Tuesday 21 July 2015

Add your voice ; Don't be proud to be a workaholic, Productivity advice from smart people & Poo bus

Up until a few years ago, I was constantly working. I'll rephrase that to make it more realistic. I was 'switched on' in work mode, even when I wasn't actually working. So the disparity between being 'on' and 'off'  becomes non-existant. From the moment you get up, to the moment your body, and then mind ( in my case, at least), winds down, your brain is either solving, collating, analysing or looking ahead to the future.

All in all, it's not good for you in the long run :-

Why You Shouldn't Be Proud to Be a Workaholic

A sobering read and a reminder to myself that I (thankfully), reorganised my life at the right time, as I was perpetually starting to feel tired. And that level of tired is beyond a 'happy tired' you get from going to the gym or going for a swim or run. It's like a constant feeling of walking uphill, and it started to increase in intensity. That was the warning sign for me.

Fortunately, as already mentioned here and in many previous posts, I reasessed, rejigged and slotted yoga/meditation into my life. Over time, that changed me enough ( it's an ongoing process) to then change other aspects of my life, from work style all the way to interpersonal scenarios and situations.

Working smarter is the way forward, and allows you more time to actually get on with it, rather than trudge through piles of not necessarily relevant stuff :-

Productivity advice I learned from people smarter than me

I confess to doing quite a few of these already ( replace the 'to do list' card with a large post it every other day, keeping a moleskine style notebook, etc) , and deleting a lot of emails frequently, is a guilt-free experience. I can always sense or more comically, 'smell' the unecessary ones that slip past the spam folder, just by looking at the sender name and subject title. That's the result of over 15 years of sending and recieving far more correspondence electronically than I've ever recieved in physical form.

Not everything that can be called waste, is consigned to the bin :-

Britain's first 'poo bus' hits the streets

My initial reaction to this was to squirm, but having grasped how this all works, it's a sustainable and workable solution. Furthermore, it's better for the air quality and hence the environment too.

As i reflected on earlier, change is an inevitability of life. Wether you like it or not, the days pass by, to become weeks and then months. Before you know it, another year has gone, and with it, have the good times and bad times of the previous 12 months. The way I see it, if you can change one thing about yourself within a year, you've achieved more than those who are resistant to it. In effect, if you can 'go with your inner flow' more often than not, you may get to where you're going faster than you thought. With or without a train, boat or plane.

Dont' forget to stop and smell the roses along the way.

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