Oh Life!!

What’s your obstacle today?

I have a heavy cold and I’m feeling a little bit miserable, I’m sipping on a Lemsip before I pop down the road with Dee to mum and dad’s for dinner. We walked the dog earlier in between a few showers!

For the most part I’m in good form , Liverpool FC seem to be back to winning ways, we’re busy in work, there are a few interesting projects I’m working on, we have a few proposals we’re waiting to hear back on but there is also a court case coming up in a few weeks that I have to deal with.

Eventually the court case is being heard in October.

I can’t believe how much time has passed – that was over three years ago, just when the recession was really biting. I remember the sleepless nights. I remember doing everything we could trying to collect the money that was due to us and being totally ignored. Eventually I managed to track our client down and he laughed in my face!

He thought it was funny ..

I didn’t think it was very funny – it was a tough time for us, we desperately needed that money to keep the show on the road.. as I said I didn’t quite see the funny side of it.

Ah well..that case is up this month and like everything else, it will pass. It would probably have been easier and less hassle to walk away but sometimes you just have to stand up to people like this.

Today is Sunday 30th September..

Doesn’t that just about sum up where things are for all of us? We have good things going on but there is always some worry, some hurdle, some niggle that needs to be dealt with. Sometimes these are huge things and often they are just small things. Sometimes they are personal and sometimes they are in relation to our work life.

Oh Life!!

A few years ago a good buddy of mine, Peter Coppinger from Digital Crew mentioned this clever little online service called Oh Life that he was using.

He explained enthusiastically that you sign up for Oh Life (it’s a free service) and every day it sends you an email with a simple question:

How was your day?

I had never managed to keep a diary so I was quite sceptical as to whether I would do this and I wasn’t really sure how it would be of benefit.

Peter is a pretty switched on guy so I followed his advice and signed up.

With the service you simply reply to the daily email from Oh Life with your thoughts for the day and it stores your answer. Once you have been using Oh Life for a short while, the service includes one of your old diary entries in the emails it sends you.

Sometimes on your daily email it will copy you on your entry a week ago and sometimes it will copy you on an entry a month ago and so on.

This simple service provides me with a fascinating insight into my “life” and my big learning from using it is that the “worries” never seem to turn out as bad as I feared and I’m always astonished at how quickly things move on. Something that is a big deal to you can easily become irrelevant in just one week.

I wonder what my diary will be like a month from now!

Go on, why not try it by clicking here .. Oh Life

Greg Canty is a partner of Fuzion

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15 Responses to “Oh Life!!”

  1. Fergal Bell Says:

    Greg – Thanks for posting the website for the diary idea. I’ve signed up so I’ll give it a go and see how it goes.

    It is amazing how hindsight can show us that we don’t need to worry as much about many of the day to day problems that we find ourselves facing.

    There’s an old story of a king who asked a wise man to think of an expression that would console him during difficult times and also stop him from getting too carried away when times were good. The wise man went away and came back a while later with:
    “And this too will pass”.

    Good luck with the case and I hope it works out well.

    Seeing the team perform on Saturday was like a breath of fresh air – encouraging times!

    • Greg Canty Says:

      cheers Fergal – my faith has been restored in our team. West Brom did it for me – what a great performance !

      • Fergal Bell Says:

        The reports on the performance against Man City sounded good and they deserved much more from the game against Utd. I thought the points tally didn’t reflect how the team was doing. Let’s hope it keeps going!

      • Greg Canty Says:

        I hope it does – I think Rodgers is great. did you see he took on Downing and Enrique publicly last week.

      • Fergal Bell Says:

        I know – I have a good feeling about him as well. I didn’t see what he said about Downing and Enrique. I get the feeling with him that he’s the boss though!

      • Greg Canty Says:

        On the Liverpool Echo he came out and basically said they were both talented but were just turning up and being lazy – he wanted them dying for the cause, which he feels they are not doing. Calling them out publicly – interesting, must be so much going on behind the scenes. I imagine he tried to move them on during the summer?

      • Fergal Bell Says:

        Interesting – I’m glad he feels secure enough in his role to impose himself. I’m surprised about Enrique because he was really good last season. Maybe he was hoping for a move himself in the summer?

        Disappointing result yesterday but the reports seemed to indicate that they dominated possession, so some positives to be taken. Wish we had another striker. Dirk come back!

  2. Colette Quinn Says:

    Great Post Greg! And yes so true! Also loving the wise old man’s advice – thanks Fergal! Have a great week everyone & catch up soon 🙂

  3. audreymcsweeney Says:

    I too have signed up Greg – i think that when you have some little worry buzzing around in your brain that writing (or typing) it down can free up some ‘head space’. Lets see if this works! I was abit astonished at your reply to Fergal though because when he mentioned ‘seeing the team perform’ i immediatly thought he was talking about the ‘Fuzion’ team – and when you replied ‘my faith has been restored in our team’ i thought – that’s a bit cheeky!!! I should have known better!!!

  4. Andy Says:

    Hi Greg
    I signed up yesterday to Oh Life. Its a really good idea to put your feelings down on paper, whether you have a good day or bad day.
    Its better to let it out rather than keep it bottled up inside.

  5. Bill Daly Says:

    Hi Greg,
    Future problems will always be a source of anxiety for us and can sometimes threaten the productivity of the day to day work, and often we need to stand back a mile and deal with them in due course.

    Sometimes the way we perceive the problem can be the problem. Worry is a bit like a rocking chair – it will give us something to do but it won’t get us anywhere! In reality, the world changes every few seconds bringing us new opportunities and refreshes existing timelines.

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