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Written for my blog The Clear-Minded Creative Original article Back in March I suggested you ‘Spring-Clean Your Routine’. It all sounded great in theory right? But perhaps it was too vague for people to really get their teeth into. I know I struggled to keep focused. I wanted to start the following: My ideal morning routine 6:30 am – get up – do 20 minutes of yoga 7:00am – write 750 Words 7:30am – breakfast, shower 8:30am leave for work I completely failed to achieve this. I did realise that although I thought my behaviour was fairly haphazard, I...
My Morning Routine FAIL

Written for my blog The Clear-Minded Creative Original article Back in March I suggested you ‘Spring-Clean Your Routine’. It all sounded great in theory right? But perhaps it was too vague for people to really get their teeth into. I know I struggled to keep focused. I wanted to start the following: My ideal morning routine 6:30 am – get up – do 20 minutes of yoga 7:00am – write 750 Words 7:30am – breakfast, shower 8:30am leave for work I completely failed to achieve this. I did realise that although I thought my behaviour was fairly haphazard, I was actually following a routine of sorts, which is really a series of long established bad habits: My real morning routine 6:30 – hit snooze. repeat until 7:30am 7:30am turn on iPhone. Read email, Twitter, Facebook, RSS feed. Wait until girlfriend leaves flat (flat is very small so we always get in each other’s way if we’re both trying to get up at the same time) 8:30 get up, put on music loud (Kanye West or Britney Spears), sing along whilst getting ready/showered 9:00 breakfast. Read more blogs. Iron shirt. 9:30/10am Leave for work (I’m on flexi so can usually...

My Morning Routine FAIL
Why You Need to Pick Up Your Tortoise (and run with it) Original article Most of us live complicated lives and are constantly juggling several tasks at once. You might have a number of work or business projects on the go at any one time, and you might also have a number of personal goals. And that’s on top of all the other commitments that make up our lives; household chores, family and social events, and those essential 12 hour sessions watching Battlestar Galactica. Okay, that last one isn’t entirely essential, but we all need some downtime too or...
Article for Pick the Brain on Productivity

Why You Need to Pick Up Your Tortoise (and run with it) Original article Most of us live complicated lives and are constantly juggling several tasks at once. You might have a number of work or business projects on the go at any one time, and you might also have a number of personal goals. And that’s on top of all the other commitments that make up our lives; household chores, family and social events, and those essential 12 hour sessions watching Battlestar Galactica. Okay, that last one isn’t entirely essential, but we all need some downtime too or we’d burn out pretty quickly. Overwhelmed? Sometimes the sheer number of different tasks can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of despair as you wonder whether you’ll ever achieve anything. I know from experience that it isn’t a pleasant feeling. One day when I returned home from work I complained to my long-suffering girlfriend about my frustrations. I told her it felt like every project I was trying to complete was a small tortoise, ambling along a vast racetrack. Despite having worked hard on each project for several weeks, none of my tortoises had moved more than a few feet...

Article for Pick the Brain on Productivity
Original article On Sunday the Edinburgh International Science Festival event ‘Journalism in the Digital Age: Trends, Tools and Technologies’ posed the question: Can journalism survive in the digital era? There to address the issue were a panel of speakers from the worlds of journalism, academia and public relations, each of whom gave a five minute presentation followed by a brief Q&A. Sarah Hartley, who oversees the Guardian’s new Beat Bloggers initiative, pointed out that people are “no longer happy to passively receive” information. She suggested that news organisations now have to accept that it is “the end of us...
Article for Journalism.co.uk on Journalism in the Digital Age

Original article On Sunday the Edinburgh International Science Festival event ‘Journalism in the Digital Age: Trends, Tools and Technologies’ posed the question: Can journalism survive in the digital era? There to address the issue were a panel of speakers from the worlds of journalism, academia and public relations, each of whom gave a five minute presentation followed by a brief Q&A. Sarah Hartley, who oversees the Guardian’s new Beat Bloggers initiative, pointed out that people are “no longer happy to passively receive” information. She suggested that news organisations now have to accept that it is “the end of us and them”, and factor in audience interaction as an integral part of their workload. She also pointed out that creating web-specific content is essential rather than merely recycling print content on the web. Kate Smith, media lecturer at Edinburgh’s Napier University spoke on the role of educational institutions in helping trainee journalists prepare for the future media environment and suggested that the basic principles and values of journalism should still be emphasised. Video games and PR expert Brian Baglow, who gave a presentation on citizen journalism, echoed her sentiment, assuring journalists that they had “skills and understanding that most bloggers...

Article for Journalism.co.uk on Journalism in the Digital Age
Original article With all the doom and gloom around the trams and budget cutbacks, it's easy to forget just how fortunate we are to live in a city like Edinburgh, especially for those who are creatively inclined. Of course I'm fully aware of how difficult life is for many people, especially with lay-offs and rising prices, and I don't mean to belittle those very real problems. But there are some amazing creative things going on here which I think we need to celebrate more. A recent study named Edinburgh one of the UK's leading creative cities, due to the...
Article for Guardian Online on Creativity in Edinburgh

Original article With all the doom and gloom around the trams and budget cutbacks, it's easy to forget just how fortunate we are to live in a city like Edinburgh, especially for those who are creatively inclined. Of course I'm fully aware of how difficult life is for many people, especially with lay-offs and rising prices, and I don't mean to belittle those very real problems. But there are some amazing creative things going on here which I think we need to celebrate more. A recent study named Edinburgh one of the UK's leading creative cities, due to the number of people working in the creative industries here, but there are countless others who can justifiably be described as creative across the city too. These include musicians, filmmakers, writers, artists/designers, crafty types or the promoters who work tirelessly to get the word out (and are usually artists of some kind themselves). And whilst much of what's happening exists independently or in little social pockets rather than as one big 'creative community', it's still great to know we live in the midst of all this artistic activity. Whether the artists themselves feel supported by the wider community is another matter...

Article for Guardian Online on Creativity in Edinburgh