Tag: State of mind

The 5 regrets of the dying: ridiculously important life lessons most of us learn too late

As has been the case with numerous previous blogs, this is inspired by a podcast I recently listened to. In fact, it is inspired so much by the podcast episode, the whole post is pretty much a transcript / ‘lift and shift’ of the conversation. It provides some profound and important messages, hence why I’ve …

Good riddance summer, hello autumn my old friend

I’m conscious this post will divide people but I’m going to plough on regardless… I’ll be glad to see the back of summer, and I’ll welcome autumn and winter with open arms. There. I said it. I naively thought we were in this position 2-3 weeks ago, then the damned Indian summer hit and sent …

If you want to be truly productive, disconnect…

A relatively short post this week as I made a last-minute change of the topic. Regarding the title – if you’re the type of person who isn’t the slightest bit bothered about being productive, and you’re happy relaxing every evening with your phone or tablet in front of you, then this may not be the …

Why working from home is much better for my mental health and productivity

I find it strange thinking back to the Covid lockdown restrictions. At times, it feels like it all happened a lifetime ago, yet there are times when it feels it was all relatively recently. Either way, the effects of it still loom large, particularly in the workplace. The organisation I work for continues to adopt …

Why I’ve suddenly realised I need to go for the smaller option when it comes to food

At the age of 49, I’ve experienced a eureka moment when it comes to food. After half a lifetime of bad habits, I’ve finally realised that it makes much more sense to go for the smaller option where food is concerned. I’ve always had an *ahem* ‘healthy’ appetite and almost always go large when presented …

I need to stop getting so angry at inconsequential things

I have a major problem in life and it’s one I really struggle to address. I get far too angry at what are, in the grand scheme of things, inconsequential things. Some examples of this: There are many more examples I could quote. So many more. However, to keep this relatively brief, I’ve capped the …

Why I’d rather set stretching goals and just miss them than take the easy path and be successful

It was kindly pointed out by someone yesterday that I’d slipped a little lately when it comes to achieving my goals. My aim to get through March without eating any sugary crap (biscuits, chocolate, cakes etc) hasn’t quite been achieved in full. It hasn’t been a huge disaster, but I haven’t achieved that particular goal. …

If you don’t prioritise your life, someone else will

This is another post influenced by a podcast I listened to recently, so I can’t take the credit for much of the content here. However, the core message was so profound, I had to share it. Greg McKeown is an author and podcaster. His book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is one of the …

Why I perform better when I’m up against the clock – time on my hands isn’t good for me

This is a classic example of a problem I have that I believe should be easy to resolve though the reality is quite different. It’s an issue which dates to my secondary school days (a period when I completed something like 6 or 7 English essays in the week before my GCSE deadline, rather than …

A health / weight update – I’m not as fit as I thought I was…

Despite needing to lose weight, I’ve always thought I was relatively fit. I walk quite often. I eat a relatively health diet. I get plenty of fresh air. I just need to work on shedding the excess fat that I’m carrying. However, a couple of things lately have demonstrated to me that I’m not as …