I have just started the third and final year of a Masters in Education.

Because doing a masters part-time, alongside a full-time job, isn’t challenging enough (!) I decided to test a variety of different tools for managing my studies at the same time.

As I embark upon my final…


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 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).


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. …


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…


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:

  1. Consume audiobooks— contrary to (mildly irritating) popular belief; it’s not cheating. …


Keyboard shortcuts improve your life.

(It’s a bold claim, I know!)

Do you want to know why?

The Maths

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…


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…


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. …


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.

  1. Set specific…

Martine Ellis

Wellbeing-driven productivity, personal knowledge management and professional learning.

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