Neighbours Helping Neighbours

18 July 2017

The participants at one of my recent events came up with a time-related problem experienced by many parents.  I was at Tauriko School, Tauranga to run a time management seminar for parents. (It’s a fund-raising opportunity for communities and based around my new book ‘Getting a Grip on Parenting Time: 86 commonsense lessons from the […]

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An Interview With Email and Information Overload Expert Steuart Snooks

3 May 2013

Every month Robyn Pearce interviews an expert with world-class information to share with her GettingAGrip Inner Circle members. If you’re interested to know more, check out www.gettingagrip.com/membership. You’re welcome to trial a subscription for only $1 for the first month and can cancel at any time.  Members can download all past interviews in audio, the […]

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Interruptions Are Hazardous To Business

2 May 2013

Last week I was discussing email overload and its impact on productivity with Jean-Michel, the owner of a mid-sized French air-conditioning and heating company. “I hate email!” was his rather explosive comment. “It steals my time, the time of my staff and – if I let it – my money. Not many years ago none of […]

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Shocking Statistics On Email As A Productivity Stealer

Time management and productivity consultant Robyn Pearce follows up on her controversial ideas on email overload: I knew my last article ‘Don’t make email the first thing of the day‘ would be a tad controversial. I didn’t expect quite so many responses! Of course there are exceptions some of which I outlined in the last […]

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Don’t Do Email First Thing In The Day

At all my face-to-face events I hand out a little card to participants. It has my contact information on one side but the true value is the list of ‘Eight Top Time Tips’ on the reverse side. No. 8 on the list is ‘Don’t make email the first thing in the day’. This almost always gets questions […]

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Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity

Tess is Events Manager for a small family-owned publishing firm that specialises in the tourist market. She makes a lot of phone calls to clients and prospects. In a training session a few weeks ago the conversation turned to office layout, noise, distractions and efficiency. We’d discussed the working preferences of the members of the […]

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How Often Are The Workers Consulted On Efficient Office Layout?

If your company is relocating or you’re remodelling your premises, I urge you to get input from the people who’ll be working in it, not just the boss, the architect or the interior designer! Nearly every week I hear stories about offices designed with a primary focus on what looks good, not what encourages real […]

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Interruptions Are Our Greatest Time-Stealer

At my Breakfast Club session in Wellington last Friday I asked my audience: ‘What is your biggest time-stealer?’ They were a cross-section of people from 11 different government organisations as well as several commercial businesses. The list was extensive and there was a tie for first place. I suspect you won’t be surprised to hear […]

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Values-Based Teaching Saves Time! (And gives heaps of other benefits)

11 February 2013

I find all this very heartening – the fence at the top instead of the ambulance (and paddy wagon!) at the bottom. From a time perspective, surely all teachers want to reduce wasted time. What we’re seeing with these great practical examples is that by focusing on values you will change behaviour, thereby saving time with tiring […]

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Can We Teach Values and Attitude? They Are in Christchurch

It’s amazing where a story comes from. I was sitting in Wellington Airport with a corporate client, when he happened to mention he’d recently stepped down from being Chair for the Riccarton High School Board of Trustees, in Christchurch. ‘They’ve got a great programme running at our school – the Riccarton Way.’ Bill added. My […]

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