Overthinking: How To Retrain Your Brain To Think Less

Do you agonize over the simplest decision? Do you replay again and again in your head past dialogues or hypothetical ones you wished you had? Do you worry about the consequences of your actions to the point where it’s keeping you awake at night? You are an overthinker. Just like more than half the female population in the US and more than 70% of 25 to 35 year-olds. The good news… thinking IS a good thing. It helps with processing information, making informed decisions, solving problems. The more you think, the more you stimulate your brain, the more intelligent you … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Mindfulness, The Wandering Mind & The Power of Now

It’s nothing like as easy as it sounds… How could it be? Mindfulness is a really simple concept to grasp, really easy to understand, and if I told you how to do it (which we did here: How To Practice The Art Of Mindfulness), you’d master it in a crack. It’s not like learning to play the violin or building a rocket. It’s not complicated at all. Yet, it’s nothing like as easy as it sounds. I know, you probably spotted the contradiction there. I just said it was easy and then that it isn’t. Oh. My. Gosh. Let me … Read The Full Article …

Learning: The Most Effective Methods To Learn …

… Are not the ones you think In our school days, we concentrate on the content without spending much time learning how to learn. Yet, learning how to learn is not just important as a child or student, it follows you in your adult life whenever you receive or even deliver training. If I’d ask you how you prepare for an exam, last minute bulk revising armed with highlighters would probably come to mind. I know it does for me.  Yet, although Re-reading and Highlighting methods are cited as the most popular learning methods, it might surprise you to hear … Read The Full Article …

KISS (aka The Simple Art of KISSing)

Usually I’m really good at KISSing. I’m going to give you a brief example where I haven’t been recently and why that stands out for me so much, particularly given some of the things I’ve written here, then I’ll tell you why KISSing is so awesome – at least to me it is. I’m very much into KISSing. So what’s all of this about KISSing? Obviously you guessed already from the way I write it that I’m not just talking about that lovely romantic gesture you impart upon your loved ones, I’m talking about KISS as an acronym for keeping … Read The Full Article …

Journeys: Every Journey Starts With A Small Step…

Don’t let the challenge of your goal scare you. Whatever your goal, whatever you’re set to achieve, the most important thing to do is to start taking the first step in the right direction. Most importantly, don’t delay. Take the first step NOW. But how do you start moving toward this goal you’ve just set yourself? Break Your Goal Into Smaller ‘Journey’ Goals The answer is to break it down and set a 1st journey goal that will bring you closer to your final goal. Something you could achieve THIS week! Make it small and manageable but also something that’s … Read The Full Article …

Ideas (aka Too Many Ideas? Me Too…)

Ever have so many ideas bouncing around inside your head that you end up getting overwhelmed and not doing any of them? … or just half-heartedly doing one or two and forgetting what you meant to do with the rest? Me too. At the moment, particularly because I’ve been travelling a lot lately and away from a computer, I have lots of ideas and to-do’s filling my head and very little recorded anywhere else. I’m currently reading a great book called ‘Flow’ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (just needed to remind myself of the guy’s surname there…). One of the main premises … Read The Full Article …

Haircuts

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

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 …