Monthly Archives: February 2013

What’s worse than a bad meeting? 3 bad meetings…

I’ve been in workshop hell since Tuesday. Still trying to shake off the remnants of whatever bug(s) have been dragging me down all month, the last thing I really wanted to do was pack my overnight bag and spend three consecutive days in all-day workshops. To be fair, the workshops themselves were necessary (a minor […]

My iPhone is “the other woman”

Some time ago I posted the following status update on Facebook: The three things I love most in the world: My wife My children My iPhone (Not necessarily in that order) I thought it was pretty funny at the time, but it proved to be a turning point in my understanding of: The relationship I […]

Why I’m Quitting Facebook

I wasn’t a particularly early adopter of Facebook; I’ve been a member for about five years or so and have fewer than a hundred friends. Even so I’ve been getting more and more frustrated with it, to the point where I’m now ready to pull the plug on my relationship with Facebook. It was great […]

Why structured procrastination is just an excuse

The last few weeks it seems every other article I come across is advocating ‘structured’ or ‘planned’ procrastination, and it’s really starting to bug me. In some instances I think the advice is well-meaning. In others, it just seems to be a case of jumping on a popular bandwagon. In all instances it is wrong. […]

What’s your Kryptonite task?

Over the past few months I’ve been feeling pretty smug about my productivity progress. I’ve managed to: Get my work and personal mailboxes to Zero Develop a ‘Do/Defer/Delegate’ GTD routine using Nozbe Introduce a paperless workflow that has significantly reduced the paper cluttering up the house Automate a number of of my daily workflow steps […]

Nozbe launch updated iOS app

Last year Nozbe announced that they’d be launching a new version of their iOS app, developed in-house (the existing version was developed by Macoscope and launching in December 2012. After some issues with the Apple approvals process the new app finally launched in the App Store on 31st January. I want to share a few […]

Engage your ‘Crisis Mode’

These last few weeks haven’t been pleasant. I’ve been ill, Mrs Cutlery has been ill and so have the two boys. A poorly household is not a productive household and it’s been a real challenge making priority calls on a day-to-day basis based on how everyone has been feeling. It strikes me as one of […]

How I discovered the three ‘Lands’ of Capture

Last week I published a visual summary of my capture workflow that shows how various tools and apps make up the ‘ecosystem’ that exists to help me capture ideas, tasks and other useful information. A few things struck me about the final visual: The apps I have found most useful (Evernote, Nozbe, Pocket) are the […]

Work Less and Get More Done

Work Less and Get More Done

When the going gets tough…let someone else do it

Mike Vardy recently posted about using a professional editor for blog posts and it got me thinking: Is there value in outsourcing an activity like this in a non-commercial environment? So I thought I’d put it to the test: I gave Jason Rehmus at Sweating Commas the draft of my Write Better Emails article and […]