The Three Rhythms of Workflow – Getting and Staying in the Groove

It’s been a rock and roll day here at QuietSpacing(R) central.  Monday’s always are … for most of us.  Between all the things I shoved into this week from last week, the things everyone else shoved into this week, and the collective exigencies that popped up over the weekend, it’s a wonder Monday ever ends!

I felt myself ease into the groove right way, first reviewing the landscape of the day, then triaging all the e-mails that had arrived overnight.  The collective pulse rose as people started calling and the activity level all around me increased.  Soon, I was responding to client and employee requests for my attention, while I also re-scripted a presentation I wanted to record for the web. 

The middle of the day heaved over and as the afternoon drew out in front of me, I found myself contending with several technical issues.  By mid-afternoon it was time to get a number of things done out of the office, so into the world I went.  The relative quiet of the outside world was a welcome relief to the mounting pressure building in the office.  E-mails weren’t quite as urgent as keeping my eyes on the road and phone calls were taken more selectively.

With the errands complete, I returned to the office for a final triage before heading out into the drizzle for a run. 

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Meeting Hygiene: Conducting Effective Meetings

I’ll admit it up front: I’m not a fan of regularly scheduled group/team/status meetings.  They tend to be relatively unstructured and, as a result, not terribly productive.  Don’t get me wrong, I want group/team members to feel a part of the program and playing on the same field in the same game, etc.  I just don’t[…]

Setup For Power Processing Your E-mail: Video And Narrative

Processing e-mail effectively and efficiently is the greatest area of productivity improvement you can achieve today. Setting up your Microsoft Outlook e-mail client properly will quickly get you processing that never-ending stream of communication more efficiently.  The short video below walks you through the setup steps that will make your Inbox a power processing center.  Below the video panel[…]