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Goodbye Discipline – Hello Motivation

  One of the clients I worked with recently had quickly understood GTD as a concept and wanted to do it, but was struggling with actually doing it consistently. He finally cracked the problem when he clarified why he wanted GTD, and what it would get him if he actually did it regularly. At the

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A Simple Exercise to Help Make GTD Stick

Do you understand the basics of the Getting Things Done, but are struggling to find the time to implement it well? Have you been using GTD off and on for a while, but have recently “fallen off the wagon”? Here is a quick, simple diagnostic exercise that can help you determine how best to move

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Throwback Post: A World Without Email – Charades anyone?

  I recently got a message from a client who was all excited that a consultancy that works with her organization had announced that from 2013 the consultancy would no longer be using e-mail for internal communications. There was a hopeful implicit subtext that perhaps e-mail was on the way out, and that she wouldn’t

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There’s More Than One Way to Be a Victim

Ever had an overwhelming sense that the world is coming at you so fast that you can’t keep up? The emails and instant messages are arriving faster than they’re being dealt with. The stacks of paper on your desk are growing, not shrinking. When you see the boss headed toward your desk, a voice in

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The List Exists (Whether You Write it or Not)

I’m no doctor, but here is something I’ve learned from experience: when a muscle goes into spasm and doesn’t recover properly, sometimes it gets to a point where it has been tight for so long that the brain simply stops registering the pain signals it is sending. It is still a very unhappy muscle, but

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The Great GTD Safety Net

  You have a safety net. Whatever acrobatic manoeuvres will be required in the working week ahead, you can leap from platform to swinging trapeze with confidence. Someone down there is going to catch you if you fall. That someone, strangely enough, is you. As I mentioned before, there are a number of milestones along

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Where is your thinking taking you?

“Go ahead, tell me about your project.” I make that kind of request regularly in my client work. What follows is generally lots of thinking (and talking). Background to the project. Considerations. Worries about the team or the client. Planning thoughts about the sequence of things that need to be done. Often, lots of enthusiasm. Sometimes,

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Top Tips to Avoid Meeting Burnout

  Have you ever stopped to think how much of your life you spend in meetings? Done well, they can be incredibly powerful, but very often they end up being inefficient and a drain. Having both attended countless meetings myself, and coached many senior executives who spend a large amount of their time in meetings,

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