Too Many People Write To-Do Lists Wrongly. Here’s HOW to Make a To-Do List that’s Actually Doable. A list of vague wishes. A series of complex tasks or multifaceted projects. Maybe a collection of intentions, goals, or aspirations. If this is what it looks like, there’s no wonder that you’re struggling to see anything on […]
How Daniel Kahneman’s Two Systems Influence Your Decisions This is the first of two articles about the Two Systems. The next, on HOW to use the Two Systems in your business life, will follow. In his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, the psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman outlines the conclusions from his decades of study […]
Feel the Benefits of Productivity with these Five Tips on HOW to Protect Your Time. In my last article, Want to Stop Getting Distracted?, I outlined the issues related to distraction in the workplace and offered a solution to this problem. That solution is protected time – and here’s HOW to use it effectively. There has been […]
There are so many reasons why we all struggle to make change happen. And that’s totally okay. Find out why your change might be failing here.
Swap the Buzz for Zzzzs: How to Cut Down on Caffeine In my previous article, I wrote about the real effects of caffeine on you and your brain. Here, I want to look at how you can turn that knowledge into action: here’s how to cut down on caffeine. In a culture that seems to […]
People drink an awful lot of coffee. You may have noticed. But is it making you more productive or even more awake? Here are the real effects of caffeine.
In my previous article, Technology is Stealing Our Time and Attention, I shared scary facts about the impact that technology has on our lives. Here, though, it’s time to look forward and get serious: here’s how to quit your smartphone addiction. Try to Do Some Proper Work for Once. Here’s How to Quit Your Smartphone […]
There are lots of studies now that show that modern technology is stealing our time and attention. Have a look at what our phones are actually doing to us.
You know that we don’t achieve New Year’s resolutions. It’s literally almost certain that you won’t. Here’s what you should do instead: tiny habits.
Ninety Percent of Us Fail Our New Year’s Resolutions. Here are Five Reasons Why. According to a study from the University of Scranton, over 90% of us fail our New Year’s Resolutions. Apparently, few resolutions last for more than a month, even – with eighty percent of our resolutions already dropped by the second week […]
Building Momentum for Change Beats Goal-Setting. Goals are some of the most important instruments in our toolkit for change. Yet, when given too much attention, they can seem to get in the way. Goals can become the be-all and end-all of change – and make you blind to the reasons you were changing in the […]
Setting Goals is Not Sufficient. Here’s Why Your Change Needs Momentum. Find out more about why your change needs momentum – and how to achieve it – in my article Five Tips for Building Momentum for Change. What is success? And how do we measure successful performance? These are questions that academics, business leaders, and […]
Don’t Let New Year’s Resolution Syndrome Strike! With the New Year just about here, that familiar question will have been bouncing around living rooms across the country: any New Year’s resolutions? It’s a beautiful and important time to start making changes to your life. The days are getting longer again, spring is just on the […]
Try Integrating Moments of Pause into Your Day. Sometimes, random moments in life get you thinking about wider issues. And this happened to me just the other day whilst I was grinding my coffee. This is not something I normally do – grind my coffee I mean. I receive coffee on subscription and, whilst it […]
It’s Really Important to Make Time to Reflect on Your Life. That’s Why I Use a Journal. Having been away last week – that’s why there was no newsletter, apologies! – and given that there was some long travel involved, I enjoyed a bit of time to journal and to reflect a bit upon my […]
I talked about the benefit of having a defined routine in your day in my last article. Here, I want to show you HOW to give your life more structure, with five simple tips. They’ll make a huge difference. How to Give Your Life More Structure. You’re self-employed, maybe freelance, or your run your own […]
The HOW Skill Set is all about the creation of structure, rituals, and routine in your day. It makes you more productive and enables you to make your implementation plans a reality. Find out more about this in my article on work-life balance. Now, let’s talk about why you need routine in your day. The […]
Here are Five Lessons I have Learned from Entrepreneur and Spanx Owner, Sara Blakely. I’ve learned a huge number of lessons from Sara Blakely over the years. She’s a hugely impressive entrepreneur. A curious and extroverted individual. And an incredibly committed and shrewd businesswoman. She’s a bit of an inspiration. Having worked briefly as a […]
Remember the Two Systems – Fast and Slow Thinking – Every Day. In my other article, The Two Systems, I discussed Daniel Kahneman’s ideas of fast and slow thinking. For more information on that, follow the link. Here, we’re looking at HOW we can make the most of them in our daily lives. The Two Systems […]
Protected Time Stops You Getting Distracted – and Makes You More Productive. In our so-called ‘Age of Distraction’, it feels almost impossible to stop getting distracted. The world around us – and the usual suspects of our phones, emails, and other technologies – seem to be vying for our attention. And doing all in their […]
Regain Control of Your Inbox with these Simple Tips. In my last article, Take Back Control of Your Email Inbox, I discussed the problems that email creates for productivity and time management. Here, I want to show you HOW to stop drowning in your email inbox – with some easy tips. One of the main […]
Without Control of Your Email Inbox, You’ll Never Get Anything Done. This is the first of a pair of articles on taking back control of your email inbox. Look out for the next one (it’s now here)! These days, all of us in business seem beholden to our emails. From the moment we come into […]
Achieve your goals by learning how to plan your week effectively. Make Sunday nights planning nights and be productive from moment one on Monday morning.
