Monthly Archives: January 2012

Weekend 27 Review: The pros and cons of doing a lot of cleaning!

This 20-minute cleaning and decluttering thing has certainly made all my chores seem more manageable. What I like about cleaning and decluttering is how a little bit of cleaning often makes me want to do more. I start seeing all the … Continue reading

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Weekend 27: Drop Clutter/Add Cleaning

The Summer holidays are almost over and I have done almost none of the spring cleaning I planned to do. In fact, I have done very little housecleaning of any kind for months. Last year was The Great Rut of … Continue reading

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Weekend 26 Review: The awesomeness of unitasking

Last weekend I attempted to drop multitasking. I hoped to be a little more focused, perhaps to enjoy and appreciate my activities a little more, and to avoid having the hours slip by attending to a lot of little nothings. … Continue reading

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The fear of failure cliche

I get rather tired of a lot of the self-help cliches that float around. I so often find them trite and unhelpful. They may be true, of course. But having someone just say it doesn’t help me relate to it … Continue reading

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Maybe we should believe the best about ourselves

I have a tedency to believe the worst about myself. When I think there is something positive about me (perhaps a skill or a way I deal with certain situations), there’s always a little creeping doubt that perhaps I’m not as … Continue reading

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A disgruntled morning

(I wrote this earlier in the week.) This morning, I didn’t feel happy. Today my alarm woke me up in the middle of a good stretch of sleep, after a night of waking often. I was due to babysit my … Continue reading

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Learning new things and failing

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time encouraging my students to be unafraid to have a go. I try to emphasise the value of effort, of practice and of gradually learning (even though this is challenging when I’m … Continue reading

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