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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    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks

    3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

    Often times stress will manifest when we carry over yesterday’s worries into our present-day thoughts. An accumulation of these worries will almost always end up with a high stress level, raised cortisol levels and a perpetual state of distraction and not being able to fully focus. Therefore, we must be able to “dump” all of our concerns from the previous day or days and concentrate wholly on our today. So here are 3 stress-busting tips to help you manage the daily build-up of stress. If you’re suffering a more chronic stress, or feeling overwhelmed or even burnt out, check out my related content on these here: How to build resilience…

  • Book Cover: The Strength in our Scars
    Life Hacks,  Character

    How I Help Build Resilience: Learning Strength from our Scars

    2020-2021. It’s been an uncharacteristically testing time for our resilience. The pandemic has been the overriding event of the century, and one that has challenged our very human nature at its core. We are social creatures and the ability to be social has been taken away from us. We have been told to work from home, not meet our friends and family, self-isolate when we feel sick (or for one of many other rules or reasons). Loneliness has become a real and tangible issue for many. Phone and Zoom calls alleviate the monotony, but they never replicate the connection we experience when we meet people. There is an invisible sharing…

  • Anxiety & Fear in a Journal
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    Anxiety & Fear: Learn 5 Steps to Conquer Them

    Your journal is your therapist. It’s not just a place to answer profound questions from “50 things to journal about” lists or to write about what you had for lunch, though there is nothing wrong with either of those ideas. You will also see other journaling ideas in my Journaling Tools section of the site ranging from gratitude to affirmations to help setting up Day One Templates, app reviews, different ways to journal and more, including my Journaling Playbook which you can download to help get started in just a few minutes every day. But what do I mean by the idea that your journal is your therapist? Put Anxiety…

  • Morning Routines: Breakfast
    Health & Fitness,  Life Hacks,  Intellectual Life,  Character

    Turning Morning Routines into Morning Bliss

    Do you have a morning routine? And do you struggle with it somedays, or every day? The problem here is the word ‘routine.’ If the first things you are going to do in the day don’t light you up, you’re more likely to snooze than excitedly leap out of bed. 生き甲斐 – IkigaiThe thing that gets you out of bed in the morning – your sense of purpose. There are a gazillion morning routines in books and all over the Internet. You may have tried one or more of them and given up. No single routine is better than any of the others because the question is not “What is…

  • Buddhist Monks on Path
    Life Hacks

    A Coaching Journey as Explained by Buddhism

    I was listening to a TEDx talk from January 2020 given by Master Shi Heng Yi, a member to the 35th Generation of Shaolin Masters and headmaster of the Shaolin Temple Europe 歐洲少林寺 located in Germany. The talk is excellent and the story and the 5 Hindrances that Master Shi Geng Yi explained perfectly parallels the coaching journey. Here is his story: A man was living close to a mountain. And every day he was thinking: How would it be to climb that mountain? And what would I see on the peak? So finally, the day came. The man went on the journey. Arriving at the foot of the mountain,…

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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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    Life Hacks

    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.…

  • Sand through and Hourglass
    Life Hacks

    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…

  • Do Something Great
    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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    Life Hacks

    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…