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?”

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”

Get better at anything – David Bayles

This story is based on making art, but the principal can be used for any endeavour you want to get better at. A pottery class was split into two groups. One was instructed to make as many pots as possible, and that they would be marked just on how many pots they produced. The otherContinue reading “Get better at anything – David Bayles”

Atomic Habits

Habits are our brains shortcuts to allow you to concentrate on more important things. Most people don’t think about how each lace wraps around the other, you just automatically tie your shoes. Habits (or automatic behaviours) can be split into 4 parts: Cue: the event that triggers a habit (e.g. you smell food) Response: howContinue reading “Atomic Habits”