Preparing for a new job: Advice for success


I have been through the wonderful experience that is job hunting and landed a new role! I start on Monday, so I’ve been preparing for those initial few weeks. As part of that, I’ve been thinking about what advice is out there for setting yourself up for success and preparing for a new job. I’ve switched jobs a few times now, and worked in a variety of situations; fully remote...

Initial thoughts on obsidian (Note taking tool)


I’ve recently started using Obsidian, and wanted to share my initial thoughts on this interesting note taking tool. Why start using Obsidian? One of my ‘projects’ I wanted to carry out during my sabbatical was a digital de-clutter and tidy up. I started with photos: I had over 20,000 photographs stored in my cloud photo account, most of them quick snapshots of food or things I...

How to deal with a distractable mind


We are less than two weeks away from three months of travel, and my brain has been in overdrive. That’s understandable, but it’s been a long week where I have found it exceptionally hard to focus! And in the modern day, there are so many thousands of justifiable distractions that it can be easy to find yourself jumping about aimlessly. So, how do you deal with a distractable mind...

Weekly Reflections #6


Goodness, but life is busy! Trying to balance all the different elements is quite a trick. Somehow we must: Work a job to earn money and, perhaps, if we’re lucky, to experience some kind of fulfilment.Carry out all the maintenance tasks of life, such as laundry, cooking, shopping, washing up, gardening and so forth.Spend time with the people we love and that are important to us; support our...

A review of Passion Planner – goal planner and organiser


I wrote about the Passion Planner in my post about the evolution of my planning system. Now that it’s coming up for a full year of use — I’ve just purchased my Passion Planner for 2018 — I thought I would write a review of Passion Planner. Note that I am not an affiliate for Passion Planner. I just love it. :p Review of Passion Planner: what is the Passion Planner? The...

How to deal with stress at work


Unless you are lucky, chances are high that at some point you’ll have a bad day at work. A project goes wrong. Traffic sucks and you’re late to a meeting. You send an email to someone you wanted to impress with a typo in the subject line. Your customers are particularly unpleasant and entitled. Or maybe you have to deal with the client from hell. I, myself, have been experience a...

The Evolution of my Planning System


I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with different planning systems, and over time I’ve gotten closer and closer to my perfect planner. The Digital Planning System It all started with digital planning. My preferred solution was a combination of Google Calendar for time blocking, and various to-do list apps to keep track of actions. Google Calendar kept me focused on what I should...

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