Thinking about life – 9 questions

My brother is having a 50th birthday party dinner tonight. And he is someone that many of us find very hard to buy presents for – I bought him a football, not totally sure whether he will ever use it, but I suppose it is the thought that counts! Anyway my nephew who like all of […]

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Complaining is Draining

So you might know I have committed to doing a blog post every day in January and in fact to run every day in January too… This post was written at JFK airport on Wednesday and was meant to be published as Thursdays blog post. Unfortunately it has been delayed a bit and strangely I […]

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Morning Pages

So there is this idea that I was told last night about morning pages. The idea is that you should just write… The theory is you should write long hand for 10 minutes and then just throw it away without ever looking at it again. I did something similar with an earlier blog post called Morning […]

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Seek first to Understand then to be understood

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” The fifth habit: Seek First to understand, then to be understood. This idea that most people do not listen with the intent to understand, rather they listen with the intent to reply was a bit of an eye […]

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Think Win Win

Every day this year I am on a mission to watch one Ted Talk every day. Today I was watching Kare Anderson talk about being an opportunity maker and I thought that this was a great example of win-win in action. You can watch the video here: The idea of Win/Win is something that has […]

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Put first things first

It was President Eisenhower who first said “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” And this led to the development of the Eisenhower Matrix or Method which is at the core of Steven Covey’s third habit. Putting first things first. When I first started writing this series on Productivity […]

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Begin with the End in Mind

When was the last time you set off in your car on a journey and didn’t know where you were going? Periodically it can actually be quite fun to head off in a random direction, whether in a car or even in a blog post… But when it isn’t so fun is when you are […]

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The Habit of Proactivity

Be Proactive is the first of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of highly effective people. Have you ever heard that money loves speed? Or that the early bird catches the worm? These are both examples of proactivity in action. Whilst being the first to market isn’t necessarily the most successful – why I will be sharing this post on Facebook […]

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Working on being more productive…

86,400 seconds. Maybe you have heard that number before. It’s the number of seconds in a day… And they tick, tick, tick away. If you are not careful they are gone…. and for many of us they are gone in a haze of Facebook status updates, instagram pictures and conversations on services like Skype. Whilst […]

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Writing diarrhea

We have all heard of the idea of verbal diarrhea – where someone just can’t seem to stop talking and they go on and on… Well today’s blog post is going to be about writing diarrhea and I am just going to keep writing. I am aiming to go for 10 minutes and I have […]

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