How do you feel when you get to the end of the day? If you often feel frazzled, frustrated or guilty for not doing more, read on!
This month's tip is to write a daily Ta-da List. Allow me to explain why….Read More
During the last month or so I've been in full-on reflective mode, looking for the nuggets of wisdom hidden beneath the discomfort (if you missed last week's post about my recent bout of anxiety, you can catch up here). Something that came up time and time again was the importance of clarity.Read More
One month ago I tried a little experiment. I wanted to see what would happen if I spent one week with no TV, no radio, no podcasts, no internet, no phone and no reading after 5.30pm.
My hope was that I'd have loads of great ideas, be inspired to write, draw and make music, get outside, exercise, play games and bask in a slower, richer end to each day.
I was completely and utterly unprepared for what actually happened.Read More
What do you do when you're feeling stuck in your business? When, like me, you know what you need to be doing but for whatever reason it's just not happening? Or when you don't know what to focus on next and can't seem to move things forward?
May I suggest a new approach to tackling stuckness?Read More
A couple of days ago a quote caught my eye:
"Slow living is this weird duality of being prepared, organised, having systems in place, knowing what's coming and managing expectations, and being flexible and fluid and understanding that life happens."
Replace “slow living” with “productivity”, and Brooke has expressed my philosophy way better than I ever could.Read More
Many moons ago, when working in a very busy, pressured job, I used to sit down on a Monday and plan out what I intended to get done every day that week.
I honestly believed that seeing precisely when things would get done gave me control over both my time and my to-do list.
There were just two problems with that…Read More
Today's tip of the months is a quick one!
Turn off your emails.
If you're anything like me, as soon as you see a notification telling you there's a new email in your inbox, curiosity kicks in.Read More
Is work-life balance a real, achievable thing that we should all be aspiring too?
Or is it, in fact, a myth.
I’m a huge advocate for creating space for fun, relaxation and connection, but I can’t help but feel that the idea of work-life balance just isn’t helpful.Read More
Eight months ago I had an idea. I thought it would be great to create an online quiz that helps people figure out their biggest block to productivity. Eight months ago.
So why did it take until last month to actually make that happen?
One word: Accountability.Read More
What do you see when you switch on your computer at the start of the day?
If you’re greeted by a desktop that’s full of random files and shortcuts to folders and apps, how does that make you feel?Read More
A few weeks ago I wrote about self-awareness, the magic ingredient for success. I strongly believe that the better you know yourself, the easier you’ll find it to get stuff done.
There are so many productivity ‘solutions’ out there, it’s very easy to become overwhelmed or confused. To try too many new things at once and then give up because it’s not working quickly enough.Read More
If you’ve been in a room with me in the last twelve months (whether that be virtually or in real life), chances are I’ve talked at you about Gretchen Rubin! I adore Gretchen’s books about happiness and habits, and her ‘Happier’ podcast makes cleaning the bathroom so much more fun!
Today I want to share a short piece from Gretchen…Read More
Six months before I quit my job I was suffering from stress and anxiety. I was managing a team of five in Higher Education and felt the pressure daily. It came from outside of me (frequent, perplexing changes to government policy, staffing issues etc) and from within me (perfectionism, feeling responsible for absolutely everything etc). It’s really no wonder I became ill!Read More
Today I want to show you how much it’s possible to accomplish in just 15 minutes.
When you set your mind to something and remove distractions, 15 minutes of focused attention on the task at hand can be really powerful.Read More
This week I'm tackling the extremely unsexy topic of getting real. I hope to explain that whilst the idea of 'getting real' may seem limiting, it's actually remarkably freeing! Sound unlikely? Read on and let's see if I can convince you!
When you get to the end of the day beating yourself up because you didn’t get everything done?
Perhaps you just need to get real.Read More
A few weeks ago I was asked what I want to bring to the world through my business.
The answer came to me in a heartbeat. Here’s what I said:
I want to see an end to busyness as a badge of honour.
I used to be the person who always answered, “how are you?” with “busy”. I’ve also spent years surrounded by colleagues who were terrified of anyone finding out if they weren’t busy.
What is this obsession with being busy?Read More
How often does it get to 6pm and you think, “where did today go?”, or you had an hour between clients and you’re not quite sure what happened to it?
Whether your relationship with time is one of lack (there’s never enough time to do all the things) or of abundance (there’s all the time in the world…yet still things don’t get done), it can be really useful to face it down. To see, nose-to-nose, exactly where you’re spending your time.Read More
When you’re busy with a never-ending to-do list, a business to run, a home to run, kids to take care of and yourself to take care of, it’s easy to feel you have no choice but to keep going.
If, like many of us, you feel there’s never enough time, you’re probably used to cramming as much as you can into every single minute with your head down and your game face on.
You may know that your current way of doing things isn’t working - it feels difficult, heavy, and exhausting – but you’ve convinced yourself that you simply don’t have time to do anything about it.Read More
I’ve lost count of how many people have told me over the years that their biggest source of stress and frustration is their inbox.
It IS stressful though, isn’t it?
All those unread emails. Never quite sure whether there’s something important buried that you’ve forgotten about.Read More