Tag: Distraction

The Mindfulness Myth: “Take a deep breath…”

If you’ve investigated mindfulness or mindful meditation (and you should) then you’ve probably come across the advice, “Sit quietly and listen to your breathing…”

At the risk of contradicting the experts, I want to suggest this might not be the best way to get started…

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It starts…

You find a quiet room and sit in a comfortable chair. You relax and take ten slow, deep breaths (like the book says), listening to the sounds they make. And then mysteriously, magically, wonderfully, you become in touch with your inner self and the world around you.

Except… Continue reading

9 Tactics to PROTECT Your Motivation INTELLIGENTLY (3 of 3)

As promised here’s the 3rd part in my Motivation series. If you missed the first two you can catch up here:

14 Ways to POWER-UP Your Motivation INSTANTLY (1 of 3)

14 Tips for PLANNING Your Motivation INTENTIONALLY (2 of 3)

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Hopefully in my last two posts you’ve picked up a couple of ideas how to instantly power up your motivation and intentionally plan for even more. But we’re not finished yet: there are  Continue reading

Facebook App Drains More Than Just Your Battery…

In the news this week there have been several articles about the Facebook and Instagram apps causing serious battery drain on both the iPhone and Android. But it gets worse…

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According to recent reports, running Facebook and/or Instagram on your phone causes your battery to drain at an alarming rate. Worse, this power loss occurs even if you’re not using the apps. However, it might be that Instagram and Facebook are causing even more damage, Continue reading

15 Ways To Create More Time By Batching Your Tasks

Do you have enough time to do everything you want to do? If so, you’re extremely fortunate (and probably some sort of superhero!) But for the rest of us, here are some ways to claw back those extra precious minutes and hours…

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“Time and tide wait for no man…”

Can you “create” time? Strictly speaking, no, which is Continue reading

Self-Improvement TV – Turning Off And Tuning In

TV has been bringing world news and entertainment into our homes and lives since long before the internet was invented. But in our pursuit of Self-Improvement, perhaps we are missing something…

Self-Improvement TV - Turning Off And Tuning In

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Amongst several inventors early last century, John Logie Baird is credited with being the first to produce a live, moving television image from reflected light. Little more than a hundred years later, TV is generally considered to part of ‘normal’ life and many of us have multiple television receivers in our homes and even in our pockets.

On average in the UK we watch around four hours of TV every day. In the US this figure rises to five hours or more, particularly as we age. So if you live to be 80, you might spend as much as 16 of those years watching television. Why do so many of us spend such a staggering proportion of our lives in front of the TV screen? Continue reading

Brain Power: 12 Great Ways To Improve Your Thinking By Feeding Your Brain A New Diet

The way we think is central to everything we experience. Some years ago my life had come off the rails and I was diagnosed with clinical depression…

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photography: D Coetzee

…The journey back from that dark place was long and slow. Prescribed anti-depressants improved my mood sufficiently to give me space to think more rationally. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) gave me some new frameworks and models for thinking about my life. Mindfulness exercises brought me back from unhelpful thinking patterns into more productive ones. Continue reading

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