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October 31, 2012

Why I feel tired when the hour changes

Filed under: Happiness, Time Management — Tags: — chriscroft @ 9:19 pm

In the Spring it’s obvious – I have to get up an hour earlier but I still stay up just as late, so instead of midnight I stay up till 1am because I don’t feel tired at midnight (it’s really only 11pm).  By the end of the week I’m stuffed!

In the Autumn it’s more tricky – I like the hour lie-in but instead of going to bed at 11 (which was midnight before the hours changed) I stay up till midnight because that’s what I always do.  And TV and pub hours etc etc all tempt me to stay up an hour later.  So it’s as if I have a week of partying late but then having a lie in, and that’s not very good.  Also I wake up an hour before the alarm clock, it’s lighter in the morning, and people with young kids get woken up at 5am instead of 6am – really bad!  And then my working day ends up at effectively 6pm instead of 5pm, (it’s called 5pm but i know it’s 6) and I’m TIRED.

So either way it makes me tired – so I say keep the clocks the same all year round……


October 27, 2012

Tips for going on holiday to India

Filed under: Books and Culture, Happiness, Travel and driving — Tags: , , , — chriscroft @ 6:33 pm

I’ve been twice, so I’m not an expert but I know a bit. I was asked for any tips and this is what I said – I hope it helps anyone else who is going to this fantastic and wonderful country. I love the people, the food, and the buildings more than anywhere else in the world.

  • allow plenty of time for the taj mahal, it’s fantastic, just sit and stare at it.  Ideally go at sunrise and wait outside the doors before it opens so you’re the first one in!   It gets really packed during the day.
  • don’t expect any privacy, people will stare at you and want to talk to you, so you might as well be a celebrity and talk to everyone and have fun
  • it’s worth having a guide (not sure how your trip is organised) and good English is the main thing to try to get, though hard to assess until too late and they arrive!
  • see the Jantar Mantar if you can, it’s brilliant – in Jaipur
  • we only got ill because we went into a restaurant where no westerners were, and it had sticky tables and flies buzzing around – what were we thinking? On my second visit I didn’t get ill at all, and we ate food from street vendors but it was freshly cooked and still hot
  • beggars – not many and you get used to them. don’t give them money ever (it all goes back to central beggar-masters etc) – take a load of biros to give out!  Or maybe some small packs of cards to give out – you can get these from amazon very cheaply and I think they count as educational….
  • we felt safe all the time
  • take a great camera!
  • camel trips – over-rated. maybe try a 30 minute one but all day will be hell!
  • elephant ride – fun, but again, only for 10 minutes!
  • don’t trust the monkeys who hang around the monuments
  • it gets cold suddenly when the sun goes down at 6pm so take a sweater/fleece for the evenings (when you pack for the trip, and every day when you go out)
  • great shopping! get some hand made silk dresses – they do it in a day and it’s only £20 or something, and you choose the style and the material and they make it spot on (though tightly / closely fitted!). take more cash than you think, it’s very tempting!
  • when they say they will ship it home for you they really do. they are very honest, though everyone is taking a cut from everything so when they recommend a shop or restaurant it’s often just that they are getting a cut.
  • definitely negotiate on the price of everything you buy from a shop!
  • consider reading before you go (or taking with you) A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
  • have fun – it’s the most brilliant country in the world, without a shadow of a doubt

I hope that helps!!

October 22, 2012

Why I don’t like the Lottery

Filed under: Careers, Happiness, Lists, News and Politics, Time Management — Tags: , , , , , , , — chriscroft @ 6:29 pm

It’s a free country, but still, things like the Lottery are bad for the people and this is why:

  1. It builds false hopes which lead to frustration – “Why isn’t my life better?”
  2. It’s based on a lie – that you might win. You won’t! It relies on the fact that we exchange £1 for maybe getting £6 million, which sounds good, because we are human and can’t comprehend numbers over 100, it seems like 100:1. If we really could comprehend 6million (e.g. betting on a horse race with a slug in the outside lane) we wouldn’t bother.
  3. It replaces real plans and real actions – “I won’t bother to do anything except buy a lottery ticket, and hopefully my number will come up|” as opposed to “It’s my life, I’m responsible for it, and if I want to change it then I’ll have to face up to doing some real work”
  4. Once a week you’re told you’re a loser
  5. It’s a tax on the poor and the gullible – over time they gradually lose half the money they put into it, and it has been shown that it’s the less well off end of society that spends more on the lottery and scratch cards
  6. The government appears to be spending less on charity, sports and the arts because the lottery is paying for those things instead, so I don’t think it’s proved that the Lottery has increased the money available for these three good causes
  7. The addictive stress of having to bet each week in case your numbers come up on a week when you didn’t bet.
  8. Winning own’t even make you happy! – it’ll ruin your social life and within a year or two you’ll have blown all the money. Yes, that’s what happens.

Conclusion – get real, you aren’t going to win the lottery, and make a plan for whatever you want, and do the work yourself to get there.

October 15, 2012

Scotland – our fickle partner?

Filed under: News and Politics — Tags: , , — chriscroft @ 10:06 pm

Leaving aside whether it’s a good idea for the Scots and/or for David Cameron if the Scotland leaves the UK (I have no idea) and whether the English should get a vote as to whether they want to keep the Scots (too hard for me to decide that one!), I think the Scottish devolution referendum raises an interesting question of loyalty.

I’ll stick my neck out now and predict that the Scots will narrowly vote to stay as part of Britain, and I think this is the worst result for Scotland. Getting out – fine. Overwhelmingly want to be England’s ‘business partner’ – fine.  But deciding 60/40 to stay – well, what sort of half hearted vote of confidence is that?

Imagine your husband or wife saying they are thinking of leaving you and moving in with your next door neighbour, but they need a couple of weeks to think about it, and then finally they come to you and say they have very marginally decided to stay with you. Some marriage!

Surely in every relationship, whether it’s with a supplier, or someone who works with you, or for you, there should be a total and instant commitment. In fact, even if you have doubts, you shouldn’t show them, you should make up your mind and then give total support.

My fear is that the Scots will then be left looking feckless and disloyal, reluctant partners who don’t have their heart in the union, in which case the English will have a legitimate reason to despise them – and that’ll be a real shame.



PS I think my name might have Scottish roots!

October 11, 2012

Project Management mini-course on-line right here

Filed under: Project Management — Tags: , , , , , , — chriscroft @ 8:01 pm

Check this out!

it was made by my good friend Andrew Bourke of Studioverse.

If you’d like to load it up onto your in-house Learning Management System so that your people can use it and you can track who has done which parts and who has passed the quiz at the end, please get in touch.

also, if you want us to make anything else like this for you – we could do any management subject, and with your company colours, real examples from you company referred to in the content, etc – then please do get in touch.


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