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…


Hopefully, you’ve learned that by now. It’s impossible to manage time because time is fixed. You cannot take an hour from today and give it to tomorrow. You get twenty-four hours each day in which to squeeze in everything you want to or need to do: sleep, eat, shower, exercise, work.

And that is a good starting point. Once you understand that time is not manageable, then the only variable is activity — what you do in your allotted twenty-four hours is what you have to work with.

Most people damage their overall effectiveness because they try to squeeze too…


This is a guest post by The wonderful, Luke Smith. Thank you, Luke, for writing this for me.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer or a business owner, an entrepreneur, or a solopreneur. If you work for yourself, it can be difficult to stay motivated and organised.

If you’re self-employed, the buck stops with you. Everything from passion to productivity falls in your lap.

That said, here are several tips and suggestions to help you keep your eye on the prize whenever you feel that internal focus and drive stall out.

Tips for Staying Organised

There are many ways to help you remain…


I love researching and discovering ways highly productive people get their work done each day. How they focus on what’s important when there are so many distractions trying to get their attention, and ultimately, what it is that enables them to achieve such elevated levels of success.

One thing I have noticed about these people is they don’t use the latest elaborate apps. Most use the built-in apps on their phones, such as a calendar and Google Keep or Apple Notes. Many use a simple paper notebook and a pocket diary.

And let’s be honest, if we think about it…


This week’s blog post is written by Kelly Piper. Thank you Kelly for writing this.

Despite having more control over their schedules, remote workers are struggling to balance their professional and personal lives. This article actually pointed out that people are extending for around 49 minutes beyond their working hours compared to the pre-pandemic period. This cycle can quickly lead to burnout and stress — so you need to get out of it.

Work-life balance isn’t easy to attain, but it is definitely possible. …


Let’s begin with a fact. You have far more tasks to complete than time available. You will never change that unless you are prepared to give up everything — your work, your family, and friends and live in the middle of a desert.

Beginning with this fact, we need to find a way to make sure that the tasks we do each day are meaningful, move projects and goals forward and leave us feeling satisfied at the end of the day.

Prioritisation starts at the top

The art of prioritisation begins at a higher level: you need to know what you want. What do you…


One of the hardest parts of becoming more productive is knowing where your priority tasks are. These are not always obvious. Often we will treat the loudest as a priority because we are being chased by people in power — your boss or your customer — yet often, these tasks are not priorities in the sense that they move a project or a goal forward. More often than not, these are just information requests.

One way of identifying your high-priority tasks is to look at your tasks as either being forward or backwards looking. Where do you spend the majority…


Sixty years ago this week, President Kennedy told The US Congress that the US:

”should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

When President Kennedy told Congress this was the goal, no one at NASA knew how they could ever achieve that goal. Just one month prior, Yuri Gagarin had become the first person to orbit the earth. …

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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