Over the past several days I’ve been doing several first-round interviews for potential development candidates. There are five tips I suggest when it comes to putting your best foot (or in this case, face) forward when participating in a video … Continue reading Four tips for better Zoom interviews
I headed out to my workshop this evening to continue my ongoing project of purging, rearranging, and getting it into a general working condition after quite a period of neglect. Standing amid the mid-purge chaos I tried to jump in … Continue reading Sometimes it’s better to just quit.
“Awww, do you need a nap?” We’ve all heard this said to a grumpy toddler at some point and time. Partially it comes from knowing that rest for them is good but also because it gives us some peace and quiet from their most recent tirade. What I wonder though is why “growing up” means that naps no longer carry their core benefits? Perhaps it’s the fact the name itself has such a juvenile and demeaning connotation of weakness. It’s time this changed. When researching the definition of “nap” this misconception continues. Synonyms include doze, catnap, drowse, drop off, nod … Continue reading Can’t take a nap? Try S2R instead.
Did you know you can organize your information by how quickly you need to access it? Continue reading Organizing using Spheres of Access
This is one of those minor rant posts I’m using to get something off my chest. When someone says something is “impossible” it immediately raises the hair on the back of my neck. Not because I’m a Pollyanna that things … Continue reading Impossible is a naughty word
How do you feel about turning what you love into a career? Continue reading ProductivityCast Episode 91 – Should you do what you love as a career?
Maintaining focus on the work at hand is one of the most critical keys to being productive on a daily basis. Even as someone with a daily focus on productivity improvement both professionally and personally, it is impossible to not … Continue reading Maintaining Focus
Are you being naughty or nice? At some point in our recent history it became acceptable to take whatever possible perceived slight and propel it to a public tirade against all things we don’t agree with. Whether it’s red coffee … Continue reading Holiday Shopping in the Age of Outrage
Spending a couple of hours on a craft whiskey bottling line provides a unique opportunity to develop some insights into workstream management from a dynamic and fast-paced position Continue reading Productivity lessons from a whiskey bottle
Want to know the way to get the most out of your productive time on Facebook? Continue reading The most productive option on Facebook
During every day of our lives we’re bombarded with things to remember. People ask us to do things, get things, be places, and follow up on things. Most commonly based on our educational backgrounds, we’ve come to the conclusion that … Continue reading Stop Trying to Remember Everything
If you’re a contractor working in an environment where you aren’t 100% busy all the time, but still requires you to meet billable hour contractual requirements, I suggest you take some batting practice. Having been in these situations before I’ve seen how leveraging the work you are doing as an opportunity to refine and hone your skills can make all the difference in your personal satisfaction as well as your client satisfaction.
Our modern work culture has trained us to think the only way we can be successful is by working extraordinary numbers of hours each week. I have to wonder, are they being as productive as they can be, or are they compensating for poor productivity with increased hours.
Regaining your flow when you’ve been interrupted or have lost focus can be an almost herculean effort if you haven’t planned in advance. There’s a hack I recommend regardless of the system to get your momentum back with some quick wins in being productive.
Those of us in the productivity space try to strive and be prepare for situations and eventualities. We thrive on planning, evaluating possible outcomes, and then ensuring we have taken all the factors into consideration before starting our efforts. Yet, … Continue reading How a drone taught me about planning ahead
There’s a struggle point for many analog users (pen and paper people to the non-stationery geeks) when it comes to finding a balance between using their paper based system and their smartphones. What should go where? Deciding what information is … Continue reading Using a Journal AND a Smartphone to be productive
It’s that time of year where holidays come into our schedules and time off looms as the double edged sword of relaxation and stress. Do you have a process for making your time off more relaxed and still being productive … Continue reading Three ways to reduce stress and get back to work after a holiday
At the client I am working currently I have been parked at a sitting desk for the past four months. Prior to this I was working from home and could stand and work when I liked (not easily, but I … Continue reading Does a change in your productivity solution last?
Most note keeping solutions offer multiple methods of organizing your notes within their tools. You’ll find search, tags, labels, folders, outlines, and a variety of other less common structures. Determining what features will work the best for you in locating … Continue reading Search vs structure for organizing your notes
One of the keys to productivity is taking advantage of the moments as they come available. To do this successfully you need to be prepared to react when those moments arise. Here are some tips for taking advantage of “idle … Continue reading Being productive wherever you are