The power of working on, not in

by | Jul 24, 2023

In case you hadn’t noticed, this website’s pretty new. And when I asked Tom and Ellie at Brand New Notebook to make it with me, I didn’t realise I was about to do something HUGE. 

For the first time, I dedicated a load of desk hours to working on my business, instead of just working in it. 

I took a step back, looked at where I was and where I wanted to go, and gained a whole new perspective on my work. 

I really recommend it: lift your eyes from the work for a minute, and see how far you’ve come. 

More…

Work is life, life is work

Last year, I got really caught up in the pressure to create more ‘work/life balance.’  This year, I’m accepting something different about myself: my work is a part of my life, and the two are inextricable. It’s OK that I sometimes work in the evenings after the...

Can you start again?

How many times can you start again?  As many as you like, I think. People talk about it all the time: be good at quitting, be ready to move on, fail fast. Don’t get stuck, because momentum is the only way: if it’s not working now, it never will.  But in...

15 years in my pocket

For the last 15 years I’ve been carrying a book around in my pocket. It’s called Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. I’m not a zen Buddhist, but this book has taught me loads. In one story, someone accidentally makes soup with chopped up snake in it. In another, a teacher answers...