Paper

Paper

We should all take a minute to enjoy the simplicity of what paper is – a material designed to be drawn upon and engraved in order to portray information. I can go to the supermarket and buy 500 sheets for £3 easily, which is bewildering considering the source.

Maybe we can stretch a thought to a second minute, and understand what the creation of paper has allowed us to do. Pieces of paper have allowed us to construct the most beautiful and horrific of thoughts and store them for countless generations to see. Paper can be folded into intricate patterns and designs, can be folded into a plane which can soar across a room. Mostly, paper allowed us as human beings to express feelings that we were unable to vocalise due to fear.

The relationship we have with written words is truly different to those words spoken, we often don’t realise the vast level of difference between them. Is it because spoken words somehow seem less permanent? Or because more time has been taken to ensure these words are communicated? Who knows. All I know that reading words on a sheet of paper, can be the most rewarding and the most devastating experience one will ever experience.

Loop

Loop

The humble loop. A shape and design we have never really put much thought into, I imagine? When actually placing thought into the idea of what a loop is though, the importance and gravitas of the loop is instantly apparent.

In a physical sense, the loop is one of the most perfect shapes that can be found within this universe – or should I say almost found – as it could be argued no loop is perfect. When considering what a loop can symbolise however, the symbolism transcends that of most ideas within existence. A shape that has the power to go on forever, a shape that hints at completion and cyclical events, the only shape that symbolises love and the shape that defines infinity.

Understanding how people understand the idea of the loop, in my opinion, is to understand people full stop. The loop can be seen as safe and secure, binding and predictable. For some people however, the loop can be seen as monotonous, infinite yet asphyxiating, the root of the seemingly endless grind through life.

Remember that the loop is a shape like any other, one that can be utilised like any other. Don’t work around the loop, allow the loop to work around what you want.

Why the store manager is doomed.

After undertaking three years of studying within the field of Management and Business, I have learned a wealth of theories that work in a wealth of hypothetical situations and ideal worlds. What I’ll be touching upon now is why the average store manager, in charge of a wide demographic, will never seem to be a successful manager in the eyes of employees.

Within management theories there are a wealth of theories that suggest “if you allow X to happen, employee will flourish”. This is all well and good, we all love when X causes employees to flourish! What these theories do not remind us is that they only tend to be somewhat successful in the setting in which they were theorised and researched. Which brings me on to the store manager.

I work part-time (though recently a lot more than that) at a supermarket in which hundreds of people are employed from a wide range of educational and personal backgrounds. As a student who appreciates how difficult it must be to manage such a wide variation of people and allow them to be somewhat happy within the workplace, I do think my manager is extremely successful within their job – but this belief is only partially shared.

For a manager to be successful, they need to be able to use incentives and levels of interaction which are favourable to the employees without being too favourable towards any particular employee, which automatically brings about a massive hurdle as employees all want different things. Some want financial reward, other progression, others recognition, and others just simply want to be left alone. This factor, combined with the fact that the manager has a difficult job of their own to complete to me suggests that no store manager is ever going to be considered successful by their employees as a majority.

Theories of successful leadership rely on a very similar demographic wanting the same rewards. In a setting in which people may be working part time to assist their studies, or in which people have been working full-time for 30 years, this level of success seems regrettably unattainable.

Jiggle

Jiggle

I was going to aim for some form of intense eloquence and intellect when creating a piece regarding this daily prompt but then thought, what the hell – lets make it real!

So recently I’ve gained a little weight and as a consequence I tend to jiggle a little bit more than I used to. I used to have a lot more time on my hands before I started working and focusing on university work – which is to be expected naturally, but it means that I have a lot less time to work out to the extent that I used to.

Whilst I have gained a little weight, I’m not gaining weight in a way which should cause concern. The point of this post is to reassure people that you’re going to change and develop. Your priorities are going to shift and you’re going to find yourself going through phases of having more time, then less, then more. This is natural! If your weight starts to slip a little, don’t worry about it. You can change your diet, cook a few vegetables up with a bit of chicken (or your vegetarian equivalent) and you’re sorted – healthy meal right there.

I want it to be understood that I’m not advocating letting yourself go, that would be foolish, I’m simply stating that there are so many more dimensions to a person than their weight. Learn to put up with a bit of jiggle from time to time! Your diet may go a little off track, your plans may overwhelm you a little, life may simply get in the way as it so often does regarding any issue.

What matters is that you realise that a little jiggle here and there isn’t the end of the world in the least.

New idea

As I’m hoping to get back into writing posts once more, I had an idea for something that could be very interesting! I may begin writing ideas and theories based on my university studies – Management and Business

I have always loved the idea of sharing thoughts about the subject but haven’t had as much time as I’d like until now. If anybody has any thoughts on this then please feel free to share! I will also of course, be publishing non-academic posts as I do find a great pleasure in that. This is just an idea for something that could maybe help everybody involved.

I’ll keep you updated, but thank you kindly in advance.