Progress: my move from Jellyfish to RocketMill

I’m typing this post on the train from Brighton to East Grinstead – my last day commuting to Jellyfish. I moved in with my girlfriend and out of Brighton a few days ago you see.

It’s been a great time working for Jellyfish, they’re a great and talented agency, spanning now three continents and wide array of services. Some really great people I had pleasure to work alongside!

For me now it’s time for a change, another leap forward in my life, I’m joining RocketMill tomorrow (1st of May) – a smaller agency, but with a great team and offering and with a soul and passion for what they do.

It was a really hard decision, but the timing was so right and the approach of guys from RocketMill seems to be aligned with my current vision of how I want to do things at this stage in my life.

Thank you to everyone I worked alongside and thanks to all the top Twitter/Skype/FB SEO folk I get the pleasure to converse with – you’ve all been impartial in this step up for me.

How to Reduce Stress and Prevent Burnout By Limiting Time Spent Online – Internet Fast Experiment

Yesterday I stumbled across (actually, I twittered’d over) a post by Ryan Gibson titled Internet Fast. It spoke about how Ryan read another article that inspired him to take a break from any not necessary online activity. Basically – we all as online marketers (inbound marketers, SEOs, growth hackers, the lot) have to spend time online at work in order to remain in employment, however, we all I think tend to spend a lot of time online outside of office hours.

In the past every time I cut off an addiction (sugar, smoking, overeating to name a few) it resulted in increased levels of happiness and reduced stress.

Too much time on emails and twitter made me stressed

I recently realised this is causing me to be overally stressed and occasionally even leading to feeling burnout and overwhelmed. One of my bosses gave me a great advice – stop checking your work emails after 7pm and control your use over the weekends. This helped a lot.

Solution

I think next step is for me to to follow Ryan’s experiment and limit the use for a full week (below is an excerpt from Ryan’s post):

When will this begin?
I have provisionally set the 7th October until Midnight Sunday the 13th as my internet fast. Within this period I will not be allowed to use the internet outside of business hours and will continue to work the standard working day. 3G and Wifi will be turned off my smart phone; my laptop will only be used in offline mode. I will lead a completely disconnected lifestyle.

What I’m trying to achieve?

I want to learn to control my access to Twitter and Facebook. I have been spending every evening learning about SEO, strategies other’s use, analysing links and tactics, reading news about SEO and digital and productivity posts for the last 6 years. Even on my holidays. I think it’s time for a break. Time to learn to control that habit to ensure I can have a life without constant access to my notifications.

This exercise should result in lowered stress levels. I know this because even reducing my time spent on checking work emails from my mobile helped greatly.

I want to improve my time off – to make it truly time off, not just time outside the office BUT online. The time I’m supposed to be spending with my girlfriend or actually – just reading stuff not to do with digital. I haven’t watched a TV series in 3 months now  – because I found it waste of time. It’s time for me to learn how to relax again.

What about you?

It would be great to make it a thing – a few of us could do that experiment at the same time (it’s 7th October until Midnight Sunday the 13th – actually I’ll make mine until morning Monday 14th October).

If you decide this is something that sounds good, drop me an email or a comment, do it and let’s post afterwards with our thoughts. I’ll be writing a few sentences each day describing how I used my time instead of being online and how difficult I found the disconnection. Also how I felt by Sunday 13th October – towards the end of the experiment.

Featured image credit: entirelysubjective

 

 

 

Brighton Runner in Search of a Sponsor for Three Half Marathons and a Full Marathon in Early 2014

So, I’m officially looking or a sponsor – I need new trainers (£50 for a half decent pair) and entries/travel to enter 3 half marathons in first three months of 2014 and a full marathon later in 2014. Read more

Three Half Marathons in First 3 Months of 2014

I’ve finally run over half marathon distance. 13.5 miles. I’m ready for the three half marathons in first quarter of 2014 (Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings).

Also looking at a marathon to enter in late 2014 – either Bournemouth or Berlin.

Here’s my route from today (with slight alterations due to map software):
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