Category: Work Life Balance

Are you any good with a hammer?

We live an old house.  It’s not a rundown ramshackle affair but it was built in the 1850’s.  This inevitably means that there are bits of it that are worn, tired and in places, falling apart. For instance, there’s a point at which the conservatory meets the original roof line and it leaks.  We have […]

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You and the Spice Girls!

Is it just me or is the line between work and play becoming more blurred the deeper we go into lockdown? There seems to be a general sense of all work and no play making everyone a dull boy or girl. There’s an irony in finding motivation to stop working as opposed to the lethargy that usually accompanies […]

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Are YOU managing your time, or is time managing YOU?

This month, as you know, we’re focussing on time management. Because heading into 2021, I guarantee that nailing this will play a key role in your success – especially if you’re a business who’s had to put many of the usual daily routines and focus on hold while we’re in the current (hopefully final!) lockdown. […]

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Tomorrow Never Comes 

The fifteenth of August 2001 will always be a day I’ll remember. Picture the scene. I’m a tennis coach and preparing for another day. I’m sorting my kit, deciding what to wear, checking registers and eating on the go. Another regular morning. I do remember that it was scorching hot. The kind of hot that leads to […]

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Zoom not zzzzz!

This whole videoconferencing thing is working well.  The whole world seems to have discovered that it’s possible to stay connected and even meet new people via the screen on your laptop, phone, tablet or TV screen.  It’s meant many businesses can continue functioning, networking is thriving and many work- from-home employees are able to do […]

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How to Let Go of Control When You Work With Freelancers

When you start a business, there’s a lot of pressure to do well. In fact, you want things to go well so badly that you can turn into a control freak, especially when you’re dealing with freelancers, who may work and organise themselves in a completely different way to you. As a business owner, you’ll […]

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How to Systemise Your Business

Starting a business is not for the work-shy, I can tell you that right now. It takes grit and elbow grease to get things up and running and make a success of the venture. There will be late nights and there will be early mornings. It won’t be forever, though, and it doesn’t have to […]

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Living a Life Like Ash

I love my life. Love it. I work hard running my business, but I get to play hard, too. I often find the time to get in a round or two of golf. I enjoy going to watch a number of sporting events, I even get to Wimbledon each year to watch a game. Then […]

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Outsourcing — How to Hire Good Freelancers for Your Team

Freelancers — some people like hiring them; others are more reluctant to take them on. Hiring a freelancer can be very hit and miss. Choose a bad one and it could damage your business. Outsource the work to a good one and you could save money, get the job done and run a more profitable […]

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How are you feeling, really?

This past week was ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. Mental health is such an important message to me because I have suffered from depression. It may seem hard to believe, because people tend to only see the happy, jolly Ash. However, as it is with many people who suffer from a mental health issue, even I […]

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