Happy New Year! Although it's a fairly arbitrary date to make new starts and think about the future, I do like to approach the New Year with a sense of excitement at the possibilities ahead. 2020 was a year unlike any other (something of an understatement!)2021 was a year of wayfinding and development for my … Continue reading Excited!
This time of year has always been a good time for some serious reflection. A chance to think back over the previous 12 months without the distractions of work. A friend of mine told me that their grandmother referred to the week between Christmas and New Year as "between the years". I like that - … Continue reading Reflection
Firstly no, this isn't my suggestion for the name of a 70's jazz/funk band. Although now I come to think about it... I digress. At the start of the last lockdown, the Government laid out a provisional timetable for easing all of the COVID lockdown conditions. The big date among them all was 21st June … Continue reading Freedom day, workload and the Stockdale paradox
Momentum is not really my friend. I'm definitely a starter rather than a finisher and something of a serial starter at that. Take this blog for instance. Several years ago when I kicked it off, I was full of high hopes for regular posting, but that soon fades. I started a podcast last year, initially … Continue reading Momentum
Is there a need for a slower approach to social media? I'm starting to think so. I've had a love hate relationship with social media for years now. I love the way that it allows me to connect with people and share stories and information. To have, dare I say it, a social life during … Continue reading A slower social media?
Something that I really enjoy from time to time is fishing. Most often when I'm on holiday to be honest, I'm not a fisherman who spends every weekend on the riverbank. But I find that setting up for a few hours and wondering what I -might catch is both (weirdly) peaceful and exciting. I was … Continue reading Fishing
How's your day looking? Packed calendar? Back to back meetings? Trying to keep abreast of Teams, Slack, Whatsapp, email and have normal conversations with actual people? Yep, I've had plenty of days like that too. I wrote something recently about the need to take time over each weekend to pause and renew ourselves for the … Continue reading Pause
It's been a weird few months hasn't it? Globally and nationally, obviously, but for many of us personally too. Certainly has for me. On March 16th I went into my employer's office in Birmingham, little suspecting that it would be the last time I ever did. The following day, all who could were working from … Continue reading The times they are a-changin’
Do you have goals? Things you want to achieve one day? I do. I have measurable goals mapped out in all areas of my life for the next 15 years. These are then worked back in greater and greater levels of granularity to goals in 5 years, 1 year, 6 months, 1 month, 1 week, … Continue reading 6 simple ways to develop new habits
Something I've known for a very long time is that I need to spend more time being still. Time doing nothing but pausing to think. There are plenty of great examples (not least among which Stefan Sagmeister's superb TED talk) of the times when we're able to stop and think becoming launchpads for the successful … Continue reading Movement as meditation