Finding it difficult to get your stuff done?

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This little video about procrastination (brought to my attention by Jenny Jameson of Zero Gravity Life) made me laugh.

See if it rings a bell with you.

Do you recognise similar experiences of finding your day has disappeared before you’ve got started on what really matters?

Then join us at July Scanners Night when we’ll be discovering from Mark Walsh how to go Beyond Time Management and get the right things done, not just lots of ‘stuff’.


How to be a Super Successful Scanner

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Watch this video of Suzy Greaves, named as “One of the top 10 gurus to turn your life around” by the Daily Mail as she interviews me, John Williams, about the challenges of being a successful Scanner and the secrets to conquering them.

It’s time Scanners knew how to become that very rare thing – The Super Successful Scanner.

Learn the secrets of the Super Successful Scanner

I’ve spent all my working life searching for the solution to the challenges of being a scanner.

And I reckon I’ve cracked it.

SWLP BookLast year I won an international book deal (without all the usual slog that entails), wrote 70,000 words, and hit my deadline. Screw Work, Let’s Play: How to do what you love & get paid for it is published next month by Pearson.

Screw Work Let’s Play has been selected as a “Buzz Book” in Sunday Times Style Magazine this Sunday and described as:

“A compelling 10-step escape from corporate life that could spell a rash of resignation letters”
Fleur Britten, Sunday Times Style Magazine

Aside from this, I’ve been fortunate to achieve some remarkable things for someone so unfocussed and naturally lazy:

  • I quit my job as Deloitte Consultant to consult independently to blue chip organisations like the BBC, often at a rate of over £1000/day (meaning I only needed to work for 3 months a year)
  • I turned a full-time job offer into a 3-day a week freelance gig that paid me the same income – so I could do whatever I wanted 2 days a week
  • Cold-called the Guardian newspaper to win my first piece of paid writing with no prior experience and had some of my experimental music played on radio stations around the world,
  • I grew a meeting of a handful of people in a bar into the successful Scanners Night event with up to 70 paid attendees
  • I’ve built and managed over a dozen websites and blogs, and used internet marketing to build an audience of 1000s of email subscribers, blog readers, and twitter followers

Now I want to share what I’ve learned in all these adventures to help you become that very rare thing – the Super Successful Scanner.

So you too can enjoy the creativity, variety, and idea generation you love andhave the shear buzz of real world results: seeing your creations out there in the world, reading your words in print, sharing your ideas and expertise on TV, or building a successful business – and finally making great money from it all.

Welcome to Scanner School

For the very first time I am running a Scanner School to show you how to achieve serious success as a Scanner.

It’s a 3 week evening course at a very special price and it starts soon.

Here’s what you’ll learn:


How to choose the right creative or business project to do next – one that you’ll love doing and will actually make some money! How to choose projects that don’t make you feel trapped but instead feed your need for creativity, ideas and self-expression.


How to follow through to get stuff done without making yourself miserable. How to complete important stuff even if you have the attention span and self-discipline of a 2 year old on coca cola.


How to be successful (and even get rich & famous) for something despite the crazy random diversity of your interests and projects. How to attract new opportunities and income without the usual hard slog of relentlessly selling yourself.

Sound good?

Download Scanner School Now

For a limited time, you can download the entire Scanner School lesson series for just £9.97.
Click the button below to find out more.

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How to have your best Scanner year yet

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John Williams

Listen to the founder of Scanners Night, John Williams and discover how to have your best year yet as a scanner or multi-faceted creative person.

Have a brilliant year as a Scanner without New Year resolutions, career plans, or SMART goals – and make more money than you have before!

Listen to the whole talk and you’ll go away with your own Back Of An Envelope Plan for the year that’s simple, exciting, effective, and doesn’t box you in.

Is this the year you make your own business work?

Do your plans for the year include finally making good money from work you enjoy?

