Would it surprise you to learn that, on average, we check our smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up? I picked this snippet up from a newspaper article a few days ago, and count it among a number of statistics that confirm the perhaps obvious extent to which information permeates our lives – and the lure it presents.
We’ve all been there: suddenly, you glance at the clock and discover you’ve spent the first hour or two of your day doing… everything but that which you ought to have done. A little cunning and a smidge of willpower, however, can help ensure this happens as rarely as possible: here are four practical suggestions on how to go about it.
In a world reared for success, ambition is an increasingly valued personal quality – and there is no denying that much is owed to it. But if left unchecked, ambition could turn even the most well-intended among us down a very unexpected and unwelcome path indeed.
I own an alarming amount of things – a house full, in fact. There are times I wish I could magically halve the tally, but a life which includes a spouse and two small children easily negates this as an option. Surprisingly, things (get it?) are for the most part kept under control, and here’s how.
E-mail. The humble, initially text-based, form of communication has been with us for decades, and during that time span been transformed from obscurity through prominence into the scourge of the workplace – which isn’t e-mail’s fault; rather, it’s ours.
Have you ever had the feeling of being under a deadline to get something important or urgent – or both, for that matter – done, yet you inevitably seem to get caught up in distractions of lesser import? The following is what occurs.
Every journey comprises a distinct set of elements. Taking an interest. Choosing a destination. And, finally, planning ones route – perhaps painstakingly. Most people think the second part is the hardest – but that depends on what kind of journey you’re talking about.
Who knew fate had a sense of irony? The following is a brief story concerning someone whom writes regularly about productivity, yet recently fell victim to a severe bout of procrastination – only to have a perfect stranger provide the required kick in the arse to get moving again.
So, you have your to-dos neatly organized into hierarchies replete with contexts, flags, due dates, reminders and God only knows what else. Yet, somehow, it feels as if though the vast improvements you were expecting have eluded you. More likely than not, this stems from not paying an appropriate amount of attention to your to-be list.
As of this writing, I have just executed a spectacular, productivity-related facepalm at some 20,000 feet in the air. The culprit? My iPad. Hey, want to know where I’m headed? To a – wait for it – seminar on business productivity with iPads.