How often have you heard it said of a colleague ‘Mary is good but she needs to think more strategically’? Perhaps we even berate ourselves for not thinking about and managing our own priorities more strategically – especially when up against another deadline that we had plenty of time to manage our workload towards. How to work smarter with Strategic Seconds


Office for iPad Apps or a virtualised iPad

by Richard Maybury on April 1, 2014

Microsoft released full(er) featured native Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint Apps for the iPad (iOS7 or above) at the back end of March 2014 and the Apps have broken into the ‘Top 10′ download chart. The question is: Will they help you work smarter with your iPad? Will Office for iPad apps or virtualised iPad help you work smarter


Quite naturally, many of the conversations I have been engaged in since the start of the year have focused on new goals, projects and priorities for the year ahead and how best to manage them when life is already busy.

My son, Mike, was speaking with me about this recently and I thought you might find this shortened version of my follow-up mail to him useful. Let me know what you think – I’m always interested in how people hack their productivity challenges… the best productivity app is…


Livescribe3 Smartpen with iOS7 my 2 month field test

by Richard Maybury on February 13, 2014

Let’s be realistic here; the vast majority of people at work use pen and paper as well as their digital tools. If you do, and you are managing vast amounts of written information which you use to manage your priorities, you might find this useful.

I have been using the new Livescribe3 smartpen on the road in meetings and conferences for the past 2 months. It’s good. So, I’m putting up a few pointers for you here. sync your paper and digital worlds


Quite naturally, many of the conversations I have been engaged in recently have focused on new goals, projects and priorities for the year ahead and how best to manage those when life is already busy.

Interestingly, I am hearing more talk than usual about productivity tools, ranging from downloading the newest mobile Apps through to dusting down the Filofax (founded 1921) and pulling out the Post-It notes (launched 1977) – yes, seriously!

When it comes to supporting my clients ambitions to drive productivity and effectiveness into their workload management I am tool agnostic; I am insistent on one thing though….. The best app in the world is…


My mum died towards the end of last year. Last Sunday my sisters and I rediscovered an important time management and leadership lesson from her. practical advice on wasting time


Managing Quarter-End madness with more clarity and control

by Richard Maybury on December 11, 2013

‘What can you do right now, knowing that tomorrow will be yesterday in 2 days time?’ Richard Maybury

Isn’t it amazing how much we can achieve as the quarter-end bears down on us? What is it about quarter-end that turns us into super-achievers? How can we harness that power for the first 8 or 9 weeks of the quarter? manage your quarter end easier


How to live on 24 hours a day

by Richard Maybury on November 6, 2013

A few years ago, Chris Ragg, a good friend, knowing of my deep interest in purpose, priority and time management, gave me a little book.

‘This little book’, he said, ‘is probably the oldest Time Management self-help book you will read outside of scripture or philosophy.’ He was right. ‘How to Live on 24 Hours a Day’ by Arnold Bennett was first published in 1908 and contains timeless truths and solid suggestions that can be applied today. It is usefully concise and historically quirky, which makes it a pleasurable, easy read; and it is now Free!

The title, for me, was a Jerry Maguire – ‘you had me at hello’ moment. ‘How to live on 24 Hours a Day’ seems eminently more useful than any other ‘How To’ book title as far as I am concerned. here’s how to live 24 hours in a day


I am a big fan of the Livescribe digital pen, simply because it lets me combine my natural, non-intrusive, note taking with pen on paper with the productivity gains of having those notes available to me digitally on any platform.

Well, Livescribe Inc. today announced the release of the Livescribe 3 smartpen, the fastest way to make handwritten notes useful on a tablet or smartphone and this is my brief first look. Livescribe3 + iOS7 productivity


Time Management 2.0 15 secrets on getting things done

by Richard Maybury on October 18, 2013

tm2 cover15I have just finished reading my Kindle edition of ‘Time Management 2.0: 15 Secrets of a Self-Made Millionaire for Getting Things Done’ by Hank Reardon, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author who built and sold several multimillion dollar businesses.

It is a short, sharp and practical read with some great practical advice on time management, much of which I endorse.

My blog is name-checked in the book, which is encouraging, but beyond Hank and I knowing of each other’s work I have no commercial interest in the success of the publication. I do think it is worth a £0.77 Kindle (non affiliate) download though 7 things I like about the book