Tag: productivity

Sunday Column (453)

Welcome back. Yes, another very quick week passed. Last weekend was actually the hottest August bank holiday I remember. We were spoiled and spend most of the weekend at the beach – a variety of beaches to be precise – and enjoyed the BBQ weather. I love a sunny Bank Holiday in August! Didn’t I write about it being autumn already in last week’s blog? I guess it is getting colder in the evenings, the sun is lower on the horizon, and we nicely move into the Indian Summer. If it wasn’t getting colder, this could be my most favourite time of the year. It is I suppose. It almost seems as if the summer in England shifted to June/July and end of August/September. Maybe that’s the way forward and we plan our holidays accordingly next year. Rain July/August. Take notes. This week was short. On Monday I managed a 10 mile/16 km run. I was struggling to be honest. Whether that was the elevation or the weather, I just don’t feel that fit at the moment. Similar on another run later in the week. With my diet on the go I eat slightly less than I should, but my

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Thursday Flash (32)

Flash… Maybe things calmed down out there a bit. However, never too late to be productive and improve your productivity over the summer. Then there was an article about the iPhone in 2020. A longer read but if you are interested in some futuristic thoughts and like Apple, this one is for you. And last but not least, there are dangers of measuring performance. Not in general but for some start ups, and some not so start ups, as you measure the effectiveness of the system and not the performance of the individual. Some interesting thoughts there, so worth a read. Enjoy your summer, Volker

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Thursday Flash (30)

Flash… This week is a good mix. The first article is about SMART Goal Setting: a goal is a dream that has actions associated to it, isn’t it? Then, this article I came across when researching the benefits of Meditation: Yoga – Tai Chi – Mediation – why this is all good for you. And the mind changes the DNA for the better. Wowsers! Tackling Information Overflow and how a navy seal helps corporates by setting goals and work towards a win – looking at what the difference hierarchy levels can support the top. Hope you enjoyed this week, Volker

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Thursday Flash (28)

Flash…. Taking the right break makes you more productive – similar to last week’s quantitative measure vs. quality measure, taking breaks makes you more productive. Don’t believe me – try! This is a great article on prioritising. It is all about focus on priority. Then about output. Which one thing can you do today that make everything else obsolete or easier? This article on Business Objectives and Operational Efficiencies is a good guide on how to measure business success. Worth a read. Thanks for reading, Volker

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Thursday Flash (27)

Flash…. Difficult conversations without having a conflict isn’t always easy. It is about listening, understanding the other point of view and being direct. Practising makes perfect, but it doesn’t get easier. The next article is stating that actually, nobody cares how hard you work. Is that right? What the author tries to say is that we are all tuned towards quantitative measures, e.g. time rather than output. So if you work hard and accomplish more in less time, no one cares. This is changing, and I noticed that society puts more pressure on output rather than time spend on something. Productive Space is something essential in my opinion. Having your space, the right tools, light and environment, to make you the most productive person even, is key to any success. Did you enjoy this week? Please share, Volker

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Thursday Flash (17)

Flash…. A letter to my younger self in the industry – Whilst I could have written this, the article resonated strongly. Enjoy the flash back to your younger self πŸ˜‰ On my spiritual journey I came across an article by Marc and Angel, about things we believe. It makes you reflect, similar to the first article, just more generally. Last but not least this week an article discussing whether you should block time in your calendar rather than putting things on your to-do list. Can time blocking replace todo lists? What’s your opinion?

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Sunday Column (429)

Last week was a turning point. I believe, and I mentioned that to my wife, that the next few weeks will be a turning point in our life. There are changes coming up, chapters being closed. I start writing this as I am sitting to wait for a delayed flight to Hamburg on Sunday night. So a week ago, prior to Sunday Column 428 being published. Crazy, but that is my creative output. I love writing, keeping myself busy with thinking and strategising. About anything and everything really. I was asked this week what my next book is about, and I said, probably it is about my life, or life or something. No plans yet… At the weekend we started to speak more German at home. My wife started taking private tuition and the boys tried understanding what I am talking about. I translate the sentences simultaneously. This is only the beginning but we try to become more bi-lingual at home. The weekend was productive with us having done some spring gardening and we finally built the hedgehog house. It was a good weekend, the wife and I went out, maybe a few too many drinks, but hey, that happens

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#BeBetter: A book about productivity and life systems

After 4 years in the making, I have finally decided to publish my new productivity book. I decided, after all, to publish it on Kindle to ensure most people can access it. Whilst there is a price tag associated with it, you can download it for FREE until this Friday. I won’t further promote the item. With the publication I finalise my studies in productivity and focus on other areas for personal growth. I will continue to monitor the space and work on new theories and systems mainly for myself. For any questions or ideas, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Best wishes and I hope you find the book useful. Volker

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Thursday Flash (10)

Welcome to this week’s bulletin. We are well into March! Wow, time flies, and we are celebrating my 10th Thursday Flash. That means we are 10 weeks into the year I suppose πŸ™‚ In line with my interest in productivity, I am a enthusiastic user of Slack for private groups and work groups and communication. This article on ‘Slack Hacks‘ is useful for the user of Slack and makes the productivity tool more productive. Double win this week! Tying your data to phone numbers? Oh yes, that’s possible and scary. There are endless possibilities, including cookie data. I am advising a start up in that space and I am astonished to what possibilities there are. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming months I’d say. And yes, there is more on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – this week is ‘only’ a summary of what AI is and how it is use and how useful it is for organisations. It also outlines the trend of acquisitions/growth of the industry. A worthwhile read in my opinion if you are interested in that topic. I am sure there is more next week on AI.

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Thursday Flash (7)

Thursday Flash! As most of you know I enjoy a 5 am routine. I wrote about it before: – 5 am routine not for everyone? – 5 am productivity booster And I like to quote a new article I found. One critical one around a 5 am routine – Fastcompany. The author forced themselves to a 5 am routine and didn’t find it useful, yet didn’t last 30 days either. I suppose, and hence my articles above, it is down to you and how you make use of your time. It seems to work for me at this stage in my life. That of course might change. In line with that, I do agree on a good morning routine. Again, the early morning wake up doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. I have a routine. And I am flexible to allow for early morning flights or calls. But generally speaking it works if you are organised and routined. I am doing it on and off for at least 3 years if not longer. And even if you are getting up just before you need to leave the house, I bet you have a morning routine that works for you. Even if

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