Key rules for my Life

Table of Contents

This is a summary of everything i have learnt and continue to learn throughout my Life & my Journey in technology.


The Core to whom I want to be, broken into sections:

Never stop Learning“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”Always Learning

Be a better learner

Learning Faster

Embracing Lifelong Learning in the Digital Era

Embracing Learning Agility in a VUCA World: Lessons from Blockbuster’s Fall

Jack Welch’s Vitality Curve and Its Place Among Common Appraisal Strategies
1% better (every day,every week) Small things add up“the universe buries strange jewels within us all, and then stands back to see if can find them”

“Compound effort, like drops of water, may seem insignificant at first, but over time, it has the power to shape mountains of achievement”
Atomic habits

Power of Compounding

“No Mud, No Lotus”

Embracing the Unknown: A Journey of Self-Improvement and Perspective

Invest in Yourself: The Ultimate Path to Personal and Financial Growth

Life Lessons – Embracing Small Changes: Insights from ‘The Kaizen Way’Life Lessons
Smile “Smile at strangers, and you just might change a life.”Happiness Advantage

The Importance of Smiling

Emotion Management for Everyday Life

Just a bit of Fun

Understanding Life’s Final Reflections: Insights from ‘The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying’

Embracing Stoicism: Navigating the Waves of Negativity

Navigating the Hedonic Treadmill: Finding Lasting Happiness in a World of Constant Change
Step back and reframe problems/events“Awareness is the foundation for intentional change”

“All change starts with awareness”

“When I was 20 I wanted to be a millionaire, when I was a millionaire I wanted to be 20”
Different perspectives for problem-solving and decision-making

The Blind Men and the Elephant

Reflecting on Your Journey: A Guide to Celebrating Your Achievements

Time for a new Job?
Focus “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days.”

“The more you concentrate, the more you get done. The more you do, the more you progress.”
Impact Code

Deep Work

Mastering Focus

Stolen Focus

The One Thing

KickStart your Day

Embracing the Journey of Growth and Adaptability

Quick Wins for a Productive Home Office Day

Nano Tips to Boost Productivity
Plan -both daily, Weekley and MonthlyDig the well before you are thirsty

Don’t get caught up in distant goals or 5-year plans. Life is not linear; it’s a series of meandering paths. Focus on the next step, on what’s in front of you now. There are no ‘aha’ moments; only tiny, incremental gains. And that’s OK. Keep at it
Organize Tomorrow Today

Winning the Week

How to Gamify Your Day

You Don’t Actually Know What Your Future Self Wants

3 Daily Habits

Time management

Parkinson’s law

Dig the Well before you are Thirsty

Daily Check-In

Practical Ways to Practice Stoicism in Daily Life

Rethinking Goal Setting: A Balanced Approach to Achievement

Time: Our Most Precious Non-Renewable Resource

How to Use Your Energy Wisely Throughout the Day: A Battery Analogy

Reviewing All Items: Do They Add Value in Reference to Goals, Aims, and Work Projects?

The Detail

Personality- who am i, what kind of person do i want to be?

  1. Be polite and respectful of others, for example, say good morning to as many people as you can from when you enter the office to when you get to your desk. Its a very simple thing, but being polite can generate a positive environment. Be interested in other people. Remember The Number 1 motivator is feedback on results.
  2. Don’t be overly effected by other people Two monks and a Woman — Zen story , The Millionaire Next Door
  3. Have a good attitude if you have a problem, find a solution, don’t just complain about it. For example, rather than just complaining about a flickering light above your desk. Find out who to speak to and try and get it fixed.
  4. Contagion is normally something you think of with respect to say the flu. But viewed in an office and company environment. Think how good or bad news or attitudes can spread. What happens when someone who has been “infected” gets home?
  5. Be a Critical thinker:
    • Challenging Status Quo: Don’t do things just because they’ve always been done that way.
    • Consider Multiple Perspectives: Take different viewpoints into account.
    • Prioritization: Focus on what truly matters, even if there are tempting distractions.
    • Problem Reframing: When faced with an issue, find alternative solutions beyond the obvious.
    • Effective Listening: Listen more than you speak, be actively engaged in understanding. Understand what makes different people tick some people are like waves in and out
    • Self-Reflection: Be open to admitting the potential for being wrong.
    • Learning from Setbacks: Analyse setbacks, prevent their recurrence, and extract lessons.
    • Time Management: Recognize the importance of making the most of each moment.

