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Archive for the ‘Personal organisation’ Category

Be-er or do-er?

May 12, 2014

I’m kicking off this week’s piece by offering up a simple challenge. How easy would you find it to sit and do absolutely nothing for, say half an hour? By doing nothing, I don’t just mean lack of physical activity, but also being without TV, smartphone,  computer, radio, book or any other distraction. This is […]

The good life

April 21, 2014

I’ve never felt particularly comfortable around words like morals or ethics –somehow they smack of judgment, right and wrong and of such things being passed down from some rule book or higher authority. What I do know is that they are all too often the subject of great intellectual and philosophical debate – usually involving […]

Stain on a train

November 11, 2013

So there I was, leaving Waterloo station on a train to the small town of Liphook in Hampshire. It happened to be where a prospective client was based and I was on my way to meet with them. As it was summer, I’d donned a smart navy blazer and nicely pressed light tan trousers. A white […]

Out of time, or self sabotage?

September 2, 2013

How often do you think that you don’t have enough time to get things done? How often might you blame others, outside circumstances or, indeed time itself? Yet, how often might it actually be a case of self sabotage? Below are five caricatures that represent some personality traits that can get in the way of […]

That taxing time of year

January 21, 2013

With a fortnight to go until the deadline for tax return submission, I girded my loins a couple of days back and set about doing my annual accounts. The black cloud of “having” to get it done had just grown and grown in size in recent weeks, until it felt like a mammoth task . […]

Eleventh hour – again!

November 12, 2012

It’s late on Sunday evening and I’m under some pressure. Yet again, I’ve left things until the last minute. Yet again, I’m in danger of beating myself up over it. I am running a new course tomorrow for the first time. I’m pretty well prepared at this point. Having said that, I also have this […]

Time, precious time

May 21, 2012

If I were to ask you to give me £20, would you hand it over without question? I suppose it would depend on who you are, and the nature of our relationship. However, chances are your reaction would more than likely be one of initial bemusement or resistance, followed by wanting to know what it […]

Messy? Disorganised? It can be a boon…..

July 18, 2011

 I am, and always have been, pretty disorganised. I guess I’m a naturally messy person. This is particularly the case in my office where I have any number of piles of “stuff” surrounding me as I valiantly try to run my business as efficiently as possible.  Something as simple as trying to find a recently […]

A head full of urgents?

June 20, 2011

Do you ever feel as though you have a head packed full of “urgents”?  Too many pressing things that you need to get done – whether at work or on the home front?  This issue is one that comes up time and again on my courses, as people try to find ways of releasing the […]

Money worries? No worries.

April 11, 2011

Do you ever worry about money? Chances are that, like most of us you do so, at least some of the time. For many of us it can become our number one concern or even  an obsession.  What does it actually achieve? Nothing, nada, sweet zilch.  In fact, never in the whole of history has […]

The world’s most counterproductive acronym?

February 21, 2011

   I was invited to visit a large public sector organisation to discuss some conflict resolution training for their staff. The meeting was to take place in Croydon with the HR director and training manager on a Friday afternoon early in the summer.  The meeting went very well, so much so that I was asked […]

The great time management myth

January 17, 2011

Foreword  “We teach best that which we most need to learn!” Richard Bach  I’m actually a bit stressed out this Monday morning. I am allowing myself to be overwhelmed by quite a number of tasks I need to complete before travelling this evening to a training job.  I therefore need to read what I have […]