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...

Three ways to extend your holiday 

Do your holidays always go by way too quickly? They say time flies when you’re having fun. But it also flies when you’re distracted, overwhelmed or just too busy. If you find that happens to you, here are three experiments to try on your next holiday: Create a...

Six pre-holiday tactics to avoid email dread

Going on holiday? Here are six email tactics to ensure you can switch off and recharge. 1. Pre-schedule your out of office Instead of it being the last thing you do - or the first thing you do on holiday because you forgot to set it up...

How to create an extra day

It’s leap day today. The extra day we get once every four years. What have you been doing with your extra day? My guess is, for most people, it’s just another Monday at the start of another week. Yes it was nice to discover we had...

Is your can-do attitude getting you into trouble?

Amongst fun stuff like writing, speaking and singing, this is what much of my work has looked like over the last few weeks. Crikey! Deploying 3 Ninjas across 20+ UK workshops, 6 overseas missions across 6 different sites plus 12 webinars, all in the space of 2 months...

Busy is new normal

How often do we answer the question "How's it going?" with "Busy!" Busyness has become the norm. But it has also become strangely aspirational. As much as we complain about being busy, we're also strangely resistant to being not busy. When was the last time you heard...

Creating a routine that works for you

Last week I was invited to speak at a Sage Small Business Saturday session, along with Brendan Flattery, President of Sage Europe and Maria G del Pozuelo, CEO of Womenalia.com on how to create a routine that works for you. Technology prevented me from actually speaking...

In survival mode? You need pockets…

It’s been a crazy busy week. In five days, I’ve run 4 workshops and set foot in 12 different train stations (some of them several times). My husband has finally completed his MSc and is now in decompression mode, recovering mentally - and physically from...

Cancellations and chance encounters

When plans change and you find yourself with a clear diary, what do you do? Do you use it to catch up with work, get ahead of yourself or just keep slogging away at the pile? Do you get annoyed, thinking of the missed opportunity -...

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