Taming the distraction llama

To get things done! How many times a day do you find yourself being distracted from what you?re doing? I was distracted twice just typing this first sentence. In his book, Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey talks about how long we can maintain focus when sitting in front of a computer – just 40 seconds. Doesn?t sound right does it! But when …

Operating rhythm

The silver bullet for business success Ok, so I have this love/hate relationship with routine. For years I?ve been bouncing between having a routine and being spontaneous. I discover a way to do a task efficiently and follow the process for a couple of months before getting irritated by the lack of variety and changing it up, delaying it, or, …

From procrastination to motivation

Making the shift! A couple of weeks ago I wrote about overcoming procrastination. I shared my own, excruciating process of writing blogs and feeling frustrated by it. I offered some questions to help decide whether tasks were worth doing at all and, if so, taking a ?just do it? approach. Once I?d published the blog I discreetly slipped back into …

Overcome procrastination

And get moving! I don?t procrastinate over many things but when I do it?s exhausting. Most of my blogs, including this one, take around two weeks to complete. I spend so much time trying to work out the right topic, writing a little bit, getting distracted or finding a reason to stop, then rewriting what I?ve already written over and …

Create your own chaos!

My first leadership role in a corporate environment was in a contact centre. From the minute the phone lines opened in the morning, through to closing off in the evening, it was manic. If I wasn?t really disciplined at prioritising my work I could spend the whole day fighting fires and have zero time to work on improving the business. …

Keeping your team busy

I had a conversation this week with a leader who, when I asked how work was going, said things were ?unusually quiet which is concerning?. It reminded me of the pressure many leaders face when trying to keep their people busy during quiet times. It?s not unlike the pressure we feel when it?s crazy-busy and we don?t have time to …

Stop making people wait

Like a large percentage of the population I like to be early. I can?t stand the thought of someone having to wait for me and so I?ll plan my calendar very carefully to ensure I?m on time. Now, I?ll admit there have been times where I?ve been late, but it?s the exception, rather than the rule. Arriving early gives me …