Ever had a moment with your 'to-do' list where you realised that the little slacker was deliberately avoiding doing its job?
I mean, isn't there a part of you that secretly thinks that the act of writing the things down alone should count for something? Isn't there a part of you that secretly thinks the to-do list should... well... do itself?
It is quite an adulting moment when you finally realise that the to-do list won't do itself. And yet, you continue to write lists that never get completed. Maybe you set yourself 10 tasks for the day. You complete 2. The feeling of disappointment at the end of the day, when you write your 8 tasks for the following day, along with another 4 new ones is palpable. If you're not careful, life can become a series of to-do lists, sewn together by brief stitches of sleep.
"If you're not careful, life can become a series of to-do lists, sewn together by brief stitches of sleep." ~...
At the time of writing this post, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out. Millions of people's data has been misappropriated including, it would appear, private messages. If you are friends of friends with even one of the people in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania or a couple of other places that Trump's political marketing arm targeted on Facebook during his election, it is being alleged currently that your data was stripped out. This is making people think carefully about what they have shared on Facebook.
It may be wise to have a little spring clean about not only what you've shared on social media, however, but also what you've consumed. Through your years online, how many book and course recommendations have you jumped on without thought?
How many times have you looked at 'perfect' pictures of other people and judged your own appearance harshly?
How often have you looked at the lifestyles of your peers and felt either unworthy or, maybe, a little too worthy?
You've heard the standard training, right? Focus on your strengths. Ignore the news. Positive thinking. Deliver value. Sound familiar? Not working though, is it? Be honest. Bet you're wondering why.
Most people won't tell you this because they want to keep you under their control. They want to keep you clueless and confused and easily manipulated, so you buy more of their stuff. Hey, don't get me wrong, I want you to buy my stuff too, but I don't get a kick out of disempowering people. I'm lit up by Indiepreneurs - those gloriously independent-minded 'freaks, geeks and uniques' who break the rules, escape the cubicle, and create their own universes. Look at the top of the page. See that 'clockerfly'? That's the symbol of the Indiepreneur. It takes some pretty mighty wings to break out of a freaking clock, but you're doing it. Sometimes feels as if half of you is still stuck in the 9-5 'someone else is controlling my clock' world...
In Britain right now, we are being hit by the so-called Beast From The East. It's basically some snow and wind, but we like to be dramatic whenever possible.
Small island. Good at marketing ourselves.
If we say our storm is bigger than anyone else's it will trend on twitter. And it has. Yay us.
Everyone's bought 'storm bread' to save them from the perils of snow. Since even the gluten intolerant appear to be hitting the supermarkets to hoard barnloads of the stuff, I think we're meant to throw it out of the windows to appease the storm gods or something. Who knows?
Anyhow, it's chilly. When it's chilly, it can be hard to remember that it's actually the start of spring. There are a couple of different dates for the start of spring, but according to The Met Office - those cheery blighters who predict storms and the like - today is the first day of spring in the UK. Well, I'm snowed in and all but... good to know. Since I am somewhat of an action taker, I'll be...
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