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Democracy

Democracy

Rant alert… oh, and I may get a little bit political… (sorry) Why would I want to write about Democracy? Democracy is a good thing, right? What’s to discuss? Well, I always thought democracy was a good thing but perhaps now I think it’s just the best we have whilst in itself being as fundamentally flawed as any other system. Most things don’t work in their extremes but do work in some kind of moderation. e.g. drinking a fine wine. Extreme Capitalism doesn’t work (too unfair on poorer in society) – nor does extreme Socialism/Communism (not enough meritocratic incentives for … Read The Full Article …

Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing is here to stay. It’s a subject I find fascinating because it combines three of my favorite things: efficiency, simplicity and community. And I’d like to demonstrate to you what it is, how it works and why you should care. So we have a lot to cover here. This is probably going to be a pretty long post but bear with me because it will be worth it. Let’s start at the beginning… What Is Crowdsourcing? Well here is the wikipedia definition: Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can … Read The Full Article …

Blogging (aka How To Write A Blog Post)

How To Write A Blog Post

Just write it. Getting started is the hardest part. There’s nothing difficult about the process of actually writing a blog post. Get yourself onto WordPress (don’t bother using any other platform if you’re just getting started), click on New Post and then write something. Make it rough and ready, say what you think, have something you want to say of course, but then just say it. The Headline There is a lot you can put into a good headline. Subscribe to a few popular blogs about blogging (just google it, it won’t take you long to find the top ones. … Read The Full Article …

Automation (aka Efficiency Hack #10: How to Supercharge your Efficiency with If This Then That)

Efficiency Hack #10: Automation with If This Then That

This Efficiency Hack is going to be a little longer than normal because I want to tell you a story… If you want to skip to the usual brief overview without my little story then click here: How To Automate Your Internet Based Tasks Before Picture: Anti-Automation OK, so I’m exaggerating a little to call it anti-automation, but here is my true story of someone (well, many people actually) doing things manually to a ridiculous extent and me automating all of that…

Zepp (aka The Quest for Improvement)

Zepp

Have you ever wanted to get better at anything but struggled because it was something complex? I have. In fact my two passions at the moment, Golf and Table Tennis both fit that description. Both of these activities ritually humiliate and frustrate me. Golf is well known for being a difficult and frustrating sport. To master it is difficult as it’s a very technical game and a lot of the movements necessary to perform a really good golf swing consistently are a little counter-intuitive compared to the movements we are used to making in our everyday lives. I won’t go … Read The Full Article …

YouTubers (aka A World with Blurred Boundaries)

YouTubers

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an architect. OK, so I ended up giving up on that idea because when I looked into it it seemed a very long route to get there with lots of years of study before I’d actually start earning any decent money – so I went into IT instead – but I still think architect would have been pretty cool for me. I suppose for a stretch of my career I did end up working in (IT) Strategy & Architecture, so that’s something. My son also likes … Read The Full Article …

XMas (aka How To Have a Happy, Stress-Free XMas)

Unfortunately, for a lot of people, Christmas is often a stressful time … At this present moment in time with problems in the world economy, many people feel like the expense of Christmas is the last thing they need. But it doesn’t have to be expensive, or stressful at all. Doesn’t Everybody Love Christmas? I always assumed everybody loved Christmas: the cards, the food, the presents, being with the family. Until I heard a radio show a few weeks ago saying that November, December and January are the most difficult months for people who suffer from depression because of the … Read The Full Article …

Water (aka Why You Should Drink More H2O)

Water

I reckon it’s fair to say that a lot of us take this ‘free raw material’ for granted… Can you imagine a world without water? It wouldn’t be very nice, would it? …but access to good, clean, drinkable water is a privilege and don’t you forget it – and a privilege to relatively few people if you look across the globe. Drinking More Water Drinking more water is definitely a good idea. How many calories? Zero. Well, there you go then. Did you know that often when we feel hungry, it’s actually our body craving water. At least if you … Read The Full Article …

Violence (aka What Has Happened To Our Humanity?)

Violence

Madness. The cycle of stupidity: Make weapons Sell weapons to friends (who could later turn out to be enemies) Spend millions going to war (airstrikes, friendly fire, reduce entire cities to rubble, kill innocent civilians, breed more hatred) Spend millions cleaning up the mess we’ve made Make more weapons (go to step 1) What has happened to our humanity? Today’s world feels like an even more twisted version of 1984. Violence breeds violence. Madness.

