has severely deteriorated over the past few years? Twelve months ago, I would have answered yes to both questions. There was a melting pot of reasons for this. Environmental, personal and structural tended to…
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ProductivityStrategies
May 22, 2017

Take control and find out where all your time goes.

Where does all your time go? What has the greatest impact on your daily energy and is it the right use of your time? I have long pursued living a deliberate life. A life where my energy is used in the right places. Where conscious decisions lead to a better home and work life. We are all driven and ambitious.…
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ProductivityStrategies
May 2, 2017

Batch email and get time back in your day

Email. I once liked you. Now you are a stream of 'pass the buck' communication, inappropriate 'CC's and straight up time wasting. In fact, email is the one thing I would give away in a heartbeat. For such a long while, email has been kicking my butt but I've think I'm gaining the upper hand. A technique I have used…
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ProductivityStrategies
April 30, 2017

What do chains, Jerry Seinfeld and deep work have in common?

I'm reading Cal Newport's book, Deep Work at the moment and in this book, he shares a strategy that Jerry Seinfeld uses to produce original comic content. The strategy is called the 'chain method'. Each day, write/create/produce your content and then mark it off on a calendar when it is complete. Over time you will build a chain of crosses…
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