The "2-Minute Rule" in the workplace

In Getting Things Done (GTD) we have the simplest of productivity enhancing tools. It's called the 2-minute Rule. The process is this, If something can be done in 2 minutes or less it should be done now rather than later.

This could be say an email to read or send, a task to be completed, a thought to be written down, answering a question from a colleague.

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Want to get a response to your email?

Looking at the title you might think this blog post is for marketers and sales people. For people who want you to buy their product or service.

Yes it could be, but it's really talking to ANYONE who sends an email, hoping to get a response from the recipient. That could be a colleague, boss, supplier, customer, friend, or family member.

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Not blowing my own trumpet

In music lessons back in High School, we had to choose an instrument to learn. I chose the trumpet. I’m not sure why, maybe it was because my dad loved jazz and the big band sound, or maybe it was because the violin looked really hard to play.

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Getting things done in your Outlook inbox

If you’ve attended my “Become an Inbox Zero Superhero workshop” and got your email inbox down to zero during the session, you know what a great feeling that makes. That of course is a short term high, and if you go back to your old habits, it’ll only be a matter of time before you have to go through the big exercise again.

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Why should we be productive?

It’s a simple question, but not so easy to answer. Why be productive?

It’s not something people naturally sit down and really think about. Our lives are jammed with things to do, and things to achieve, and we work through them the best way we can.

And there lies part of the answer, “the best way we can”.

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Who's stolen your mind today?

In time of uncertainty we are more careful with how we spend our money, when time is tight we try our best to spend that wisely too. But there’s something that is often a little more subtle, something we are not always aware of, that is constantly being stolen. 

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How to make Productivity cool

When we hear the word productivity, what does our mind automatically think of? Time management, hard work, effort, dullness, discipline?

Well not any more, as they guys at the pop music website popjustice.com have come up with a simple brilliant fun idea.

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The Productive Hero's Journey

Being productive for me is all about being both efficient and effective. About “How” you do things and also “What” you do. I don’t see it as one idea that can instantly transform you, i.e. a quick fix and all your troubles will be solved. It has to be worked on, bit by bit, its’ an art form.

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That long Royal Wedding sermon

There’s been plenty of talk this week following the Royal Wedding, after the famous sermon by American preacher Michael Curry   It will certainly be one of the biggest things you’ll remember if you ever think back to it in future years.

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