Tag: productivity

A Powerful 5-Minute Hack to Completely Transform Your To-Do List!

Do you have a To-Do list?

There’s no doubt: lists help us get organised.
But I’m now convinced there’s a better way…

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photo credit: john.schultz (licence)

I’ve been running a standard To-Do list (using Nozbe) for a long time. Recently I devised a “fix” that has completely transformed my task management system. You can use this hack to to boost your motivation, increase Continue reading

Lost Your Focus? How To Move On…

Lost your enthusiasm? Overwhelmed by circumstances? Disillusioned or spinning your wheels? Here’s my experience: I hope it helps you turn things around…

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In June this year I went quiet. My weekly blog posts and newsletters abruptly stopped and I disappeared from your browser and email inbox. Apart from automatic emails to my subscribers, there have been four months of silence. So what happened? Today’s post explains all… Continue reading

Facebook App Drains More Than Just Your Battery…

In the news this week there have been several articles about the Facebook and Instagram apps causing serious battery drain on both the iPhone and Android. But it gets worse…

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According to recent reports, running Facebook and/or Instagram on your phone causes your battery to drain at an alarming rate. Worse, this power loss occurs even if you’re not using the apps. However, it might be that Instagram and Facebook are causing even more damage, Continue reading

How To Be An Email Inbox Ninja!

How many emails do you receive each day? Ten? A hundred? A thousand? How many are currently sitting in your Inbox folder? I heard of someone with over thirty thousand! No matter how busy you are, there’s a “ninja” Self-Improvement technique you can use to avoid email overwhelm… 

Inbox Zero

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Why you can’t ignore it

Be honest: how many emails are currently sitting in your Inbox staring at you every time you open it? What starts as a handful can easily become dozens or hundreds and in extreme cases even thousands! And there’s the problem: Continue reading

15 Ways To Create More Time By Batching Your Tasks

Do you have enough time to do everything you want to do? If so, you’re extremely fortunate (and probably some sort of superhero!) But for the rest of us, here are some ways to claw back those extra precious minutes and hours…

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“Time and tide wait for no man…”

Can you “create” time? Strictly speaking, no, which is Continue reading

The Morning Ritual: Easily Achieve Your Top Tasks Before Breakfast!

What happens when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you stumble into the shower? Reach for the coffee? Trip over the dog? The things you do first in your day, and the way you do them, can set you up for success or failure…

Morning Ritual

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As part of my Self-Improvement I have taken time to analyse how I use my time, how much I get done each day and what techniques I can use to enhance these.

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Self-Improvement TV – Turning Off And Tuning In

TV has been bringing world news and entertainment into our homes and lives since long before the internet was invented. But in our pursuit of Self-Improvement, perhaps we are missing something…

Self-Improvement TV - Turning Off And Tuning In

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Amongst several inventors early last century, John Logie Baird is credited with being the first to produce a live, moving television image from reflected light. Little more than a hundred years later, TV is generally considered to part of ‘normal’ life and many of us have multiple television receivers in our homes and even in our pockets.

On average in the UK we watch around four hours of TV every day. In the US this figure rises to five hours or more, particularly as we age. So if you live to be 80, you might spend as much as 16 of those years watching television. Why do so many of us spend such a staggering proportion of our lives in front of the TV screen? Continue reading

Getting Organised: Seven Simple Secrets to Sorting Your Stuff

“Have you seen the …?”
“How do you ever find anything?”
“Why do you keep all this?”
“You need a system!”

Sound familiar? Maybe you’ve had similar things said to you, or said them to yourself. Effective personal organisation is part of being a “grown-up” and yet so often we revert to being the teenager with the messy bedroom…

Getting Organised: Six Simple Secrets to Sorting Your Stuff

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You know, life is complicated. We’re surrounded by “stuff”. Stuff we’ve bought, stuff we’ve been given, stuff we’ve been sent, stuff we wear, stuff we use, stuff we love and  stuff that’s just “stuff”. More stuff arrives daily on our doormat or in our inbox; every week or month we buy more stuff and every year people give us more stuff for our birthday and Christmas. Continue reading

Getting Up At 5am: 11 Reasons Why You HAVE To Do It…and 8 Ways To Make It Easier Than You Think

Apart from for caring for a sick child or catching an early flight, you may never have considered getting up as early as 5.00 am. For most of us it sounds like torture – but a few months ago I bit the bullet and began to do it anyway. I have never looked back; the Self-Improvement factor from this one change is huge! Here are some great reasons why you should join me…

Getting up at 5am

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ELEVEN reasons to rise early:

1) Successful people rise early.

Several studies have shown that early risers in college are more likely to be academically successful. Sound far-fetched? Maybe, but if you were to get up at 5.00 am you’d be in good company. Among early risers past and present are: Continue reading

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