Tag «emotional 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 …

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 …

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 …

who’s the teddy?

Last weekend, these were my learning tools! I attended a very interesting and thought-provoking session led by Sandra Wilson at Coaching Development on uncovering our unconscious mind in our coaching practice. The key to this is the use of metaphors and symbols to represent a situation, prompting us to think about people and relationships through …

say what?

Really good day today at CIO WaterCooler Live London! A comment by chair summed things up quite nicely: “We have a room full of technologists but it’s still all about culture and people”. But then I suppose that that’s what everything usually boils down to anyway. I ran a breakout session on communication and listening. …

to change or not to change?

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Cabinet Office to learn all about the workings of the brain and how to apply the latest neuroscience for effective leadership. My main take-away is that aversion to change is a myth! The aversion is in fact to negative consequences. Change that we expect to be detrimental …