• 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…

  • Man jumping over a ravine
    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,…

  • Person Loving the Breeze
    Journaling

    Free Journaling Playbook Released

    This is a really quick post to say that I have created a journaling playbook to help you get started with journaling. It’s built around a short morning session and another short evening session – both around 10 minutes. Each session blends gratitude to enhance your mood and mental state (which we could all do with right now), planning and goal setting (the easy edition) and the all-important analysis (core journaling) plus a handful of other tips. In the playbook are two templates you can use to fill in each day, or adapt to your preferred medium. I will be releasing other freebies in time, and if there is something…

  • Girl reading and thinking in nature
    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…

  • Gratitude Journal
    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…

  • Muse 2 Meditation: Brain Sensing Headband
    App Reviews,  Spiritual Life

    Meditation with Muse 2: My Experience with EEG

    I have been meditating since my schooldays – not all the time, but often enough to have developed a good practice. My friends and I were interested in the occult, the paranormal and the esoteric and looked at numerous systems including tarot, meditation, shamanism, angels, Wicca, rune lore, Zen, scrying, ley lines, you name it. We visited a number of groups over the years, went to seminars teaching different spiritual practices and engaged in activities from guided meditation to overtone chanting to crystal workshops to earth energies and more. For me, it was an excellent foundation in what lay on the other side of science (see also my review of…

  • Blank Card
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    Day One Templates: Elegant Simplicity

    You may have seen me mention Day One a few times in other posts – it is my go-to journaling app and great for quickly jotting down ideas too. This post is about creating Day One Templates. One of the challenges I find with a daily journaling routine is my desire to have a short set of pre-defined sections or questions which I can adopt – i.e. headings. Other apps like Evernote also offer the facility for templates, but I found Evernote too unwieldy for day-to-day journaling. Evernote is geared for a different purpose. Day One has the template facility nailed and it even comes with a few templates for…

  • White ruled notebook on blue denim textile
    Life Hacks,  Journaling

    The Power of the Daily Journal

    Do you journal daily? Journalling is all the rage now. There are numerous apps that range from the fluffy to the overly analytical. I have tried four different apps to date – Day One, Stoic (review here), Moodnotes and Jour – and bought three different physical methodologies – High-Performance Planner, Best Self Journal and a Blank Notebook. Some focus on specific aspects of journaling – such as gratitude – while others try to cover the full spectrum. Let’s be clear from the outset that a journal is not a diary, not a summary of what you did and who you did it with (though this can feature), but a much…

  • Am I Good Enough
    App Reviews,  Character,  Journaling

    Journaling – The Stoic Method & App

    I downloaded Stoic from the app store this week to try a different approach to journaling and this review is based on the 7-day trial period before the paywall kicked in. You’ll see from my other post (The Power of the Daily Journal) that I believe journaling is very important to leading a successful life (however you define it), but the challenge is that it can be very open-ended. I use Day One, but the current version does not prompt you with questions like the old Day One Classic used to. You can define your own prompts, but having something come at you unexpectedly makes you think outside the box…

  • Why the Constant Fear?
    Life Hacks

    Tim Ferriss on Fear Setting

    This is an excellent talk from 2017 by Tim Ferriss at TED about fear setting and the benefit of stoic philosophy, as well as some unexpected places it is used today and in history. If you’re unsure what fear setting is about, it’s a method to address those pesky fears you might have. All the time you remain ‘in fear’ you are paralysed and unable to make progress. Fear setting is a technique that allows you to define the fear, define what will happen (worst case) now and in the future, and help you identify steps to mitigate (prevent and repair) the problems. Defining the fear helps you conquer it.…