I like new year resolutions. The beginning of the school year often feels even more like a fresh start than 1st January. What’s your resolution for the (unofficial) new year? A lot of the conversations I have in my work life centre on this, and a repetitive theme is time. “More time for myself.” “More time for development.” “More time with other people.” “Keeping within my hours.” “Maintaining a good balance on my flexitime so I get good quality time...
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Note: This post is longer than others to date, and is a one off. We’ve had an editorial check-in and decided this is the right post to write this week. I’m on holiday for the next two weeks and the posts that I’ve written to cover the weeks I’m away are a) shorter and b) less of a personal download, in case this flavour of Self Curious isn’t your bag. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to running. And...
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Since the early 90s when my family moved to the UK, the North has been a place of sanctuary and reconnecting with our kin. My parents settled in Wrexham, which at that time was just a small town on the Welsh side of the border. As pleasant as this was, we still ventured to Liverpool and Manchester to do our hair and buy West African food. When the time came to pick which university I wanted to go to, is...
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When was the last time you did nothing? Absolutely nothing. When did you last sit centre stage in the moment, without anything waiting for its cue to stride on from the wings? Waiting to meet someone with your phone in your hand is not “doing nothing”. Neither is eating. And, as much as I would love it to be a zero-energy game, sitting on the train is very rarely nothing (unless you actively choose to put your phone away on...
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We are woke to time management. Skimming is the new reading. Everything is optimised to the one measure of our work that is truly objective: time. Consciously or subconsciously we make assumptions about how much time things will take on a daily basis. When weighing up how to respond to requests for help, delegating tasks or arranging meet-ups, we have a sense of how that will sit alongside other commitments of time. We measure what we ask of others in...
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