Category Archives: Manage Yourself

How to Stop Wasting Time

stop wasting valuable time on worthless people places and things

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, wastes a hell of a lot of precious time.

If you have been working from home, or not working at all because you’ve been in lockdown, or just got back to work; then the amount of time you waste every day should have been thrown into sharp focus.  For example, most people who work from home manage to get a full week’s work done in about 20 hours instead of 40.  And, if you have just gone back to work you might realise just how often you are interrupted, or have to do utterly pointless time-wasting crap.  The worst is that you may have been utterly idle during lockdown and filled your entire life with utterly pointless crap.

So, here are a few very obvious suggestions to allow you to have more time to do what’s important to you;

  • Make some lists instead of charging around aimlessly and forgetting things;  a to-do list and shopping list are very efficient and helpful.
  • Stop chatting with people who call at your desk.  Usually they are time wasting jerks.
  • Don’t go to most meetings.  In my experience meetings of more than 3 people are a complete waste of time ~ on-line meetings doubly so.  If you are not the most vital person in a meeting you probably don’t need to go.  Just read the minutes instead.
  • Stop multi-tasking.  Do one job from start to finish, concentrate on that task, and don’t try to do something else at the same time.  That means don’t read emails or surf the internet when you’re supposed to be doing something important.
  • Finish what you’ve started.  Unfinished tasks are a congregation of fighting alligators in your mind, bothering the hell out of you and stopping you from really being effective and efficient.
  • Be neat, clean, and tidy.  Some people think living and working in a mess makes them productive ~ it doesn’t, it just means you’re living in a swamp.
  • Do the very simple ‘couple of minutes’ jobs first, get them out of the way, and then do the worst, nastiest, and most difficult task ~ from start to finish.
  • Stop answering the phone, unless you’re expecting a call.  Calls out of the blue are hardly ever important.
  • When you are not at your job, you are not at your job.  So forget it and forget the people there.  Your employer only owns your time for your exact contracted number of hours.
  • Take all your breaks, and get outside into the fresh air and sunshine if you possibly can.

Some say the work-life balance is important.  And some go into the ‘office’ when they should be at the beach.  All I know is too much work will kill you.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

When you’re up to your ass in alligators it’s hard to remember that you’re supposed to be draining the smegging swamp

Run With the Herd

there will be people who confuse your individuality with selfishness

Peer-group pressure is a very powerful thing.  Fitting in, being popular, having lots of friends, agreeing with the majority opinion, is taught to us all from a very early age.  In fact it can be hammered into us at school, where standing out from the crowd and being different can get you seriously bullied.

It’s no different as we grow and move on in life.  In psychology there’s a thing called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which describes what the average person strives for.  Only when the most basic needs are met; food, water, shelter….. can one move on towards higher needs, like having friends. As you’d expect it’s more complicated than that, and it’s wrong anyway.

For most people belongingness: to be an accepted and superior member of a group, comes right at the top of the list of the things they want, need, and desire most.  The average adult strives to achieve social approval, to be fashionable, to be superior, to keep up with and surpass their peer group, to accumulate more and better material possessions, and certainly a get a lot of meaningless sex ~ often outside of their principal relationship.  And somewhere there might be the need for love and adulation.

But to be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy an adult needs to be themselves.  Sometimes it is important to stand out from the herd, especially if you’re fitting in just to play it safe, to avoid being questioned or challenged, to avoid upsetting your peer group, to keep in with your family and your friends…..  If you are going to be true to yourself, if you want to achieve emotional, mental, and spiritual health, then there will be moments in your life when you have to be yourself, no matter what they say.

We each have a unique set of wants, needs, desires, dreams, ambitions, thoughts, and opinions ~ but we often suppress them and get caught up in the herd’s falsehoods instead.  We become people pleasers and drones.

The hard truth is there are a lot of mentally sick people out there today because they strive not to miss out on other how others think they should live, behave, act, and think.  I point to the compulsive wearing of face coverings as my proof.

Nobody needs to wear a face mask outdoors, or when they are alone in their own car, or when riding a bicycle, or when they are alone at home.  I wonder if some people wear a face covering while they are having sex in the missionary position…..

Some say there is safety in numbers.  And that those who disagree are anti-social, selfish, dangerous, should be shouted down and destroyed.  All I know is that I will be myself, no matter what they say.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I am not a number

I am a free man

Looking Better after Lockdown

it could have been worse, the liquor stores might have been closed

Now that I’m regularly out and about again after a period of government imposed solitary confinement at home, I’ve noticed just how manky some people are looking.  It’s not their fault, being subject to lockdown and being made to work from home does bad things to your health, your looks, and your well-being.  It’s a lack of sunshine, fresh air, exercise ~ and too much junk food, processed food, comfort eating, too much booze, too many cigarettes, and for some too much reliance on drugs.  Add to that the lack of proper sleep, irregular hours, lazing around most of the day in sweats or night-attire, not being able to get to a hairdresser…..

