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Weeknote 22/22

📆 It’s been a funny old week. Through travel and Bank Holidays I worked three days (two full, two half). It was quiet as we’re between Pods and many people are away for the school holidays. Without my usual standing commitments I had the opportunity to zoom out a little and think about longer term …

Got my watercolours out today and enjoyed getting a feel for the brushes again. Realised this may be the first time I’ve painted as an adult! It won’t be the last 🎨

Up and out for a walk before the Bank Holiday crowds. Lovely and fresh after last night’s downpour

What a morning of cricket! Delighted for local lad Matthew Potts on his debut. Trying not to get ahead of myself though; difficult to tell from the radio whether we’ve been good or NZ aren’t up to scratch… and have to wait to see how we bat 😬🏏

Weeknote 21/22

🗓️ Monday brought another monthly plan with me session. It was the largest group so far this year with a good mix of first timers and regulars. 🍷 We experimented with adding a social hour to the Pod. Not everyone was able to make it this time, but it went down very well with those who came. 📋 I had …

Finished reading: A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry 📚 Another gem. I don’t know any other author who weaves poetry into the narrative like Barry does.

Too nice not to head out for a stroll this evening

Just found out a local coffee roastery is opening a shop within 100 yards of my flat. Can’t decide if this is the best thing to happen this week (excellent coffee on my doorstep) or the worst (there’s already a beer cafe so soon I’ll have no pocket money left!)

Waiting for our new sofa to be delivered. Chance of any meaningful work getting done before or after? Slim.

Caught up on Taskmaster last night (S13:E6). Was in stitches at the attempts to record the highest number on a pedometer. As I was 30 mins early for an appointment today I decided to apply the simplest strategy to the task: walking. With 2,285 steps in 20 mins I’d have come 2nd

Tasks that present unexpected challenges then are straightforward to complete once you have a clear strategy and the right tools are the most satisfying. Emma 1 : Sofa 0

Weeknote 20/22

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in a weeknote before but I start each week with two regular Monday morning commitments: hosting a half-hour mindfulness/journaling session joining the intention setting call with the accountability group I co-run Having these two sessions to draw my focus in helps …

Here’s how my afternoon is shaping up: dismantling a sofa and trying to follow 10 football matches all at once. How about you?

Invincibility

The weekly question in the freelancer community I belong to was: What gives you confidence? My response surprised me… My confidence is definitely lowest if I spend too much time alone, so getting out and talking to people is a real booster. I also look back to the point in my life where the …

Weeknote 19/22

Late again but I’m happy with my reasons… Last week I attended a 2-day conference (Friday/Saturday). It was my first in person experience for around 3 years and I’ve needed a faffing day and a full day off to recover. So I’m just starting my working week proper today (Wednesday). ☎️ Had a …

Currently reading: I Didn’t Do The Thing Today by Madeleine Dore 📚 You’ll know on the first page if this book is for you. Summary: I don’t have the answers, there’s no one way to do things, it’s about experimenting and finding what works for you. Bingo!

Today I danced in the sunshine, invented a game in 2 minutes (called Pointless Popping Pirate Personas) and realised I need to redraw the edges of my comfort zone

I’ve always wondered whether this could happen with wordle and the myriad spin offs. Today’s the day! Framed #63 🎥 🟩 ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ framed.wtf

First day I’ve seen the house martins back playing between the terraces so I’ve downloaded this for my journey this evening

Want to get better at logging the films I’m watching and thinking of connecting Letterboxd to micro.blog. Curious what workflow others use for this 🍿🎥

Currently reading: A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry 📚 Back to fiction today with one of my favourite authors.

Weeknote 18/22

Here’s my first attempt at getting back into the habit of posting my weeknote on a Sunday evening… 🌳 There was a Bank Holiday in the UK on Monday so we packed up our lunch and headed out into Northumberland for a walk. After a pretty meh weekend it was just what we needed. 🌟 When back to …

The more I read of Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy, the more I want to spend my time just looking at the trees in the park outside my back door 📚

Weeknote 17/22

How late is too late to post a weeknote? Here’s last week’s… 🚆 I started my working week taking my first three calls sitting at my Dad’s desk, then caught the train home. I usually try to postpone work if I’m traveling but this worked out OK. ⚖️ On Tuesday I attended a webinar about the legal …

Found the flaw in my plan to buy no new books this year… my wife is still buying books. Four she’s finished recently added to my to read pile today 🤷🏼