Rachel Taylor

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2019 resolutions: Do more of what counts. And less of what doesn’t.

31st December 2018

My favourite entry from bestselling The Rules of Life is Rule 5 – “Know what counts and what doesn’t”. In other words, focus on what is important in life and avoid doing the stuff that is a waste of time. It’s pretty much the central message of most self-help books, but I love the simplicity…

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How to avoid stressful relaxation. Be more aimless…

30th November 2018

A year ago I left a full-on NHS manager job in pursuit of a more balanced and happy life. However, it has taken me a full 12 months to learn the art of living more slowly. In fact, when I first gave up the ‘9-5’, things became more hectic than ever. The reason life was…

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FORGET your dream. Only then will you achieve it.

3rd October 2018

Nike’s “Just do it” is a surprising catchphrase because in normal life “just doing it” doesn’t get you much kudos. Whether you’re a teacher with a tricky class, a nurse changing the catheters or an agent showing people properties that will never sell. Just getting on with it, day-in day-out, isn’t particularly praiseworthy. Outcomes are…

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The joys of R & R (Repair and Restore)

18th June 2018

Loved listening to Wayne Amiel give Paddy O’Connell some gardening techniques yesterday (Radio 4 Broadcasting House, 17 June 2018).  A keen, amateur gardener, Amiel has named his own garden “Clapham meets Jamaica” and he’s a guru on bringing dead and abandoned plants back to life,  his “best find” being a stick he found in a skip which he…

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Taking the pressure out of decision making

10th May 2018

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears” Nelson Mandela. We’ve all been there – can’t make a decision because we’re too scared of making the wrong one, particularly when the stakes are high. This was me recently when trying to decide whether to resign from my secure job to become a freelance coach…

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The easy way to get difficult stuff done

2nd April 2018

We’ve all had that feeling at the end of a meeting/email-filled day at the office that we haven’t actually achieved anything. How did all those busy hours pass without us really making a difference or doing the fulfilling work that makes us feel good? The problem doesn’t go away when, like me, you shift from…

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Feeling the glow of our achievements helps us to keep on track

19th February 2018

Feeling good about what we’ve achieved shouldn’t be difficult – should it? Well, it turns out that enjoying good feelings about good stuff actually takes a little work. Case in point, a couple of weeks ago I was having coffee with a friend who was telling me that although she was very disappointed to have…

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How not to break your New Year resolutions

2nd January 2018

A new year, a fresh start – now ’tis the season for setting our abstinence and self-improvement goals. But will we stick to our New Year resolutions? It can be tough, especially as we are often trying to form some sort of new habit (like starting to meditate every morning or eating a carrot instead…

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Looking after ourselves in the festive season (focus on the present, not the presents)

3rd November 2017

It’s 25 days until Christmas. How do those words make you feel – happy/excited or anxious/overwhelmed? Or a mixture of all of these emotions and more? I love Christmas and this year is special, as, for the first time in our adult lives, all four siblings (two of whom live in the States) are spending…

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Stuck in a rut? Want to make a change in your life?

28th October 2017

With these recent clear blue skies and brightness, it’s been hard not to notice the stunning colours of autumn that seem to change almost daily. Walking through some of Oxford’s green spaces last weekend made me think that in the same way the trees and the world around us constantly alter, we too seamlessly and…

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