All good things...

Having spent 29 amazing years editing this magazine, and running the PM Forum, the time has come for me to hang up her red pen.

Yes, I’m retiring and handing over the immensely enjoyable task of editing PM magazine.

I have always been a bit of a Jack – or Jill – of all trades, with a wide variety of skills and an eclectic set of interests. Probably why I have enjoyed my role with PM Forum so much, as every day is different. So, when I decided to write the Leader for the final issue of my tenure, I thought it might be fun to share a very random selection of tips and musings. Make of them what you will.

Start with the tough jobs
What’s the most difficult thing you have to do today? Intellectually or emotionally? Do it first. Once you’ve got that done, you’ll have a sense of achievement and no longer a sense of dread. And the rest of the day will feel a lot easier.

Enjoy what you do
It’s easy to say ‘do what you enjoy’ but then that isn’t always possible. But we can all try harder to ‘enjoy what you do’. Throw yourself into the task wholeheartedly, with an open mind and a smile.

Give blood
For most healthy people this is the single most charitable, altruistic act you can do – and it saves lives. It’s never too late to start. And it’s the only time that eating half a packet of custard creams can be done ‘for medical reasons’!

Be kind
To yourself. To others. To the planet. To the person in the coffee shop who got your order wrong. It’s not difficult. And makes us all feel better.

Own your decisions
There is no such thing as a right or wrong decision. Weigh up the pros and cons but in the end just make a decision and own it. It’s amazing how light you feel when you have made your choice.

The little things
If I had a motto to live by it would have to be this, from Kurt Vonnegut: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.” ‘Nuff said.

So where does that leave me?

As a wise woman once said: “All good things must come to an end… to be quickly followed by more good things!”

Nadia Cristina, Managing Editor, PM Magazine