Thoughts

Your Year By Design 2022: Part Two

So here we are. It’s December. You made it. How are you doing? If you’re like most people I’ve been speaking with lately, you’re ready for a break.   Last week, I wrote about the importance of starting to think how you want 2022 to be now, and showed you how I go about starting […]

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Your Year By Design 2022: Part One

What would it mean to spend the only time you have in a way that feels as though you’re making it count? – Oliver Burkeman   Only read this if you’re interested in making 2022 your best year yet!   If you’ve been following my writing for a while, you’ll probably know that this is […]

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Jed and staff member in the flow at Raglan Roast with ‘The Book Deal’  in the foreground.

Raglan Roast: A Short Case Study in Unhurried Productivity

One of my favourite local coffee places is Raglan Roast in Te Aro, Wellington. It’s a rustic, relaxed place that serves great coffee with a laid-back vibe.   Here’s an extract from their ‘About Us’ page:   “Offering you tasty, quality coffee with speed and at an honest price that will take you back in time.”   […]

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Christmas Won’t Fix It

    Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing. – Miles Davis   It’s about this time of year that I hear the call around the workplace “I can’t wait for Christmas. I need a break!” Sound familiar?   There’s no question that it’s been a tough year. We’ve navigated some gnarly challenges. […]

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Why We Hurry

As I’ve been running my Unhurried Productivity experiment, I’ve been researching why we hurry. Here’s my summary of what I’m learning, and, if we want to change gears, some ideas for what we can do about it. Heads up – it’s a slightly longer read than usual. I reckon it’s worth it to give the […]

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Fresh Insights on Unhurried Productivity

  As I write this, I’m entering the third week of my Unhurried Productivity experiment. In case you missed it, here’s what I’m doing and what I hope to learn from it.  I’ve also been posting daily updates on Youtube. If you’ve been following those daily clips, you’ll know that I’ve been angsting about not being as […]

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Let Frustration Do Its Work

As I wrote about last week, I’m currently in Taranaki running a three-week experiment on what it means to be ‘unhurriedly productive’. If you’re not already following my daily clips, you can check them out here. As I write this, it’s the end of Day Eight. I’m in a bit of an uncomfortable state of mind. […]

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Take the time it takes

Do you feel like you’re cramming too much in? Yep, me too. Last Friday I had a client coaching session. We booked out a couple of hours, and we used 90 minutes. Then we felt that we were done. We’d done good work. We didn’t rush it. I think what helped was a feeling that […]

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Leaving vs. Leading

Lately, I’ve been writing about creating space. I’ve realised that there are two forms of this practice that we need to master: ME space: Getting away. Taking time out. Retreating. Escaping. WE space: Creating space for others to pause, reflect, make sense and decide. Here’s another way of thinking about it: ME space = ‘leaving’, […]

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Sanctuary, Sandpit or Stage?

Last week I was in a session with my counsellor. Yes, I see a counsellor! He’s super-helpful to help me try to make sense of my life in a turbulent world. I was sharing with him how full-on life is right now and how it just feels non-stop. It’s like I’m always ‘on’. I’m on […]

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