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Sanitising the muck in your head…

October 25, 2015
The sun is rising over a small island in the Indian Ocean

The sun is rising over a small island in the Indian Ocean

My head is spinning and all weekend I have been trying to quiet it. I noticed a few months back that as work became busier, my head filled up a lot. It is an occupational hazard to dream about others’ problems, and have nightmares about others’ experiences. People bring the ugly side of life to me to leave in a safe place.


the wash-up of the $500 challenge…what I learned

March 28, 2012

So, within 12 days of starting the challenge to live on $500 for a month it was all over. I have learned a few things and will briefly list them here:
1) As soon as the “budget” was over, I went into spend mode. It felt like a switch in my head had been flipped from having to be so tightly controlled by the financial state, the budget was like a prison I had broken free of. Perhaps this is why we sometimes see those who are poor make terrible decisions about buying a huge new TV or other consumer good that just gets them in more financial difficulty? That overwhelming push to break from the prison is a nasty feeling.
2) Those who live with such narrow boundaries learn to be creative and clever with things. Necessity is the mother of invention and certainly I am amazed and impressed by how well some people manage on so little.

how I used my adrenalin overload…

July 23, 2011

So, with the storms around life and the adrenal glands heading into overdrive, my body is pumped with adrenalin and cortisol. Neither of these is good for you long-term, they are designed to save your butt in crisis…not to be a daily chemical in the system. You will be familiar with both these hormones, they make you feel edgy, hypervigilant, tired, unable to sleep, and so on… check out “fight/flight response” on wikipedia. The double trifecta I talked about has not changed a great deal, the essential elements of stress are just the same. Some thing have shifted, but my system is pumped with adrenalin.


May 4, 2011

Going to Paris was an indulgence for me, it was about doing something I’d always wanted to do and enjoying the time there. It was not about work, mission, outcomes or productivity. In our lives there is time for indulgence and doing these little things. However, I think there is danger when we overindulge.

getting in a groove…

September 10, 2010

Having just come back from holidays, it almost feels like I never went away… I slid right back into my groove within the first week. The thing about a groove is that it makes life interesting – how? Well, when you don’t have order and ritual in life, then everyday you are playing catch up with a list of things to do and you are never sure when you are going to fit it all in. When you develop a good discipline of ordering your life and having rituals that help you get through things, you end up with lots more free time – time to think and time to do new and interesting “stuff”.

getting up to do it again…motivation for the hard stuff

January 27, 2010

Another dawn this morning, the sun bright, lighting a perfect day…and I groan as I move out of bed. Lately it seems to take longer and longer to get from bed to running in the park. Why? I’m not really sure, except that there is a tendency to inertia in me. So, I have to use some strategies to overcome the inertia and stay motivated. Today I talk about exercise, but the principles remain the same for other things.


following up on good intentions

September 3, 2009

A month or three back, I watched a short doco made by some Curtin GSB MLM students on the effect of plastic bags on the environment. I had heard discussion and was aware we needed to do “something” but until I saw that short doco, I really did not realise the impact of plastic bags. I then made a decision to use the canvas shopping bags I had been acquiring over the years and no longer take plastic bags from the shops. Good intentions…
I must say I did great for about 3 weeks, while the footage I had seen was fresh in my mind. Then, every week or so I would forget, “just this once”… why? I had every intention, I had the bags in the car, but the behavioural connection between the car and the shop door had not been made.
If I am going to actually follow up on my good intentions, then I need to change my actual behaviour. I need to stop getting out of the car and charging straight for the doors… I need a new step in there, where I open the back door and retrieve the bags. While this seems easy, this small behavioural change is proving a challenge.
Do you too find that the good intentions can be stymied by not making such small changes to behaviour? What ideas do you use to remind yourself and keep yourself on track?
At the moment I have shifted the bags to the front passenger floor, at least there I have a visual reminder. I hope this helps to develop a new habit of taking those canvas bags in with me, and that will help me fulfil my good intentions… in one tiny way I hope to make the world a better place then.