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Ashley Firth

Developer / Author / Leader / Speaker

Posts about Productivity

What’s it like to technically review a book?

April 3, 2023 / Reading time: ~7 minutes

What does it ask of you? What it gives back? I think the latter is far greater. Here’s why I think nearly everyone could benefit from giving it a go...

Notion AI - Early Review

February 27, 2023 / Reading time: ~11 minutes

Now that Notion's AI-powered assistant is available to everyone, I thought I’d write up what I use it for nearly every day and what I’ve struggled with, after using it for a few weeks.

Coping mechanisms for a busy human

February 1, 2023 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

Some anecdotal tips for managing a busy workload, adopted over years of trial and error whilst aiming for work/life balance. With any luck, one or two of them can help you too...

Remote Work Setup for 2023

January 4, 2023 / Reading time: ~10 minutes

One key press to toggle ‘do not disturb’ on every device, plants I talk to, a chair that saved my back, and more. A quick overview of my minimalist remote workspace for 2023.

My Setup (Updated)

March 6, 2022 / Reading time: ~6 minutes

Me and my team recently shared our home setups now that we've been working remotely for a while. Here's mine!

The case for a 'Nomad Division' in a company

September 14, 2021 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

What if there was also a tangible benefit to this coming together of extraordinary circumstances? What if it could be just as liberating for companies as those that work in them?

Why I prefer Asana over Trello for managing a team

September 29, 2020 / Reading time: ~18 minutes

It’s not just a slick design on top of everything you’ve seen and used before in other tools, it’s a chance to take a step back and evaluate your whole process.

Using badges to track achievements in a team

July 31, 2020 / Reading time: ~9 minutes

One of the big motivations was making sure that all of the great energy people brought to our workplace was directed in the best way possible, and in a way that kept people curious and challenged.

A few ways to improve your home office

July 15, 2020 / Reading time: ~10 minutes

With the date we all return to offices being a moving target, it might be worth making a few tweaks to your remote setup to make the time a little more enjoyable.

Useful shortcuts to reduce mouse use

July 8, 2020 / Reading time: ~8 minutes

Changing volume or brightness by smaller amounts, re-opening the tab you just closed, typing out emojis, and quite a few more.

Controlling the madness of work with two apps

June 30, 2020 / Reading time: ~10 minutes

I needed to stop trusting my brain with loads of small things. If it didn't feel swamped by those, I could give far bigger things the time they deserve.