Be Yourself And Loudly

I have always enjoyed reading self-help-type articles including the multitude of lists that comes with them, however, I’ve recently found myself questioning their validity. Of course, the will is good and by all means, read what you feel you need to read, but isn’t every ’10 Ways To Be More Productive Beyond Your Wildest Dreams’ post you read ironically keeping you one step further from getting you to where you want to be while you’re trying to assimilate yet another list into your life? And in truth, how efficient and productive do you really need to be?

What’s stopping you being brave? What’s stopping you giving your own voice the chance to be heard above the white noise of the world? If you’re always reading information about how to do things well, that can be a good thing for a while, but when do you actually start doing the thing you want to do? Whatever your field of interest may be, what’s stopping you daring to have the confidence to follow your own path and contribute something of quality to help the world? It could be music, art, photography, a book, a good day at work, volunteering at a charity, spending time with your family, gardening, cycling or starting a business. It doesn’t matter what it is that you do as long as it’s your thing.

What do you really want to happen after putting yourself out there? Maybe millions will read, listen, appreciate or acknowledge what you have done. And maybe they won’t. Maybe people will love you. And maybe they won’t. But when you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you really need to do or say today? Now even? So much so that it would physically hurt you if you didn’t?

And of course, feel free to think that this is just another post full of white noise. That’s your prerogative. I would much rather you make your own noise. Be yourself. And loudly. Contribute something of quality to help the world. This is one of the ways I do what I need to do. What’s yours?

Feature image by Sebastiao Salgado

10 Ways To Find More Time 

How can you get things done when you are being pulled in different directions? How can you make time for family, work, friends and other interests?

Managing time can be a challenge, so here are a few pointers that have been helpful to my coaching clients over the past few years. I hope they help you achieve what you want to achieve:

    • Do something now. However small, action breeds more action
    • Break down big projects into smaller, achievable-sized steps
    • Say ‘no’ when necessary. You can’t keep everybody happy. Take control to achieve what you want
    • Do the most important and challenging thing in your day first
    • Review your to-do list every day. Set achievable deadlines
    • Set time aside to answer your emails and calls when you choose
    • Work when you are at your best. Are you an early bird or night owl?
    • Clear your mental and physical space to focus and be more productive. Clear your desk. Meditate or go and have a coffee to get some personal ‘headspace’
    • Manage your time. It’s precious. Use it wisely
    • Before your day starts, take 20mins to plan it. Where do you want to be at the end of your day? What do you want to have achieved?
Begin with the end in mind (Stephen Covey) 

The Serenity Of The Long Distance Bus Traveller

Am travelling on a bus on a gorgeous, sunny day from Granada to Madrid.

 

There’s nothing much going on. I’m staring out of the window and this is what I can see and feel:

 

– The sun is shining

– The colours are soothing

– The gentle contours of the hills are beautiful

– The music in my headphones is calming

– The simplicity of the campo is just there doing its thing

 

Nothing much. It’s a lovely day. That’s all.

 

(I accept a 4.5hr bus journey isn’t exactly long distance but you get my point)