Have you ever experienced a week where everything seemed to go wrong? If you’re human, I’m guessing the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. Life has this terrible (wonderful?) habit of conspiring against even the best-laid plans!Read More
Can you feel it? All the back-to-schoolness that’s in the air at the moment? My social media feed has been full of proud parents posting ‘child-in-slightly-too-big-uniform-with-oversized-school-bag- on-first-day-of-school’ photos, and business owners sharing their latest offers.
I’m feeling it too. That shiny shoes, sharpened pencils kind of vibe. But before I look too far ahead, I like to reflect on what’s behind me. To see where the lessons are and to observe how far I’ve come.Read More
Slow productivity. Earlier today I asked the good people of the interwebs to tell me the first thing they thought of when they heard those words.
You see, I use that phrase a lot in my head. It’s a concept I love and believe in, but I’ve held back from using it out in the open. And apparently my instinct to keep it quiet was bang on!Read More
Last year a friend I met on Instagram tagged me in a post. She was going on holiday and wanted to switch off and relax but, like most of us, wasn’t sure she’d be able to go the whole week without checking her email You can read the full post here, but here’s how it ended:
“Any tips for avoiding the urge to check the emails?! @louise_bettylou I'm looking at you!”
Well, since you asked…!Read More
Rumour has it that summer is here, although you really wouldn’t think it. As I write I’m curled up in an armchair wearing several layers and my big winter slippers. But apparently it really IS summer, and I’ve decided I want to enjoy it!
So, I’m here to make a declaration.Read More
Back in the day, I managed five administrators in a frazzle-inducing environment. When the pressure was on and everything felt important, I'd help them prioritise. We’d look at their workload and figure it out together.
But when you run your own business and work by yourself, who on earth do you ask?Read More
When you spend your days being pushed and pulled around by other people’s priorities, it doesn’t take long before exasperation and exhaustion kick in.
It’s easy to see how it happens…Read More
I love a system. And I also love a podcast. So, imagine my delight when Alice Jennings invited me to be part of Sorted, her podcast all about the systems and tools used by small business owners to help things run more smoothly.Read More
A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast whilst doing the dishes and my ears pricked up at the mention of ‘rituals of completion’. Although I don’t call them that, these rituals form part of my own productivity jam and are something I talk about with clients, so I was really interested to hear Gretchen Rubin’s take on this subject in her Happier podcast.Read More
I've been feeling a bit out of whack these last few weeks, but haven't been able to put my finger on why. And then yesterday I had an AHA! moment in the shower (as one does):
It's time to review and rethink my rhythm.Read More
When we're busy, it's not always easy to take a break and we push through, telling ourselves we don't have time to stop. I can tell you how important it is to press pause. But in the heat of the moment, when you're stressed and overwhelmed, having someone tell you why you should take a break isn't always that helpful.
Maybe what you need instead is a list of fun ideas you can play with. Practical suggestions about what taking a break might look like in reality.
Some people are naturally inclined to rebel against structure, preferring to go with the flow and see how the mood takes them. For others, structure is what grounds them, keeping them calm and focused.
I definitely fall into the latter camp, but the former is equally valid. The key is to find a way of doing things that feels good to you, leaving you confident that the important things will get done.Read More
I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly been guilty of setting an intention and then forgetting all about it when life starts to feel busy! Today I’d like to suggest another way to keep your good intentions front and centre. It might sound simple, but it can make a big difference!Read More
I do enjoy a spot of reflection and introspection at this time of year! On 1st January I wrote a list of behaviours, beliefs and habits that I want to drop this year, and a list of those I want to cultivate. Did you do something similar? If so, how’s that working out for you so far?
If you’re struggling to stick to the changes you committed to, these two questions might help.Read More
was recently digging around for some content on slow, simple living and I found this blog from Sarah Wilson. It resonated really strongly with me and I just had to share it with you!
I’ve talked at length about the importance of loosening our grip on technology if we want to be less distracted and more productive. Sarah takes it one step further, inviting us to consider that addiction to our tech could actually be an addiction to being needed.Read More
Many years ago a friend and I decided to go to a Pilates class together. We went for three or four weeks and loved it. Then, one week my friend couldn’t make it so we didn’t go. And we haven’t been back since.
This unfortunate outcome is typical of what happens when we ‘break the chain’ of a habit. When we stop, it’s hard to get started again.Read More
A couple of weeks ago I had one of those lightbulb moments that simultaneously makes you feel better (“aha! Now I know what I need to do!) and worse (“for goodness’ sake, how did I not realise that before?”).
I was having a really grumpy kind of a week. You know the sort? Everything feels like an effort. Energy is low. Irritation rises to the surface more readily than usual. I was feeling decidedly unsettled and I wasn’t sure why. Actually, I chose not to even try to figure out why.Read More
I almost didn’t write this blog. I thought it might be confusing; that I’m contradicting the advice I shared in my last post. But I wrote it anyway, because I know it’s important.
Last time I said that if you’re feeling stuck, you should get up and walk away.
I stand by that advice, and know that it works. If you’re eager and motivated to get a particular thing done but you’re just not in the right headspace or your energy is off, walking away can help.
But it’s not ALWAYS the right thing to do.Read More
What do you do when you’re feeling stuck with the thing you’re working on?
When you need to do something important but are getting nowhere.
Let’s say, for instance, that Mildred sits down to write a blog post but is feeling uninspired. She doesn’t know what to write. Has no ideas at all. The words won’t come.
What should she do?Read More
When we run a business doing what we love, it can be very easy to just keep working. To spend all day and all evening on our laptops because we’re having such a good time writing, connecting with people online, tinkering with tech or playing with new designs in Canva (guilty as charged).
But just because it’s fun, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to keep going ad infinitum.Read More