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
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…
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
Habits: we all have them, good and bad. And from time to time, breaking the bad habits and sticking to the good ones can seem like an uphill struggle…
Self-Improvement involves intentionally and consistently engaging in the right activities. Habits are not always intentional, but they are all about consistency, so they’re a key piece in the Self-Improvement puzzle.
“HABIT: a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. (Google define:)
Do you write a journal or diary? For some, it’s a natural part of their daily routine. For others, it’s an ongoing struggle or a failed project. Or maybe you’ve never even thought of it. But perhaps you should…
When I was just seventeen I had a girlfriend who wrote a daily diary of her life. I never got to read it: she kept it secret (but I hoped she had written at least some nice things about me). What astonished me most of all was not that she wrote every single day, but Continue reading
What happens when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you stumble into the shower? Reach for the coffee? Trip over the dog? The things you do first in your day, and the way you do them, can set you up for success or failure…
As part of my Self-Improvement I have taken time to analyse how I use my time, how much I get done each day and what techniques I can use to enhance these.
Over the last few years on my journey of intentional self-improvement, I have read hundreds of books. If you are not yet including some daily reading time in your life, I urge you to do so. Regular reading has the potential to broaden your horizons and enrich your life in ways you hadn’t thought possible – I know this because I have experienced it personally. But all reading is not the same. If you’re a reader, there are some ways to seriously stuff up the benefits you can gain from even the greatest of books….
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(Note: Obviously – I hope – I’m not encouraging you to stuff up. I’m highlighting these areas so that you can intentionally avoid them! Hopefully my British sense of humour translates here.)
So here’s how to read great books really badly:
1. Read too much fiction
Fiction books are a great way to relax and disconnect for a while. I love a good story, particularly a crime thriller or a sci-fi novel. Continue reading