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Weekly challenge

How I conquered procrastination in just 1 week

Last week was Productivity Week for me. Not every Weekly Challenge delivers tangible and immediate benefits, but focusing on getting stuff done for just 1 week enabled me to find the techniques I needed to overcome procrastination once and for all. A problem with finishing First, let’s procrastinate for a minute with a (relevant) little...

Everyone hates a wine buff

Wine week. Conclusions. Good? Good, bad, weird. Advice for readers? Beware the Malbec spell. If it looks like my writing style has altered, perhaps it’s down to the state in which I have been left by all the fermented grape juice I disappeared during a week focused almost exclusively upon wine. Like a gibbering old...

Weekly Challenge #29: Poetry

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Seamus Heaney Following the recent passing of the incomparable Seamus Heaney, I felt a strong urge to spend some time reading poetry. That, dear reader, sounds like a Weekly Challenge! So this week I shall be reading 7 poets, wandering lonely...
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats: Bolivia in a nutshell

Traveling the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is, at times, a bruising, spartan experience; but the 3-4 day jeep tour (which has become Bolivia’s number 1 tourist attraction) also exposes you to breathtaking sights, as natural wonder after natural wonder drifts past the window of your dusty, uncomfortable jeep. This pleasure-pain combination would...

Weekly Challenge #28: productivity

This Weekly Challenge is now COMPLETE. Yay! To see How I Conquered Procrastination in just 1 week, take a wander over here. Productivity. Getting stuff done. Mono-tasking without monotony. Making ideas happen. Behind almost every success story is a system, and the system usually addresses the thorny issue of productivity. I mean, come on, haven’t...

Weekly Challenge #27: live like a Gaucho

For our second week in Argentina, we headed south west of Buenos Aires to volunteer on an Estancia (Argentinian ranch) set in the remote, flat, endless pampas. With my wife being the world’s biggest horse fan it was an opportunity for her to see how horses live in this gaucho (cowboy) culture. For me, the...

Weekly Challenge #26: become a wine connoisseur

This Weekly Challenge is now complete, to see how I got on in Mendoza, including my discovery of the mythical ‘wine duvet’ have a look at this hilarious post. To celebrate arriving at the Weekly Challenge half way point in My Year In Flux, I’m going to pop some celebratory corks, sniff a few fruity...

Rise of the photo zombies

Following a week experimenting with Mental Photography, I’m here to deliver the inconvenient truth: we spend too much time with chunks of plastic and glass in front of our faces. Forget the imminent threats of environmental catastrophe and economic meltdown, it’s the camera we should be worried about. For while our backs have been turned,...

The Inca Trail: lost city, very much found

My 21st Weekly Challenge coincided with us having reached Peru on our travels through the Americas, so there only seemed one real challenge to take on…to walk the ancient Inca Trail to the famous lost city of Machu Pichu. Well, I did it, saw it and got the photo, and now I want to share...

Weekly Challenge #25: Salar Uyuni salt flats

This weekly challenge is now complete, to see how I got on on the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, have a look here. This week we’re spending a few days heading across the Bolivian countryside towards the Salar Uyuni salt flats, where we’ll arrive at sunrise on my 33rd birthday. Sure, there have been...

Weekly Challenge #24: learn Coin magic

I will be attempting to learn Coin Magic over the next 7 days, and by the end of the week I hope to palming my way to riches. Magic was on my list of potential Weekly Challenges right from the beginning of My Year In Flux because conjuring has fascinated me from a very early...

Plan your dreams, don’t pipe them: 7 steps

If ever there was a time to stop procrastinating and start road-testing your dreams, it’s NOW. Heck, it was always NOW, wasn’t it, we just got a little sidetracked. Most people I know find so many different reasons not to seize the day and act, so their pipe dreams remain firmly in the pipeline, then...