Re-Use (aka The Good Life)

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 articles, written by Isabelle was on re-use. So 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, … Read The Full Article …

Questions (aka The Dangers of Self-Help & Positivity)

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: Why You Should Look for Free 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 …

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 …