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
I 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
A while ago my good friend and collaborator, Richard White, and I were putting the world to right – or at least the sales world to right.
Richard has built a rock-solid reputation in improving sales performance for a broad range of clients. He was coming to the conversation from a beliefs, attitude and sales behaviour perspective. I was coming at it from a beliefs, attitudes and productivity behaviour perspective. It was a cracking conversation. Before we moved on to other things he said …. improving performance and productivity
I was facilitating a stimulating event for the IoD yesterday with about 28 Owner Managers of SME businesses ranging from multi million pound turnover businesses to solo Consultancies in a broad range of markets.
We were asking ourselves the question: ‘What will you do differently to make the most of the recovery in the UK economy?’ The insights, experiences and suggestions shared were all excellent. 2 of my favourites are set out below, along with a golden nugget of business insight from a seriously successful business friend: get ready for recovery
I was reading how Morgan Stanley were holding off on their decision to upgrade to BlackBerry10 on Bloomberg over the weekend, and it got me thinking.
So I ran a research project here on iPhone vs BlackBerry usage by the people we support (click to tweet this) Here are the results: iPhone vs BlackBerry usage
Back in July I wrote about the Telligent acquisition of Zimbra, the collaboration and communication software providers for the post-PC era, and how we still provide productivity training and support for our Zimbra using clients. Exciting developments are in play here which could make Zimbra more compelling… improve collaboration with Zimbra
He was a big man. Big build, big character, big boss. I previously knew something of his standards, his productivity and the results he was delivering to the business. His reputation preceded him.
I now knew how he operated in our time and workload management with Outlook training workshop a couple of weeks prior to this meeting, which I was now with him to support on a 1-2-1 basis.
We entered his office where his laptop was open and his Blackberry was buzzing beside it on an otherwise clear desktop. ‘I have only one question for this meeting Richard’ he said as we sat down together, ‘How can I manage the 300 emails that demand my attention every day even better?’ He was clearly a master of the matrix he managed for this large, complex business.
He took the lead again and he quickly ran through all the new decisions, process steps and Microsoft Outlook manipulations that he was still finding useful from the training 2 weeks earlier. It was an impressive implementation! I could have easily felt nervous but I chose not to be ‘OK, let’s start with the basics’ I said …. how to manage high email volumes
Being productive and effective in meetings, especially in managing commitments from meetings, invariably means having to make notes so you can refer to them later, make decisions and take action on them.
The challenge with traditional pen on paper is that you can’t synchronise your paper notes with your digital tools. So there is always an element of duplication in transcribing notes and the problem of having data in paper format and resultant actions (emails / Tasks / Calendar entries) in digital format
I have been working on bridging the gap between paper and digital for years. which Livescribe smartpen is best for you?
Even if we don’t have the word ‘Project’ or ‘Manager’ in our job title and we have no ‘Management’ role as such, we are still making priority decisions on a multitude of mini projects every day.
In fact we are continually juggling project participations, goals, strategies, MBOs, KRAs, Account Development, quarterly targets…. The list is endless…. The ruthless reality is that most of us do more ‘Project’ and ‘Structured Assignment’ work than simple task work.
How we do it is what makes the difference between delivering with ease and delivering despite overwhelm. I know which way I prefer! Anyway, here is the good news ……… how to manage multiple projects easier