Blog Archives - Next Action Associates
Nuclear Ommmm

Nuclear Ommmm

April is Stress Awareness Month. Are you stressed? As you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are. I’m not clairvoyant and I haven’t hacked your phone. It’s an educated guess. I know this simply because if you get our blogs you are likely a knowledge...
Why Are You Still Here?

Why Are You Still Here?

An action list should be continuously changing. Things get added, things get crossed off as done, and occasionally things get removed because the world changed and they are no longer needed. Above all, it keeps flowing. If there are things on your lists that...
Slow Yew Down

Slow Yew Down

It wasn’t a good look for a teacher of the art of stress-free productivity – sweating bullets as I balanced unsteadily at Gate 43 in Lisbon Airport with an open laptop clutched in one hand and the other trying to open a passport on the right page. I uttered some...
You Can’t Slow Things Down By Speeding Up

You Can’t Slow Things Down By Speeding Up

It always starts small, and – in the beginning – it always makes sense: “I’ll just stay here over lunch to take care of some things I didn’t get done this morning”, or “ I’ll stay a bit later to work on that report for tomorrow”, or – more and more – “I’ll use a bit...
Watch What You Say: The Power Of Commitments

Watch What You Say: The Power Of Commitments

We all have a ton of responsibilities and commitments, whether personal or work related; so how do you make sure you stay on top of these? First it’s important to define the type of commitment and then implement a system to track them. Today Robert gives some great...
Filo-Email

Filo-Email

Isn’t it odd that we talk of ‘being in front of our computers’, rather than our computers ‘being in front of us’? Does this turn of phrase indicate that we feel our computers are in the seat of power? I recently asked a prospective coaching client “what do you do for...
Motivational Streaker – part 2

Motivational Streaker – part 2

  In this second instalment on persistence with difficult things that take a long time, we look at some more ways to help you get motivated to stay motivated. Let’s assume you have a clear and inspiring goal, and a plan on how to get there. All good, right? Not...
Motivational Streaker

Motivational Streaker

The approach is called ‘Getting Things Done®’. Some of those ‘things’ happen quickly and easily. Some are difficult and take much more patience and persistence. This two-part piece is about how to motivate yourself to go from twinkle in the eye to consistent progress...
Words And Action – The Power Of A Common Language For Productivity (Video Podcast)

Words And Action – The Power Of A Common Language For Productivity (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

Living The Dream

Living The Dream

As the bank holidays disappear in the rear-view mirror here in the UK, a public holiday that we don’t get will be celebrated in the United States in a few days – Martin Luther King day. As my calendar reminded me about this recently I realised that there’s a line from...
Getting Things Unstuck

Getting Things Unstuck

If there’s something on your list that you’re struggling with, it’s just not moving forward, or you’re feeling stuck – today Todd provides one of the core principles of GTD® as a quick tip to get you moving again.
Don’t Look At Your Lists!

Don’t Look At Your Lists!

When we all started with GTD® we had to build our GTD system from scratch. This meant that you, like everyone, had to spend a lot of time with Capturing all your stuff, then Clarifying and Organising this into your tool of choice. These first three steps can therefore...
Are You Being Bullied By Your Inbox? (Video Podcast)

Are You Being Bullied By Your Inbox? (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

Haagen Dazs-ipline

Haagen Dazs-ipline

Towards the end of nearly every seminar I lead, someone says a version of the following: “Okay, this all makes sense. I can see that this is the way that I should be working. But I’ll need a lot of discipline to keep it up”. I think there are two opinions expressed in...
Written In The Stars

Written In The Stars

    I bet you get asked this all the time: Sound familiar? It should – most people have been asked this at the end of a Teams or Zoom call in the hope that they’ll click on the stars and share their feelings about audio and video quality. Now,...
Struggling To See The Big Picture As You Work? The Horizons Of Focus Model Is For You (Video Podcast)

Struggling To See The Big Picture As You Work? The Horizons Of Focus Model Is For You (Video Podcast)

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work, simply ‘doing’, often over-busy and fighting fires – that we lose the bigger picture. We can often find ourselves being driven by the ‘latest and loudest’ rather than the things that will really help us achieve our bigger goals and objectives.

This loss of perspective is normal, but the Getting Things Done® (GTD®) Horizons of Focus model can help ensure that your daily work is aligned to big picture thinking – the higher-level values and your wider purpose.

Todd Brown and Robert Peake discuss the Horizons of Focus model and how it can be used to help drive your work, be guided by your purpose, and see the big picture in everything you do.

Burnout – GTD As Vaccine And Antidote

Burnout – GTD As Vaccine And Antidote

“We help our clients get more of the right things done, with less stress.” There are more poetic, and more nuanced versions, but the above is the most succinct summary of our work I’ve been able to find. Twelve years ago, when we set up the business, most of our...