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The tell-tale signs you’ve taken on too much

Recognise any of these? A meeting is cancelled and you’re relieved. You freeze and you’re not sure what to do next. Previously simple tasks feel complex. The quality of your work decreases. You don’t have time for your health. You keep forgetting things. You’re ALWAYS tired. You’re prone to headaches, muscle tension, picking up every […][...]

Do you PP?

I’ve found myself being a PP. Have you? A PP here. PP there. Here a P. There a P. You get it. It’s…   People Pleasing. And gosh, it’s tiring. Attempting to reply to every comment. Answer every question. Having a ‘yes’ attitude. Accepting too much. Taking on other people’s problems. The worst is when […][...]

A robot wrote this

I, like many people, have been playing with the latest Artificial Intelligence programmes that were launched late last year. Already LinkedIn posts, tweets and other social media communications are being written by computers. Very clever computers. But are they any good? I thought it might be fun to go head-to-head with openai.com and see what […][...]

10 ways to find time to write

10 ways to find time to write Schedule it You put birthdays and appointments in your diary, how about an appointment with you and your keyboard? What gets scheduled, gets done.   Dictate One of the greatest innovations in recent years is modern dictation software. You can install it on your phone, tablet or computer. […][...]

What Is Time Horizon?

And why is it important?  A time horizon, also known as a planning horizon, is a fixed point of time in the future at which point certain processes will be evaluated or assumed to end. Thanks, Wikipedia*.  *Do you remember when we used to quote the Oxford English dictionary?    Time Horizon  It’s really just a fancy […][...]

Are you a Time Lord

Every day you’re busy. Doing stuff. It should be easier…  but it’s not. Working from home, home schooling, new pressures in life… the truth is, it’s harder than ever to manage your time. What now feels like 600 years ago (but was actually about 12) I recorded an audio programme called Time for Time. It was a CD production (remember them?). Last week, I received a message from a […][...]

Why Routine Rocks

Every time you need to make a decision, you are adding some stress to your life. Even the smallest decisions create micro stressors. The more decisions you have to make, the more micro stressors you put on yourself. They build and build and then… The solution? Routine. And it’s not just me who thinks this. […][...]

Nothing Done

On Monday, I felt busy the whole day; but when I looked back, I didn’t seem to get anything done. Ever felt that way? The point is I was busy; but was I being effective? That evening I made a new commitment. Each day, for the rest of the week, I was going to get a minimum of two things over the line. I love this expression ‘over the line’ as it makes me […][...]

The Power of Precrastination

Several hundred people joined me for my 20 ways to make 2020 your best year ever webinar last week and the response was amazing. But the one thing that has everyone talking is the idea of precrastinating. The concept is very simple. Do stuff long before you need to. If it’s due by the end […][...]

The Curse of Chaos

Early in my career, I was invited to work with a ‘creative agency’.   It was a hoot! Painted pigs in reception. Table tennis and space invaders. Pizzas on Thursday. Pub on Friday.  ‘You don’t have to be mad to work here – but it helps’ posters.  You get the idea. And almost everyone was happy to work late. […][...]

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