Are you working flexibly? Are you making flexibility work for you? We are all suddenly working flexibly; working from home, working from our dining tables and our bedrooms. We are all suddenly having to make space through the day to stop being professionals and to instead become parents, teachers, carers, husbands, and wives. There are … Continue reading (In)Flexibility
It’s been a strange time. We have all had to make changes, really fast, faster than most of us would normally choose. The need to change came from nowhere; one week we were all in the office, going about our lives looking at what was happening elsewhere in the world, and by the end of … Continue reading What Won’t Change Back
Lets face it, in general, meetings suck. There’s been a lot written on the subject, the consensus being that meetings have become a liability; a huge time suck that pulls people away from doing any actual work and into rooms to talk about things that they don’t really care about. We’ve all been there, checking … Continue reading Meetings
Workflow is, essentially, how you get things done. It is how you move a task or a project from arriving in your world through to execution and, eventually, completion. You may have workflows for different tasks, end to end, or you may have generic workflows that you put all tasks though; for the most part … Continue reading Workflows
What’s it about? At the core of this book is the concept of Essentialism, which can be described as having a focus on only the essential elements of life. The concept is described succinctly and clearly as the disciplined removal of all non-essentials from your life in order to allow you to focus solely on … Continue reading Book Review: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
So why do I believe you need to be fit to be successful and to operating at your point of highest contribution? What makes me think that it’s so important? Well, we’ve established that fitness is key to being your best self; you cant expect to be the best version of you if your not … Continue reading Fitness – Why does it matter?
For me, health and fitness are not things that run counter to, or even alongside, being productive; they are a key part of productivity. Mental and physical health are central to my ability to operate, they provide focus, they provide clarity, they provide a space to think and to depressurise; but the main thing that … Continue reading Fitness – What Does it Mean?
Part of making routines work for you is making it easy for you to run through them; if a routine is difficult or taxing the first few times through, then you won't want to do it again, and you'll have real trouble making it stick. This can also be true of tasks that look like … Continue reading Setting Up
One of the key principles of Lean Manufacture is routine. Routines make things repeatable, they make sure that successful outcomes are reached again and again and again. They are incredibly powerful, they help us achieve consistent, quick, high quality results; time after time. They are also central to our ability to Make Time. The Power … Continue reading Routine
For those of you who have read my profile you will know that I work for a large, FTSE 100 company , in the UK. I have worked for this organisation for more than 15 years, and in that time I have seen a lot of new faces, so I have developed a little list … Continue reading Saying No