How to Set-up a Distraction Free Workspace at Home

11 July 2018

This week my blog is a guest post courtesy of Cloe Matheson from Dunedin.  She has some great ideas on how to optimize a workspace at home and ensure that you maintain productivity and efficiency as well as the very important work-life balance.   by Cloe Matheson Working at home is not as easy as […]

 

At Last: Practical Support When You Need It Most!

21 June 2018

Most New Zealanders are ready to lend a hand when someone is struggling, but don’t always know how to easily help. I’ve written about it before in this blog – Neighbours Helping Neighbours. I’ve recently come across a new visionary online platform that assists us to do exactly that. It’s called Swathe.me. Operating in partnership […]

 

Clear Your Clutter with Swedish Death Cleaning

13 May 2018

Overwhelm from clutter is far more common than a lot of people realise. It can take many forms and affect people in different ways, so read on if you want a few quick tips on clutter-busting. A delightful little book came to my attention last week – ‘The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning’ by […]

 

74% of Digital Task List Users Revert to Paper

17 April 2018

We all know that technology has sped up and simplified the way we learn, shop, navigate and communicate with people. Few of us would want to go back to pre-digital days. But – there is a downside. Digital methods, even commonly used ones, are sometimes false friends. Let’s look at two commonly used tools: Beware […]

 

Busy? Wish You Could Get More Done? Try This 101-Minute Cycle

3 April 2018

A guest article for you today from my lovely daughter-in-law Lauren Parsons, well-being and productivity specialist, living in Canada until December. From the beginning of 2019 she’ll be back home and working closely with me and the Getting A Grip business:   by Lauren Parsons If you’ve been on this planet for a while, chances […]

 

Can We Really Work Less Yet Achieve More?

13 March 2018

Perpetual Guardian’s decision to try a shorter working week http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11990560  has created some interesting discussion.  I congratulate Andrew Barnes for his bold experiment. From my 26 years of global experience on the topic of productivity, I believe they’re onto something really good. Perhaps you’re wondering whether to follow their example? Or, maybe you’d keep a […]

 


Celebrations, National Pride, And Time-Saving Systems Recognised Internationally

28 November 2017

You Don’t Have To Win To Celebrate In New Zealand this last week we’ve seen a wonderful demonstration of national pride, with waves of red flags supporting the Tongan rugby league team.  They were pipped at the post for the finals (somewhat contentiously), but rightfully proud Tongans all round Auckland have cheered, waved and celebrated […]

 

10 Tips for Better Work Life Balance

23 October 2017

Does it ever seem that every waking minute is being consumed by work? How do we balance a growing list of home, personal and work commitments? Is it even possible? A couple of weeks ago I had fun discussing this topic on a panel at the Live Well Festival in Auckland with Art Green and […]

 

What To Do About The Non-Urgent But Useful Emails

2 October 2017

My Melbourne friend Nigel sent me a great question about email. Because it’s an issue for many, I decided to share it in this week’s blog. Nigel: Here’s a dilemma that I face frequently with email and workflow.  I stare at my email feed. It stares back at me, blankly. “So what are you going […]

 

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