Category Productivity

The Kryptonite Task: Part II

Last month I wrote about how processing my expenses has become my Kryptonite Task – the one I always seem to get stuck on. I am pleased to report I have finally bust through this particular task and submitted my expenses! I used a combination of tools and techniques: Scanning your receipts as soon as […]

The 2 Minute Rule changed my life

I was discussing my mailbox processing rules with a member of my team yesterday and she said to me “you’d have to pretty organised to have a system like that. She was surprised when I responded: “But I’m not a very organised person.” Fact is, I’m a mess when left to my own devices and […]

Maintaining Productivity Under Pressure

This has been an intense week or so for me, where I have found the need to maintain my productivity under pressure and to revisit how I have prioritised my goals or ‘areas of focus’. A healthy me is a busy me I’m feeling a lot better (hooray). Consequently this means my ‘Crisis mode‘ task […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]