My email inbox makes me anxious.
I manage this anxiety and have done so for years by practising Inbox Zero… or at least ‘a version’ of Inbox Zero.
While I still firmly believe in the principles of Inbox Zero — which I will expand upon in a moment — now I think there is a better, more sustainable way to stay on top of your emails and reduce anxiety.
Merlin Mann came up with the concept of Inbox Zero and has always maintained that it was about devising a process for managing emails.
Unfortunately, Inbox Zero suffered a lethal mutation…
I always thought I was a fantastic reader.
In 2019, I read 100 books in a year, but, honestly, I barely remember anything I read.
While I don’t mind forgetting fiction, as I read it for entertainment, I do not want to forget books I read for learning (usually non-fiction).
The problem was that I was passively consuming books. I thought I was a good reader, but I had yet to master the art of active reading.
This article aims to share how I have changed my approach to reading non-fiction books. …
A weekly review is the cornerstone of wellbeing-driven productivity.
It is the key to achieving your goals, managing your mental health and wellbeing, and getting stuff done.
This post will explain what a weekly review is, why you need to do it, and how to do it consistently. I will also share some free templates.
Productivity expert and author, David Allen, describes the weekly review as a time to:
Allen offers an excellent description, but it does make the weekly…
There are books, articles, podcasts, courses and videos out there with the potential to change your life.
The problem is, there’s just too much.
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to incredible content to consume and, as a result, (to coin a phrase I heard a lot at school), it often goes “in one ear and straight out the other”. This potentially life-changing information hangs around in our short-term memories for a few minutes (hours if we are lucky), and then it’s gone.
If you want the content you consume to stand a chance of finding its way…
Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.
— Joseph Addison
Finally. An approach to fitness I’m excited about.
Here are 14 ways you can make time to read more:
Keyboard shortcuts improve your life.
(It’s a bold claim, I know!)
Do you want to know why?
According to Brainscape, you waste 2 seconds per minute of work by switching back and forth from your mouse to your keyboard instead of using keyboard shortcuts.
If your job is computer-based, this adds up to 8 days a year!
Furthermore, using your mouse for everything can lead to repetitive strain injury or mouse shoulder.
If you tend to be a ‘right mouse clicker’, it’s time to start learning some keyboard shortcuts.
Keyboard shortcuts are a key or combination of keys, providing quick…
If I’m busy and stressed, I don’t eat well. I’m too tired to cook, let alone plan a week’s worth of meals.
It’s a vicious circle: feel rubbish > eat rubbish > feel rubbish.
I believe meal planning is an essential tool for wellbeing-driven productivity, so I made a plan to master it this summer.
For the past year, I’ve outsourced most of my meal planning, preparation and grocery shopping to a meal box service — Hello Fresh.
While this is an excellent solution for busy people, most services do not provide a week’s worth of meals — probably because…
Productivity needs a rethink.
Thankfully, workaholism and hustle culture have been appropriately and quite publicly condemned for promoting unsustainable, burnout-inducing work practices.
Productivity, on the other hand, is still generally considered to be a positive concept. If we’re not careful, though, productivity will pick up where workaholism and hustle left off.
Enter toxic productivity.
Toxic productivity is an obsession with being productive all the time. While it sounds a bit like workaholism and hustle culture, in some respects, it’s worse as it creeps into every aspect of life, making it the fastest route to burnout.
Don’t get me wrong, I…
Email anxiety is very real — for many, it is a huge stress trigger.
I’m one of those people, or at least, I was. My relationship with email has improved dramatically. Do you want to know how I did it?
Here are nine ways to reduce email anxiety.