Trans-Fats (aka The Clever Science That Clogs Our Arteries)

Trans-Fats

Trans-Fats are used by the food industry to make products last longer and cost less. You may have already heard about trans-fats also called hydrogenated fats. You’ll find them in margarines, cookies, fast food,… The Problem With Hydrogenated Fats ‘Slight’ problem…hydrogenated fats are not naturally-occurring fats. They are made artificially by bombarding fats with hydrogen atoms in order to change their molecular structure. Pretty clever science… but not for our body which does not know how to deal with it and cannot eliminate it. Consequently, hydrogenated fats clog our arteries. They also raise the levels of bad cholesterol and decrease the … Read The Full Article …

Sleep (aka What Our Bodies Get Up To Whilst We’re Dreaming)

Sleep is one of the pillars of health. So why do we need sleep? Although the precise mechanisms and functions of sleep are still being studied and some questions remain without satisfactory responses, one thing is certain: without sleep we do not function properly. Sleep gives our body a quiet time, away from the demands of daily waking functions, to clean, repair, replenish, regulate, restore itself and prepare for another day. Why We Need Sleep: What Sleep Does For Us… Here are some of the processes taking place during our sleep: cells, damaged by free radicals during the day, are … Read The Full Article …

Re-Use

Re-use

How about this for re-use… Way back when we started writing articles for this site we wrote quite a lot of money saving tips. One of those, written by Isabelle was on re-use. I’m re-using it. So, Isabelle originally started that article with the vivid memory of when she lost her job and how that made her worry about less money coming in… … how at first, she thought we would be OK, because her husband (me) still worked.  Then she panicked, thinking the drop in monthly income would mean we couldn’t afford to have the same lifestyle, wouldn’t be … Read The Full Article …

Questions

The Psychology of Questions

Do you believe in positivity? What about cynicism, do you believe in that? No, I’m not asking you to be cynical – well, not entirely 😉 (though I have to admit I have been called cynical plenty of times) – it’s a question of how much positivity vs. how much cynicism – or simply put, questions. I cringe when someone tells me I run a self-help site. I do help people. That’s kind of what consultants are meant to do (i.e. the actual consulting bit is meant to be of use). I also believe that we are more empowered than … Read The Full Article …

Parking

Wealth Tip #7: Don't Pay for Parking

Most major towns and cities have restrictions around parking, whether yellow lines or paid parking bays or controlled zones, it’s often difficult to find parking. However, there is often free parking not so far away if you know where to look. It’s worth spending a bit of time to find out where these free spaces are, sometimes you may have to walk a bit further to get to and from your car (which is good for you!) but these places do exist and when you find them, there’s no more worrying about rushing back to your car in time before … Read The Full Article …

Haircuts

Cut Your Own Hair

OK, it sounds a lot worse than it is. It started for me when I decided to take the radical step and have shaved hair, having always had long hair (well, not long actually, just normal length. Not long, like rocker long, just not particularly short, except that time when flat-tops were in fashion).  I digress. Back to the point… Because I wanted it all taken off, I got my wife to do it with a pair of clippers. It looked much better than I thought it would, was quite liberating, looked better than I thought with a suit (I was … Read The Full Article …

Give and Take Days

Wealth Tip #1: Go to a Give and Take Day

Ever heard of a ‘Give and Take Day‘? No? Neither had I. Until we went to one. We’ve now been to two of these, the most recent one took place at our local church here in Cromford. We turned up, deposited a number of items we were ‘giving’ on one of the tables then proceeded, with the kids to look through all of the other items laid out on various tables which were free for us to take. You heard me – free for us to take – anything we wanted and as much as we wanted. At first this … Read The Full Article …

Freecycle

Use Freecycle to get free second hand items and get rid of (i.e. re-cycle to a good home) your unwanted items. Freecycle is a Yahoo group. Have a look there https://www.freecycle.org/ and you’ll find a Freecycle group in your local area. People advertise the items they want rid of. If you reply quickly, it can be yours…for free. Get recycling the free easy way! The great thing about Freecycle is that it is a great way to help our Environment – think about it – by re-using we are keeping things out of landfill, spending less on manufacuring new products … Read The Full Article …

Downsizing

Wealth Tip #21: Downsize your car

Do you really need that great big car? How big do you need your car to be?  Do you have 2 cars? Do you need 2? I’ve written a few articles here about downsizing and what it’s meant for us – mainly to do with downsizing my car as that was the biggest revelation for me in terms of not being what I expected, but we also downsized our house and our life. I’d like to tell you a bit more about all of that by putting it all together into one article which hopefully shows the beauty of downsizing, … Read The Full Article …

Changes

Changes

Not major changes, but changes nonetheless. So Lifestoogood.net as was is effectively splitting. As you may or may not know this site started as an experiment, basically my teaching myself how to create a website – playing with the idea of ‘monetising’ that website with advertising and such, and then very very quickly going off that idea and removing all advertising from the website (in the view that for the amount of money that actually brings, it’s not worth hampering the reader experience with it. Did it really hamper the reader experience? One could always argue that everybody has ads … Read The Full Article …

Bargains

Bargain

Do you like a good bargain? These days the shops seem to be teeming with bargains. Happy days, right? Well, I have to admit I do love a bargain myself just as much as the next man. Scratch that. I probably like a bargain more than the next man. I really do love getting a bargain. But not just any old bargains. One thing I have to remember – and I would urge you to remember too, is that if it’s something you really weren’t looking for, don’t really need or want (even if it looks nice and sparks a … Read The Full Article …