Whether you’re self-employed and want to boost your business, or you’re in a job and looking to launch your own thing, don’t miss the chance to discover John’s Blueprint to do what you love and get paid for it.

Read about this month’s Scanners Night event here

Why we sabotage our projects

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Bestselling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin outlines a common creative affliction: sabotaging our projects just before we show them to the world.

Godin targets our “lizard brain” as the source of these primal doubts, and implores us to “thrash at the beginning” of projects so that we can ship on time and on budget.

Make this the year you start turning your ideas into real world projects. Find out how at January Scanners Night

Think Plural!

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A Guest Blog Post by Ian Sanders, author of ‘Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim Your Life’

The question ‘what do you do?’ is something many of us struggle with. An increasing number of us lack a simple one word answer to that question; we find it difficult summing up our role because we do more than one thing.

Many of us are carving out plural work lives where we juggle more than one role. Whether you work for yourself, for an employer or you’re seeking a career change, jugglers are busting the old myth that specialism rules!

Throughout our education we were always encouraged to do just one thing, to specialise in a narrow range of subjects and choose a singular trade or profession. I never liked that. So when I left school, I relished the ability to mix things up, working at a radio station, for a music business and taking a class in photography all at the same time. That gap year before I went to university was when I learnt to juggle and throughout my life, both working for organisations and for myself I have continued thinking and acting plural, juggling writing books with running a business. Advising a fashion brand one day, a rock band the next.

If you carve out a work life that reflects your multi-dimensional talents you can be more fulfilled and also more enterprising. My book Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim Your Life advocates that we bust those myths about what you should or shouldn’t do so that we can go beyond a fixed job title to create a role juggling our talents and passions.

Kevin Roberts features in my book. Kevin is CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s largest creative organisations, but he also blogs, writes, sits on the boards of other companies and guest lectures at business schools – there are no limits to what he does. He’s carved out a unique role driven by his passions where the ‘Work Kevin’ is the ‘Real Kevin’:

‘It all starts with knowing when you are at your best and playing there all the time.   I focus on those things I’m good at and try to get world class at them. The stuff I can’t do I ask others to handle and choose people who are brilliant at it, significantly better than me at least”.

But juggling is not just for successful CEOs. Rachel is a Commercial Director at a media company 3 days a week and makes handmade jewellery the rest of the week. Dave juggles being a photographer with working in a camera shop. Sam is a sales executive, but has a web-based hobby business he runs in his spare time. In a recession, juggling can prove to be a good survival strategy; if you have more skills to offer the job market or an employer, you can be more of an asset.

So if you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, try juggling; start by reframing your role to take on a new responsibility or task. Or if you have a desire to start your own business, a recession might not be the best time to make rash decisions and quit your job but why not start your business idea in your spare time to start?

Here are 5 tips to creating a Juggle-based career:

  1. Be Flexible: Forget a rigid career plan, be flexible to embrace opportunities that fit with your talents and desires. Change your mindset and start thinking plural.
  2. Stay Focused: being a good juggler is not about being a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’. It’s about being committed and dedicated in all you do. Manage time well to deliver on all fronts.
  3. Shout about your talents: develop a personal brand and use social media to communicate your talents to clients, recruiters and employers.
  4. Be Passionate: put passion at the heart of all you do. If you love what you do, work is less of a chore.
  5. Go beyond a job title: carve out a unique you-role. Do it your way, be authentic. Let the Work You be The Real You.

Happy Juggling….

Ian Sanders is ‘Chief-Juggler’. He’s a writer, ideas-producer and business & marketing consultant. Ian is author of ‘Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim Your Life’ and ‘Leap! Ditch Your Job, Start Your Own Business & Set Yourself Free’.

Follow him on Twitter @iansanders

Videos, blog and more information at

Video of Ian talking about Juggle

Change This ‘Juggle’ Manifesto

If you’d like to meet 30-40 other Jugglers in central London,
come to the monthly Scanners Night

Effortless focus with Nina Grunfeld

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We Scanners hate to focus on one thing for too long yet if we don’t focus at all, how can we ever bring all our great ideas to fruition?

