Friday, 16 September 2011

To (almost) quote Elvis…


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…


Elvis sang:


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”


Less More



-Social media


-Shovelling other peoples sh1t

-Sucking it up and getting on with it

-Cynicism (I know that’s a C, but it counts phonetically!!)

-Family time

-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 Winking smile



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…

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