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[caption id="attachment_2915" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My bullet journal (orange) and note book (teal)[/caption] If you've been following my blog for a while you may well know that I have always favoured electronic methods for note taking and organisation. Some of my earliest blog posts back in 2008 were about online calendars and task management apps I used to use on my iPod Touch. I've tried many different tools over the years, and for the last few years have been very happy with Omnifocus for task management, Google Calendar for my personal calendar (I have Microsoft Exchange for my work calendar), and Google...

Do librarians struggle with work-life balance? Work-life balance is a hot topic in all fields of work at the moment it seems, including librarianship. Many people I chat to outside of the profession are bewildered about this - don't librarians just deal with enquiries and switch off when they're not at the library? Well maybe some do, but none I know. Most librarians I know do indeed spend some time doing customer facing duties such as answering enquiries, recommending resources, and teaching information literacy skills sessions. But in order to do any of these activities competently, there's a lot of behind the...

Last year I wrote a column for the CILIP Update magazine on the topic of Getting Things Done. The column came about as a follow on from an article I wrote on the topic in 2012. The article was very well received and so I was invited to develop a series of columns on various different aspects. These were published every other month during 2013, and are now outside the embargo period so I am able to share them via the blog. Each one has a theme, and many also include additional hints and tips, updates, and some Q&As. The main takeaway...

Another year has flown past and it's time for my annual review - you can see previous ones for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2013 has been a funny old year; nothing particularly terrible has happened, but I haven't felt as positive as I usually do and this has been reflected by a decrease in blogging and use of social media. It's not all bad though, as another reason for this decrease is a continuation of what I mentioned last year as a major lesson - trying to achieve a more sustainable work-life balance. This year I've been doing a...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Productivity by Sean MacEntee on Flickr[/caption] I've been writing my column on productivity for CILIP Update for almost a year now, and I'm really enjoying writing it and getting comments from people - it seems to be encouraging people to try new ways of working, sometimes with real day-to-day benefits for them. I've been getting really good feedback and I'm so pleased. My columns so far (also available on my Publications page) have included: Dealing with calendars and diaries To-do or not to-do, that is the question The art of saying no Helping your future self Getting to inbox zero and...

[caption id="attachment_2500" align="alignright" width="200"] I look just like this when I run - happy, relaxed, no hint of tomato face, flyaway hair or flailing limbs (clearly a lie)[/caption] This weekend I ran 5k. Believe me, no one is more surprised about this than I am. I'm not a runner. At all. Eight weeks ago I struggled to run for 3 minutes, but now I can keep going for more than 30 minutes. One day I decided I wanted to improve my fitness so I thought I'd go out for a jog, and decided to give the Couch to 5K (C25K) programme...

It's that time of year again - time to reflect on the activities of the previous 12 months (see 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 posts). Here are some of my highlights from 2012: [caption id="attachment_2105" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2012 highlights in pictures[/caption] Top: My Emerging Leaders project group with ALA NMRT President (Janel Kinlaw, far left) and Past President (Linda Crook, far right) Bottom left: CILIP Chartership certificate Bottom centre: CILIP West Midlands Chair medal Bottom right: Productivity and time management article Professionally, one of the main things this year has been CILIP Chartership. I started the process early in the year, submitted my portfolio in August,...

  by  dmachiavello  Whilst I was working towards my chartership, my mentor encouraged me to write an article for CILIP Update based on the workshop I delivered for CDG London and South East on time management and the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. CILIP have also kindly provided an open access version for non-members to read. I really enjoyed writing the article, and it was well received; I had some great feedback both by social media and email. Time management and productivity is clearly a topic of interest to a number of library/information workers, and I'm pleased to say I'm going to be sharing more of...

Last week, I gave a seminar on 'Managing yourself: how to be productive with your time'. I'd been invited by CILIP Career Development Group London and South East branches to deliver a session on this topic which expanded on my presentation from Internet Librarian International 2012 on Productivity for Librarians. The focus of this seminar was much more practical in nature so rather than just talking through some of the tools I use and the way I implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, we went through each stage of the GTD methodology and considered how it could be implemented...

This week's chartership chat we're going to try theming the discussion. We had a great suggestions from one of the attendees, Kelly Quaye: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/kcquaye/status/175305291225763843"] It's a really common topic people want to discuss so I think it will be a really useful conversation. In preparation for the conversation I thought I'd share the methods I'm using to collect information about my activities and potential evidence, the main one of which is a Google form. There are a number of different tables or matrices for collating information about your evidence and I thought it would be useful to set one up as a Google spreadsheet and populate it using a Google form. The idea is that I can use the form to add information to the spreadsheet from anywhere at any point without having to load a document up first.