Many of you will have noticed that earlier this year I dropped off the face of the social planet, someone even emailed me to ask if I was still alive!! [and mentioned that DM’ing me on Twitter seemed pointless as I hadn’t been there in weeks!!]
Basically, I needed some time away from things, my employer (Trinity) generously offered to support me and gave me some time off, I took this time to focus on what matters and to realign my priorities…
A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me
(taken from ‘A Little Less Conversation’)
But that’s quoting directly…
What I’m saying is:
A little less “S” a little more “F” please
All this “S” aint giving me a balance I need
A little more “F” and a little less “S”
… [end of creativity, sorry] ….
Anyway, the point I’m getting to is this.
I need a better balance of “S” and “F”
-Shovelling other peoples sh1t
-Sucking it up and getting on with it
-Cynicism (I know that’s a C, but it counts phonetically!!)
-Friends (not more of them, but more time with them)
-Fitness (yes, exercise, me!!!)
To this end I though I’d share a couple of gems that have helped (and I still refer to).
A great TED talk. 10 minutes well spent watching it
Nigel makes some excellent points and observations, in a very insightful and entertaining way.
I never got very far with Dan Pink's 'Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us' but I’ve picked it again, hopefully to understand more about how I got where i was…
Also thought that this article on ‘The laws of Productivity’ was excellent:
[opens a PDF in a new tab]
I am still struggling with balance, but I’m getting there, it isn’t something you achieve overnight, or by flipping a switch, it’s taking effort every day.
I am now back at work (have been for a few weeks) and engaging more in social media, but with a better balance and (hopefully) not to the determent of things more important…