Learn from my mistakes

I found this the other day:


I laughed immoderately, but not too hard – it’s not like I don’t learn from my mistakes, and at least try not to repeat them! However, one thing it really pays to do is to learn by other people’s mistakes. If you can do that, you can save a lot of time struggling making them yourself. Of course this only works if you get to see, or hear about someones mistake, and so I’ll share mine with you!

You may have noticed that this week, the blog has been quiet. Monday and Tuesday turned out to be a flurry of work online doing something other than the productive stuff I really enjoy. Instead it was prepration for the changeover of my ISP (Internet Service Provider) after over a decade. I’ve been trying to keep my email box fairly low, but I’d been having problems with it loading for months (one reason for leaving my old ISP, in fact), and because of this lag, and all the work I’d been doing online which meant I was getting a lot of notifications, well, I couldn’t keep up, and ended up with an inbox with 6,000 emails in it, and not loading well. Even getting a single one to forward to my new email address was a challenge which took much page-refreshing afterwards to load the inbox again. Two full days – TWO FULL DAYS – each day I worked until 9pm to get it done, and it took that long.

So what do I take from this?

Firstly, had I made myself spend ten minutes once a week on clearing it, it would have been worth it, and would have at least reduced that number!

Secondly, don’t use your ISP’s email address – one reason I think they give you an email account is so that you’ll get so used to giving it out that it puts you off leaving, because you’l lose that email address (I know my old ISP made extra money out of me just due to my reluctance to deal with moving my email address after all those years).

Thirdly, be lightfooted with your ISP and other utilities – I will have saved over £500 a year by switching my internet and my electricity over. Don’t get stuck on their deals and then let them lapse – there are so many sites which can help you switch, and I will say the change over from my old to new ISPs was absolutely painless (apart from the email nightmare, which was essentially avoidable anyway). If we all switched our suppliers everytime the market made us a better offer, companies would have to be more competative and that would bring prices down for all of us. (I found my best deals on sites like www.moneysavingexpert.com and www.ukpower.co.uk).

So, yesterday I made two videos of poetry I’ve recorded, and I’ll be posting them today to make up for the lack of posts earlier in the week. 🙂

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach