6 Simple Things that Sabotage your Productivity

I have had a roller coaster ride for the past few days and my productivity has just disappeared. If you are anything like me, I’m sure that we all want to be as productive as possible at work, home or wherever we operate from. But sometimes we find our productivity slipping and can’t really identify the problem. ...more

How Audio Books Can Help You Get Things Done

I used to think listening to audio books was somehow cheating, not giving the written words the full, undivided attention they deserve. Until I read The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen, founder of Levenger.Prior to reading this little book, I had checked a few audiobooks out from the library and occasionally listened to them while driving, but still felt that the books I listened to somehow didn't "count" as much as the ones I sat down and cleared uninterrupted time for.After reading through Leveen's tips for getting more reading into our lives, I had a new perspective, and was convinced that books listened to have the same weight and merit as books read visually.Audio Books & ProductivityEven just a few years ago audio books weren't as accessible as they are today. With apps like Audible and Overdrive and the prevalence of smartphones, audio books are more accessible and versatile than ever. Even if you don't have a smartphone, with Overdrive, you can easily listen to library audio books through your computer.When there is something to do that I don't particularly want to do, like ironing, yard work, washing the dog, and sometimes preparing dinner, I often psych myself up for the task with the thought that I get to listen to my current audio book. One of the best things about audio books is that they allow you to multitask on things that don't take too much thought....more

Everything Tech Companies Should Know About Productivity Can Be Learned From Watching Mad Men

A couple years back, while binge watching Mad Men, I had a jarring realization- they were a bunch of drunks! No. Well, yes, but that's for another blog post. The real light-bulb went on when I realized that nothing has changed at the office in 50 years. Longer even! It's all the same fundamental actions, repeated day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Plato would recognize the patterns. Understanding this is crucial if you build or leverage common office tools & applications....more

10 Ways 2014 Can Help You OWN 2015

So you want to ROCK 2015????...more

More kids equals more stuff done at work

Parents develop skill sets that no one talks about. In addition to awesome time management and the ability to function on a lack of sleep, we also have the ability to make up songs on the fly, invent games to distract children while waiting in line and even build super-cool forts out of pillows and blankets....more

Five thoughts that undermine productivity

An overwhelming amount of people have taken on this month’s blogging challenge. It’s great to be part of such a big community of passionate bloggers!As this month unfolds we may all have moments of doubt. Not knowing how to progress, feeling disappointed or demotivated.To help us through these moments I have identified five thoughts that may undermine and sabotage our productivity. Followed by examples of more positive and stimulating ways of thinking.1. My blog is my everything...more

How Productive Is Your Productivity?

Several weeks ago, I went to the library with my son. While he stood in line to retrieve his prize for participating in a program, I went to retrieve a prize of my own: The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss. I went to the clerk’s desk for assistance:Me: I’d like to check if you have a book here.Clerk: Sure, I can assist you with that! What’s the name of the book?Me: The 4-Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss....more
AllAroundDogs I understand completely! It's so hard to get everything we need to get done, plus ...more

Email And Inactivity

Is there something in the productivity air?...more

What if You Can't Unplug? Being Productive While Still Checking Social Media

In a few weeks, my kids will return to school and I will get back to work.  Sure, I've been working all summer, but at a much lighter load.  In the fall, things will pick up again, and I will have to find the discipline to tear myself away from email, social media accounts, and blogs for a few hours a day lest I get nothing accomplished. Do me a favour and help me by not posting so many good thoughts online that I can't help reading.  Re-entry is always rough. ...more
I removed the Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone today. I'm going to try to leave them off ...more

How to Take Control of Your Inbox in 15 Minutes

How many emails do you have in your inbox?  After I crossed the 5000 unread email mark, I decided it was time for a major inbox-cleaning. ...more
Gmail is my personal business only, so stays pretty clear. As gmail still does not have easy ...more