Nearly four million of us spend two hours a day travelling to and from the office. Here’s a guide to making that time well spent.
As we start to reimagine what our world of work might look like post-lockdown, with the possibility of hybrid teams and flexible working, there’s one thing we know for sure. Uncertainty is here to stay. If change and uncertainty are our new normal, here are three habits we need to foster, to create a more resilient culture in our organisations.
“How do we do more with less time?” is the age old ‘holy grail’. But maybe that’s the wrong question to ask. As the pace of change, the volume of work and the deluge of emails continue to rise, here are five ways really productive leaders think differently.
Have you ever found yourself staying at your desk later than 5.30 simply for fear of being judged by your boss for heading out on time? Do you often find yourself eating lunch at your desk, missing out on your lunch break entirely? You’re not the only one!
Let’s face it, we live and work in a world where work never ends. There is always more work to be done – more calls we can make, more emails coming in, more meetings to attend, more ideas we can follow up on.
Ten top tips on how to be more efficient when conducting personal admin, in collaboration with General Accident Insurance.
We are constantly trying to be more productive at work, but perhaps we are trying too hard?
So you think you want to please everybody? Here’s what really happens…
Have you ever had a dream? One that you keep somewhere in the back of your mind as something you’d love to do ‘someday’?
Is 2016 the year you’ve told yourself you’ll leave work on time? Or get some more sleep? Or start taking up running or tennis or singing again?
How do you survive in crazy season? How do you make sure you arrive, not just on time but on form, ready to perform at your best for that client, event or negotiation?
Has technology allowed you greater choice or greater distraction? Has flexibility given you greater work-life balance or work-life blur? Are you working from home, or living at work?
As a lawyer, delivering a professional service, it’s important to be responsive – to clients, to colleagues. But when each distraction can take up 15-23 minutes (depending on which study you look at) to recover, dealing with each individual query on an ad hoc basis can be costly. Here are five strategies to help.
All entrepreneurs juggle constantly. There is no perfect formula, but Grace Marshall’s tips will help.
Work Life Balance has become the holy grail we all want, but what does it actually look like in real life?
The void can be a playground or an assault course, a sanctuary or a prison. It all depends on what we bring in.
Are you living in the void right now? Are you working in a season of high uncertainty? Here are five survival strategies
Having kids means you have less time to yourself, but what if it can actually be good for your productivity?
In the world of productivity we often talk about getting things done faster, smarter, easier. But what about slower?
Feeling guilty about what you don’t have time for? Here’s what guilt really does to your productivity.
How breaking our own rules can help us discover just how valuable they are.
Has work-life balance become a holy grail that no one seems to get?
Tiny words that have a huge impact on our resistance, motivation and productivity.
Deadlines. Targets. Meetings. Emails. Objectives. Performance measures. Waste reduction. Cost efficiency. Response Times. Getting stuff done. Sometimes our quest for productivity have us so focused on the work, we forget about the humans doing the work.
How do we humans do our best work? How do we bring more of that into our workplaces?
What is it about being busy that keeps us so busy? Here are three lies that keep us in the busy trap.
In this article, a group of our Sage Business Experts share some of their goals and offer some tips to help you with yours.
What do you do in those quieter times? Is it business as usual, do you kick back and relax, or do you take the opportunity to do something else?
How do you remain productive, when there are so many distractions? How do you stay focused when there are so many things to think about in your business?
It’s one thing getting yourself organised and focused, but what about everyone else in the office?
According to recent research, 3 out of 10 British businesses say they haven’t questioned their bad habits at all and 2 out of 10 don’t want to make the effort.
In this day and age, when so many of us work with our heads rather than solely with our hands, switching off may not be as simple as leaving work and going home.
Six small changes that will make some really big differences.
We all know that struggle is an inevitable part of life. Leaders are no stranger to struggle. The Covid-19 pandemic has also added to this and according to McKinsey’s 2020 Women in the Workplace report, “women in particular have been negatively impacted” with a host of additional pressures like home schooling, juggling housework with paid work and elder care.
But despite our many stories of overcoming adversity, struggle remains a taboo.
In our new “Power Hack of the Week” series, we highlight one quick thing you can do each week to improve your personal, career or money life. Today, we’re featuring “attention management,” a productivity strategy that helps you master job tasks by tackling them at key moments throughout the workday.
Productivity experts share their advice for making a work playlist.
Because travelling on business shouldn’t just be about work 24/7. A guide to making the best choice for the night ahead, depending on what your body and mind need most.
Working from home? Here are some tips for ensuring your productivity levels stay sky-high.
Do you struggle with the need to be perfect? Here’s why adopting an ‘anti-perfection’ approach could be the key to greater productivity and satisfaction at work.
It’s all too easy to stay at your desk. But stepping away to exercise, clear out your junk drawer, watch the Sopranos – or have sex – could completely re-energise your day
Address your perfectionism, make a small starting step and break the cycle that is holding you back.
