Having spent 20 years in time precious industries, I have developed some tried and tested techniques around Productivity & Time Management.

When assisting people with their time management, I now focus on 7 key areas of attention.

  • Unlocking Productivity
  • Killing Procrastination
  • Time Management style
  • Email Mastery
  • Simple systems for organising business
  • Tools for success – physical tools or digitals tools like evernote
  • Systemised for success – how to create procedures and systems.

But it is the understanding around what is productive and what is unproductive that provides the freedom to unlock productivity techniques.mindfulness 3

I am a practicing  Buddhist.  One of the key foundations of Buddhism is Mindfulness.  When applied to business this means to focus on your motions, actions and outcomes related to your business; to be in the present and focus on the now.  You need to do things with intent yet be open and accepting to change.  Allow yourself to be non-judgmental and to try and view things from someone else’s perspective.

To identify where you, your team our your space is productive or unproductive, consider the following key identifiers.


Absent of Productivity

With Productivity.

Absent mindedStressed




Making mistakes


Blinkered thinking

Emails dominate





Adaptable & Fexible


Brain Power!


Absent of Productivity

With Productivity.

Excessive ConflictDominant personalities rule

Unclear about responsibilities

Working to different goals

Duplication of tasks or missing tasks

“This is the way it’s always been done”

This limits growth of the organisation

Wastes resources such as leads, time, stationary

Team are highly managed

They don’t work to a system YOU are the system

Duplication – MLM’s are great at creating success around this principle

CollaborationCommon Goal – clear vision

Round pegs in round holes – working to strengths and weaknesses



Contribute visionary ideas



Attention to team structure, types & roles

Are gratified by their efficiency (job well done)

Not managed – they lead

Strong Leadership


Absent of Productivity

With Productivity.

Takes your energyDe-motivates

Retention of useless resource

Takes the place of something else

Lose important things & take time to find them

Causes distraction

Saps up brain power

No clear method for record keeping

Duplication of documentation

A sense of calmA sense of control

Space to think and ponder

Find things quickly

Space becomes more versatile

Clear indication of energy flow and what dominates

Central place for shared resource

To discover how you can transform your working day and increase your productivity for yourself, your team or in your space then check out our Half Day Workshop Intensive- Productivity & Time Management.

Or to book your space, click here. Spaces are limited.

About the Author:

Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer) is a time management & stress management enthusiast based in Alice Springs, Australia. She has spent over 20 years working in time precious and stressful industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. She has always had a burning passion for creating order and making sense of things. She is sought after like a beacon in a sea of chaos to provide professional development in the business environment through workshop training, coaching, mentoring, online training programs, webinars and as a guest speaker around Australia. Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Follow Barbara on Twitter @barbclifford.

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