We’re all so hot on productivity right now. When I turned freelance, I didn’t know how this would affect my productivity, I just knew I craved more flexibility in my day to day. When I got a new contract with full time requirements, I wanted to maintain some freedom of how I spent my time but I also had a theory that reducing my output to a four day week might help boost productivity. Welcome, the four day week.
Wine lovers and architecture fans…take note! Bordeaux is the perfect city for soaking up stunning sights whilst sipping on a beautiful glass of red. How long should you stay in Bordeaux? I would recommend two days to cover a bit of tourist stuff, a lot of good food and plenty of wine. To help refine your choices, here is a guide to two days in Bordeaux.
Kew Gardens is an ideal opportunity for Londoners to escape the concrete jungle of Zone 1. For those who dare to venture out to zone 3 in West London you will be rewarded with miles upon miles of lush greenery activities. With Kew Gardens being a stone’s throw away from me I am a local visitor and a friend of Kew and I use the gardens to disconnect and step away from the pressures of everyday life. But on this sunny Sunday, I decided to pack my SLR so you could enjoy the visits I so regularly make to Kew.
Earlier this Summer, I popped along to a rooftop HIIT class. As you can imagine, the high energy boxing theme circuits was full on. Find out how I got on…
We get it, anxiety and social media are a fateful combination. But it took me quite a long time to realise that social media was a trigger for me. I used an outdoor adventure to Glen Coe, Scotland to re-activate aeroplane mode and to cut myself off to the surrenders of social media. This is my story of a digital detox and how it helped me find mental clarity.
It is often said the hardest part of any distance race is getting to the start line. Relish Running Races, the organisers of the Cheddar Gorge 10k have taken this literally. Guest post written by Ian Sperring.
If you are looking for a scenic 10k then look no further. On 17th June, I ran the oh-so-beautiful Osterley Park 10k joining 534 other runners as we battled 24°C+ heat to make it round the course. Read my Osterley Park 10k race review to see I how I got on. And on a personal note, find out what nearly stopped me in my tracks and how the power of stranger motivation got me through to the finish line.
If one career change isn’t crazy enough then let’s throw another one into the mix. Only this career change is more of a career bolt-on than anything else. Just 18 months after becoming a freelance writer, I am now a fully fledged personal trainer. This makes total sense to everyone who knows me but occasionally I get asked why I wanted to become a personal trainer. So here’s my story.
When I first turned freelance I felt exhilarated at the thought of choice, being independent, creative, productive and all the positive words you associate with going solo. The reality was far from glamorous. The choice and freedom sometimes crippled me with indecision and left me feeling really unproductive. My frustration was amplified as a freelancer because my productivity is my income.
Something had to change, so I researched ways to improve productivity and help creativity. I had no other choice. I wrote this article to share some of the knowledge nuggets I’ve learnt about time + location + productivity, and to also share the sentiment behind the snap-happy laptop shots from a coffee shop.
Be Fit London is the UK’s only women’s health and fitness event, only one in five women do enough exercise to stay fit and healthy so Be Fit provides an itinerary packed with live group exercise classes, motivational talks and cooking demos to help new and experienced fitness lovers to learn something new. I thought I’d share my personal highlights when I popped in on the first day, see how I got on when I queued unknowingly for an intense HIIT class and got chatting to a number of super friendly (and some not so friendly) entrepreneurs behind the stalls.