Why do notifications damage productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sitting on my laptop with my phone beside me as I write. I’m sure it’s a setup familiar to most of you. If you’re like me, you’re always aware that the phone is there. When it buzzes or pings with some notification or message, I’m forever having to force myself toContinue reading “Why do notifications damage productivity?”

Should we focus on increasing individual productivity?

Listen on Spotify. It’s long been established that productivity is important. But as I sat writing something the other day, I realised I’d never stopped to ask myself why that’s the case. Or, indeed, whether focusing on individual productivity is the best way to gauge success. My curiosity was ignited. Let’s answer the question.  NotContinue reading “Should we focus on increasing individual productivity?”

How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?

Listen on Spotify. User experience (UX) has long been a bit of a mystery to me (even though I have a blog), but until now I’ve not investigated much despite it’s being everywhere.  Not anymore. UX is everywhere in business and it follows, at least to me, that it must be useful. My interest wasContinue reading “How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?”

10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)

Listen on Spotify. If you’re like me, you use Microsoft Office every day. I have for years. But I’ve wondered if I use Office to its full potential. I investigated and found some really great tips which have helped me get more done. I thought I’d share with you so that you — and yourContinue reading “10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)”

How can I stay motivated and boost my productivity?

Listen on Spotify. The alarm shrieks and it’s time to rise and face the day. If you’re like me, you need a few motivational songs to help get you going in the morning. But have you ever wondered how you could keep yourself motivated beyond the morning and thereby boost your productivity? I sure have.Continue reading “How can I stay motivated and boost my productivity?”

Can working in a coffee shop boost my productivity?

I bet we’ve all heard what JK Rowling said of beautiful Edinburgh when she accepted the award of the same name in 2008. She described the city as being “… the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in coffee shops.” Listen on Spotify. And it’s not just JKR.Continue reading “Can working in a coffee shop boost my productivity?”

Should I listen to music at work to boost my productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sitting here with my headphones in my lap — having just listened to a Shania Twain track, “I’m Gonna Getcha Good”— to get myself in the mood to write this intro. The link between mood and music is now well established. The same cannot be said of the proposed link betweenContinue reading “Should I listen to music at work to boost my productivity?”

The Adventure of the Muted Interview: Productivity and Hypnotherapy

This post was originally meant to be an elucidation of a face-to-face interview with a friend and solution focused hypnotherapist. Together, we were to chat about this form of therapy and how it can be used to relieve anxiety and help you achieve the larger goal of becoming more productive.  Instead, things went a littleContinue reading “The Adventure of the Muted Interview: Productivity and Hypnotherapy”

How can using effective time management techniques boost productivity?

Listen on Spotify . You know what it’s like. You’ve not long got back from lunch and you’ve just been assigned another task. You sigh. You have 3 days. You note the new deadline in your planner. As you do so, you see that the task you were given yesterday is due at noon tomorrow.Continue reading “How can using effective time management techniques boost productivity?”

How can using dictation software make you more productive?

Listen on Spotify. We all know that people can speak much faster than they can type. There have been huge advances in speech recognition technology over the years. According to a Stanford research project, dictation was almost 3 times faster than typing and resulted in fewer mistakes being made. Not so long ago, if youContinue reading “How can using dictation software make you more productive?”