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Tips For Planning Your Day

In a recent conversation, I had with Joe Pulizzi — the founder of Content Marketing Institute —...

How To Use Roam Research

Are you looking to manage your ideas and thoughts better?

How Professional Consultants Can Improve Productivity Using The Eisenhower Decision Matrix

Have you ever wondered why the most successful professionals in your industry create more...

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Day brings with it a lot of hope and impetus.

The Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix

As you head into the new year it might be worthwhile considering ...

Problem solving techniques (a 5 step process)

Problem solving techniques (a 5 step process)

How do you go about solving a problem effectively?

Time management skills are now redundant

Time Management Skills vs Energy Management Skills

Fredrick Winslow Taylor became known for his...

1% of your effort delivers approximately 51% of your results

1% of your effort delivers approximately 51% of your results

In the late 1800s Vilfredo Pareto...

Time management

Time management

Time management is a misnomer.

The problem with being purely goal-oriented

The problem with being purely goal-oriented

Postponing your satisfaction until you reach your...

Atomic habits

Atomic Habits

Some time ago, I spoke to James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits.

James talked...

Travel-free vacation

Travel-free vacation

The world has transformed over the last 10 years. Steve Jobs was determined...

1440 minutes

1440 minutes

That’s how many minutes we have in each day. And the first few of those 1440...

The compounding effect of habits

The compounding effect of habits

Habits help us to sidestep imposter syndrome. And that’s one of...

The 5 secrets to a productive day: How to use your mornings as a springboard for success

For the longest time I whiled away my mornings being busy but not effective. I started off on...

How to Become an Excel Ninja with These 57 Keyboard Shortcuts – The Ultimate Microsoft Guide

Learning keyboard shortcuts can be a real pain. But once you’ve mastered them they can save you...

45 Insanely Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Save You Over An Hour a Week in 2019 – The Ultimate Guide

It’s funny how breakthroughs in productivity come from the most unlikely turn of events.

45 Insanely Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts  – The Ultimate Guide

It’s funny how breakthroughs in productivity come from the most unlikely turn of events....

How I use Ownermag.com to find inspiration, ideas and raise my productivity

Do you have favourite websites you go to when you’re looking for inspiration?

On corporate prisons, freedom and meaningful enterprise

Have you ever felt trapped in your career? Your life?

Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 Keyboard Shortcuts

If you haven’t been using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac then you’re in for a treat! Depending...

The Top 10 secrets to becoming a good lead guitarist

The first year after I picked up the guitar was the honeymoon period for me.

Another 15 Siri voice commands for the iPhone to win you back another hour a week

Back by popular demand

You unequivocally endorsed my first article on Siri called : My top 15...

Does your personality affect your productivity? Find out with these 5 simple questions

Have you ever paused to consider how your personality impacts your job performance? Consider how...

The Apple iPhone and iOS7 are due out in 24 hours – which of these 6 goodies are you expecting?

If you’re as excited as I am about the upcoming Apple event then you’d be wondering what’s going...

How to Recharge Your Batteries with These 3 Simple Secrets

Photo and article by Rain San Martin

The Zen of Value Investing : How Buffett made his $53.5 billion in stocks

This is Productive Insights’ 50th post. A very important milestone since we kicked off in April...

The 5 secrets to a productive day: How to use your mornings as a springboard for success

For the longest time I whiled away my mornings being busy but not effective. I started off on...

The 5 secrets to a productive day: How to use your mornings as a springboard for success

For the longest time I whiled away my mornings being busy but not effective. I started off on...

Jobs and Careers Pt 3 : Want a pay rise? You are not alone. Here are 9 simple strategies to deliver insane value to your employer

I originally wrote this post with a new starter in mind but realised that these strategies are...

The 3 critical ways Referron can turbo charge your productivity around networking, hiring and business development

This article is a 3-5 minute read. You can read through the bolded bits if you’re short on time...

Jobs and Careers Pt 1 : 9 useful tips to assess your prospective employer or company

One of the biggest challenges in one’s career is finding an employer that’s aligned to their...

Mindfulness, productivity, stress reduction, and Djokovic at Wimbledon

Mindfulness is a recurring theme throughout my blog so it made sense for me to dedicate an...

Mindfulness, productivity, stress reduction, and Djokovic at Wimbledon

Mindfulness is a recurring theme throughout my blog so it made sense for me to dedicate an...

How I stir fried my way to better health and financial freedom in 5 steps

For the best part of two years now I have been trying to come up with a workable solution to my...

7 Secrets To Make Your Gym Workouts Really Count

One of the most important (and unfortunately difficult) things about an effective workout...

