Information Management


5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your To Do List Again

By |October 24th, 2012|

If you are like most people, you love your To Do list. 60% to 70% of us rely on them, but your romance may be […]

3 Reasons Why We Need the Mother of All Lists

By |October 17th, 2012|

Canadians are great at so many things. We invented the zipper, we dominate in hockey and we make a pretty mean snowball. And I am […]

Should You Check Email While On Vacation?

By |April 24th, 2012|

Word count: 408
Estimated reading time: Less than 1 minute

Vacations never seem to come along at a “good” time.

We always seem to be in the midst […]

Are You Addicted To Email?

By |April 5th, 2012|

Number of words: 491
Estimated reading time: less than 2 minutes

I would have started writing this a few minutes earlier, but I had to check email […]

Do You Suffer From ‘Last Minute-itis’?

By |November 17th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame4 src=”” title=”Deadline” alt=”Deadline” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame4] A client recently told me that he suffers from ‘last minute-itis’. In other words, he puts everything off until the last minute: from preparing for a presentation to packing for a trip.

In the best Dr. Phil voice that I could muster, I asked, “So how’s that workin’ for ya?”

As I suspected, in many ways it was working for him. Yes, this approach made things harder for those around him, and he ends up sacrificing more personal time than he wants to, and his stress level tends to be higher than ideal. But at the end of the day, he is still able to get things done.   And a lot done at that. By most accounts, he is a widely successful individual. […]

Does Music Help Us Focus?

By |October 12th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame4 src=”” title=”Computer and earbuds” alt=”Computer and earbuds” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame4] Sometimes it can be hard to focus. There are too many juicy distractions out there.

We definitely know that focusing leads to better work. But do we really need to block out all noise in order to focus?  Couldn’t we just have a bit of background music?

Ironically, there are many indicators pointing to the fact that music might not be such a bad distraction after all. […]

Do You Face One Emergency After Another?

By |October 12th, 2011|

[sws_picture_frame4 src=”” title=”Running out of time” alt=”Running out of time” align=”sws_frame_left” lightbox=”1″ album=”album” video=””] [/sws_picture_frame4] Many of us have lulled ourselves into believing that chaos is one of the constants in life: death, taxes and daily plans tossed out the window.

The True Fire Fighters

Ironically, fire fighters (who are dealing with true crises) seem to be fairly calm.

Fire departments seem to live by the ethos “Let chaos reign, then rein in chaos”. With every second counting, they literally drop everything to respond to a fire. Yet outside of these fires, they do many things to rein in the chaos. They test their equipment, they train and yes, they wash their trucks. When is the last time you saw a fire truck broken down on the side of the road? […]

Drowning in the Details

By |March 8th, 2011|

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So much is said about our big priorities. Yet we know that the finest performances in life […]

Incrementalism—the new science of getting things done

By |November 4th, 2010|

We are all bombarded with demands on a daily, almost hourly, basis.  Deciding how to prioritize and complete tasks can profoundly impact our productivity and […]

Jiten Patel – ‘No email’ Fridays… or just ‘double email’ Mondays?

By |October 26th, 2010|

Guest Blogger Jiten Patel is an ICT & Multimedia Assistant with Think Productive in the United Kingdom. You can find them online at

There was a great episode […]