Category: Productivity

Anything related to productivity, GTD, performance management.

Buddhism – being busy

I get a daily newsletter with Buddhist quotes. Hence I like to collect the most inspiring ones and put them in my blog. Similar to what I did with Balamadana back in the days. Most quotes have been in my draft folder for a few months, if not years. So here we go with one: How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. – Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Now I recently couldn’t travel due to the sickness of my children. However, as I had holidays booked, I just ended up with two and a half days without any plans whatsoever but helping my wife and spending time (!) with my kids. Time. Free time is almost unheard of. We all work a lot, normally 9 to 5.30, often to 6.30 and most often much longer. We are people that enjoy working (and I speak about people like myself), and we should probably or most certainly take a day off. Or compensate for over time. Not because we don’t value time at work or because it might be our right to do so. No, we should take

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Leadership & Great Companies

I recently revisited the book Good to Great by Jim Collins which I read a few years ago studying for my MBA. Now, with the TED talk about inspiring leaders and its affinity to both NLP and DBM, it was time for another post. “It is your Work in life that is the ultimate seduction”, Pablo Picasso. In NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and DBM (Development of Behavioural Models), you drill down on actions by asking: – What do you do? – How are you doing it? – Why are you doing it? With more modelling this goes deeper, however focusing on this three questions, and looking at the TED talk, we are looking to answer the question what a successful leader is made of, and what are successful companies made of: – What does s/he do? – How is s/he doing it? How is he leading, managing and setting example? – Why is s/he doing it? What motivated the leader and makes him so good in what he is doing and how he is doing it. The latter seems to be key to a lot of discussions around leadership. Hence in Jim Collins book it is about “good to great”,

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Work Life Balance…

Nigel Walsh spoke on TED about Work Life Balance. What I take from this video: – I am not 40 yet. – I want to spend more life with my family. – I don’t know if my career matches a work-life balance. – I don’t want to leave it until it is too late. – Work Life is about the balance of emotions, spiritual and personal relationships and work. – I work on further concepts and buy his book. Enjoy.

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Why?

I have been digging around in personal development lately and have re-discovered Anthony Robbins. I gave him a miss a few years ago because I thought he is just a motivational speaker. However, below is a nice video from him, and I believe he is a great source for coaching, life change and personal development.

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work balance only?

Yes, you read correctly. There is a new approach David Allen, the GTD guy, wrote in his book “Making it all work“. Or maybe it is not a new approach but a different thinking I personally like. He says pretty much to forget about a work life balance. David argues that people put too much emphasis and pressure trying to separate the two: work & life. He further says that the concept of balance is irrelevant as you only seem to focus on it when you don’t have it. By just focusing on what you are doing that moment, trying not to count the minutes you play with your dog as supposed to type your article for the press, it gives you more energy. It is about living in the now and thinking about “What am I doing”, “What is next”. David says that the key element is to eliminate the distraction, whatever its source, and to have focused alignment in whatever you’re doing. I find this approach quite right. If I worked for myself or at home and let’s say I have to go shopping, then I go shopping. In return, I work late at night catching up with

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Blackberry Bold Review

I now had my Blackberry Bold for just over 2 weeks. Thanks to Vodafone, things got sorted and I absolutely love the Blackberry Bold. I had a Blackberry Curve for the past 18 months and without WiFi and proper 3G connection (I was with T-Mobile), it just wasn’t the same. What I like about the Blackberry Bold is not only the slick design but the new outline of programmes, e.g. the way the desktop is presented. It comes with Vodafone SatNav free for 18 months. We tried it out and the first time it sent us in circles but the 2nd time it worked very well. So overall, that is great and save us getting a TomTom. My first Blackberry Bold that got delivered didn’t work properly over the weekend and crashed a couple of times. I had to reset it and re-install the software several times. I then exchanged it and the new one hasn’t had any problems yet. Fingers crossed. One drawback is the 128 MB limitation for applications. Blackberry Application downloader makes it easy for you to pick and chose applications for your Bold, but after I installed – Gmail – Facebook – Bloomberg Mobile – SatNav

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Use your brain

On the OPEN Forum I discovered an article about brain usage and the 10 tips on how to improve your brain. I have written about “Train your brain” before and always encourage people to use their brain. Not only when parking their car at Tesco, going around a round about, going shopping or making a comment at a conference….and you will find more examples if you actively listen. No, you should train your brain any chance you get. Ever tried to go around the shopping aisles and memorising what you have in your trolley. Make up a story to better memorise things, e.g.: When I picked the SALAD I also thought of APPLES and BANANAS that would then go together with the CHEESE sandwich and the HAM on top of it. However, the BBQ with the PRAWNS, the CHICKEN and the little cats, who were eating their CAT FOOD, …… Ok, this is not rocket science. You memorise words, particularly ones that have nothing in common, much easier if you actually think of a story. It has been 2 years since I wrote the article about the brain training and I have written about brain draining in regards to GTD

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Stress Management – Working Out

As it happens, and I have written a lot about stress management lately, my new Buddhist Chanting CDs arrived. Wow, super easy listening and makes me much more productive whilst working on proposals and presentations! However, I found an article in the Metro again, this time about “Busy working, so no workout” – what is that about. Well, it says that 4 out of 5, e.g. 80%, of all London workers only exercise half an hour a week instead of 4 hours. The latter is the recommended amount. The poll was amongst 2,500 employees from Fitstart.com. It showed that only 7% worked out correctly and the reason for it is….TIME! Who would have guessed? Working hours in the UK are longer than anywhere else in Europe. So managing stress becomes more important, particularly if you are working at lot and long hours. Sitting in front of a laptop/computer all day does not help. You need to achieve the work life balance needed by exercising regularly. How am I personally doing? Not too bad, but could do better. I go to the gym twice a week, on average a 45 minutes work out, plus 1 hour Tai Chi a week. Totalling

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