How I created a targeted to do list in 3 simple steps

Background / Defining the problem:

Each morning I would find myself confronted with the...

My Top 15 Siri iPhone Voice Commands to Save You an Hour a Week

Why I use Siri

I find it surprising to see how under-utilised Siri is, given the incredible...

McTube Pro – Download YouTube video to iPhone or iPad

Do you find yourself burning up your mobile broadband data allowance watching youtube videos on...

Divvy for Mac OSX and Windows – the perfect screen management tool that saves you time, hassle and mousing around.

Divvy solves a very frequently occuring problem magnificently. In a nutshell it helps you divvy...

Guest Post : Top 15 voice commands for S Voice on the Samsung Galaxy / Android platform – by Hamish Boland-Rudder

Unfortunately I’m not too well versed with the Samsung Galaxy or the Android platform which...

Clean up your Gmail account for free in 4 simple steps with The Swizzle Sweeper

The Swizzle Sweeper has to be the most efficient and easy to use facility to clean up your Gmail...

Do you have a cluttered Mac desktop? Desktop Groups is for you

Customise your desktop by grouping related files. Add and remove files using drag and drop. This...

How To Use Mindfulness To Maximise Your Productivity

How To Use Mindfulness To Maximise Your Productivity

Productivity and mindfulness. Those two...

Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity hack and the streaks app

I just came across this very interesting article on the lifehacker website and was reminded of...

If you don’t exist on social media… You don’t exist. Period!

Sounds dramatic I know. Now that I have your attention let me qualify that statement: If you...

OfficeTime – Intuitive time tracking for your projects and tasks

Officetime is a simple and intuitive time tracker which sits on the menu bar of your desktop and...

StackSocial Spring Mac Bundle available now for $49 (Save $640)

StackSocial Spring Mac Bundle is now available. While I’m not too excited about this bundle...

Trip Go : Your Ultimate Transport Guide

Earlier  I had reviewed an app called TripView which provided excellent timetable information...

Popclip enables several actions just by highlighting text including copy, paste and search

PopClip by Pilot Moon software is probably one of the handiest little tools you can get on your...

Pulse: Your hand held social reader

Pulse is an excellent news blog and social media reader with a fantastic interactive interface....

Pocket lets you catch up on your reading anywhere on any device

Pocket (previously known as Read it Later) is a great app which allows you to save interesting...

Zite : Your personalised online magazine

Zite is a fantastic customisable magazine available as a free app on your iPhone and iPad.

Priority Matrix – Visually arrange your agenda

Priority Matrix is an interesting twist on traditional linear to-do lists in that it directs you...

Daisy Disk : Hard Disk Usage Analyser to claim back your hard drive space

Do you find yourself running out of space on your Mac hard drive?

iPhone battery backup Solution : Mophie Powerpack for smartphones and tablets

Imagine this:

You’re smart phone’s doing it to you again. It’s burning through the battery and...

ParkMate puts car parking in the palm of your hand

ParkMate is an excellent iPhone application that enables you to forward plan your trip by...

GTD with OmniFocus – great productivity Mac Software

Admit it … You often experience ‘task overwhelm’.

Moneydance : your personal finance manager at your fingertips

Moneydance is a great Mac OSX application to manage your personal finances. It simplifies money...

Mindnode – an excellent mindmapping tool

Ever find yourself stumped for ideas? You know, when you’re just sitting there staring at a...

iPhone Parking app : ParkMate puts car parking in the palm of your hand

 ParkMate is an excellent iPhone application that enables you to forward plan your trip by...

Trip View – Timetables at your fingertips (for Sydneysiders)

Trip View is an excellent iPhone app (available only in Sydney) that takes the stress out of...

How dropbox can simplify your digital life

Dropbox is an extremely simple but powerful tool when it comes to accessing your data. It works...

Arianna Huffington on how to succeed: Get more sleep!

An excellent TED talk from Arianna Huffington (the founder of the most successful blog today) on...

Dragon Dictate for Mac – The Ultimate Dictator

Imagine this: You’re sitting in front of your computer without a keyboard. That’s right. No...

How to Use The Pomodoro Technique to Become a Laser Focused Productivity Ninja

Ever had those days when you didn’t feel motivated at all? You know you’ve got a ton of stuff to...

Timeboxing – An easy 2 step approach

Timeboxing daily tasks is one of the quickest ways to increase productivity.

How to Improve productivity while reducing stress in 3 simple steps using GTD

You know the feeling when you’re confronted by a mountain of tasks that paralyses you?