Affect, Productivity, Recent Article, Self-awareness

Focus series: focus is a Process

The ability to focus is about to become more important than ever. The world is changing. Within ten years, thanks to new technologies, jobs, livelihoods, and the way we engage with the world will be unlike anything we know now. As will the skills needed to negotiate it. In a 2015 report on Australia’s future workforce prepared by CEDA (Committee for Economic Development in Australia) found that 5 million jobs that exist now will be gone in 10 years—most losses due to automation.  And to think, we’re already two years down the track.   To remain valuable in our economy … you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things.    ~ Cal Newport, Author of Deep Work   You’ve heard the words before … ‘Get on with it! Concentrate.’ The core problem is many of us don’t know how. We weren’t taught the how. It was just assumed…

Productivity, Recent Article

Sleep better. Back to sleep helpers to aid productivity.

It’s no surprise that lack of sufficient sleep is a productivity killer. Lack of sleep affects our thinking, recall, the ability to focus, visual sensitivity, reaction times, and mood. At an organisational level, it impacts unplanned leave, can result in suboptimal or poor behaviour in individuals and teams, which ultimately impacts workplace culture. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, approximately 1 in 3 people in Australia suffer from at least mild insomnia. It bears repeating … 1 IN 3 people. Whether you’re seeking to manage your personal productivity or a leader in an organisation, this is HUGE. Your subconscious Insomnia can happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes worry keeps us awake. Sometimes worrying about not sleeping keeps us awake. Other times our subconscious sidles in, keeping us hung from the rafters in a noose of wakefulness. Your subconscious is trying to work through complexity—things you’re not yet even aware of….

Productivity, Recent Article, Spiritual

GTD contexts: aligned to purpose

David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology is used by productivity nerds, and others, world wide. There’s a reason. It’s clean, clear, and practical. In short, GTD makes managing the stuff of life easier. Contexts are an important part of making the system work.  In the five years I’ve been using GTD to get things done, I’ve learned a lot.  Contexts help you group tasks together, either by location, like thinking or agendas—tasks associated with a particular individual or group. Contexts make moving between tasks easier. They are oil for the GTD machine. At first, I used contexts as suggested in Mr Allen’s book, with a few small tweaks to suit my lifestyle and work habits. Later, I included a couple of energy based contexts. For example, I included ‘full focus’ for those tasks which required concentration, and ‘dash’ for a task which would take ten minutes or less. I have to admit,…