The perspective of wellbeing

Often when we talk about wellbeing, we talk about the practice of wellbeing. How we look after our bodies and our minds, the importance of sleep and taking breaks. We talk about walking meetings, desk stretches, seeking support, setting boundaries and asking for help. We...

What do you do when things don’t work out?

Last week I wrote a column for my local paper on ‘how to find your dream job’. The punch line was essentially: you don’t, you create it as you go. Here’s an extract: The job I do these days didn’t exist when I was choosing my degree...

About that mental load

There have been some great articles recently highlighting the mental load and emotional labour involved in managing life outside of work. I have to say, for every man I’ve had in a workshop who has said: “I don’t have to think about anything at home - my wife...

Technology and Productivity with Francesca Geens

Technology is not enough. You need to use it well. That’s the theme of my latest interview, where I got together to discuss technology and productivity with Francesca Geens, of Digital Dragonfly, who specialises in helping solo-business owners get their tech right. In this 38 minute interview,...

Is Inbox Zero yesterday’s news?

Someone suggested to me a while ago that inbox zero is a fool’s errand. That there is so much streaming in, it’s impossible to stem or control the flow, so we might as well let it flow past. She spoke of colleagues who would sit with...

What if this is the new normal?

I don’t know about you but 2016 for me has been full of uncertainty, transition and plenty of ‘oh crikey’ and a few ‘WTF?!’ moments. It’s also been a year of huge achievement, success and excitement, don’t get me wrong, but as I come towards the...

Clear is better than fast – especially with email

In the digital world, everything is instant. Instant notifications. Instant messaging. Instant downloads. And in the world of email, we get drawn into thinking that faster is better. That a fast response means you’re giving good customer service, delivering to your boss, supporting your colleagues. That...

A thousand tiny decisions

Death by a thousand tiny decisions. This is a phrase that has been echoing in my head for the past few weeks, and one the quite aptly sums up my summer. Big decisions we tend to plan for. We set aside time and headspace. We prepare...

Are you getting too involved?

I’ve had some interesting conversations recently about trust, delegation and involvement. Specifically how being too involved can get in the way of your productivity. Here are 5 signs that you might be over-involved: You constantly have a backlog of unread or part-read emails you never get round...

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