Tag «de-clutter»

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 …

yep, tidy bedrooms matter!

They matter because they affect our sleep. And better sleep means: better health (physical and mental), more energy, more balanced moods, better food choices… and the list goes on. But most importantly, better sleep means more concentration and much better decision-making. And as a leader in a business-critical role, that matters hugely. So a small …

changing the big stuff is hard

I enjoyed reading Nigella Lawson’s column in the last The Times Style magazine! She talks about being a mess magnet and embracing the chaos, but most of all about knowing herself and accepting who she is. She doesn’t like the mess, but she has stopped beating herself up about it as she knows that tidying …

what’s next?

One of my clients is a senior IT consultant looking for a new career direction right now. He is aware that both his industry and his interests are changing, and feels stuck in an old way of thinking. His mind is cluttered with many ideas and thoughts, all of which are going around in circles …

today’s green is all about chocolate!

This week I worked with a client who wanted to introduce a new daily routine. Knowing that they would find it difficult to stick to their commitment, they started contemplating how they could punish themselves if they didn’t complete their daily task. Rather than exploring possible punishments, I asked how they might reward themselves instead. …

where’s your bike?

I enjoyed speaking about de-cluttering at the AGM of the metfriendly, a financial services organization for the police. Everyone I talked to, either at the beginning of the event or afterwards, had a story about clutter. There were even two separate stories of garages which both involved climbing over boxes to reach bicycles! One person …

time for a system update?

Another day, another tech conference in a fabulous building! This was Bloomberg’s Sooner Than You Think in Central Hall Westminster, looking at the tech industry as a whole both in the UK and globally. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond was one of the many speakers, and he covered how the UK government supports the …

room with a view

A few weeks ago I enjoyed hanging out with this great view, at the annual ICF conference. It was an interesting day and I learned a lot, as well as enjoying seeing so many colleagues again and feeling part of a tribe. My main takeaway is the importance of a leadership team working well together …

a walk in the woods

Last week I had a walking meeting with a colleague in some local woods. It was a real treat to be out in the sunny weather! We set out on a trail that was marked with posts like these. Even though they were set at regular intervals, we still had a few spots where we …

same place, new eyes

How lovely to visit here again for a meeting today! It is always a particular feeling to return as a visitor to somewhere that used to be very familiar. We feel like we belong somehow, but not quite fully. We know our way around, but there are some subtle changes so we quickly re-adapt to …