North Manchester has a huge regeneration opportunity.
Straddling the boroughs of Oldham, Bury and Rochdale, three strategic sites with more than 3,500 acres between them could accommodate a third of the commercial space identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and a sixth of the housing.
At MIPIM last month I asked a panel of representatives from the public and private sector about the importance of the opportunity within the context of the Greater Manchester market.
I’ve never been one for setting New Year resolutions which limit or restrict, instead, I’d rather draw up a list of things I want to do more of – spending time with friends, for example.
This is my first New Year in business so the temptation is to come up with a huge list of goals but one thing I’ve learned in the past seven months is that it is something that needs to be reviewed regularly.
I started using a Trello board for keeping tabs on ideas and leads which I’m constantly updating and adding to.
In those moments when things feel like they aren’t moving the way I want, I’ll scan through to see where I’ve come from, what I’ve already achieved and take inspiration from the ideas and leads.
So this (short) list is part resolution, part well-being reminder and part motivator, all of which will no doubt have wider benefits.
It can be agonising when you just can’t find the words and an occupational hazard for anyone who has to write.
I’m definitely an advocate of a change of scene, sometimes just switching from desk to sofa can help me or I’ll head out to a café – I wonder if a short stroll in fresh air is part of the reason why that works?
Also researching around the topic can sometimes reveal an unexpected inroad into a subject.
And then there is the looming deadline. I know a lot of journalists who need the pressure of time to get fingertips tapping the keyboard.
Do you have a tried and tested technique for overcoming writer’s block or just to get you past prevarication?