At October Scanners Night Nina Grunfeld showed us the secret to “Effortless Focus”; how to find your natural way to focus without making yourself crazy with boredom! Nina Grunfeld is a Scanner and yet has created a business, Life Clubs, running weekly workshops in 12 locations around the UK and has still found time to write 3 great books.

Nina is a also an enthusiast of the Enneagram and explains why Scanners are “Epicures” and what that means.

Do have a listen – just click the play button below.

Nina runs an exercise in this recording with the balance chart. You can get your copy to fill on the LifeClubs website here.

Read more about Life clubs and find your nearest one here

NEWSFLASH: Scanners Night is running its first ever one day workshop called “Find your story” – read more here

Barbara Sher: 4 Great Videos for Scanners

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Here are several superb new videos from Barbara Sher who originally coined the term “Scanner”.

These were shot on her recent Scanner Retreat in France which she runs several times a year. The next one is in Corfu.

They’re short and well worth watching.

What you love is what you’re good at

Barbara says, building a successful life begins with seeing the importance of doing everything you love.

Barbara Sher talks about Happiness Levels

H-Levels are one of the many ways to find what you love.

Barbara Sher talks about Resistance

Barbara introduces the theme of Resistance. Getting to know the nature of your inner obstacles is one of the steps to building a life you will love.

Barbara Sher: Do you like to Design, Execute, or Maintain?

Who you are will determine how you do your best work. Are you a designer, or do you love turning plans into reality? Maybe keeping things running is what you do best…

You can follow Barbara on twitter as @barbarasher. And while you’re at it, why not follow me with news of Scanners Night and other creative tidbits – @johnsw.

Find out how you can use the power of youtube and twitter for your projects and businesses at July Scanners Night.

How to have your best year yet

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Suzy GreavesWhat a great night January Scanners Night was!

Over 70 of us were packed in there to hear Suzy Greaves tell us “How to have your best year yet – without planning, goals or God forbid, new year resolutions”.

Suzy really hit the nail on the head when she said that it wasn’t achieving some goal in the future that’s going to make us happy. So what will?

Click HERE to listen to the recording of her talk.

To get more of Suzy’s insights into life, work and the whole shebang with her free 90 day Big Peace coaching program. (It’s good!)

Don’t be a lonely Scanner

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Do you have an idea for a book, a business or other project? Barbara Sher (Queen of the Scanners) says that “Isolation is the dream killer”. You don’t need self-discipline and you don’t need self improvement if you’ll just get other people to support you and hold you accountable.

Judith Morgan (our July Scanners Night Special Guest) runs a great membership site to do just this. It’s and if you’re one of the first 1000 joiners, you get to be a member for life for FREE.

Here’s what you get: Access coaching calls with Business Coach Judith Morgan, get coached live, ask your questions and get answers, update us with your progress, be held accountable, get pointers, audio classes, business plan guides, millionaire ideas, and wealth creation strategies. Network with other solo entrepreneurs; give and receive wisdom; become part of a Mastermind Team.

And all for free if you join right now. Why free? Because we want to reach a critical mass of 1000 people so that the site will have huge value to everyone who joins. There are currently nearly 800 members. At the current rate of signups, we should hit our target very soon. (So get in fast before we hit 1000 or you’ll have to pay to join!)

This is also a good way to contact other scanners.

Start getting expert advice and other people’s help to make your idea happen. Join now at:

Office Lad

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The only way to make time for all your interests as a Scanner is to outsource the dull stuff to someone else. I do some of this with Ben, a smart 16 year old with good design sense, an ability to write copy and who is generally over-talented in a way that would really grate if he weren’t such a nice chap.

Ben does chores, makes calls, and does PC/website stuff for me at £5-£10 an hour. If you happen to be in North London, see his website (built by himself with a bit of help from me) at