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.
“Paying attention in a distracted world: it’s like bringing a gun to a knife fight.”
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.
It is with presentations as it is with much else: less is more. If you’ve ever suffered through a meeting with slides jam-packed with Times New Roman 8 pt text, catastrophic clip art or illegible spreadsheets, you know what I’m talking about. Here are my ground rules for creating simple, captivating presentations.
The second part in a series on how to fight back against the clutter that’s infiltrating and affecting the quality of our everyday lives is here: learn why and how physical clutter impacts your brain, and how to get to grips with it.
Some times, it’s as if though time itself crumbles to dust around us and reduces us to small, quivering balls of stress. Whether at the behest of others or by our own doing, we frequently run out of time – and the fix is as simple as it is hard.d
Let’s be honest: every now and then, we sneak a digital smoke break at work. A little Facebook here, some online news there and perhaps some light tweeting from the loo (stop that). If things are getting out of hand, however, look no further than your trusty, old calendar for a fix.