Face it after a period of lockdown, and while we are working at home, it’s possible that we don’t feel or look at our very best.  I know I didn’t, and I know just how much weight I put on.

It’s pretty simple to get back to looking and feeling great;

  • Get out in the sunshine and fresh air as much as you can.
  • Get some exercise.  Walk the 10,000 steps a day.  Learn some yoga.  Use free exercises such as squats, push ups.  Look here’s a link to a 20 minute home workout video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKfNUOWuZV8
  • Stop drinking so much every day and every night.  Have two or three totally booze-free days every week.
  • Stop smoking all together, forever.  Smoking makes you look old, you stink, it ruins your health.  Smoking will kill you.
  • Stop comfort eating.  Don’t eat just because you’re bored, stressed, lonely, or sad.
  • Stop eating processed food, or eat much less processed food if you can’t get to a good store as often as you’d like.
  • Stop shoveling your food in with both hands, eat mindfully and slowly, chew your food properly.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  Salads are brilliant at this time of year.
  • Drink more cool, clear, cleansing water.  (Fruit juice counts too.)

I am back on a health and fitness programme again, after letting myself go during lockdown.  It’s so depressing being in solitary confinement that I found it hard to keep up good habits.  But you know what?  It doesn’t take more than a week or so to turn things around to a better life.

Some say that just one bottle of wine won’t hurt.  And, that potato chips go so well with wine.  All I know is that the dictum of a healthy mind in a healthy body is the real truth.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

yoga is bloody good for you

You Can Go Your Own Way

 a lion can lead sheep, but sheep cannot lead a lion

stand up for what you believe is right

Even here in England one cannot go very far before one encounters somebody wearing a mask, and probably surgical-type gloves too.  Here it’s mandatory to wear a ‘face covering’ on public transport; trains, bus, planes, taxicabs ~ and the Health Nazis want everyone to wear a mask anytime they’re out of doors.  In fact the doom-mongers want everyone to stay in lockdown ~ probably forever.

I am afraid they are going to be disappointed in me, but then disappointing people is part of finding your own way in life.  There is never going to be a shortage of right-thinking, officious, supposedly well-meaning people around, happy to advise us, instruct us, create and impose expectations about how we should think, act, and be.  ‘Don’t date that person, don’t take that job, go to that school, think the way I think, wear a face covering…..’  (Maybe I should have taken some of the dating advice.)

Sometimes taking advice and following instructions makes good sense, but only too often what people want us to do is based on their own experiences, their needs and wants, their desire for self-affirmation ~ not on any understanding of us at all.  I have never been in the least surprised if my best way ahead was to ignore advice, do the exact opposite of what others wanted of me, do something those closest to me thought was crazy.  We walk the warriors path alone.

Ignoring advice often offends some people ~ right now not wear a face covering in public seems to offend a lot of people.  The simple truth is that being true to yourself, going your own way, will always disappoint and offend somebody.  Another truth is that some people are ready to be offended by anything that does’t agree with their own warped and narrow mindset.

Don’t know which one is worse, doing your own thing or just being cool.  ~  Bob Dylan

Some people in your life will be impossible to please; parents, siblings, the wider family, ‘friends’, your current and past partners, teachers, co-workers…..  They will show their disapproval of you, whatever you do.  Fuck them.  If it’s unbearable then just move on, spend much less time in their company, stop sharing your plans, dreams, wants, needs, and intentions with them.  Stop telling them what you’re doing and whatever you’ve done in the past.

Some say; ‘don’t do as I do, do as I say.’  And, ‘you should listen when people tell you what to do.’  All I know is it’s better to make my own mistakes than to repeat the mistakes of others.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

look to the far horizons

COVID-19 Testing

trying something or someone to see if the rules are being obeyed

Out on my walk this morning I saw that a mass testing operation for COVID-19 had been set up in one of the local car parks, (otherwise completely unused).  These testing stations are manned by heath workers and the army, and each one is a pretty big operation.

In the half hour or so I had this testing facility in sight, not one single car entered the parking lot so that the driver could be tested for the coronavirus.  Goes completely against the rule of build it and they will come.  This time nobody turned up at all.

