Stop going to meetings

[The second guest post from Dave Wascha.] In the last post I talked about the pitfall of confusing activity with impact and why you should stop doing mail.  Today I want to discuss why you should stop going to meetings. Before we get started, try the following exercise: 1. Print out your calendar from last…

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Stop doing email

One of my interests/challenges/obsessions at work is personal productivity. How can you get everything you need to do done and still get home at a reasonable hour? Can you get a work/home balance that doesn’t require regular sacrifices — on either side? And what’s the secret to defeating Parkinson’s Law? With these ongoing questions at…

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Going Green with Office

We’re surrounded by messages about being eco-friendly and chances are you do your bit at home. You probably recycle as much as you can, you may use non-toxic cleaning products and be as sustainable as you feel you can be. But when it comes to working, it can feel more difficult to achieve the level…

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Need to know?

Bernard: You only need to know things on a need to know basis. Humphrey: I need to know everything. How else can I judge whether or not I need to know it? [from Man Overboard, December 1987] Yes (Prime) Minister was one of my favourite TV series, but it’s a little bit scary how often…

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Seed change on Green Office Week

In challenging economic times, it’s nice to know that sometimes the right thing for our wallet can also be the right thing for the planet (like lowering our fuel consumption, for example). And with that in mind, it was great to get word that label-wizards Avery are focusing on the green impact we can have…

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Bill G delivers a “buzzing” presentation

Following on from Phil’s post on presentations, I was interested to read this recent review of Bill Gate’s presentation at the TED conference. It’s got some great pointers on making presentations memorable (keeping your ideas – and slides — simple is top of the list) – but you don’t get much more memorable than releasing…


Making thank-you cards easy

Embarrassing confession: for whatever reason, I always struggle with thank-you cards. My excuse is that the effort involved in getting Christmas cards out to family and friends around the world leaves me so exhausted that I can’t even think about thank-you cards until February, by which time they’re out of date and not worth doing….

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Most popular templates in 2008

So we’ve seen which how-to articles were the most popular this year, but what about templates? I’m a big fan of the free Office Online templates and regularly try to point out some of the hidden gems contained on the website, so I was really interested to see which templates have been downloaded the most…

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Internet security update

It was somewhat ironic that I posted an article containing advice about internet safety in the same week that the Internet Explorer security flaw hit the headlines. It’s a sad reminder of the fact that we live in a society where some people look to cause trouble and pain and to take what doesn’t belong…

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True… my sister-in-law’s colleague said this happened to her son’s next door neighbour…

A timely reminder of the dangers of online crime from my colleague and Microsoft UK’s Chief Cyber Security Advisor, Ed Gibson: A few days ago the news broke that a series of banks, savvy investors and other esteemed financial institutions had collectively become victims of a $50b fraud. Inevitably, this news was quickly followed by…

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