Productivity

What I Learned from Going to My Work Space Every Morning

It was just over three weeks ago that I decided my new productivity experiment would be to get washed and dressed as soon as I got up every morning, and to head over to my unofficial office (i.e. a bench overlooking the sea inside a shopping centre) to do some work. This was the plan: I’m going to get washed and dressed straight away every morning, and I’m going to […]

How to Block Out Distractions and Focus on Your Work

I’ve spent the past two hours writing. I’m in a shopping centre that was playing godawful peppy music when I arrived. I’d been awake for approximately 45 minutes and was not ready for godawful peppy music. I’m never ready for that shit. It was early in the day, so there wasn’t much ambient sound to help muffle the noise. Unfortunately, I’m not somebody who can easily work with music in […]

What I Learned from Writing First Thing Every Morning

Recently I decided to start conducting 28-day experiments, making simple tweaks to my day-to-day life to find out what works best for me. This sprang from me getting increasingly frustrated at myself for never being able to make any real changes to my lifestyle. Every day I’d think I had a better idea than the day before, so I’d do that instead – never giving anything a proper chance. So […]

My Personal Mantra for Getting Shit Done

I have a mantra for myself: to always do what feels right for me at the time. I figure that way I can never regret anything, even if something doesn’t work out quite how I’d hoped. ‘Well, I made the best decision I could – nothing more I could have done.’ This mantra plays out in big ways and small ways. Big life decisions such as breaking up with someone […]

What I Learned from My 28-Day Exercise Challenge (Plus a New Challenge!)

So, four weeks ago I decided to embark on a challenge: to exercise every morning except on Sundays. I’d alternate between plyometric training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and strength training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For a long time I’ve been obsessed with crafting the perfect morning routine, but have been getting increasingly frustrated with myself for not being able to decide the ‘best’ morning routine, and so not […]

4 Things I’ve Learned About Starting the Day Right

Starting my day off right is one of the things I’ve been most preoccupied with lately, because starting your day right means continuing your day right and, you know, just generally having an all-round ‘right’ day. Which is nice and gives you the feel-goods. It’s not easy though. That first hour of your day is crucial, yet it’s so easy to fuck it up without any thought. And that’s the […]

Why I Was on the Streets in My Pyjamas, and What I Learned

Okay, so here’s what happened. Around 8.20 Friday morning, my buzzer goes. I answer it and this guy says in a singsong voice, ‘Postman!’ Now, the postman does usually buzz me, but he never sings, and he’s never usually this early. I was suspicious but I let him in anyway because what if the postman was just feeling super jovial this morning? Watching through my spyhole, I see three people […]

How to Do A Million More Things (Warning: Requires Sacrifice)

As you age, you get wrinkles and grey hair or bald patches. There is no perfect appearance. After you’ve cleaned the house, the dust and dirt slowly starts to gather again. There is no perfectly clean house. When you buy your dream shoes, the heels eventually wear down. There are no perfect shoes. Your favourite book when you were 16 might seem like total trash now. There are no perfect […]