Category Archives: Book Reviews

Habits: 8 Evidence Based Tips

For nine long months I have been blogging, reading and thinking about habits.  That seems like the right sort of time to produce something profound. Hence my Habit Baby is ready for delivery to the world….               Here are my 8 evidence based tips to create the habits you […]

Day 30: Nailed it!!!!

Welcome to Day 30 of my 30 days to sobriety! How do I feel?  Am I sober? I have drowned in sugar (which my system would normally punish me badly for).  I have forgotten meetings left right and centre.  My heart rate variability has not improved at all.  I am chaos basically. However I feel […]

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Welcome to the conclusion of the science (or not) in the 7 habits of highly effective people.   Habit 7 Habit 7 involves sharpening the saw.  In this case the saw is you!  You will only effectively cut that metaphorical tree if you are sharp as … well … a saw. Covey’s opening parable drives […]

Day 24

Welcome to Day 24 (of my 30 days to sobriety). The focus today is meditation …. which has come not a moment too soon. I have been confessing my sins lately and here is another one -> I have forgotten five appointments in the last week.  Argh six another one just came to me.  Oh […]

Days 22 & 23

Welcome to day 23 of my 30 days to Sobriety. Am I loosing my groove? I realise my posts are not exactly daily now and I could blame the sick child, or even the sick bunnies (true story), and the fact that I am dropping balls left right and centre due to over commitment.  But […]

Habit 6: Synergise

Welcome to habit 6 on the science (or not) in the 7 habits of highly effective people. Habit 6 Those following so far will know my larger conclusion is pointing to -> trying to find the ‘evidence base’ / scientific support for management gurus ideas, is a fools errand.  That is me in the basket.  […]

Habit 5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood

“We’re filled with our own rightness, our own autobiography” Covey Welcome to part 5 of 7 looking at the science (or not) of Stephen Coveys ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. Those that joined me in Habit 4 will know I am starting to despair about the apparent mismatch (or lack of dialogue at least) […]

Day 20

Welcome to day 20 of my 30 days to Sobriety. One wedding & a funeral Two thirds of the way to my goal and I am really  noticing a shift.  I see images of wine everywhere (it is really pervasive in our culture huh?) and suddenly it is just … well a picture of wine. […]

Day 18

Welcome to day 18 of my 30 days of sobriety – which focuses on affirmations. Affirmations …. just the word makes me hurt a bit. Affirmations are in the proven toolkit of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as a billion self-help books, podcasts and Pinterest posts.  I understood (although I have not looked at […]

Day 17

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which never happened” Mark Twain Day 17 (of my 30 days to sobriety) is again revisiting things I know.  I am not meaning to sound like a know-it-all.  It is just I have worked and read in personal development for many […]