Tag Archives | effectiveness, time management

Lunch is for heroes

Lunch is for heroes

  It’s 1 o’clock. Lunchtime! You know you need a break, something to eat, a stretch. But you’re presenting at a big meeting in an hour, 20 emails from this morning are still unopened, and your to-do list is, well, out of control. What to do? This is a dilemma I see a lot in […]

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Woman checking mobile phone. Digital detox.

Mind no better than a goldfish? We need a digital detox!

Woah, it’s tough doing a digital detox, isn’t it?  Are you on one too?  I feel for you. I’m not particularly phone-focused. I don’t have Facebook or Twitter on my iPhone any more and I never check it in company, but it’s still been a challenge to make a few new changes I know will […]

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Barack Obama and his dog

Make like Obama and get things done

I am so excited! I have a gift to share with you and I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been using my ’10-minute daily planning’ tool (aka ‘what shall I do next?’ grid) with my coaching clients and Taming Time participants for years. They rave about it so much that I decided […]

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Some difficult decisions aren't really difficult at all

There’s no such thing as a wrong decision

Have you ever felt utterly paralysed by a difficult decision you had to make? You wrote your long list of pros and cons. You did complicated prioritisation grid thingies, listing elements and weightings. And yet, you were none the wiser about what you should actually do. It’s a nightmare, isn’t it? If this is you, then you’re […]

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How not to get things done

How not to let your day run away with you

Ever find yourself at the start of the week wondering, in the immortal words of David Bowie, “where the **** did Monday go?” We all have days when things never seem to get done. I know I do, and it comes up all the time in my coaching with non-profit clients. So, here’s five tried and […]

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Squeeze me, squeeze me!

I’ve just come off a coaching call with one of my non-profit clients. She’s dynamic, dedicated and efficient but was thrown by her latest annual appraisal. She’d missed a few targets and was overwhelmed by the thought of working even harder. “I already put in way more hours that I should,” she told me, clearly struggling […]

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Four short words to cross the Pacific

Have you come across the blog www.coxlesscrew.com? It’s the personal reflections of four British women who rowed into Cairns harbour, in Australia on 24 January after crossing the Pacific – all 8,446 miles of it – in a boat called Doris. Rowing two hours on, two hours off around the clock, these four really quite ordinary […]

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How not to spend the first ten minutes of your day

OK, confession time. I started my working day today with a long session on Facebook. There, said it. I know I’m not alone. One of my one-to-one coaching clients recently fessed up that she often kicked off a day at work with half an hour looking at cute cat videos. There’s something about connecting with the world first thing in the […]

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Who stole all my time? How to foil the Time Thieves

  Do you ever get to the end of the day without achieving anything you’d planned? You arrive at your desk, bright-eyed and raring to go, nicely focused on your priorities for the day, and slowly, slowly, without really noticing, your focus goes awry, the hours slip away – and you don’t get to tick […]

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Email etiquette – ten top tips

I was chatting with an old colleague last week and she was despairing of her charity’s massive email problem. What she was saying was not new. It seems there is a major epidemic of ’email overwhelm’ breaking out in the third sector. The symptoms? Too many emails flying back and forth, too much time taken […]

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