I’ve written about time management a lot before but I’m ashamed to admit I don’t always take my own advice. Last week I had a moment of brutal honesty with myself which resulted in one simple change that has made a world of difference in my ability to get s*** done.
Stress is a part of every workplace or role you’re in. For those that claim they never get stressed, don’t believe them. Why? It’s a human thing, it’s where control feels like it’s slipping from us, where work is piling up or plans are not going the way you had thought they would. It’s an uncomfortable feeling where you’re out of your comfort zone and where it’s easy to get lost in the haze that seems to build up so quickly.
We live in an age dominated by technology, where so many processes and activities are now automated to make our lives simpler and easier. However, there are certain aspects of doing business that will always be hard to replace. Building relationships is one of those. Relationships draw on something that a machine just can’t replicate - the fabric of human connection; where personality, tone and behaviour are just some of the attributes that can make or break the connection with another.
Having recently got back from a stellar holiday and back into the craziness of work, I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been a bit low on energy. Once your body gets used to a slower pace it can be hard to crank it all back up again. Luckily my wife, Libby, is a health and fitness expert so I thought I’d share a few of her (and my) tips to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders!
I've recently written about how awesome it is to be different, to stand out from the crowd and to embrace what it is that makes you human. Why? Well, because it matters - to your friends, to your family and most notably, at work. While it may seem more obvious when talking about our friends and family, it's this last area - work - where being yourself is often harder for many of us to do (a few comments on my previous post further reinforced this). However, it's also an area where it could not be more important. Where our humanity has a huge role to play in creating better relationships, a better culture and ultimately, better performance.
One of the most common things people say to me when they’re new in their role is “I don’t want to drive you nuts with too many questions!”. While my response usually starts with, “you can never ask too many questions” I also like to make the point that it depends on how you ask the question! Here are some tips that’ll make it easier for your boss to help you without driving them nuts, whether you're new to your job or not.
It's that time again when we can sit down and plan what we want to get out of the year. Where resolutions are made in good faith, where we eat salad as we embark on a health kick, and where we do a bit of planing. This planning could involve chasing down a promotion we’ve had our eye on or learning a new skill. For many of us, though, the start of a new year also provides the brain space to consider what we really want for our career.
One of the things I love to do at Christmas time is plan the coming year. I know, sounds boring right! But honestly, I actually find it a really relaxing and inspiring process to go through so I thought I’d share the process I follow.
Email can be a great communication tool, and a massive waste of time – it depends on how well you use it. As those who know me will tell you, I’m a little bit obsessed with efficiency and it annoys the crap out of me when I waste time sending emails that get ignored so here are some things I’ve learned about how to get a better result.
When I first started running my own business, I was really excited about working from home. It's one of those things you dream about when you have to schlep it into the office every day! I was saving at least an hour of travel, didn’t have to get dressed, could make my own breakfast and lunch and, let’s be honest, it made me feel like I was living a pretty cruisey existence. At least, that’s how it started…