Last week I offered to drive Daniela up to Bedfordshire to teach her “Energetic Facelift” class.  The plan was, I’d take my laptop with me and use my phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and work in the gallery of the converted barn for the 4 hours of the course.  I could have taken part, I suppose, but me + 8 ladies didn’t seem like too great an idea – and anyway, I don’t need a facelift ( …much!).

So off we went this morning, all the course materials and refreshments packed neatly into the boot.  As we completed the 2hr drive, I started wondering whether my phone battery was going to last 4 hours use as a hotspot.  And then it hit me: my laptop bag was still sitting on the side in my office – I’d forgotten to put the flippin’ thing in the car!

And you know what?  A few hours of quiet time (well, apart from the gabble from downstairs during the breaks) has worked wonders for my focus and clarity.  Freed from the “what I’ve done so far” energy locked up in my laptop, and working on the back of a couple of folded A4 flyers, a rough manual mind-map and a lot of free thinking later, and I think I’ve identified where the business has been a bit stuck recently.

It’s a subtle shift, and one I probably wouldn’t have seen if I’d had my existing body of work and my current positioning statements to hand.  But it’s a very important shift.

Something I’ve struggled with for quite a while now (as my friends and mentors will all attest) is blending my Busy Fool, Loving Work, Opportunity Matrix and Core Process work in a way that will make sense for larger, even corporate, clients.  With my mind’s freedom to roam outside of the artificial constraints I had placed on the concepts, I think I now have it.

More on that later, once I’ve written it out fully from that back-of -an-envelope mind-map.

The point of this blog is the value of taking yourself away from your usual environment, and liberating yourself from your existing materials and locked-in thinking.  You don’t want to be reinventing the wheel every day – that way lies sheer Busy Foolishness.  But starting from scratch every now and then, and seeing if you end up in the same place, is a great way to check you’re on the right path.  I wasn’t, not quite, and this small but, I think, very significant shift in my thinking should open up a new, easier, more effective path on my course to fulfillment.

And, with a little luck, more and better-paying clients.

Andrew Horder
Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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