The “When-Then” Strategy

Want to make something a habit but hate the idea of scheduling? If so, the “when-then” strategy could be for you. In many of my workshops and coaching sessions, people love the idea of breaking bad habits like constantly checking emails or going to bed late,...

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...

40 Days of Baby Steps is back – with a difference!

It’s a big week for us in the Marshall house. It’s Chinese New Year, my daughter’s turning 7, and it’s Pancake Day and the start of Lent. Lent always holds a special time for me, partly because pancakes happen to be one of my favourite foods,...

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...

Diving Deep

I’ve realised lately that most of my work happens in two distinct modes. Scanning and deep focus. Scanning is when I’m responsive, agile, on the ball, adapting to what’s around me. When I’m in scanning mode I am quick. I can respond to emails, turn around...

5 ways to create rest

Well I’m a week into my 10 days of rest experiment and while it’s not been plain sailing it has been working. Not in a dramatically obvious way - I haven’t been suddenly bouncing out of bed feeling on top of the world (yet). But...

10 Days of Rest

Are you ready for Christmas yet? This is probably the most common question I get at this time of the year. From friends, family, and complete strangers. What does that even mean? Ready for what? Ready for all those presents you’ve painstakingly picked, bought and wrapped to...

Are you the default person?

An article caught my eye this week. The first line asked “Are you the default parent?”, followed by “If you have to think about it, you're not. You'd know. Trust me.” It gave a humorous and somewhat bleak account of all the things you scope,...

Two simple questions

I went for a run last week, finally, after a three months of “I really want to get back into it!” As I was in the shower afterwards, I found a familiar conversation going on in my head. That was great. I really shouldn’t leave it so...

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