Related Reading:

Focus & Daily Approach

6. Work out the X things that drive you in life and make sure they are balanced and not in need of attention, while a lot of these do overlap in places mine are:

  • Be a Dad
  • Be a Husband
  • Career & Job
  • Health , both Physical and Mental – Mindfullness
  • Financial Wellbeing Magical number
  • Self Improvement

7. don’t spend time worrying about what you cannot control, instead focus on what you can control

8. Keep focused and remove distractions if needs be i.e Mobile phones

9. Watch less TV

10.Aim to Work smarter v longer

Being busy and being productive are not the same thing. It’s easy to be busy. It’s hard to be productive. Being productive is not about doing more; it’s about concentrating all your energy on the few things that matter.

Also see The Productivity Project & Organize Tomorrow Today (which includes a real good basketball analogue)

11. experiment and test assumptions i.e remove phone from the room you are working on, reduce browsing the internet, take longer breaks or more shorter one’s, try blocking out time for key tasks, etc…

12. There are different ways to approach this but i like working out my goals for the week and then breaking each day down. Making sure i have time for things like exercise. I find keeping a Physical work Diary like “Clever Fox Planner Schedule” very useful (i started on a simpler daily planner but i found it didn’t include as much as i needed and wanted for long term planning and reflection)

Also see Time Blocking & Stolen Focus

Thinking more long term

Don’t get caught up in distant goals or 5-year plans. Life is not linear; it’s a series of meandering paths. Focus on the next step, on what’s in front of you now. There are no ‘aha’ moments; only tiny, incremental gains. And that’s OK. Keep at it

13. think of your career as a business. Invest time in yourself

  • you don’t belong to your employer
  • think of your employer as a customer for your business
  • like a business, you need to be evolving and improving
  • think of yourself as a brand

Also see The new rules of work & You Don’t Actually Know What Your Future Self Wants

14. take a leaf out of Dave Brailsford and looking for find 1 percent improvements in overlooked and unexpected areas.

Also see Power of Compounding

“Compound effort, like drops of water, may seem insignificant at first, but over time, it has the power to shape mountains of achievement” ChatGbt

Think about this

If you were to truly grow 1% every day, then you calculate the potential for growth in the year as an exponent, 1.01 to the 365th power. I’ll save you the time, that equals 3,800% in one year. That is a pretty insane amount of growth, and I think we’d all agree that would be a good year.

But what if we pick something more reasonable, say .1% every day. At the end of a year you’d experience 44% growth, meaning you’ve expanded your capacity by almost half of what you were previously capable of! That still would be incredible progress.

15 Aim to be so good at your job your bosses cannot ignore you

16 Always keep learning

Who am i?

I read a quote talking referring to classical music on you tube but it can be expanded to many parts of our current work and life. It went something like this ….

We are so lucky to live in this world , over a century ago we would have been able to watch a world class music performance once in a lifetime today we can re-watch it every day.

I think the same applies to learning today. We have so much skill and knowledge at our fingertips.

So on to the reasons for this blog.

I am a techie based in the UK with over 20 years of IT experience.

I want to share knowledge with anyone who might find it helpful.

The source of information in the posts includes sourcing data from but not limited to:

  • You tube
  • Udemy
  • Work colleagues
  • Past Experience
  • Books i have read

a Lot of the images on the pages are AI generated from DALL-E.

My main approach with articles is to make my own notes on a topic and then ask Chatgbt to help create a blog article by expanding on my points. Then i refine that article as appropriate.

Other area projects on the go are included in:

My professional stuff: