Efficiency isn’t everything

Technology can make tasks easier, but it doesn't make our lives easier or happier. In fact, it often makes things more complicated, less safe and more stressful.


Don’t do it yourself

Time is precious to freelancers. Admin is a pain in the arse. By this, I mean the admin that employees can often avoid, through having a specific department within a company to deal with things on their behalf. Most of us don't have the funds to use a virtual assistant, although I've been tempted. In... Continue Reading →

Malcolm’s Monkey

A manager who consistently offers to deal with things on behalf of employees will have very little time left. A manager should help employees deal with monkeys themselves. In doing so, the manager retains control of their own time. Gradually, the employees become more able to take responsibility and take care of monkeys on their own.

Digital Hygiene and Cognitive Health

In general, the concept of being more thoughtful about our use of digital tools is a good step, I think. It’s important that we all take time to evaluate our use of digital devices and applications and consider whether they are doing us harm or good; whether they are bringing the benefits that we think they are, or are actually causing us harm.

Rainy day fund

I like to have some funds under my own control. Easy to access and available to me whenever, without penalty and also actually earning something in the form of interest, not just losing value while gaining nothing in a bank account.

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