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Why giving work a miss might help you at work 26 June 2017

I’m a journalist, so I’m addicted to News.  That’s the assumption most of my friends and family make about me, just as they might assume that my partner, who’s a gardener, can’t get enough of gardens.

And goodness me, in the past few months there’s been no shortage of news to feed that addiction — some of it landmark, some of it bizarre, some of it heartbreaking (and I’ll leave you to decide which recent news stories fit which of those gaping categories.)

But when I set up my business four years ago, bringing the cauldron of newsroom life into offices to develop workplace skills, I decided to do something rather counter-intuitive.  I cut down on news.  Out went the familiar terrain of debate and discussion on BBC Radio’s 4 Today programme between 6.30 and 7.30 each morning.  And in came the unchartered high tundra of BBC Radio 3, even though I’ve never really been terribly interested in classical music and couldn’t get away from Glyndebourne quickly enough when my father invited me to join him.

The result of cutting down on news:  I’m fresher when I work on a news shift, and more relaxed when I work on my business.  It’s opening my ears to Bach before Seven, and Chopin in the shower.   I’m ever so gently learning something new, and I think that’s opening my mind to new ways of approaching my news reporting.

It may not be right for everyone.  Other radio stations are available.  But by giving work a miss before I get there, it’s certainly working for me.

Try it for yourself ...

 

 

Every few weeks I create my TV Newsroom in a funky events room above a pub next to Brighton Station.   It’s a great venue to try it out, whether you’re a sole trader wanting to enjoy its benefits, or a manager wondering if it would be right for your team.  It’s also a chance to meet other like-minded business-people, without the awkwardness of a formal networking event.

My next event is pencilled in for Friday 9 February, 2018.

Here are details of my most recent event -- do give me a call or email me to go on the waiting list for February!

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