Posts by Tiana

Standing Meetings

    In today’s busy business world, there isn’t time to waste on long, drawn-out meetings. The concept of boardroom gatherings, meeting minutes and wasting half a day on pointless discussions just does not fit in the modern small business world.   Now we need to get to the point, make a decision and move…

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Why You Need a Closed Door Policy

    Interruptions. We all have to suffer them each and every day. If you work from home, you’ll have experienced the family bursting into your workspace, interrupting your work. If you spend your working hours in an office, you’ll know the colleague who just loves popping by your desk for a quick chat. The…

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Become More Productive by Working Less

  I have long been an advocate of setting time limits and artificial deadlines, in order to accomplish more in less time.  In fact, I am known for working with a kitchen timer in my office!  I would decide what task I want to start and complete within the next “time block”, set the kitchen…

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Task Management – Open Lists vs Closed Lists

    Let’s face it – you’ll never have enough time to complete everything you want to do.  There will always be more articles to read, e-mails to check, projects to do and reports to write than you can possibly fit into any given day.   The way most of us deal with tasks and…

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Leveraging Your Prime Productivity Time

  Productivity is not about how many hours your work.  Or even how hard you work. So when the tasks are stacking up and the deadlines are looming, you may think about working longer hours.  But this will not necessarily make you more productive.  Because there is more to productivity than merely putting in more…

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Herding our Animals

  Prioritising. This is the one issue I get asked about most.  We as solopreneurs have so many tasks to do every day – from e-mails to proposals, and from content creation to sales calls – prioritising our tasks is vital if we want to remain sane.  We can probably never get it all done –…

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Dealing with Productivity Blockers

    Sigh. Another boring report to research and write.  Shall I get on with it?  Nah, I’ll do it later. Do you feel this way sometimes?  When you have those “ugly” tasks to do and suddenly it seems more important to replace the ink cartridge in the printer, and oh, how about sorting out that…

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Busyness is the new status symbol

  In the not-too-distant past (think fifties to nineties) one was perceived to be successful and “rich” purely by owning status symbols like nice cars, bling-y watches or being able to go on holiday to a sun-soaked beach resort in Southern Europe.   I still remember my awe when I had a meeting with a…

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Being Productively Creative

  For most of us, productivity and creativity are two beasts living on separate continents. We find it difficult to marry the two because productivity is seen as all about “doing” and creativity is seen as all about “mind flow”.  And our busyness often blocks our creativity – being so focused on the doing that we…

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Staying Productive on Sick Days

  We all have days when we feel slightly under the weather.  When that headache feels like our brain-cells are having a rave party and the blocked nose makes us sound a bit like Janice from Friends. Energy levels are on the floor and just thinking about work takes the same effort as climbing Kilimanjaro. Many people…

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