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How not to plan for a weekend

  Last weekend was a bank holiday with its extra day to relax, refresh and recharge. It was a time for hanging out with family and friends ,for sleeping late or taking luxurious naps, for cooking recipes that there isn’t time for during the busier days of week. For making a dent in your reading pile, spending an hour or two writing to a friend and writing lists of places you’d like to visit one day. Yet when I began to think about a three day weekend my first thoughts were around how much I could cram in and catch up with. To make things more difficult for myself I felt the need to pen a job list that was unachievable unless I gave up sleeping. When you set an unachievable workload it means that you feel guilty the whole time you are enjoying yourself with friends or thinking about a nap because you think you don’t deserve it. You believe that you can only rest when the entire world has been dusted, mopped, filed, shelved and scheduled. So I’m working on a new strategy for weekends. I’m going to write it on a sticky note and refer to it when I get an itch that can only be satisfied by planning my weekend. Top of the list will be see friends then nap/read/cook then all the other stuff that I feel the urge to cram in at weekends because I didn’t do it during the week. Additionally because September is the month of new starts (and to keep the guilt at bay) I’ll be looking at what I... read more

How to escape your desk at lunchtime

  I like think that I take proper breaks when working. And that if I don’t I at least take a full hour for lunch to enjoy food, get some fresh air and allow my brain to focus on something different for a while. In reality I’m not good at stopping and I have a bad habit of eating my lunch at my desk. I don’t even always stop answering emails while I eat and then wonder why I feel tired and my headaches at the end of the day. Warm summer weather helps a bit and I managed to force myself away from my desk to enjoy lunch in the sunshine. This pretty much took of the form of me flopping on the first empty patch of grass in the park before losing myself in a book for a while. But as the Starks would say ‘Winter is coming’. Unless we have an extremely mild winter I won’t be sitting in the park reading. Instead I’ll be back to eating at my desk and not taking a break every single day. So I needed to set in place good habits that would ensure I left my desk during my lunch break, got some fresh air, and had some kind of motivation to do it regularly. I knew that I probably wouldn’t just go for a walk every day but I thought I might if I had something to listen to. I often listen to podcasts while doing things at home at the weekend but if I changed my listening to weekday lunchtimes then it might just give the... read more

I’d like to write letters but…

It’s a joy to write a letter. Choosing what paper to write on. Selecting a pen. Settling down in a favourite chair, or at a desk or even in the garden. Then there’s the satisfaction in constructing the sentences, scribbling furiously to get you’re your thoughts done on paper, before you address and possibly embellish the envelope. Applying a stamp and making a last check before Popping it in the post box is a moment to be savoured. But like everything else letter writing is habit. So what if you’re not in the habit? Maybe you never have been or perhaps your teenage penpals were lost with the rise of email, text messages and social networking. So let’s look at what stops you from writing and get you back into the correspondence game. I don’t know who to write to… Go through what ever you use for storing contacts and see if there’s anyone who you have an address for. Maybe someone you only ever send Christmas card to. Look at your friends on Facebook and consider sending a letter to someone you knew at college or an old school friend who has since moved away. Or consider getting involved with a project like More love letters and let letter writing take you away from your usual networks. I don’t know what to write… Stop worrying and start practicing. Write a diary every day. Start small with a single line and see where it goes. If you’re filling a postcard then you barely have space to say hello and wish you were here. So keep expectations low. Remember other... read more