Getting into ‘flow’.

January 24th 1975: The Koln Opera House Keith and Vera stood on the stage just looking at the piano wondering what could possibly be done. It wasn’t the right one and it was in poor condition. Keith had briefly played it and found it to be out of […]

Modern Life is Rubbish

I left the record store clutching the CD in my hands. It was the second instalment from Britpop idols Blur in the form of their latest studio album. They hadn’t yet hit the highlight of their Parklife album but this album promised much. It’s title, ‘Modern Life is […]

Working at home…. with the children!

It always sparks my interest when I’m delivering presentations about productivity and someone asks me a question that causes me to fumble for an ineffective answer! This happened just this week when someone asked me if I had any tips for working from home when you also have […]

Work harder in the troughs

For all of us I’d imagine, or most of us at least, the amount of work we have to do moment to moment or day to day or week to week fluctuates. We have peaks and troughs. Those peaks and troughs might span across long time periods – […]

Effort begets Motivation

It’s really hard to stay motivated and focussed isn’t it. I find I’m on about a 3 or 4 week cycle with many things like exercise and nutrition. I have maybe 2 to 3 weeks of intense focussed helpful activity and then into the third week things slide […]

Sleep deprivation is an epidemic – 1 in 3 are not getting enough sleep

Sleep deprivation is an epidemic – 1 in 3 are not getting enough sleep. If this was some sort of disease or virus I’m certain governments, organisations, and individuals would start taking action. But they don’t. Sleep is seen as something we can divert our attention from because […]

The Power of Small Steps for Making Big Changes

Guest Blog by Emma Grace Brown When it comes to building healthier habits, too many people decide to make huge, sweeping changes overnight. Almost inevitably, they realize that these massive lifestyle shifts are impossible to keep up and, after a few days of trying without success, they give […]

Stick to the process

Stick to the process even if you need to replan. Sticking to the process and having a plan are two different things. The process is the order in which you do things, the plan is how you are going to do those things in the order that is […]

Procrastination!

My favourite meme that I have seen about procrastination is that it is ‘The art of ruining your life for no apparent reason!’ Whenever I say when I’m speaking to people about being organised it always raises a smile. It’s one of those statements that resonates with us […]

Right Gear, Right Place, Right Task

The key skill I advocate for people to engage with for being productive – and by that I mean living your best life (not just work!) – is planning. You will consistently fail to put yourself in the right place at the right time for the right task […]