Fire feeds on obstacles

Those Stoics again! Marcus Aurelius this time, who said, “Fire feeds on obstacles”. Ryan Holiday takes this idea and says the Stoics also held that ‘The Obstacle is the Way’. He says “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity […]

Lunch Breaks – the rules

I think you know this already but maybe don’t acknowledge it or feel you can do anything about it? Motivation is finite. The further you get into the day the less of it you have at your disposal. The perfect time to top it up is lunch time! […]

Moving a mountain

I was reminded recently of this Chinese proverb – “The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.”  This resonates with me so much. I’m often put off getting started with big tasks because they just seem, well, too big! What reminded me […]

Self Care Shorts launches on YouTube

We’re really excited that we now have a YouTube presence!Our first video is below!Have a watch and let us know what you think…..….and please subscribe to the channel and we’ll be absolutely delighted!

Don’t be a procrastinating donkey!

There’s a parable of sorts, a metaphor maybe, about a donkey. The donkey in the tale is stuck. He is both ravaged with thirst and famished with hunger and he is equidistant between the water trough and the hay bale. The donkey in this tale of woe was […]

Working from home? Here’s how to start your day!

It might surprise you to find that I’m not going to tell you much about how to start work… although I will end up there. This is because what you do before you start your work day is so important no matter where you are working but at […]

Where did it all go wrong?

This is huge isn’t it? This thing that we’re going through at the moment. This huge transformation of how things work and how we go about our business. As someone who loves to write about how we can look after ourselves, how we can self-care, I have found […]

Meditation ‘on’

Sometimes the penny drops and you think… I’ve been thinking that all along but had never really thought of it as clearly as that. Meditation is not an easy thing to get ‘right’. Whatever ‘right’ is. We are generally told that it’s about clearing your mind of everything, […]

Education and Training

Stephen is available for conferences and training events to talk about self care, being organised, and productivity. Get in touch here. He has recently presented at the North East Social Work Alliance Conference – “Relationships and Lived Experience” on resilience in professional practice and CACHE’s 2020 Leeds and […]

The ‘Two Minute’ Rule

Being productive either at work or at home is a crucial part of being organised and being organised is essential to a happy and content life I feel ……All your ducks in a row so that you just get on with your day. I live by the ideas […]