Thursday, 23 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Better time management

You know, it's funny but I always used to struggle so much in doing anything, and always felt "I just don't have TIME!"

But that attitude is counter-productive.

I DO have time to do (pretty much) everything I want to.

Maybe not in hour-long blocks, but breaking things down into five, ten or fifteen minute bursts of activity means so much less procrastination about what to do because I don't have time....

So, my top tips:


1. Write a to-do list. I like to keep a little notebook, and each week, and note down activities and tasks like this:

Guitar practise [M][T][W][T][F][S][S]

And then each day strike through the letter in brackets, once the task is done

Some stuff is noted as objectives, like "Post letter", and, again, struck out once done.

2. Have a goal for each task or activity in mind. Or rather, make each activity (like practising guitar) into a measurable task, like "Can I play this piece at 140bpm today?", as that is what your practise should be moving you towards.

3. Have some quick wins to keep up motivation. "Post letter" isn't THAT hard to do, is it? So there is no excuse for not doing it.

4. Keep the list on paper, not electronic, as far as possible. The physical act of writing it out gives you an investment in doing what you say you want to.

5. Keep a thread of continuity between lists. So, for me, two or three things are guaranteed to be at the top of every list, because they are things I want to do everyday,  as far as possible unless illness or similar physically stops me doing it.

6. Weekly plans, weekly reviews. Daily plans are based on too short a timeframe to be useful for long-term commitments.

This is where your electronic list may be useful, for a quick shopping list, but for the really meaty stuff, it just doesn't cut the mustard.

As you write each new list (this is what I do each Sunday night) look back and see what needs to be carried over, and ask yourself "If I didn't value this enough to do it last week, does it still have value for me, or would I be better off commiting to something else?"

Of course, you need to balance this, so you don't just ditch stuff because it's a bit hard, which is why you need to always carry SOMETHING over the long haul.


I hope this stuff is useful to someone.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Practise makes permanent

More guitar practise. Attempting to fix modes into my muscle memory.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

And it goes on


More guitar, more card handling practise...

I also have a job application, which I am torn as to whether to submit, and have some thoughts about clattering the keyboard to do some coding.

But at the moment I am in the pub, so none of this matters!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Guitar practise

Yep, I keep on at it.

Have found a super teacher, taking lessons over Skype, and covering exercises, theory, jazz improv...

Working on bursts to build speed and stamina this week!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

My new approach

I've decided to adopt a new (well, not really - just a stronger) approach to my life.

Yep, I am being stoic.

There's a fuller definition here.

Basically, in best Marcus Aurelius style (great book, by the way), I am accepting that I can't choose my situation, but I can choose my response to it, in order to ensure that I obtain the best outcome I can to move me towards my goal.


Well, I read the Louis Zamperini book, "Don't Give Up, Don't Give In", and realised that he was basically describing a stoic approach to life.

I liked the approach.

So far, and bear in mind I am only a couple of weeks in, I have felt calmer - I've had a couple of moments where people have frustrated me but - you know what? - I identified that was happening, and chose instead to just think to myself "You know what? What does it matter? I will move on to doing what I want to", and felt all the better for it.

Want some links?


Seriously, try it.


Monday, 15 May 2017


Got a job interview. Lots to think about!

Also plugging away with guitar, magic and coding.

More to follow idc.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Guitar practise

Yep, did some exercises on guitar today.

Feel quite proud of myself and actually feel like by playing for a few minutes EVERY day I am improving!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Quiet day

Another rather perfunctory post. Nothing really to report, other than some musical ideas are brewing.