Posts by Lark Ismail

Yeah! It’s Blue Monday

Despite today being labelled as Blue Monday, there’s no reason to be feeling down on this or any other day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue. A lovely change from the rain and wind over the last few weeks. After a flurry of snow at the weekend, the day’s are getting longer and…

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Are you good busy or bad busy?

One of the first things I frequently hear from clients, when we check-in at the beginning of a session, is they’re busy.  I ask whether it’s ‘good busy’ or ‘bad busy’?  “What’s the difference?” they ask. It’s usually pretty easy to tell, from the tone of their voice and what comes next. Often we can…

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How to Survive Christmas

Christmas can be stressful – particularly with all the added pressure that gets piled on at this time of year. You’ve fought your way through the crowds of Christmas shoppers to grab the best bargains and stressed over the size of the gifts and whether you have enough. Families who rarely speak to each other…

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Are you up for a challenge?

What is it about October – it’s the month for giving things up. Stoptober – the NHS encourage you to become a non-smoker. Go Sober – to go alcohol-free for a month for Macmillan Cancer. All great reasons to change a bad habit. Perhaps after the Summer holidays people come back with a new perspective…

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Start Your Day With A Morning Routine

Whether it’s a daily ritual of your morning tea or coffee, reading the papers, meditation or a morning run, how you start your day is important. A good morning routine will help you to be more organised, more productive and more focused for the rest of the day. Here are a few ideas to get…

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What makes you happy?

It’s the International Day of Happiness – so how happy are you and what makes you happy. The sun has come out – that makes me happy. A lovely bunch of flowers – freshly delivered or picked from the garden – that makes me happy. Chocolate (good quality) – that always makes me happy. Watching…

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Networking Tips: #40 So you want to start a networking group?

Are you thinking about starting up a networking group? Don’t! Not unless you’re prepared to put in the time and effort to make it successful. Many people start a networking group thinking it will give them a ready made audience for their products and services. This is rarely the case.  They will see you as…

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Extreme ways to deal with email!

Going away on holiday and you dread returning to thousands of emails in your Inbox? Are you receiving hundreds of emails on a daily basis? If you don’t have the luxury of having someone else manage your email for you while you’re away, here are a few of the more extreme ways I’ve heard senior…

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7 Ways to Create Resolutions and Habits for the Year

Create resolutions and habits

So how are your New Year Resolutions going?  We’re three weeks in to the year and no doubt, like many other people you’ve started the year with good intentions. Perhaps you’re going for a dry January and giving up alcohol or you want to kick start your health by joining the gym, giving up smoking…

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7 Great Reasons to Work from Home

Whether you work from home on a permanent or part-time basis, you run your own business or you usually work in an office, there are great reasons for it: 1. You can work flexibly.  You’re not tied to the 9-5 and you can plan your day around other non-work activities. 2. You can get up…

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