Life Hacks

Life Hacks. There are - in reality - very few hacks or shortcuts that yield lasting results. This section is a set of techniques, methodologies and things you might not know which can help you incrementally (or potentially radically) change your life for the better. Most of these articles don't fit neatly into one of the other life categories in the wheel of life sections, or in the tools. These are broader in scope and, generally, more transformational.

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    Life Hacks

    Fear. What is it good for? Confidence

    Over the course of February I spent some time studying confidence in more depth, and its bedfellow, fear. I thought I would share a few key takeaways with you. Confidence is Earned You don’t have or require confidence before you do something. You earn it after you have done the thing. The principle here is that confidence is like a “charge” you build up over time by doing more of the things that are just outside of your comfort zone. Everything that is inside your comfort zone is easy and not challenging, so you probably don’t feel like you need the confidence to do these things. They are automatic. However,…

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    A Powerful Time Management Framework

    Following on from my 15 Secrets about Time Management from last week, here is a framework I follow to build in some of the ‘secrets’ and get more of the right things done. I won’t say it will guarantee that you will be successful – you will require work on philosophy, values, mindset if you don’t already have these in place – but this framework will help you achieve 80% of the goals you aren’t already achieving. The framework is made up of key pieces at a monthly, weekly and daily level to help you ‘eat the elephant’ I mentioned in an earlier post titled 5 steps to overcome overwhelm.…

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    15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

    Time Management. It’s a thing we all want to be better at, because we want to – need to – get more done in less time. There’s just never enough time to do it all! Work, social life (pandemic excused), Netflix and chill, learn a new skill, write that book, spend more time with the kids … the duties go on. And so does the to-do list. My to-do list has about 40 items on it. Then I have my “other” to-do lists where I might break one of these projects into smaller chunks to make it more doable. I have 8 such projects in my to-do list. Then I…

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    Life Hacks,  Courses

    The Best Personal Development Coaching?

    The best personal development coaching is, without any doubt, experienced and delivered one-to-one with your own dedicated coach. The sessions are personalised and tailored to your exact needs and the accountability boost you get is invaluable (contact me for more details). However, there are many other ways to receive personal development which range from group coaching to live personal development coaching, to pre-recorded personal development training, to books and audiobooks, to YouTube, and then talking to your friends. Roughly in that order of effectiveness. When people ask me where I get coached, my answer is that it’s a combination of all of the above. Every author or presenter is a…

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    16 Free Personality Tests

    Plus 3 Paid Personality Tests If you have been following the blog for some time you will have seen a number of different personality test mentioned or reviewed over the years. This post is a quick summary of links to all the different tests plus some new ones and is an “archive library” of tests I have tried or which look interesting. These tests are some of the leading psychometric tests available, many are peer-reviewed or backed with significant scientific research and include sources including Myers-Briggs, Gretchen Rubin, The Goodlife Project, Shirzad Chamine, Roger Hamilton, Penny Power OBE, Daniel Priestley, et al. I hope you enjoy the roundup. Most tests…

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    Five Steps to Overcoming Overwhelm

    Overwhelm. We all face it. But where does it come from and how can we better manage it? I am referring here to the overwhelm of having too many things and not enough time to do them all, not emotional overwhelm which comes from different sources. A lot of the time, overwhelm is our own fault. It’s simply because we overcommit. Either to others or to ourselves. We think we can fit more into a day than we actually can. We want to do it all because were excited. Or we say yes because we don’t want to let the other person down, even though (if we stopped to think…

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    Ask me Anything for Wisdom Wednesdays

    New for 2021. Ask me Anything! Yes. Really. Every Wednesday – time and questions permitting – I will answer your burning life coaching-related questions. This may be via my newsletter, as a post on this blog, or a quick-fire response on Twitter or Instagram. It depends on what you ask and what you need help with. One caveat – it must be related to content on this blog – ie life coaching. I reserve the right not to respond to every request which comes through but do send your question below and I will see what I can do. Thank you!

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    Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Life Vision

    Just Stop. And Think.

    I have worked for myself for almost 20 years now, and the general (b)rule has been to work, work, work because it’s all about the hustle. And if you’re not hustling you’re not doing it right. Before that, I always kept myself busy: I had my day job and then my hobbies – like dancing – and other pursuits such as running role-playing clubs, or a side gig such as web design (which actually became my first solo business). I fill moments between activities with audiobooks nowadays, time I used to fill with music. It’s become more intense and I have succumbed to workaholism and the (b)rule of being always…

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    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    How to make your Gratitude Journaling reap Powerful Rewards

    Keeping a gratitude journal is often recommended to help you develop more happiness. By being grateful for even the little things in life, we gain a much greater inner appreciation for what we actually have. It helps stem the tide of negative or comparative thinking which, through self-talk, brings our emotional state down. Gratitude journaling is beneficial and easy to start. Simply jot down the good things that happened to you like a promotion, hitting a goal in your fitness program, or getting some good news. You can use a piece of paper, a digital notepad or any of the myriad journaling apps or ready-made journals that exist. I prefer…

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    How to take in more information from an audiobook

    The more I listen to audiobooks, the more I find them an excellent way of accessing new learning in an easy way. When I am driving, even for 5 minutes, or walking around a shop, or taking a stroll by the river, or on a plane or train, or even sitting at home, it’s easy to press play and listen to the next nugget of wisdom. However, I did start to find I was struggling with taking in the information. I did some research and I found that avid listeners digested a greater amount of knowledge by increasing the playback speed within the Audible app. Audible has this built-in and…