Beat Procrastination… Tomorrow?

The prospect of doing something is often more intimidating than the actual act of doing it. In a world seemingly designed to distract us, it is really easy to defer something awkward or difficult to another time, imagining that our future self will be better equipped to handle the task. In general terms we avoidContinue reading “Beat Procrastination… Tomorrow?”

Inspiration – Does it matter?

After a long day work, doing some chores, eating and sitting down I’ve started to feel really un-inspired to write. With nothing in mind to write about it made that starting step that much harder. So after short break from writing I noticed I’d been going against some other the advice from master habit-maker JamesContinue reading “Inspiration – Does it matter?”

Supercharge Your Memory with a Mind Palace

The human mind has an amazing power of recall. People have been know to remember things for more than 90 years. Memory masters can recall entire decks of cards. However your memory always seems to fail at the worst moments. If you’re under pressure, and/or have nothing to take notes with, it might be worthContinue reading “Supercharge Your Memory with a Mind Palace”

The Taste Gap – Why Everything You Make Sucks.

You know what you like. We naturally form an opinion about everything we consume, consciously or subconsciously, as we form a ‘taste’ for things. For many people embarking on a creative endeavour this can highlight the differences between things you enjoy, and your own creations. This difference is known as the ‘taste gap.’ You mightContinue reading “The Taste Gap – Why Everything You Make Sucks.”

The KonMari Method – Tidying Up your Life with Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo has popularised her KonMari method for living a life that ‘sparks joy.’ The idea is that everything in your life should be something that excites you and has purpose. The method falls in line with other lifestyle philosophies like essentialism, minimalism and simple living. Take a moment to consider how each of yourContinue reading “The KonMari Method – Tidying Up your Life with Marie Kondo”

Willpower – A Finite Mental Resource?

Every time you decide to do something you’re not excited about, you’re using willpower, be it making a difficult phone call, saying no to a donut, or getting ready to go to the gym. Willpower requires mental effort, and mental resources. There’s a reason that most of us slip up and run out of willpowerContinue reading “Willpower – A Finite Mental Resource?”

10,000 Steps – The Marketing Tool That Became the Goal

In 1965 a Japanese Doctor released a pedometer, and named it ‘Manpo-Kei’ which literally translates as 10,000 steps. A great piece of marketing, but with no real science backing. 10,000 steps is however a useful target for many people, as it stretches you to be more active than usual, especially for those in office-based sedentaryContinue reading “10,000 Steps – The Marketing Tool That Became the Goal”

How to Make it a New Year’s ReVolution

The start of a new year feels significant, as we can easily look back over the last 12 months and sum up our successes and failures. The idea of ‘starting fresh’ in a new year is attractive, but considering how many resolutions fail to stick, there has to be more than that to making longContinue reading “How to Make it a New Year’s ReVolution”

Face Any Adversity By Embracing Stillness – Ryan Holiday

You wouldn’t necessarily think that advice from almost 2000 years ago would resonate with how we live today, but here’s a quote from Seneca, a Roman philosopher ‘Here I am with a babel of noise going on all about me, I have lodgings right over a public bathhouse. Now imagine to yourself every kind of soundContinue reading “Face Any Adversity By Embracing Stillness – Ryan Holiday”

When Do Your Priorities Become Your Distractions?

I was listening to the Minimalists podcast the other day and something Joshua said really struck me. He explained that there wasn’t a plural to the word ‘priority’ until quite recently, in the last century or so. The idea that a multitude of things can be extremely important to us is a modern invention, butContinue reading “When Do Your Priorities Become Your Distractions?”