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The art of reinvention

I’ve been a consultant. A teaching assistant. Then there was that stint tutoring and as a canoe instructor. I’ve done the corporate world, the freelancing life and started a blog and side-business or three. I never really thought of myself as the reinvention queen but looking at my past, that’s exactly what I am. And I’m about to do it all over again. I started this blog because I wanted to write. I felt compelled to write. I had a lot to say and I needed to get it all out. My words needed a home. After taking time out…

Instead, write a not-to-do list

We all make them, some of us stick to them and many espouse the benefits of writing no more than three items on theirs if they want to be productive and achieve big things. But what if we got rid of the to-do list altogether? What if we went to the productivity dark side and wrote a not-to-do list? The not-to-do list is a new trend in the productivity world, with the BBC recently publishing an article showcasing its benefits and detailing the successful people using them – like serial entrepreneur and author Tim Ferris who lists ‘people who ramble…

(Don’t) Do your best

They say that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and last week this is exactly what happened to me. It was supposed to be a week of getting things done – the annoying little tasks on my to do list that had been put off for weeks because they were either extremely time consuming or extremely boring – or both. I’d declared it my ‘power week’ – a week of blasting through procrastination, of being productive and also making progress on the planning stages of our home renovation. It was going to be great and I…

It’s never too late

What have you stopped yourself from pursuing because you thought you were too old? Or you told yourself that other people have done it already so why should you bother? I have struggled in the past with ‘too-late-itis’, the feeling that you have constantly missed the boat on an opportunity. This state of mind is seriously debilitating and blatantly dangerous. I truly believe it is mindset that is 90% responsible for a person’s success, not their circumstances. Circumstances can always be overcome with a positive mindset but not the other way around. The ironic thing is that I let this…

My top 5 books for getting organised and inspired

I love to read. Love it. I’ve always been drawn to non-fiction books and have got through a staggering number over the years, well into the hundreds as I’m reminded flicking back through my Kindle library. This voracious appetite for reading has meant I’ve learnt a lot in the areas of personal development and self-help – my two favourite genres. Over the coming months, I’m going to do a series on the best books in different topic areas and share with you my favourites – the books that have improved my life in some way or led me to an…

The real reason you can’t stick to your goals

Have you ever gotten yourself so worked up and excited about a goal but failed to achieve it despite wanting it so badly? Then you spend the next few months beating yourself up over not being able to stick to anything. You feel hopeless, consoling yourself that you will never be able to reach any of your goals and that you’re a big, fat failure. Sound familiar? This scenario is extremely common. I’ve been there and I’m guessing you have too. And no, it’s not you. Or me. It’s the goals we’re setting for ourselves. Or rather, the goals our…

The problem with goal setting

I love goal setting. LOVE it. Big picture thinking comes easily to me, and I could do it all day, every day. Dreaming big, imagining success and setting tasks for myself to achieve them is pure bliss. I’m learning however, that goal setting has a dark side. Setting goals and working towards them comes naturally, and helps move me towards a happier life, but it also feeds my perfectionism and tendency to burnout on everything that I do. I don’t like these things about myself, and I’d much rather bury them deep in my subconscious. But they are important to…