Val Farrow

Nicola presented an engaging and practical workshop targeted to the specific needs of our professional group. She facilitated interesting discussion and challenged us to rethink the way we approach our often overly busy lives. She provided us with simple and effective strategies to reduce mental clutter and overwhelm, make the most of our time and find space for life’s pleasures.

I highly recommend Nicola’s efficiency workshops for anyone seeking to fine-tune their work place practices and achieve some personal balance. We continue to receive fantastic feedback and hear about how individuals are applying some of the strategies they took away. It feels really good to have provided something of such value to our members.

Val Farrow
Otago Women Lawyers’ Society

Take Back Your Time, Dunedin July 2019

Excellent presentation, engaging and informative - Richard

Thanks Nicola, love the humour! - Lyz

Very refreshing and interactive - Becs

Succinct and covered off the exact topics I was looking for. It was a good refresher from my coaching program with you. Great work! - Haley

Very practical, clear, I'll enjoy applying this knowledge immediately. Great - enjoyed it, thank you! - Meryl

Interactive, plenty of humour, lots of good information backed up by research. Motivates me to really think about focused time - Jo

{Most useful takeaway is} the efficiency plan because it includes what I won't do. I thought it was great, thank you!! - Karen

Engaging speaker. Important topic, presented well. Relevant. Great workshop, thank you - Jubilee

Engaging, informative and focused. Great presentation, loads of useful takeaways - Natalie


I wanted to write and tell you how well received your talk to the OWLS group was a few weeks back.

You might be interested to know that within my team we have all changed how we are dealing with emails and have put into effect the matrix for our team meetings so that we are putting our time into the things that matter. {My colleague} has also been sharing the information about the impact of interruptions and technology on our lives with all of our managers.

Thanks again for sharing the tools to change my life!

Otago Women Lawyers’ Society

It’s easy to squander time within teams and organisations.

Any of us can fall into habits which result in lowered productivity, decreased output, poor communication, workplace stress and overwhelm, and diminished satisfaction for teams, employees and customers alike.

Technology provides so many opportunities to streamline and improve workflow – yet in many organisations it also becomes a source of distraction and overwhelm.

People arrive at work full of determination to be productive and efficient, but leave wondering where the day went and feeling compelled to work extra hours to catch up.

This triggers a cycle of being busy yet unproductive, overworking and under-delivering, feeling stretched but dissatisfied.


An efficiency workshop will help produce enduring changes to these patterns. Gaining an understanding of personal and team productivity can lead to huge benefits in terms of meeting deadlines, improving billable hours, heightening customer/client satisfaction, reaching key performance indicators more easily, and having a team who feel satisfied that they’ve worked effectively and efficiently at the end of each day.

How will your team benefit from an efficiency workshop?

Learning smart strategies to streamline processes, enhance communication and focus the mind can help your team or organisation to work more effectively, as individuals and as a group. We’ll be focusing on producing long-lasting and meaningful changes in efficiency and output.

How do we design your team’s workshop?

We’ll arrange a consultation call between Nicola and one of your senior team members to uncover what the current challenges are, and whether an efficiency workshop is appropriate at this time.

Prior to a workshop, attendees will complete a brief questionnaire to provide insights about their current successes, frustrations and challenges in terms of managing workload, multiple demands and productivity. This guides preparation for the workshop, ensuring that the session is tailored specifically to the team’s needs.

During a workshop:

Each attendee receives a workbook and resource list, allowing them to record key insights and goals for change, and providing a resource to refer back to for ongoing professional and personal development and accountability.

Workshop content differs according to each organisation’s needs; components may include:

  • Information regarding the human brain’s responses to distraction, and why technology provides uniques challenges to our abilities to work productively
  • Education and coaching regarding how to juggle multiple demands unique to your environment
  • Breakout sessions and ‘hot seat’ discussions to address the specific questions and needs of attendees
  • Customised strategies, tools, and resources to enable each attendee to make meaningful, sustainable changes in terms of managing his or her workload, achieving focus when faced with distractions, and regaining a sense of control over his/her time and energy.
Following a workshop:

If requested, follow-up coaching is available to allow attendees to review their progress regarding personal accountability goals set during the workshop, as well as identifying obstacles to change and allowing for problem-solving to help attendees gain maximum benefits from concepts discussed in the workshop.

Workshop enquiries are welcome for the remainder of 2019 and 2020.

Workshops are available throughout New Zealand and Australia. Please get in contact if you’d like to know more about how we can bring effortless efficiency to your workplace.

Leanne Mash, CEO, Central Otago District Council

Nicola is an interesting, knowledgeable, helpful and credible facilitator.

We are introducing changes such as meeting-free Fridays as a result of the Executive Efficiency workshop; our team really appreciated the non-threatening and collaborative environment that Nicola created during our session. This gave us ‘permission’ and space to think outside the box and re-focus our thinking and ultimately our actions around efficiency and time management.

Leanne Mash, CEO
Central Otago District Council
Efficiency workshops are ideal for those who work in the following fields:
  • Knowledge and information-based industries (e.g., lawyers, planners, accountants, administrators, academics, people who work as creatives or in government and community organisations)
  • Senior management and executive leadership teams
  • Business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, postgraduate students
  • People juggling multiple occupations and interests, or those wanting to free up time to start a new business or endeavour

To discuss your team’s needs, please complete the contact box below.

Efficiency workshops are NOT designed for:
  • Manufacturing and service-based industries
About Nicola

As an Efficiency Coach (and Clinical Psychologist with more than twenty years of experience), I’ve helped a wide range of people identify their top priorities and understand their own productivity patterns to achieve what they truly care about.

Having been employed within small, medium and large organisations, I’m very adept at identifying systemic drains on time and energy, which prevent people from doing their best work.

I’ve also run my own business for six years, so I understand many of the challenges that small businesses (and business owners) face in providing the best possible outcomes for their customers or clients, while protecting their business and financial sustainability.

I would love to talk about how an efficiency workshop could prove to be a catalyst for significant change in your team’s successes.

Ready to get started?

Email me ( or use the contact box below and we’ll arrange a time to talk about how an efficiency workshop could best serve your group or organisation.

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