Tag: Mindfulness

A Powerful 5-Minute Hack to Completely Transform Your To-Do List!

Do you have a To-Do list?

There’s no doubt: lists help us get organised.
But I’m now convinced there’s a better way…

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I’ve been running a standard To-Do list (using Nozbe) for a long time. Recently I devised a “fix” that has completely transformed my task management system. You can use this hack to to boost your motivation, increase Continue reading

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…

the mindfulness myth

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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

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

In my last post (here if you missed it) were 14 “quick fixes” for instant motivation. But to maintain your motivation consistently and effectively you may need some more long-term strategies… 

domino effect

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Today I’ll give some tips for planning in advance to deal with those moments when Continue reading

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

When I ask people about their priorities for Self-Improvement, motivation is very often near the top of their list. After all, what’s the use in having ideas, plans and goals if you can’t get started and keep going? Hopefully this will help…

getting motivated

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Since turning my life around after two very debilitating bouts of depression (see my About Me page), I have developed a range of strategies to re-motivate myself when things get tough. In fact, I have too many 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…

facebook-battery-drain

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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

Secrets to Sensational Self-Confidence

Do some situations make you nervous? Do you doubt yourself and find it hard to make an impression? And yet other people seem to sail through life with absolute confidence? It can be a very real problem…

Seven Secrets To Sensational Self-Confidence

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Just about everyone lacks self-confidence at some point in their life. But if it’s a recurring theme for you then it’s definitely an area to consider for Self-Improvement. Here are some ideas to give you Continue reading

Instant Motivation Guaranteed: “Matthew’s Bench”

Do you find it hard to get things done? Feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and not making progress in life? Too many problems and not enough solutions? In today’s distinctly different and more personal article, I’ll share with you one of my most effective and treasured sources of inspiration, motivation and gratitude…

To Infinity And Beyond

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Let’s face it, life can be tough. Reading and thinking about my Self-Improvement ideas on this blog is easy enough, but if you’ve been putting them into practice (I hope you have) you will know that doing can be a lot harder than thinking. When it comes to making genuine, meaningful improvements to our lives, everyone (including me) is plagued to some degree by self-doubt, limiting beliefs and a lack of get-goingness.

But…I have a secret… Continue reading

Seven Secrets for Successful Sleep

Do you wake refreshed and energised every morning? Or is the first hour of your day one of the hardest? Getting enough high quality sleep can help…

7 Secrets To Successful Sleep

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How much sleep?

Sleep research studies (often involving rather uncomfortable experiments) have indicated that we all require a certain number of hours’ sleep in order to operate successfully. There seems to be a lack of consensus about 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…

brain power

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…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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