8 Ways to Become a More Productive Writer

Listen on Spotify. Writing speeds vary hugely. Some would say 200 words in an hour is a perfectly good speed to work at. Others would consider writing 1,200 per hour disappointing. A lot of the disparity depends on the kind of writing you’re undertaking. Genre fiction or blog posts often take less time to writeContinue reading “8 Ways to Become a More Productive Writer”

Effectiveness and Efficiency: Finding Balance

Listen on Spotify. In 2007, Google employees listened to Merlin Mann — a self-described geek and writer — who was an up and coming name in the movement towards personal productivity. He’d been invited to talk about how people could start to spend less time dealing with emails and more on more important, meaningful work.Continue reading “Effectiveness and Efficiency: Finding Balance”

5 More Cognitive Biases That Influence Efficiency

Listen on Spotify. The word bias has become something of a hot potato in recent years. Bias manifests itself in many forms. We can find ourselves unduly disadvantaging someone and, perhaps, in doing so, unfairly favouring someone else. Happily for us, many of the biases most prevalent in the workplace are manageable, if not entirelyContinue reading “5 More Cognitive Biases That Influence Efficiency”

4 Cognitive Biases that Affect Productivity (and How to Tackle Them)

Listen on Spotify. Aristotle defined humans as rational beings who tend to make decisions driven by logic. This assumption comes from the idea that when confronted with two options, we plump for the choice we believe will maximise well-being. The extent to which we are rational or irrational creatures is still highly contested — asContinue reading “4 Cognitive Biases that Affect Productivity (and How to Tackle Them)”

Assistive Tech and Efficiency in the Workplace: What’s the Deal?

Listen on Spotify. Technology surrounds us all. Not least in the workplace. You might think assistive technology (AT) is something that’s mostly used by people with disabilities, but if you’ve so much as asked Alexa what the time is, you’ve used AT.   Assistive technology first came into the workplace to help make our workingContinue reading “Assistive Tech and Efficiency in the Workplace: What’s the Deal?”

Is Meditation Good for Productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I quite like getting distracted. In fact, just this morning I was wonderfully distracted by the new TV adaptation of the epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. But, as my writing this intro slightly later than planned would attest, distraction can be an enemy of productivity.   There’s mounting evidence thatContinue reading “Is Meditation Good for Productivity?”

Top Traits of Very Productive People

Listen on Spotify. The word productivity can be intimidating to many of us. You could even say it’s like you’re chasing a kite. You keep running after it, and just when you think you’ve caught it, it slips from your grasp. But being productive isn’t about burning the midnight oil, keeping busy, or being aContinue reading “Top Traits of Very Productive People”

17 Vital Elements of Productivity

Listen on Spotify. Are you productive? Or are you just busy? There’s a big difference. While being busy can tick things off your to-do list, if you’re truly productive, you’re ticking off the right things. You’re completing tasks that are going to have the biggest impact on your personal and professional life. I’ve written beforeContinue reading “17 Vital Elements of Productivity”

Marketing productivity: How can you improve it?

Listen on Spotify. I’ve no experience in marketing. Why then, have I chosen to tackle — or at least touch upon – marketing productivity? After writing my last post, I was in search of another related topic that I thought people might find useful. As the aim of business is to sell products or services,Continue reading “Marketing productivity: How can you improve it?”

Should we always use productivity tools and apps?

Listen on Spotify. Would it surprise you to learn that we spend more than 4 hours per day on apps? Perhaps not. The profusion of productivity tech now available to us means it’s possible to track everything from our parcels to our to-do lists. But is it wise to do so? Let’s answer the question.Continue reading “Should we always use productivity tools and apps?”