It’s that time of the year again where the summer vacations are approaching and I need to get my suitcase of books ready (actually it’s all on my Kindle Paperwhite now. Quick note: if you don’t have one yet and want to read out in the sun – get it! It’s been a life changer […]
8 Lessons I learnt while traveling
Last year, my wife and I went on a beautiful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We spent over three weeks cruising the Mekong river, visiting the magic temples of Angkor and chilling at the beaches of Southern Cambodia. We were traveling with backpacks but not on a shoestring. We had some stops on our journey […]
What do you want to know about getting the pay raise, promotion and recognition that you deserve at work?
Ever since starting this blog, most of the discussions I have circle around the topic of excellence at work: doing your best work, being focused, working efficiently and effectively, saving time, making your boss happy, etc. What I noticed in several discussions is that many people in corporate environments do not feel that they get […]
Overworked and underpaid? How to ask for a raise and get it
Most of us don’t like to talk about money. And even fewer of us like to ask other people for money. However, if you work for a company your increases in income depend directly on your ability to convince your boss to raise your salary. And in most cases that only happens when you ask. […]
How to accelerate your way to success by modeling others
Have you ever wanted to learn something new? Have you ever been frustrated by the slow progress of trial and error in a new endeavor? Or have ever been looking for shortcuts to make something work much faster? Then this is for you. What is modeling? Modeling basically means taking someone (or something) as a […]
Addicted to Facebook? Cure yourself with these tools and regain control of your time
Have you ever consciously asked yourself… How much time per week do you spend on Facebook? What percentage of the content on Facebook is really relevant to your life – meaning it makes you happy, is informative or brings you interesting updates from people you care about? How happy does checking Facebook make you? When […]
Can’t keep up? Use this magic question to simplify getting your email inbox to zero
One of the things I see people (and myself!) struggling with most consistently is email. Particularly, due to the flood of emails many professional receive each day, they spend all day in their inbox: sorting, reading, trying to figure out to-dos, processing, reading new mails that arrive in between, answering, reading new emails, etc. This […]
4 ways to impress your boss consistently
Whenever I onboard a new employee, there is a document that I walk them through. It is called “Meeting the expectations of Johannes”. This is a process that I learnt when I was a management consultant and it has served me exceptionally well since. Why does it work so well? Because it externalizes something that […]
Don’t let meetings and time-sensitive emails ruin your productivity! Here’s how.
I have previously written about getting your most important work done by creating extra time in your day or focusing on your most important tasks. But as we all know, reality is sometimes hard to bend to your will. This week’s post is inspired by a reader question that I got recently. While she is […]
Are you making this critical mistake that stresses you out about your to-dos and projects?
Are you stressed about your to-dos and projects? Do you constantly think about all the different things you should be doing? Does your mind make you think about tasks that you really should not or cannot be doing right now but you have to think about them anyway? If yes, you are probably making one […]