Do Standing Desks Make You More Productive?

It was an accident. I started to write while standing up. We’d moved back from China and most all our belongings were still at sea. Somewhere.  So I placed my laptop on the bookshelf and started to type. It was a bit improvised but I soon got the hang of it and managed to adjust to the […]

Fear of Success: What will happen if you succeed?

He said to me, ‘if you’re going to fail, fail fast.’ Have you heard this line before? I’m sure you have and if not probably some variation. Everyone is the room agreed with him. They’d made a mistake. The project tanked. Time to move on.

40 Tips to Increase Your Business Writing Productivity

If you find that you’re not getting enough words on the page when you sit down to write, the following guidelines will help improve your productivity. You don’t need to use all 40 guidelines but pick the ones that work for you. Here we go. Working in China means more business writing and less technical writing, […]

9 Ways to Create Super Strong Passwords

This week we look at how to setup a strong password and test its strength. I’ll also look at the type of mistakes people make when creating passwords and how to avoid these. Remember to change your passwords on a regular basic, for example, every six weeks. If you’re planning on opening a PayPal or Ebay account to buy and sell goods online, then I think you should read this. There’s no point making all this money, if someone can walk in a run off with your profits.

10 Incredible Adobe PDF Hacks

If you use Adobe PDFs to create technical guides, confidential reports and other business documents, then these ten PDF tips are for you. The web has many free PDF converters out there. That’s fine. But Adobe Distiller has some advanced features if you want more control of your documents, for example, increase download speed, password […]

Productivity: How To Make Friday Your Busiest Day

Friday is my busiest day. Most folks power down and go into weekend mode. Not here! Ask yourself, ‘why do I go down a gear on Friday?’, ‘How does this benefit my career?’ Ok, let’s be honest. We do this because others do it. Right? This is a high-risk way to manage your career. You’re letting others determine how you behave. And it damages your career in many, many ways. Here’s an alternative approach.

7 Ways to Save Time At Work

Last week we looked at how much time you spend working every week. We looked at how Christine managed her time and tried to find ways to improve her productivity. The key here is to step back, see where you’re spending/wasting time and then find practical ways to address this. What works for Christine may […]

How To Write Blog Posts Faster

What to know how to type faster and get those blog post online quicker? I use the AutoCorrect feature in Word to speed things up. Most writers use it to correct typos and clean up your document AFTER it’s written. That’s fine but it’s more productive it you can correct the document AS YOU WRITE […]

How to Blog Almost Every Day – Use the Inverted Pyramid story format

Image by jonathansin via Flickr Do you want to update your blog every day? Chris Brogan provides this framework for writing a blog post (almost) every day. He adds that while it’s not easy, once you develop the right habits, they stick with you. I’m writing quite regularly now, but it took me several years […]

4 Hour Work Week – Downloadable Checklists to be More Productive

I avoided reading Tim Ferris’ blog, the 4 Hour Work Week, for the longest time. My mistake! If you want to learn how to save time and be more productive, this blog is gold-dust. It’s a cut above the rest as it backups up his philosophy with real case studies that demonstrate how his methods work.