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...

The importance of saying ‘no’

When is it good to say ‘no’? Not just necessary, but actually good? When is ‘no’ a better answer than ‘yes’? I’ve been using Lent as an opportunity to practice saying ‘no’. I must admit, some days are easier than others. Saying ‘no’ to further automated sales calls by...

Eliminating choice

Have you ever found yourself clearly out of your 'zone of expertise'? I did recently, when I found out I was shortlisted as a regional finalist in the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards and realised I had to figure out what to wear! Recognising I was out of my...

Five ways to stay focused

So there was big controversy this week when Facebook revealed that it was manipulating news feeds in a social experiment to see how that would affect people’s moods. Outrage aside about how the study was conducted or communicated, the findings are, well, pretty obvious actually. What...

Is this why you get stuck in indecision?

Things have been a little crazy over here lately. My diary has been changing so fast I’ve had a hard time keeping up! Just in the last week I’ve had two cancellations, one last minute booking and two lots of international travel to organise. And that...

Two brilliant email autoresponses

How available are you? Do you have email on 24/7? Does your phone buzz when someone tweets you? Do you wake up to that familiar red light flashing on your Blackberry? What about times when you’re in a meeting? With a client? On the phone? When you’re...

Doing Learning

When we were on holiday, we took our kids to play badminton. My son loved it, got the hang of it pretty easily, and even invented a tennis-like serve that seemed to work for him. My daughter on the other hand, found it harder, so my husband...

Five Reasons to Celebrate

Need a reason to celebrate? Here are five to get you started: 1. Celebrate what you have achieved, not what you haven't What are your proudest achievements this year so far? And what qualities did you need to achieve them? Often our focus is on what hasn't been...

5 time wasters that are actually highly productive

I’ve been running a lot of Stress Less, Achieve More workshops lately, and one of the lightbulb moments we often have, is that what feels productive isn’t always the case, and what feels like time wasting, can actually be highly productive. Here are five examples: 1. Thinking time...

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