Bin day

Before lockdown we were fortunate in our street to have weekly collections for both refuse and recycling. Over the years I took this for granted.

A couple of weeks into lockdown and the council decided to alternate the weekly delivery of each bin. It meant having to be very careful in what was thrown out in each bin and crushing down cans and plastics and tearing up Amazon boxes etc.

Space became a premium. I now find myself treating each bin like a crazy version of Tetris thinking how can I get it to keep reducing as new stuff gets thrown in and avoid game over!

There is a lean six sigma term called ‘The 7 Wastes’. These wastes kill business efficiency. Google ‘TIMWOOD’ for more on this if interested. It’s fab.

The big idea here is to cut waste. I’m now subconsciously adopting this thinking to beat the bins each week; for example, not ordering unnecessary stuff in the first place (transport), not buying more than is needed which could then spoil (inventory) and moving the bins closer to the kitchen (motion). You get the idea.

Waste analysis is a simple yet powerful tool for transformation and well worth adopting. It provides rapid results when adopted correctly.

Is lockdown bin day one of the most exciting days of the week now? (Asking for a friend)

Stay safe. Recycle.

Nudge nudge

Earlier this week I ventured out on the roads, the first time in the car in 9 weeks. It was strange to be driving again.

I think this must have been the longest period in my life I haven’t driven. Have to admit I was a bit nervous about setting off. But as soon as I started the engine everything clicked back into place.

I haven’t run in 9 weeks. I was supposed to be running 8 half marathons this year. That is well and truly out the window now! But driving again has given me a little nudge to get back out there. So tomorrow I’m going to venture out for a run, nothing major. And then the next day a longer run…

This is change management in action. Sometimes a little nudge is all that’s needed and things start to fall into place like dominoes.

Btw. Car started first time. That’s Volvo build quality for you. A mechanic friend has advised me to run the engine and take it for a spin every so often. A good tip; never know where it will lead.

Stay safe. Stay active.

Let’s get baking

Before lockdown part of my weekend routine would be to go to a local garden centre in Maidenhead called Stubbings for a mooch around the plants and have tea and cake.

The star baker there is Trudie. She makes amazing cakes. Over time we got chatting about baking. In February Trudie gave me a baking masterclass. It was amazing. I’d found a relaxing new hobby.

Then COVID struck and I never expected what would happen next…

Over the last 8 weeks Trudie has helped me with baking via FaceTime – new recipes, top tips and sourcing ingredients. Victoria sponges, scones, Marmite biscuits, banana and custard loaf were just for starters. This weekend it’s lemon drizzle cake.

It goes without saying that these are challenging times. Having something calming to do to switch off from the world has made a huge difference.

I can really recommend baking. It’s super relaxing. If you ever need any simple starting out recipes please let me know, I’d love to help if I can.