Do you always feel busy and struggle to complete tasks? Recognise that you can’t do it all, say productivity experts.
The rush towards the new year can be a challenging time at work. Build your resilience and stamina, and make a better work-life balance one of your new year’s resolutions.
An estimated £9bn could be added to the economy if SMEs could find an extra two hours a week. How can you make those time-savings?
Specific strategies for making sure you get things done
Without unexpected desk visitors, office chitchat and coffee runs to break up our days, working from home can get a little dull
How Covid-19 is changing the way we work.
A few practical steps can inject a sense of variety and ease into your remote workday.
Most offices have eight-hour workdays—how many of those hours are we really supposed to be working? We asked a productivity expert, a psychologist, a labor journalist, and a boss.
Two hours and 45 minutes: that’s how much free time, on average, we get each working day. So why waste it stuck in work mode? But 75% of us find it hard to relax when we get home.
Picture this: you leave work at 5.30pm, to-do list completely crossed off, and not a care in the goddamn world. Sound familiar? Nope, us neither.
Twitter can be a time suck, but it’s also a source of great productivity advice.
What do successful people do that makes the difference? The real answer is they’re doing a few small things well.
It’s Thursday afternoon. You’re sat in the office staring blankly at an inbox full of passive aggressive emails from your client. You’ve got a meeting in ten minutes but you haven’t prepared a thing…
A study has found that workers in Birmingham are the most likely to stay at work after hours to keep up appearances, with 44% of the city’s workforce impacted by a growing trend known as presenteeism.
More than half of the population admits to being affected by procrastination. One in four people describe themselves as chronic procrastinators. What’s more, thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media, chronic procrastination has increased by 300-400% in the last 40 years.
Research, psychology and personal advice on how to get more done and feel less stressed
Productivity ninja Grace Marshall says there are some simple steps you can follow to make washing clothes less arduous.
Productivity is a key concern for every SME, as well as a top priority for the government. So, how can you boost productivity within your own business?
Climbing the career ladder at your current school can be lonely and frustrating – expert tips to help you to navigate the political minefield that can mar an internal move
These are the work from home tips that actually make a difference in your productivity.
These productivity tips will help you make the most out of every minute.
15 ways to boost your productivity and earning potential.
…most people are apt to dawdle away gained time. It takes a lot of work to be efficient with your time and energy.
Grace Marshall speaks about how someone with her portfolio got to where she is today and what we can all learn, whilst in lockdown, about managing work-life blur.
Sage Advice Podcast
Grace talks on bringing humanness back into the workplace
Is it possible to raise productive kids? This is a great conversation filled with practical tips and insights as Grace shares some of her productive parenting tips.
The Good Life Well Lived Podcast
Grace and Nicola Semple discuss what being productive is really all about, how to be productive even when those around you are not and how to find a work life rhythm that works for you.
Sage Advice Podcast
Grace talks on how businesses can be more productive with business administration
Audrey Fairbrother from Worldwide 101 asked Grace to share her unique tips with us on how to truly tame your unruly inbox for good.
Alison Jones interviews Grace on writing, productivity and collaboration – essential listening for anyone with ‘write book’ on their to-do list!
Grace talks passion, purpose and productivity with Leigh Martinuzzi on episode 229 of The Hidden Why.
Grace joins Graham Allcott on his podcast to talk productivity, work/life rhythm, taming the lizard brain and confessions of a productivity author.
Grace shares insights on how to improve productivity and fuel growth with the CIPD community.
Joanne Pieters interviews Grace on creative living, people-pleasing and her “mid-life crisis in her mid-twenties”.
Bec Evans interviews Grace on procrastination, perseverance, treacle and writing productively.
Amanda Alexander interviews Grace for Psychologies Magazine on how to avoid overwhelm and feel really productive in the run up to Christmas.
To celebrate Fight Procrastination Day (yes really!) Grace unpicks procrastination with Alexia Leachman on The Head Trash Show podcast.
Julie Hall interviews Grace about the strategies you can use as a micro-entrepreneur, to help you become more productive, more focussed and happier with your choices, especially if you’re naturally disorganised.
Nick Peters talks to Grace Marshall on the Shop Floor show on Productivity at work and her new book ‘How to be REALLY Productive
Naomi McMullan interviews Grace Marshall on productivity tips to make the most of your day alongside Rory’s Story Cubes, Adoreboard and 16 year old entrepreneur Mason Robinson.
Grace talks faith and productivity with Maria Rodrigues on the Woman to Woman show
Imran Azam interviews Grace on her new book, How to be Really Productive, at Thinking Digital Manchester
Women with Ambition, Facebook Live with Sage
Michael Sliwinski, Productive Magazine
Graham Allcott, Think Productive
Amanda Webb, Go Do Video