Be Active: How to Boost Your Mental Health and Productivity

Wednesday 'Be Active' by Trevor Romain
Finding time for physical activity often has to take a backseat. We get tied up in navigating careers, business ventures, family, and the pursuit of our passions. It’s crucial to recognise the impact that staying active has on our mental well-being. It affects our work performance and quality of life.

The Midweek Refresh
Some call it “Hump Day”, but let’s seize the opportunity that Wednesday presents. Rebrand it “Be Active Day”, a perfect reminder to invigorate both body and mind. Of course engaging in physical activity promotes a healthier body. It also serves as a powerful tool to nurture our mental and emotional health. Continue reading “Be Active: How to Boost Your Mental Health and Productivity”

Procrastination, ADHD, and creativity

Sad dog longing for walk
Creative people are not immune from flat days. Days when staying bed seems too much. But for some people, procrastination is more than putting things off until tomorrow. Procrastination numbs their lives leading to heart-break, depression, and worse.

Taming procrastination is possible – let’s look at ways to find solutions. It demands digging into the root psychological dynamics that add to this behaviour.

Procrastination often emerges as a way to cope with anxiety or fear of failure. This way of coping can result from perfectionism or feeling overwhelmed by the task (or tasks) at hand. Some day, the simplest routines like walking the dog feel impossible. Continue reading “Procrastination, ADHD, and creativity”

Report on the Future

Neon sign saying - This is the sign you've been looking for.
Back in the 1991, Faith Popcorn published ‘The Popcorn Report‘ in which she predicted how the first world would live through the 90s and beyond. I was thrilled because the book resonated with me. I could see many of the predictions were already germinating back in the 1980s. New Zealand had become a more leisured society because of unprecedented numbers of unemployed people – the government manipulated the numbers to deal with inflation. Side note: here we are in 2023 and perversely, the government is using the same techniques attempt to deal with inflation.

That’s the topic for discussion today – how things go around and my predictions for the future. What will society look like 50 years on. Hey, if it’s good enough for Faith Popcorn to think about the future, it’s good enough for me. Continue reading “Report on the Future”

The dark side of creativity



Stories of movie stars and rock stars self medicating themselves into oblivion, chefs and doctors suiciding, and designers burning out are common in the news. There’s an aspect of creativity that isn’t all sweetness and light. Some of the brightest and best end up hurting themselves or taking their lives, and end up breaking the hearts of the people who love them the most. And there’s always that lingering question: “Why? They had everything going for them, they had everything to live for.”

The dark side of creativity refers to the potentially negative aspects or consequences that can arise from the creative process or creative individuals.

While creativity is celebrated and valued, there are several aspects that can be problematic or detrimental: Continue reading “The dark side of creativity”