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Switch Off Sunday

20 September 2020

Laptops are good things. Portable, powerful and practical, they are the indispensable companion of many business people.

Like smartphones, it’s hard to remember what life was like before they existed.

Hmmm….let’s ponder that. What was life like?

Well now, the working day finished around 5.30pm and that was that. No weekend emailing and no sneaky PowerPoint slides to rack up in the evening.

Now that we have laptops we can pitch camp wherever we are and set up our office, which these days means at home for many of us.

Work…home ….home…work.

Often practical and sometimes messy, with no clear boundaries between them.

My own laptop has been in the laptop garage for an upgrade and so the weekend has been a quiet and peaceful space.

I will own up that I’m not good at switching off at 5.30pm …or 6.30 …or 11.30 and although I love my work I could be better at pulling the plug on work sometimes.

So, this weekend I’ve had Switch Off Sunday …no laptop, no emailing,

Perhaps I should have called this post Switch On Sunday …in terms of switching on a day of rest.

Either way, we all need time away from our desks and our smartphones and to hold the boundary between work and rest, office and home.

Oh and blogging doesn’t count as work…I love being a writer, so all is good!

Keep well and keep taking a break!

Blue Monday

14 September 2020

What a glorious day! We have 25deg, no clouds and bright sun shine. Easily one of the nicest August days we’ve had in September so far. Clearly the weather is treating us today, so that we can forget for a moment about the colder Winter days heading our way.

I’m supposed to be working at my desk. Emails, admin to sort and clients to book in …the usual Monday to do list.

Or, right now, part of my ‘not yet’ list.

This weather is too good to miss. A gentle breeze wafts about in a cheery way and the sounds of life tumble in over the garden fence.

It’s one of those days that make me think; what is the point of life if we don’t stop for a while and be in it?

What is the point of being in business if we don’t give ourselves permission sometimes to down tools and sit in the sun?

We all need a break. It’s good for our soul and ultimately good for our productivity.

If we just keep on working then we risk burn out. So, when the weather is on our side, why not let the emails hang for an hour or two and enjoy being alive?

This a blue Monday. Blue because the sky is swimming pool blue today and I’m having a swim in the sun.

What a lovely day!

So, when will you stop work and allow yourself to be in the world for a while?

Have a happy day!


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Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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