‘Prioritise Your Tasks and Habits’ Sounds Great – But How do You do It? Think Impact and Influence. Change in work and life, as we’ve discussed before, is often construed as something requiring grit, endurance, effort, and endless self-restraint. We’re taught to see it like an endless fight with yourself and the world around. And […]
Burnout is the worst feeling in the world – I know it myself. Here, I’d like to show you HOW to deal with burnout – and how to avoid it again forever.
The HOW skill set contains the essential tools for you to make change happen: the 5is, taking you from the germination of an idea to its execution.
There hardly seems any point going to them if you don’t know how to implement ideas you’ve learned at events. Here’s my strategy on how.
You probably keep wondering why a particular habit just won’t stick – no matter what you do. Look to effective reward systems to make it happen.
You don’t need to achieve your goals on your own. In fact, it’s actually better for you if you don’t. That’s the power of accountability – and you need it.
Bad habits can be defeated – even when we think we are doomed. It takes two little changes in our mindset: awareness of cues and replacement of responses.
So many people want to have better work-life balance. But do you know HOW to achieve that? Using the 5is and the HOW skill set, I show you.
The phrase ‘work-life balance’ overlooks some of the important complexities of living in the modern world. Here’s why that phrase is a problem.
Lessons from Yvon Chouinard, the CEO of Patagonia. He’s one of my idols, really. Every book he’s written I’ve devoured. Every time I see an interview with him, a podcast or an article, I track it down and pour over it. I think he has a lot to teach us all about what business can […]
The Secret to Breaking Bad Habits: Mindfulness! Habits, to me, are an inexhaustibly interesting phenomenon. But whilst we’ve talked a lot about building new habits, it’s worth taking a moment to gain some perspective on those bad habits – and how to break them. The answer to this question is, in itself, a multi-million-dollar industry. […]
If you have an inability to finish projects, you’re in the right place. The HOW skill set gives you the tools to improve execution in your business.
Using a to-do list is a great tool for getting work done efficiently. If you don’t use it wisely however, you may as well not bother!
Change, we are told so often, can be hard. Let’s state the case for effective rewards in habit formation. Here’s why you should reward yourself.
When we paint procrastinators as just lazy, we’re really being quite unfair. The psychology of procrastination is rather more complex.
Your zone of genius includes those activities that you love and at which you are brilliant. Focus on these and let yourself and your business thrive.
Business has a lot to learn from the Japanese farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka. Let’s start with the ideas for change his system present.
As a manager, you know that there are many obstacles to implementation. Yet, there’s a way to overcome them: the HOW Skill Set for Managers.
Working productively and performing well is not about how much you do. It is about how well you do it. Focus and obsession are the key.
Consistency is often discussed in terms of change, but maybe we’re getting it wrong. Let’s have a new sense of consistency, to make change the new normal.
Has that time come when your business is too successful for you to handle? You need to think about structure – and I’m here to help.
Let’s think change differently. It’s time to think how we can thrive in change – how can we can create an image of change that is no longer painful.
Around 45% of your behaviour is habitual – meaning that you’re not really thinking about it. But how do these habits work, and how do we improve them?
Impostor syndrome – the frustrating voice that whispers doubt into your ears. How to rid yourself of it? Let me tell you.
Financial incentives don’t improve performance. In a way, it would be so easy if they did. What actually enhances performance is a bit more complex
Where do you want to be in life? Reconnecting with your intention will give you motivation, focus, and the will to succeed.