Iain Saunders

Life, Business, Data and Productivity skills gained from a career using Excel

You Should Take A Long Break After Reading This

Giving yourself time to rest and relax is important. Not just time to unwind, but actual quiet time with nothing else happening or being done. I like to take long baths. This quiet time gives my mind the freedom to wander and bring to my attention things that I’ve thought about before, but with added …

Just Taking A Break

Today I’m posting a little late and a little short because I did one of the things I am always advocating on my blog; I took care of myself. This week I’ve been working my grey matter to its limits trying to figure out how to build something in Excel. I need to make a …

Keeping Yourself Sharp

Many years ago I worked in a warehouse, and in one of my many roles there I was working on a sorting station. This involved scanning barcodes of products from one container to another. It was boring, time-consuming work and you couldn’t just churn through it and take off for a break! More containers could …

Tap Tap Tap… Curb That Phone Addiction!

Several months ago now, before my new job, I felt like the strain of work was getting to me. I felt as if I was becoming unravelled. I downloaded a game to give myself a distraction from it all, a mindless game in which you tap your way to victory. While on my commute, tap, …

Let’s Go Over This One More Time

Many discussions about building good writing habits involve the routine. For some people it’s as simple as sitting down in a particular spot with a hot cup of tea and a biscuit. For others it’s a whole ritual with music, mood lighting, scented candles and preceded by some light meditation. In my case the ritual …

RescueTime One Week Later

I’ve been using RescueTime for over a week now, which means I have enough data for a weekly analysis of what I’ve been up to, yay! The app is on both my laptop and phone, but I do sometimes use my wife’s devices (iPad and laptop). There’s probably around 3 hours unproductive time missed there! …

Reflecting On My School Daze

My study space is really taking shape now. Even though it’s basically a corner of the living room and my laptop is set on a dining table. I have a study board with some three-month goals written across it. I have a set of shelves with my study materials on it. And next week I …

When Self-Study May Not Be Enough

There is a course I would like to be on in the future where one of the requirements is to have at least an A-level in Maths or have equivalent work experience. Unfortunately I don’t have an A-level in Maths, I quit doing my A-levels halfway through and I believe I received a “U” for …

Adventures In Meetup

Last week I had the idea that I should be socialising and getting used to my new local area. We plan to live here for a while, so it makes sense to settle in. After some searching, I was able to find some local groups on Meetup that seemed reasonable; a couple of books groups, …

Writing About Not Knowing What To Write About

Even though I’ve been blogging for almost a year now, it’s still pretty tricky to think of something to write every day. Whenever I bring up this topic with my wife, her response is “do you really need to write every single day?”, to which my answer is no, not really. But do I want …

Get Away From The Desk!

Every work day I take my lunch and go to the local park. While not everybody may have the luxury of a park near their workplace, everyone does have the luxury of at least one scheduled break time a day. So many times I’ve seen people sitting at their desk with their lunches, scrolling on …

How I Met My Study Buddy

School was not my favourite because I really didn’t fit in. In fact, I hated the majority of it. So when the opportunity came to drop out at 16, I did. I then went to community college just to do my GCSEs and a GNVQ in IT and found a completely different environment that reminded …