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 …

what are your clutter words?

  Today I had the priviledge of running a development session for a group of experienced coaches. We talked all things clutter, and what gets in the way of our work, our clients, their work, their system. I like to start my sessions by asking delegates what their clutter words are, and below are their …

how much is too much?

I have to admit, I’m exhausted just looking at this cover… 174 gadgets rated! 100 best apps! Now don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of novelty and cool, useful, creative, innovative stuff as much as the next person. But when I read these headlines, my brain shuts down. I can’t even entertain the …

emotional clutter and the Chinese New Year

A little while back, I visited the moon exhibition at the National Maritime museum in Greenwich. It had a whole section on how the moon influenced civilizations and their beliefs for millenia. This one item particularly struck me. It is an ancient Chinese lunar almanac, dated 877 CE, which according to Chinese tradition should be …