I’ve decided to experiment with a more traditional diary type of blog.
Along with other longer form posts, I will use this diary to review the previous week, taking in to account key experiences along with what I have been reading, watching, and what things have caught my interest in the news.
In my last blog I looked at techniques I use to increase my productivity through mindfulness, meditation, and journalling. Here I will talk about a further journalling technique that helps me to take time to reflect – the 5 Minute Journal.
Spending time in your distant past is not helpful, but taking time to reflect on your immediate past can be. It is about looking at the here and now, not about ruminating on a time long since gone. Continue reading →
In the last few years I have been particularly conscious of improving my personal productivity. That sounds very clinical, but as a self-employed writer and comedian, that means looking at my methods of working. How to make them better. Continue reading →
Just after New Year I traveled for something that I have never done before, to see tributes laid outside the final resting place of a celebrity that had passed away. I went to the home of George Michael.
It would feel unusual enough admitting to that if I was a massive fan of his. But I wasn’t, so it definitely feels weird! Continue reading →
November is ‘National Novel Writing Month’, or NaNoWriMo for short. The challenge is to write 50,000 words within the month, and this year I am taking on the challenge myself.
Which means NaNoWriMo is no mean feat, as that translates as 1667 words per day. By no means impossible on any normal day, but unfortunately every day cannot be classed as ‘normal’. Certainly not in my life, anyway. Continue reading →
The onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership continues, although sadly the main culprits have come from within the Labour Party itself. Corbyn looks likely to win, but even then, the Labour right are unlikely to stop their attacks. But as he fights back, you get the feeling that even amongst his own support some are wavering.
Not the hardcore Corbynistas within Momentum, Corbyn’s group within the Labour Party. There is no doubt they are committed to the very end. It’s more those who either joined, or at least turned hopefully towards the Labour party, when he originally stood as leader. They agree with all that he stands for, but now fear he may be genuinely unelectable. Continue reading →
On 11th June I turned 34. It’s fair to say that more has been packed into the month since then than in the entirety of my 33rd year.
England played their first match at the European Championships against Russia on my birthday. If anything, we should be thankful for the England football team, because so far they are the only thing that has maintained consistency, i.e. disappointment. For the money those lads get paid, that’s the least we can ask for. Continue reading →
There is a fight going on within the Labour party that is dragging in the whole left, and being stoked and watched closely by the media. That is the argument that anti-Semitism is a serious problem within the party.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended following comments made in interviews where he was discussing a Labour MP, Naz Shah, who herself had been suspended. Continue reading →
As a teenager I had a love of Anime and Manga (Japanese Animation and comics).
As I got older the time I had for this dwindled, but on a recent trip home I had the chance to reflect back on when my interest started.
Having recently bought my first house (I was waiting for someone to take it off me, realising I shouldn’t be trusted with it, but so far, nothing), me and Sally have been going through our things. Continue reading →