Posts by Tiana

Power of Routines

Whenever someone asks me what the secret to great time management is, my answer is always this:  good habits.   We are creatures of habit.  We get dressed in the same way every day, we brush our teeth in the same way every day and chances are you have your favourite table at your local coffee shop –…

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Setting Expiry Dates

Years ago, my wonderful friend Christelle told me about her “expiry date plan” which still makes me laugh today when I think about it.  She and her husband lived at the coast and her mother-in-law liked to visit them.  The thing is, Christelle didn’t really get on with said mother-in-law.  And mother-in-law liked to visit for extended periods…

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Is Paper Killing Productivity?

The other day I popped by a friend’s office to drop off a bunch of flowers.  As it always happens with these things, it turned into having a coffee and a bit of a chat.  This was my first visit to her office, so naturally I looked around at the office set-up.  The first thing I noticed is…

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Capturing Important Ideas

Don’t you just hate it when that brilliant idea disappears from your mind, just as fast as it popped in there, in the first place?  Way too many times, I have had clever ideas for marketing, or a blog topic or a solution to a client’s problem – and then promptly forgot it! And then I’ll try…

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Overcommitted Means Uncommitted

Overcommitted means uncommitted.  I know that sounds weird – after-all, does it not mean exactly the opposite?  So how can it be the same thing?  Well, it can – and in a sense, it is. Over commitment is like a slowly spreading disease.  And most Solopreneurs fall victim to it from time to time.  The trick is to see it…

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Productive Distractions

Avoiding and eliminating distractions have always been my motto.  I employ techniques such as using a kitchen timer to force focus for a specific amount of time, or closing all browsers on my desktop, or even sticking a massive sign reading “Do Not Disturb” sign on my office door.  I practice (and teach) all of these techniques…

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Favourite Business Tools

Whenever I speak at events or conferences, one of the questions I get asked is: “What are your favourite tools or apps?”  Now obviously, the answer changes every so often, as new tools come under my radar, but I decided to write a short list of tools I use that make my life easier. Basecamp Basecamp…

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Unchaining Your Brain

Choosing just one “favourite” or most impactful speaker out of a magnificent line-up of over 30 world-class speakers is near impossible.  If I had to choose though, from the speaker list at the Getting Things Done Summit 2019, it would undoubtedly be Theo Compernolle.  What an awesome and highly knowledgeable speaker! (Oh, and very entertaining too!) This…

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Not Getting Things Done is Also Productive

A while ago, I read (and really enjoyed) a book called “Busy” by Tony Crabbe.  So when I had the opportunity to hear him speak at the GTDSummit (Getting Things Done Summit) recently, I was absolutely delighted.  Tony is a business psychologist and author who have worked with many household name brands over the years. This is…

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The Concept of Brain Management

I recently had the opportunity to hear Mark Tigchelaar speak at the #GTDSummit in Amsterdam.  Mark is a Neuro-psychologist and author of five books.  He specialises in understanding how the brain works and how to leverage this to get more things done.  I thought I’d share my summary of his talk here. It’s not about Time Management; it’s…

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