The challenges of working productively from home are especially acute during Covid19. What might we do to enable us to work more effectively? What is working from home doing for our own well-being and productivity? Let’s start with some of the challenges. It’s tough to follow my mantra of curating your workspace to suit theContinue reading “On why less is often more.”
Author Archives: Ian B
Multitasking is a myth – handling interruptions at work actually requires rapid task-switching, which can bear a cost to our health. “Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible forContinue reading “Paying Attention?”
It’s email, but not as we knew it
How many people have received an email from someone asking if you’ve seen their email? Is there anything crazier? That’s just people making work about the work. Time to back up a it before getting back to email…
Getting stuff into Evernote
There are numerous ways of getting information into Evernote; the following are listed in order of frequency with which I think I use them: Google chrome browser plug-in clips web content in various formats – screen grab, full page, simplified article (great for reading) and saves pdfs directly to Evernote. Open a pdf in yourContinue reading “Getting stuff into Evernote”
Setting up Evernote in a way that works for the way you work.
The power of Evernote is the flexibility to set it up in a way that works for the way you work. Here’s how I organise it.
I confess. I love Evernote.
One of the challenges many people face in using Evernote is it’s simplicity. For me this was daunting at first but then I realised this is a bonus. The key is to make Evernote work for you and support what you are trying to achieve in life. In other words, what problem are you tryingContinue reading “I confess. I love Evernote.”
There are two problems with highlighting notes in your Kindle. Here’s how to solve them.
If, like me, you are becoming increasingly comfortable reading on your kindle – however difficult that journey has been – there are still two problems that arise: How can I easily access and review the notes I’ve highlighted? how can I get these notes out of my Kindle and into other applications without re-keying theContinue reading “There are two problems with highlighting notes in your Kindle. Here’s how to solve them.”
Ditch Outlook and those inbuilt apps
I think it’s important to have a separate calendar and email programme if you are to be focused and productive and reduce stress. And you shouldn’t automatically use the apps that come bundled with your device / tablet / computer as default. Here’s why.