Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer


OneNote Guide: Fundamentals


Quickly get up to speed using OneNote 2016.
This video explains basic OneNote concepts and is ideal if you’re considering making the switch from Evernote.

How To Deal With Overwhelm


In this episode I run through my Crisis Mode Productivity system that I’ve used successfully in the past when I’ve been feeling completely overwhelmed (usually self-inflected because I’d taken on too much!) It’s a bit longer than I had planned, but I do go through things in detail. I also mention a blog post by Marc Jenkins: Must avoid at all costs and recommend that you...

Doing, Aiming & Being Challenge


Doing, Aiming & Being example mindmap This week there’s a quick update from me and then an expansion on my Doing, Aiming & Being challenge for you. There’s 6 months of the year left, do you have an idea of what you want to achieve? If not why not give this short exercise a try and see what comes of it? If you do give it a go then why not share it with me, I’d...

Accountability Diary or Personal Development Podcast?


It has been a few months! In this episode I provide a personal update as well as review two books: So Good They Can’t Ignore You and Deep Work, both Cal Newport, Also, with us being half-way through the year I also leave you with a challenge to consider your goals for the next 6 months. It’s quite rough around the edges so please bear with me, these will get better! A full transcript...



Marc recently wrote a post called Disclaimer.
Disclaimers, wordy intros, apologies: they’re all unnecessary. They water down the message.
It resonated with me.
I’ve already mentioned my tendency to tag on “In my opinion“, “I feel” or “I think” to my written word.
It’s just redundancy.

My Life Reboot 18 Months On


TL;DR Years of a terrible diet, no exercise and not dealing with my underlying stress & anxiety problems left me a gibbering wreck. I was having panic attacks, experiencing physical pain and I was deeply, deeply unhappy. Enough was enough, so 2 years ago I took control and started making changes. It worked, mostly. This is a summary of what I did and how I’m still doing. (Updated for...

Are Slack Groups The New Twitter?


Around 2010 there was a spate of blog posts bemoaning the end of the comment thread.
The claim was that Twitter was making us dumber. We were too busy, or too lazy, to spend the time to craft a response to posts. Heck we were too busy to read posts.
They had a point.

Knuckling Down Guest Notes


Thanks for agreeing to come on the Knuckling Down podcast.
Knuckling Down is a podcast for web professionals who want to make positive changes to their lives, careers or businesses. It covers a diverse range of topics loosely related to productivity, health and work, so a proportion of the shows should be of interest to most people.

Music For Concentration When Working


One of the unexpected benefits of this 30 day challenge has been getting to read other people’s work. Whether that has been to to proof-read, give ideas on direction or simply to provide moral support, there have been numerous daily posts to go through. One of the recurring subjects has been workflows. The things we do during our day to be better, faster, healthier or more productive people...

Darren Beale Web developer, retailer & photographer