The ‘beep’ tray.

The ‘beep’ tray.

It never stops to amaze me. No, not the mountain of emails in the inbox of a PEP client. That is just a symptom of a deeper problem. It is that persistent absence of effective software tools that can be used for proactive planning. More than once I found myself...
Delegation, it doesn’t just go down.

Delegation, it doesn’t just go down.

Seasoned PEP® practitioners will know that one of the four D’s which guide your actions is Delegation. When I am coaching clients on the four D’s I always hold my breath a little on this one as the mixes of emotions begin to show in their eyes. Unfortunately, this is...
The Trouble With Planning #2

The Trouble With Planning #2

 Over the years I have tested many To Do apps, both stand-alone and web-based and of various levels of sophistication. They all had some claim to fame, but I abandoned most of them as not sufficiently helpful for proactive planning. Eventually I developed a small set...
To file or not to file #1

To file or not to file #1

As we all know there are three main ways of storing digital information: filing, piling or tagging. When filing we put things in a hierarchically organised folder system. With piling we dump everything in one archive folder and use the search functionality of the...
Changing bad practices around you

Changing bad practices around you

One of the most common grievances I get when I am coaching people in personal efficiency is that they feel the inefficiencies of their environment let them down; it prevents them from fully embracing their own productivity methods. Here are some examples: “I keep...