Boost Your Productivity And, Incidentally, Your Happiness

Published on June 16, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Or how to make better decisions in your life, without being swept by emotions.

meditation

About 10 years ago I made the worst financial decision of my life. I invested 25,000€ in a company that went bankrupt a few months later (Ouch! it still hurts.) Although it seemed like a pretty rational decision at the time (not without risk), the fact is that it was not rational at all. I took that decision in a moment of euphoria, just after winning almost 2,000€ with a similar investment.

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How to Manage Project Risks (and II)

Published on June 09, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Once identified your project risks, you must analyze them and develop a proper answer for them.

analyzing project risks

“If you don’t manage risks, you remain at their mercy.”

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How to Manage Project Risks (I)

Published on June 02, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Not having your project risks identified, analyzed and planned can be the reason why the project will fail.

project risks

With projects of a certain size it is very important to consider the risks that could derail the project. A project may fail miserably by the mere fact of an unexpected event taking place, which can unbearably lengthen its execution, make it too expensive or destroy morale of the team working on it.

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Why You Should Dollarize Your Time

Published on May 26, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Begin to properly value your time by setting an amount of money for each hour of your work. Here I explain why and how.

dollars

Are you sure that reading this article is the best thing you can be doing in the next two or three minutes? There comes a time in everyone’s life where they realize that time is their most valuable asset. However, sometimes this epiphany comes too late for some people, when there’s no much time left to enjoy.

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Basic GTD: Checklists

Published on May 22, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Checklists are a productive tool with many possibilities, though underused.

Checklists are organizational elements with infinite possibilities. They allow you to specify repetitive tasks in such detail that you do not forget anything, they document tasks so you can delegate or automate them, they help you easily review projects, goals, etc.

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The (False) Work-Life Dichotomy

Published on May 19, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

Looking for a balance between your personal and professional life? Forget it, that's not necessary.

work and life

“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.” ~ Jack Welch

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Is GTD a Lean System?

Published on May 12, 2014 by Francisco Sáez

GTD, like Lean methodologies used in other fields, seeks to improve your personal productivity and quality of life.

Lean Kanban

The term “lean” first appeared in the 1990 book The Machine That Changed the World, by James Womack and Daniel Jones, from a thorough study by MIT on the automobile industry. That term was coined to define the manufacturing process in Toyota, which tried to create the largest possible value with minimal resources, as opposed to the management behavior of other major producers such as General Motors, in which wasting resources was pretty common.

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