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What is Holacracy?

What is Holacracy?

I've been practicing Holacracy since 2016, and over the years I've had many insights about Holacracy really is about, and what it is not. I've been making a note of them, and here complied 17 insights. Some of them I've expressed them visually. Many thanks to Brian...

GTD For Beginners (8 Part Series)

GTD For Beginners (8 Part Series)

When are you at your best? Is it when you're overwhelmed, stressed out and have too much on your mind? Or when your mind is relaxed, and you have the freedom to focus on the most meaningful things? The answer is obvious, but when you look for help on productivity,...

How I Design My Year (2021)

How I Design My Year (2021)

Around 12 years ago, I picked up the book "Your Best Year Yet." Using the book I intentionally planned for the coming year, in a way that I had never done before. Then something amazing happened. Not only did the process helped me create meaningful goals, but with the...

Holacracy Vs Management Hierarchy

Holacracy Vs Management Hierarchy

How do most organizations structure themselves? They follow a system called the Management Hierarchy.The Management Hierarchy is not an ineffective system. In fact, it's a great system that allows for a clear chain of command, clarity on whom to go for decisions,...

GTD is Not About Time-Management

GTD is Not About Time-Management

In the hundreds of GTD workshops we've conducted, the one resounding concern people want to address is time management. I call it the ‘I don't have enough time’ syndrome. From CEO’s to interns, its symptoms have spared none. We complain about not having enough time,...

GTD is Not About Doing Everything On Your List

GTD is Not About Doing Everything On Your List

Productivity gurus will always tell you that ticking off all the items on your checklist is the ultimate win.  So you walk out of the arena proudly like the heavyweight champion of the WWE who took on all the tasks. I’ll admit, in theory that’s an encouraging...

GTD® is Not About Achieving Goals in The Future

GTD® is Not About Achieving Goals in The Future

Do you love making goals? I think most of us do. We all enjoy foreseeing our ideal future. Like the house we want to live in, the money we want to have in our bank, the relationships we want in our lives. We are all pro goal makers. But being a pro goal maker doesn’t...

A Formula to Guarantee Focus & Completion

A Formula to Guarantee Focus & Completion

I had unwavering focus. Nothing could distract me. What normally would take me weeks, I can get done in an hour. My attention was so acute, I felt like I had the attentive power of Buddha himself. This is how I am studying on the last day just before an important...

My Top Productivity Apps in 2020

My Top Productivity Apps in 2020

In almost every GTD workshop I've facilitated, I get asked "Ali, what tools do you use?" I hesitate to answer because I don't want people to think its the tools that makes one productive. It's how you use the tools. Remember, Leonardo Da Vinci just had paper and...

Create a Feel-Good Checklist to Overcome Anxiety

Create a Feel-Good Checklist to Overcome Anxiety

Have you had thoughts like: "Why does this always happen to me?" "How dare he or she speak to me in this way!" "This is not fair." "It's not my fault, this should not be happening to me."   There are times I feel completely stressed out. I can't think...