Time Management

How to Process Ideas

In an earlier blog, I wrote about the importance of capturing all ideas and thoughts in a trusted “Thought Receptacle”.  You know, all those “I must remember to call….” and “Oh, this is a brilliant solution to that client problem!”.  We all have these ideas and thoughts floating around our minds.  The issue is that we tend to…

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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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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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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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The Power of Active Questions

During my recent attendance of the Getting Things Done Summit in Amsterdam, many great speakers took to the stage to share their knowledge, experience and ideas with us.  One of those speakers was world-renowned business educator and coach, Dr Marshall Goldsmith.   I found Marshall’s talk inspiring and thought provoking which is why I wanted to share my…

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Getting Things Done Summit Summary

You can only imagine my excitement when I recently had the opportunity to spend two entire days with over 700 of the most productive people in the world!  Yes, I managed to get a ticket for the #GTDSummit (Getting Things Done) in Amsterdam, hosted by one of my productivity heroes, David Allen.   I have been following…

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Expect the Unexpected

Are you a perfectionist?  Or are you more of a done-is-better-than-perfect kinda person? We tend to put people in either of these baskets (perfectionists vs non-perfectionists) based on how painfully precise they work.  Dotting each “I” and crossing each “T”?  Yup, you are a perfectionist.  That is how we label others – and ourselves.  That is the definition of “perfectionism” we…

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4 Ways to Win With Email

When working with clients on the Time Management and Productivity front, the one issue everyone seems to have is email overload.  Too many emails, too much time needed to handle it and people expecting a reply within two nanoseconds.   The bad news is this:  clearly email is a part of our lives and here to stay.  The good…

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Using Waiting Time Productively

Being as productive as possible means using every bit of time wisely.  That includes “Waiting Time”.  And we all have waiting time.  We wait for the doctor’s appointment, we wait for the train to arrive, we wait for a meeting to start and we wait for the kids to finish swimming lessons.  It seems we are forever waiting for…

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