what makes a great vacation?

Having come back from holiday a little less than 24 hours ago, straight into back to school preparations, the hope of a long lasting restorative effect is long gone.

activity based holidaying

“Will, work harder! We’re going to nail this front crawl! Then work on your tumble turn!” (Will is 3 years old and was quite happy splashing around in the pool until Dad came back from kayaking).

that’s better

If you have had any interactions, however fleeting, with any British people in the last week you will know we’ve been having a heatwave. We won’t have been able to not mention it.

may tsundoku

Still working through sorting the house out but I did want to share what’s on my bedside table (figuratively, not literally. Bedside table all sorts of a mess).

march tsundoku

This month’s tsundoku includes a variety of quite different types of books, with some more or less likely to make it to the promised land of actually getting read.

perfection is the enemy of perfectly adequate

I have always been a perfectionist. I hate making mistakes. Simply the thought of others seeing my mistakes makes my face burn. It is impossible to enjoy activities that I’m not naturally very good at, and there are plenty of those (mainly sport related).

what’s the point of meetings?

A couple of years ago I was part of a group at work looking at why we have so many meetings and how to make them more productive. We came up with various best practices and pieces of advice but fundamentally the outcome was that people should only have meetings when there is a clear purpose to getting people together.