I’m utterly unsurprised.  There is very little personal benefit to going through all the hassle and discomfort of the whole ‘getting tested’ process.  In fact there are a lot of individual downsides to having a coronavirus test, and I speak as a guy who has both had the virus and been tested more than once.  (After the fact.)

Being tested will not stop you contracting COVID-19, nor will it aid your recovery in any way at all.  Being tested is just likely to make you sicker because it is very likely you will to told to undergo a period of self-isolation at home, which is bad.  What is worse it that you will be carted off to hospital and stuck in a bed in a place that is rife with the damn virus.  If you are sick, (not dying), then the last thing you need is to be stuck next to a lot of other sick people.

The very best thing you can do to ameliorate any personal effects of the coronavirus is to get out in the fresh air and sunshine, which the virus hates.  The sunshine will boost your vitamin D, which the virus hates.  The fresh air will flush out your lungs, so FFS do not wear a mask.  However, stay away from other people, you don’t know if they’re a carrier, and neither will they.

When you’re out there get some exercise ~ don’t just sit in the sunshine, complete the 10,000 steps a day challenge.  Exercise will improve your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, and if you’re stronger and fitter you will more easily fight off the virus if you get it.

The fresh air, sunshine, and exercise will also give you an appetite ~ believe me, it you get the damn virus you will not want to eat, and even less so if all you do all day is sit in front of the TV.  With your meals take a good and appropriate range of vitamin and mineral supplements.  Your body will need these to fight off the virus.

Trust me, for your own personal health, being tested for COVID-19 is the last thing you want.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

here the COVID-19 testing stations are mostly unused

Spiritual Energies

the fundamental interconnectedness of all things

Crowd Psychology dictates that everyone in a group tends to do the same thing at the same time ~ whether on not an individual member of the group intended to act in a certain way, crowd psychology means that they will follow the herd.  This applies to people watching sports, people fleeing from disaster, crowds of protesters, and mobs of rioters.  It even applies to groups of friends sitting around shooting the breeze.  Crowd Psychology also applies to herds of buffalo, flocks of birds, shoals of fish, and swarms of bees.  And today, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, awake or asleep, you are part of a group / several groups.  Instantly connected to the entire world by TV news, social media, video chat, email, telephone, and the spiritual energies of the infinite shared unconsciousness…..  You are never more than six degrees of separation from every other person on this planet.

My strongest spiritual / religious belief is in the interconnectedness of all things, that everything and everyone is connected through space, time, and their life energies.  This is a universal concept and explains many things ~ like why we say to those that we care for; ‘you’re in my thoughts’, ‘you’re in my prayers’, ‘I love you…..’  It also explains the Titanic Disaster, 9/11, The Great Depression, Wars, Black Lives Matter, and the public outpourings of grief at the death of Princess Diana…..

Here’s the thing.  During this COVID-19 pandemic the feelings and thoughts of us all, the news media and interpersonal communications have mostly been negative.  Turn on the news and I get the number of coronavirus deaths,  the rioting and violence in big cities around the world, the tales of personal tragedies, opinions on the economic doom facing us…..

This affects us all because of the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, group psychology, and the universal unconsciousness.  No wonder so many people are unhappy, depressed, distressed ~ without really knowing why.  It explains the weird and negative things happening today, like the protests and riots, why our politicians and others in authority are suddenly being exposed as liars, charlatans, adulterers…..  Like why our Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s personal popularity rating has crashed by 45 points, going negative for the very first time.

And yet, amid all this negativity a few have risen above the herd and shown great personal courage and goodness.  One needs look no further than 100 years old Captain Tom Moore’s gallant fundraising effort for our National Health Service.  Captain, (now Colonel), Sir Tom’s efforts raised £32, 795, 065, and inspired a nation.

Some say we should stay safe, stay at home, obey lockdown, be afraid.  And, that we can’t have fun, can’t go anywhere, can’t have sex.   All I know is that I will not add to the negative spiritual energies flooding the infinite shared unconsciousness.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

among his other honors Captain Tom was granted a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF’s Battle of Britain Flight.

Time to Build a Recovery

 when you’re not at work weekends are seven days long

Today, as the whole pointless lockdown begins to be eased, the British economy is in a worse state than it was during the Great Depression of the 1930’s.  Officially there are 2,100,000 unemployed in Britain today, but that is an utter fiction.  There are also more than 11 million people being paid by the government’s furlough scheme, a half a million teachers who aren’t working but are on full pay, and another 5 million civil servants who weren’t working all during lockdown but were still on full pay.   So, 18,600,000 workers weren’t working here, and lots of them still aren’t working.

