How controlling your sleeping patterns can set you free from the “Morning Calculation”

It’s a calculation I’ve been doing for most of my adult life- since I was a teenager really. It’s a calculation that has been terrorising my life for the better part of 30 years. It’s a calculation that has left me tired and exhausted and unable to get to the things in my life that bring me joy. I wonder if you’re doing the same thing?

It works like this: you go to bed and you ponder what time you need to leave the house the next day. You subtract an hour from that time. And that is the time…


So you can get more eyeballs on your writing and stop feeling like you’re yelling your words into the void

It’s enough to make your blood boil isn’t it? How many times have you given up your email address for the promise of some awesome nugget of wisdom? Some morsel of ambrosia that is going to change the game for you, only to find no such magic within? All you got was stuff you already knew and expensive upsells to get you to the real gold?

The problem is that lead magnets work (they got your email address didn’t they?) and, if we want to build an email list, we gotta have one too.

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So what is it? Look, no…


Just a Checklist to achieve more while feeling less overwhelm?

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Do you want a way to consistently avoid making mistakes? And would you like to suffer from less overwhelm at the same time? If both of those things sound like something you need, I think I’ve got a book for you that’s going to help.

Welcome to the latest episode of the Running2KeepUp Personal Development Book Club where I am reviewing Atul Gawande’s classic The Checklist Manifesto.

This is a…


The Procrastination Secrets Every Personal Development Geek Needs To Know

Why is it so hard to break procrastination? Why, even for the most vigilant of us, does it sneak up on us? Hide in the bushes? Take things off our hands without us even spotting it?

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I am a long time procrastinator. It has impacted my life and my success in ways too numerous and too painful to list here, but suffice to say I have had enough.

For a long time I have been doing my best not to let this terrible affliction impact my world and, by and large, I have been pretty successful at that. …


The promise of achieving more in less time and with less overwhelm

If you want to consistently avoid mistakes and feel less overwhelm, then I believe this is the book you have been looking for.

We have all had that sinking feeling as we realise we have forgotten to do something. Often it is something easy, something that should be routine, something that we have done hundreds of times before. This time, for whatever reason, we simply didn’t do it and now it has come back to bite us.

Atul Gawande has a simple solution for this situation- The Checklist Manifesto. …


Don’t fall into the trap of believing you can do it all yourself…

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Collaboration is often born out of serendipity- we weren’t looking for a partner in this project, but suddenly there they were and we started working together, supporting each other. One of the problems with lockdown life, working from home, working remotely is that these opportunities for serendipitous engagements are lost to us. Sure we have Zoom and Teams and Webex, but they are glorified phone calls, usually with a clearly defined purpose to respect everyone’s time. …


Or the importance of collaboration at this time of increasing isolation…

Collaboration is often unplanned, born out of serendipity. An unexpected coming together that amplifies the contributions of all involved. I have noticed that during this extended period of working from home, working remotely, that not only have my opportunities to collaborate been curtailed, but also my appetite for it. With the serendipitous meetings taken away, I have not adapted and sought collaboration. The opposite actually. I have become convinced I can, convinced I should do everything myself. I wonder if you have felt the same?

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I have interacted with people for sure, but during scheduled meetings. Anything more spontaneous causes…


How to keep your eyes on the prize…

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Ever had a goal that you were committed to, excited about, just ebb away overtime? Eventually you just moved onto other things and left that idea for dead?

Imagine how much further forward in your life you could be if you had achieved those aborted goals.

The problem is not in your goal setting ability. The problem is in your execution of that goal- how you are trying to achieve it.

My 3 step framework for keeping you goals in…


Or on any other platform you have an audience for that matter…

Making money on Medium can be a challenge. The Medium Partner Program encourages us to write regularly, to try to put our articles into big publications, to simultaneously build publications of our own, to build ourselves a following, and even then we earn a pittance for our handcrafted words.

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There are other ways to earn from Medium, to earn money from your hard won audience, but you have to have something to sell. This can be a challenge- what do you sell? And how do you do that?

Affiliate marketing or joint venture (JV) marketing is a massive industry. Basically…


A startlingly yellow curry for both the spice lovers and spice averse in your world

I am actually not entirely sure where this particular recipe came from. It is one of the few dishes that I used to cook before my vegetarian came into my life that is still a regular member of my repertoire now. It used to have chicken in then- usually chicken thighs, chopped into bite sized pieces- and you could easily do that now, substituting the chicken back in for the squash specified here. But actually I think this vegetarian version is superior.

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1 medium sized butternut squash

3 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 lemon

1 large…

Andrew Burns

Productive thinking on personal development, habit formation and limiting procrastination. You can find my website at www.running2keepup.com

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