Toil

Every so often work demands can converge, ushering in a period of toil. That’s OK, so long as it is not for an extended period. Think of the prime ministers of Ireland and Britain working through two successive nights trying to prevent the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive in the last few days. Think…

Plan your day

Plan your day. Take a sheet of paper. Divide it into half-hourly segments. I write the time segments down the middle of the page. From your diary and/or weekly plan, on the left of your page, write down the most important things you want to achieve today. Then, to the right of the half-hourly segments…

Take time to manage

Take time to manage whatever you’re at. If it’s all do, do, do you won’t see the big picture. Taking time out to analyse where you are and where you want to get to is far from a waste of time. It’s smart.

Too much to do…

If you find yourself with too much to do, take some coloured pens, make a mind map of what you want or need to do, prioritise, then start at the more urgent and important. Ideally, make a daily plan, allotting a time slot to the prioritised items. You’ve now analysed, planned and now can do!…

Massage

When is the last time you had a good massage? We spend so much time in our ‘heads’. Why not treat yourself to a massage? Find someone good and set one up, or even have one, today! Ahhh, bliss…

Something funny

No matter what befalls you, always, but always, look for the funny side. If you’re furious about something or somebody, imagine a parody of the situation. Humour puts everything  in perspective. If you can’t see the funny side, you haven’t stood back to see the big picture. Life is too important to be taken seriously!

All shall be well…

All shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. So said English mystic Julian of Norwich. It’s calming. Reassuring. All shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. All shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. Bears repeating, doesn’t it?

If this was my final hour…

Our lives are knee-deep in mystery. This day is given to us. It may be our last. We breathe. Let us not take that for granted! Of all the habitual things we do, that – breathing – will, alas, one day cease. Within an hour our lives can change forevermore. If this were my final…

A Step Into the Dark

Hello friends! Welcome to my website. One step forward, two steps back. I set up this website for a different purpose – to help academic writers and editors in getting their books published – but that ambition for a site has had to be parked for the moment. (Although I invite scholars needing help to get…

Enjoy this moment!

Now that I’ve deleted hours and hours’ worth of stuff which I’d generated for the origianl purpose of this site, I want to take the bare look off the site by launching into the deep. The best word of the wise I heard in the last year or so was a conversation I struck up…