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Thinking In Four Dimensions

Thinking In Four Dimensions

I’m old enough to remember life before email, and it makes me shudder. I love email (and, truth be told, text messaging too) because it’s asynchronous. I write the message when it suits me to write it, and you read it when it suits you to read it. Unlike an...
Smokey Vs. The Arsonist

Smokey Vs. The Arsonist

This silence was definitely not golden. My audience looked at me expectantly, willing me on, but I had run out of words. I looked over to my parents seated in the second row. They too were encouraging but didn’t have the words I needed. Head down, I made a run for my...
Cognitive Load

Cognitive Load

Over the past few years, I’ve become aware of the idea of “cognitive load”. This refers to the extent to which your working memory is occupied by things your brain is processing. It has been a subject of study in the last 20 years or so, particularly with reference to...
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...
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...
Tips For A Productive Summer

Tips For A Productive Summer

Todd Brown provides some useful tips about how to make the most of summer by using the time to get more productive. It’s an opportunity for you to review your organisational system, your lists, your tools, and your processes for work.  ...
Apples, Bananas, Milk And Why Am I On Earth?

Apples, Bananas, Milk And Why Am I On Earth?

Don’t you find it odd, that although nearly everyone has grasped the fact that using a calendar is a useful way to organise their time-based commitments and they use one regularly, including sending invites, syncing them between their computers and phones, checking...
Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

Hands up if you’re looking forward to the resumption of your commute…? Despite the fact that it’s April Fools’ day as this blog goes to press, it’s not a trick question. The commute gets a bad rap in popular culture, its imagery that of monstrous tailbacks on the M25...
GTD From the Top – Episode 5

GTD From the Top – Episode 5

Welcome back to GTD® from the Top. In this series I’m aiming to distil the core ideas behind the Getting Things Done® methodology into easily digestible bites. I’m hoping that you’ll use this series to reflect on how GTD might better help you or your organisation to...
GTD From the Top – Episode 4

GTD From the Top – Episode 4

Welcome back to GTD® from the Top. In this series my goal is to boil down the core ideas behind the Getting Things Done® methodology into quickly digestible bites. I’m hoping that you’ll use this series to reflect on how GTD might better help you or your organisation...
Christmas Deadlines

Christmas Deadlines

I’m writing this blog post because it is due in two days. I could have written it two weeks ago, but I didn’t. I usually write my blog posts on the publishing deadline day. This one is different because there are other things also due this week: cards to write,...
Enigma Variations

Enigma Variations

Enigma: a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand (see Weekly Review®) Variation: a different or distinct form or version of something First, I should mention that many people who tell me they can’t stick with a Weekly Review habit are also those...
GTD® and Neuroscience

GTD® and Neuroscience

Dr. Daniel Glaser is a neuroscience expert and has held leading scientific and research positions at University College London, Wellcome Trust, King’s College London. He is an accomplished speaker and long-time advocate of the power of GTD. A few weeks back, after a...
To Adapt or Not to Adapt, That is the Question

To Adapt or Not to Adapt, That is the Question

I always thought I was far too young to be needing check lists. In my mind, check lists were the inevitable accessory for (generally speaking) parents, and in particular my parents, when they were preparing our ski vacations and making sure that everybody in the...
Self-Help Tips For the Christmas Holiday Season

Self-Help Tips For the Christmas Holiday Season

Todd Brown talks about how to use your Getting Things Done® (GTD®) system to help you get through the Christmas holiday season as friction-free as possible. Utilising the right tools and processes to keep you organised during this busy festive period will result in...
Passports and Pinball

Passports and Pinball

Ever seen a pinball machine? Great, then you’ll have a mental image of a metal ball pinging around under glass, side-to-side and up-and-down, flippers flipping and lights flashing for as long as you can stop it from disappearing down the hole. I sometimes use this odd...
A Tale of Two Children

A Tale of Two Children

Any parent with more than one child knows that however identically you think you treat them, kids grow up completely different to each other. It’s a humbling realisation, how little influence you really have. I have two children who have moved through high school two...
Absolutely Not, and Yes, Absolutely

Absolutely Not, and Yes, Absolutely

When we help someone build their GTD® ‘external brain’; their ‘trusted list keeper’ for remembering all of their commitments, sometimes they feel that they don’t want to put all their personal items into their company computer. This can be for various reasons: they...
Lack Of A-tent-ion

Lack Of A-tent-ion

“I thought you said we didn’t need my tent!” I had been happily setting up what I thought was my tent for the evening, but this snippet of conversation from the other side of the clearing dragged me out of my wilderness reverie. We were 18km into a four-day canoe...