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Sabbatical update week 3

The challenge continues In the previous update I already shared with you the challenges that come with having no urgent deadlines or brief shots of adrenaline after every email, phone call or meeting. This week I had even more trouble finding my productivity. A few days passed filled with procrastination while trying out things to find [...]


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Sabbatical update week 2

Smooth sailing in week 1 After extending my contract till the end of August and our (late) summer holiday was over it felt like my sabbatical really started last week. Everyone was back to work, except for me. I had a speaking engagement on Tuesday evening and still had to prepare part of it so the week started off in a productive mode. [...]


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How NOT to start your sabbatical

August 1st marked the first day of my sabbatical. Yes, I am leaving EY and moving on to other adventures. But starting my sabbatical was different than expected. The photo below is not my own, I’m not on leave yet… For two months I’ve been planning to get everything finished before August 1st. I imagined waking up that [...]


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My (blog’s) elevator pitch

In an attempt to start blogging more frequently I watched a recording of Michael Hyatt’s webinar “Blog Faster and Blog Smarter“.  Today I’ve started reading a challenge called “31 Days to Build a Better Blog“. The first challenge is to write an elevator pitch for your blog (or actually what I’m [...]


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Hidden iOS gestures

I’ve discovered some really handy time-saving hidden gestures in iOS: Swipe down in mail to minimize the compose window Swipe left or right to delete digits in the calculator Tap and hold the “123” button to type one symbol Tap-tap-swipe for one handed zooming in Google Maps For more from where these came from please [...]


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How to say ‘no’

At some point in your career you will have more requests coming your way than you possibly can handle. Having three meetings at the same time at different locations is physically impossible and in such cases I find it relatively easy to say no. At other times it is more difficult. I just listened to a great podcast on this topic with [...]


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be optimistic

With small steps and by being optimistic you can pursue happiness, day by day, step by step. For some good inspiration see the below video or this post on the relation between creativity and happiness.





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