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Keep Yourself Interested in You

"Somebody's boring me...I think it's me."
Dylan Thomas

Routines and habits can be very powerful and helpful.  They can support you by providing a foundation, giving you the comfort of the known, signalling the start of the next piece of work, or creating a state of mind.  In her excellent book, The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp talks of how she goes to the gym every morning.  However, the process begins not when she arrives at the gym or changes into her kit, but when she hails the cab to get her there.

Elephants, Frogs and Monkey Minds

Last night, I was at the launch of a new book,‘The Business Yogi: How to be Happy at Work’, by Sinead Mac Manus and Bridget Stacey Luff.

I have been bumping in Sinead at events over the past couple of years, as well as reading her excellent free eBook,From Apps to Zen, and her informative monthly newsletter.  I have always loved her energy, insights and world view.  She sent me an advance copy of ‘The Business Yogi’ and asked me to read it.  Knowing Sinead, I was happy to say yes.  However, I will admit to being anxious on hearing that the book used yoga and its’ philosophies as a starting point for business ideas.

Catch It, Check It, Change It

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are probably right"
Henry Ford

We all have a little voice in our head, that one which whispers away in a constant running commentary, like a particularly chatty friend.  “Did I buy the milk?”, “Is the building I want on the left or right?”, “These shoes hurt”, “What shall I do next?” – you know the kind of thing.

Most of the time, the voice isn’t a problem and can blend into the background.  However, sometimes, this little voice can become the enemy.

Your Place or Mine?

National Gallery image by Deborah Henry-Pollard on her Catching Fireworks blog Your Place or MineAn artist client of mine was recently asking about a possible place where they could meet contacts and potentials clients.  He was coming from the viewpoint that he felt uncomfortable in “formal”settings, but felt that those would be the most suitable places for business meetings.  After all, he had seen “The Apprentice” and Sir Alan’s faux, but imposing boardroom.      

I have had great and very productive meetings in all kinds of places.  I can regularly be found in the Espresso Bar at the National Theatre, a great space with an inspiring buzz – and after all the business talk, there is usually an ace exhibition or two to take in.

The 10 Minute Rule

This morning, I decided to buckle down and start a project which had been on my to-do list for some time, which was to review and rework one of my workshops.  This has been on the list for about 6 months and in my mind it was a big job, one which would take a lot of thought and time.  The way to tackle it, I thought, was to bring the 10 minute rule into play.
The 10 minute rule is a very useful tool to use when faced with projects you are putting off, whether because the job looks too big, too difficult, you don’t know where to start or .