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. …

Over the thirty-plus years I’ve been obsessed with time management and productivity, I’ve looked at hundreds of different ways to improve time management and productivity. I’ve tested many kinds of ‘systems’ and ‘methods’ and even developed my own.

And with all this testing and research, there is one system and one method that wins every time. It’s simple, effortless to set up and never fails to work.

Unfortunately, there is one human condition that prevents most people from using it: Complexity bias.

Complexity bias is defined as our tendency to prefer the complicated over the simple.

This is nothing new…

This week’s blog post comes from Luke Smith. You can find out more about Luke by visiting him here.

If you are neuro-divergent or live with a learning disability (LD), achieving optimal productivity can often be difficult. Though many individuals with LDs are at or above average intelligence, having such conditions can interfere with higher cognitive processes, the ability to reason, and generally make it more difficult to accomplish tasks at work.

These obstacles may be frustrating, but they are also surmountable. By communicating your needs to management and making use of techniques to manage the effects of your condition…

The fascinating thing about being obsessed with time management and productivity for thirty plus years is recognising at what level a person is when it comes to their personal productivity.

Level Zero

The first level is no level at all. It’s those people who have no system for managing their tasks or files and only use their calendar to see what meetings have been scheduled for them. These people are unconsciously allowing other people to dictate what they do each day, and they have no interest in building a personal productivity system.

And, of course, Level Zero people will not be reading…

Part of the problem with overwhelming to-do lists is not knowing where to start. Experience has taught me that if you want to know the most important task on your list, it’s the one most on your mind.

What do I mean by “most on your mind”? That’s the task that is bothering you. Your mind keeps returning to it and giving you a little nudge.

There’s a reason why this is on your mind. It’s because you fear that this task will take a long time to complete, so you need to start it right away, or there’s a…

There is a fallacy in productivity circles that suggests you should create a waiting for folder or tag in your productivity system for all the things you are waiting for.

On the surface, this does make quite a lot of sense. After all, we send out many messages asking for information, and perhaps we do need a way of knowing if this information has been supplied.

Let’s dig a little deeper.

Imagine you want to schedule an appointment with a client and so you email them and ask them if they could meet for lunch on Thursday. …

Many years ago, when I began my working life, I joined Forte Hotels’ management training programme, and for the following four years, I received the best education I think I have ever had.

One of the principles drilled into me from day one was always to maintain your standards.

In hotels, this meant the newspapers in the café were folded correctly. The saucer’s teaspoons were always placed in the same place, and white wines in the restaurant were always served in the correct glass and at the right temperature.

Even now, I will judge a hotel I stay in by…

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.

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