de-clutter your bedroom

Tip 6: de-clutter your bedroom. Sleep is a fundamental human need and a lack of it affects every single aspect of our lives. We live in a culture where sleep is often underrated and de-prioritized. So make the most of your precious sleep time and free your bedroom of stress-inducing clutter!

de-clutter your distractions

Tip 5: de-clutter your distractions. Our brain has a finite amount of processing power at any one time. Every tweet, every status update, every meme competes for brain processing power with the big stuff, like consolidating our credit cards or fixing a broken relationship. What distraction patterns do you have and what could you be …

the turtle and the duck

A few days ago, I came across this completely unexpected scene on my morning run (illustrated here as I had no phone with me). On the edge of a small lake in the park, a never-seen-before turtle was trying to make friends with a duck. The duck was having none of it though and was …

de-clutter your worries

Tip 4: de-clutter your worries. We hold many worries in our head. Some of them are rational, and others might be less so. Either way, we hold them all, and getting them out of our heads is a good starting point. Our worries might be about things seemingly out of our control, making them big …

de-clutter your to-do list

Tip 3: de-clutter your to-do list. Our to-do lists are ever growing and very often stressful, leaving us feeling like under-achievers and with a definite sense of “could do better”. Look at your list and select all the things that you will actively not do right now. Either delete them altogether, or record them separately …

de-clutter your news intake

Tip 2: de-clutter your news intake. While it’s important to be informed, it’s even more important to be informed with stories that are factual, balanced and relevant. Find the few sources of news that you trust, and de-clutter any other news feeds that distract you from getting on with work and life, and that create …

de-clutter your webcam backdrop

Inspired by a few conversations and also what I have been learning from my clients, I am starting a series of de-cluttering tips. Clutter in all its forms gets in the way of focus and effectiveness, and now that most of us are working from home, we might find it more difficult at times to …

just say it!

I just attended a very interesting webinar run by London Business School and presented by Herminia Ibarra about career transitions during this disruptive period. One of the points made was about the importance of reflecting out loud to further our thinking. Saying things changes things. Getting our mental clutter out into the world makes us …

seeing the world differently

  This cool building on Aldgate Square caught my eye as I was walking past. I couldn’t help standing beneath the glass panels and looking at the world from there! Looking one way, my view was framed by strong lines and taking on a new shape. Turning a different way, I was looking at my surroundings …

how many air miles are you doing every day?

I have written about this before, about the invisible carbon footprint of our digital activity. But this puts it into perspective! (source: Wired magazine, Jan 2020) Our e-mails, chats, Google searches, YouTube watches, weather checks… they all happen as if by magic. But these are powered by vast data centres, which are built in remote …