The subject of time management and productivity often seems about how to do more and more work. However, the real purpose is the opposite. Becoming better at managing your time and improving your productivity is about understanding there is a limited amount of time. What you do within that time needs to count towards something meaningful.

But, while getting work done and attending to your commitments is necessary, one area that has recently received a lot of attention is the need for rest. …


Traditional to-do lists don’t work. You know this, right? They don’t work because most of the tasks on to-do lists are mundane, low-value tasks that move very little forward.

The key to better task management is being strategic about what goes on a task list. Clearly written and thought out high-value tasks that move you towards the outcomes you want should be dominating, not low-value tasks that are moved to a project folder never to see the light of day again.

The biggest failure with traditional to-do lists, though, is they soon become too long and overwhelming, and then you…


When I was a little person, my mother used to tell me my ‘eyes were bigger than my stomach’. It was said because I would always want more food than I was capable of eating. I have since discovered this is a common human trait in many areas of our lives. We believe we are capable of doing (or eating) more than we can.

Part of the problem is caused because we find it difficult to say “no” to others. For example, we get asked to help a colleague, or a friend, our boss asks us to do an additional…


This week’s article is kindly written by Jessica Fender. Thank you, Jessica for writing this for me.

Time management is one of the most valuable skills today. We live in a fast-paced world where our goals are our daily engines. Whether you’re a businesswoman, a single dad, or a student, you need to learn how to manage your time efficiently and find the right balance between your work, family, self-care time, and social life. While it is a challenge for most people, it’s made easier when you have a written time management plan.

Writing a time management plan is all…


In 1971, Bruce Lee gave an interview to Pierre Berton in which he famously talked about his philosophy on being like water. The quote:

“Be Water, My Friend.

Empty your mind.

Be formless, shapeless, like water.

You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.

You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.

You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.

Now water can flow or it can crash.

Be water, my friend.”

When it comes to your day-to-day activities, this is what you are striving for. David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done…


This week’s post is a guest post from the wonderful Haroon Rashid, Director at Business Fixer.

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“Fella, what the hell happened to you?…”

This is what my older brother said to me recently at a family gathering. He looked at my rapidly growing grey hair and beard, whilst he maintains a jet-black mane.

“Stress, brother! That’s what happened!” is my usually jovial reply.

I’ve had a stressful career. I was nicknamed, ‘The Fixer’ a long…


One of the reasons you feel stressed out and overwhelmed is because most of what you are doing each day is reactive work.

Reactive work is work that’s not planned, and all you can do is react to it. It gets thrown at you from the usual sources: Clients/customers, colleagues and bosses. It means you end up feeling nothing is moving forward. You’re just waiting for the next crisis, and that leaves you feeling exhausted and disappointed.

To change that, you must take control of your time. Of course, this does not mean you will be able to plan everything…


This week’s blog post is a guest post by the wonderful, Luke Smith. Thank you Luke for writing this for us.

It seems like everyone is looking for ways to be more productive these days. Whether it’s mindfulness exercises, more time with friends and family, or trying something new, there are so many ways to improve your productivity. Including being responsible with your finances.

Financial stress is one of the biggest killers of productivity. When you’re stressed about money, it’s hard to focus on anything else. All of your energy and effort is tied to ensuring you have food on…


One of the more powerful productivity quotes I’ve come across is “if it’s important enough, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse”. And I see this being played out every day through the questions I receive.

The questions usually follow the line: ‘I know I should be doing a weekly planning session, but I just don’t have time. Or ‘I want to exercise, but I’m just so exhausted when I get home after work’ or ‘I want to have a regular morning routine, but I have to get my kids ready for school’.

Everything after the…


There’s a lot written about PKMs these days — Personal Knowledge Management systems, yet precious little about the one thing that could transform your life: a PPS — a Personal Productivity System.

Having a place to manage your information makes sense, but I’m not convinced you can manage “knowledge”. Knowledge is just something you know; the fact that you have it stored outside your brain, to me, suggests it’s not knowledge, it’s information, and we’ve been keeping and managing information for centuries.

We solved managing information years ago. In business, companies solved it with a humble filing cabinet and an…

Carl Pullein

I help people learn to manage their lives and their time so they can experience joy and build a life they are truly proud of. www.carlpullein.com

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