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Author Archives: Steve Richards

Steve Richards works on Strategy for Workplace Services for a large systems integrator and spend his time with his wife and four daughters, hiking, reading, eating out and walking on the beach.

Reflecting On My Working Life

This post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I prepare for retirement this week. I’m resigning and retiring tomorrow, so this post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life.  It’s a perfect time to look back on what I […]

The People Who Shaped My Working Life

This post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I prepare for retirement this week. I’ve just started to read the classic Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and it opens with a description of the people who shaped his life.  It struck me that I’m gradually forgetting the […]

Why I Decided To Retire

This post is part of a series reflecting on the end of my traditional working life as I prepare for retirement this week. I’m 52 this year which many might consider a bit young to retire and it’s not like I didn’t have other options, but in the end I decided that this was the […]

This Is My Next Laptop PC

For most of my working life I’ve used the same IT for work and personal use.  This might seem a bit strange to some people but it’s not for me, work and personal life have always been a blended experience for me.  I’ve always travelled a lot with work and I’ve never been prepared to […]

My Ninth Blog Post: Tablet PC Related Software I Still Use

This is the last in my series of posts looking back at my first few blog posts. This Ninth post is notable only because of the software that I used to use and really like 11 years ago, the only app that I still use is Office, although it’s now Office 2013 rather than Office […]

My Eighth Blog Post: In Pursuit Of Personal And Team Productivity

This is the Eighth in my series of posts looking back on my first 10 blog posts. This is the first blog post I’ve ever written that gets into a topic that’s dominated my working life – how to help people get more done and enjoy doing it.  Over the years I’ve called this pursuit […]

My Seventh Blog Post: Too Many PDAs

This is the Seventh in my series of posts looking back on my first 10 blog posts. This post describes a problem that’s thankfully been solved in my life: I have 2 pocket PC’s, a Blackberry and a Tablet, all of them play music but I also have a Creative Nomad 20G.  How did I […]

My Sixth Blog Post: Visit From The Occupational Therapist

Over the last 11 years I had quite a few helpful meetings with my occupational therapist, this post documents the first visit, when I was full of optimism: I had my first visit from an occupational therapist today.  I have been referred to her to assess the type of work I do and how that […]

My Fifth Blog Post–I Have So Many Gadgets

This is the fifth in my series of posts looking back on my first 10 blog posts. It seems that even 11 years ago I was starting to get concerned over the number of gadgets that had gradually crept into my life, here’s the full post: I have so many gadgets!. I realised as I […]

My Fourth Blog Post : The Importance Of Keeping Records

This is the fourth in my series of posts looking back on my first 10 blog posts. This post continues the theme of looking at Still’s disease, explaining my early insight into the importance of keeping records: One of the things that has really helped me with AOSD s keeping my own records.  Its a […]