Add to that 5 million self-employed who couldn’t and probably still can’t work but are not included in the official unemployment figures, and another couple of million people supposedly ‘working from home’, and there are perhaps 25 million people not working for a living here in the UK.  That’s out of a total possible workforce of about 35 million.

Trust me on this, most people ‘working from home’ mostly don’t do any actual work.  When things start to get back to normal I predict that many who are ‘working from home’ today will be staying at home because they have no job to go back to.

The British economy has tanked, and government spending has skyrocketed ~ a perfect storm for economic disaster.  The US economy is in an equally parlous state, and all the lawlessness, rioting, looting, arson…..  will merely serve to make matters worse.

As an indicator, vehicle production here has fallen by 99.7%.  Only 197 cars rolled out of the factories here in May, and even when production begins again there will be many lay-offs, redundancies, and people taking early retirement.  Rolls Royce, the prestige car maker expects to cut 3,000 jobs.  Rolls Royce the aero engine manufacturer expects to cut 9,000 jobs, and the Gods only know how many airline staff will not have a job in the foreseeable future.

We need to get the global economy going again.  Anyone with any sense of history, honour, or business ethics will not include China in their future business plans.  The ex-head of MI6, (the agency James Bond worked for), says that COVID-19 is a man-made virus and that it may have been purposefully released by China.  Made in China, is off my shopping list forevermore.

We each of us know what we can do to get the global economy kick-started, time we got off our backsides and made a difference.

Some say that it’s right to protest.  And that violence is a necessary weapon in the war against racism.  All I know is that the protesters may never work again either, looting and burning down places of employment is economic suicide.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

To protest at being out of work the men of Jarrow peacefully walked the 300 miles to London in the cold October of 1936

Take Good Care of Yourself

courage is about doing what needs to be done, when it needs doing

It turns out that COVID-19 is a very selective killer virus.  It’s racist, ageist, fattist, and discriminates against those who have cancer, diabetes, or a heart problem.  Doesn’t much like men either.  You are also far more likely to get seriously ill or die if you live in a big city and don’t get much exercise, fresh air, and sunshine.  If you want to sail through a pandemic then you should be younger, fitter, and free from underlying health conditions and addictions.

There is a little evidence that smokers are less affected by the coronavirus than people who do not and have never smoked.  If you’re a smoker don’t congratulate yourself because smoking will kill you faster and more certainly then COVID-19 ever would.  Also, smokers tend to be unfit and have a host of chronic illnesses ~ like heart diseases.  In fact, anyone with any addiction; booze, drugs of any kind, gambling, junk food, casual sex….. is far more likely to die from that addiction than from COVID-19, but this virus could well just push you over the edge.

As an example; working age men are twice as likely to die of COVID-19 than a similar woman.  And, the 70 to 79 age group are 50 times more likely to die from catching the coronavirus than the under 40s.  It’s complicated.

We do not know yet how to account for this.  Socio-economic factors may be an influence…..  There could be hidden genetic factors we do not yet understand.  ~  Professor Karol Sikora.

We can’t alter our age or ethnicity, and it’s hard to change our socio-economic status, or where we live.  But, how long is a piece of string?  There is usually a big difference between someone’s chronological age than their physical age.    Most chronic illnesses are caused by what we do and how we live; alcoholics will routinely suffer from liver and kidney diseases, heart diseases, cancers, and dementia ~ as well as having a strong chance of dying in an accident or committing suicide.  Type 2 diabetes is all about lifestyle…..

So, to have a longer, healthier, and more rewarding life we need to be brave enough to change, have some self-discipline, stop being self-destructive, and just take good care of ourselves; physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

For a start, no matter what else you believe or have been told, get out there and get some fresh air and exercise.  Stop drinking, smoking, hanging around in bars, and eating junk food.

Some say you are just as old as you feel.  And that they’re not really an addict, they just smoke the occasional joint, and like a beer or two.  All I know is that most of us were on the Road to Hell but we can get off any time we like.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a glass of red a few times a week might be good for you

Random Jottings ~ Sucess

start each day badly, and you wave success goodbye

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to be fulfilled, turn work into play

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Expert:  a complete drip under pressure

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never trust an expert who has never done a proper hard day’s work

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emotional intelligence is an essential ingredient of a balanced successful life

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to be successful, to stand out from the crowd, do the exact opposite of what most people are doing

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

getting drunk only turns you into an overnight success in your own eyes

tired and bored with myself

make a new start, get up and get out there, there is naught to fear

I don’t feel pleasure

there is no real pain

waking up is pointless

too much useless leisure

far too much cold rain

the days are countless

thoughts are mindless

nothing to lose nor gain

just isolated loneliness

it’s time to begin again

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

it’s time to laugh again

 

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