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Posts tagged "self improvement"

I came, I saw, I conquered bookbinding

In a world of ebooks, it was super-satisfying to make a real book using traditional bookbinding techniques. Just look at the results!

Weekly Challenge #36: bookbinding

Despite being a galumphing left-hander, this week I'm going to prove the naysayers wrong, as I learn to produce beautiful handmade books.

Weekly Challenge #35: achieve nothing

This week I plan to achieve absolutely zilch. This won't be an easy challenge for a self-confessed achievement addict.

Get your brain in gear: 4 Brain Training tips you can try in the shower

During my Brain Training Weekly Challenge I started to get my brain in shape. Now I’m so incandescently bright (and smug about it) I’m going to show you exactly how I got there. Okay, it’s obviously not that simple, but with life expectancy soaring and pension funds crashing, one thing is for sure: we can...

How I conquered procrastination in just 1 week

Last week was Productivity Week for me. Not every Weekly Challenge delivers tangible and immediate benefits, but focusing on getting stuff done for just 1 week enabled me to find the techniques I needed to overcome procrastination once and for all. A problem with finishing First, let’s procrastinate for a minute with a (relevant) little...
6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

6 lessons learned from 6 months in flux

Half a year ago today my wife and I hit the pause button on our careers, waved goodbye to everything and began our quest for a new lifestyle. For me it also signalled the beginning of My Year In Flux, and today is the half way point in this, my life experiment of a lifetime....
How I overcame Impostor Syndrome

How I overcame Impostor Syndrome

This piece over at Cyclone Life about Impostor Syndrome reminded me that I’d been meaning to write something on the subject for a while. Before My Year In Flux began I suffered from Impostor Syndrome (that feeling of being a dummy who is fraudulently out-of-his-depth and about to be discovered as a charlatan at any...

Plan your dreams, don’t pipe them: 7 steps

If ever there was a time to stop procrastinating and start road-testing your dreams, it’s NOW. Heck, it was always NOW, wasn’t it, we just got a little sidetracked. Most people I know find so many different reasons not to seize the day and act, so their pipe dreams remain firmly in the pipeline, then...

Weekly Challenge #23: mental photography

Mental Photography is the second of the two new challenges I’m undertaking this week. As with the brain training Memory Challenge, it has to do with improving brain function through precise, active use of the old grey cells. I’ll definitely be more brainy by the end of the week…if that’s even possible What is Mental...

Weekly Challenge #22: brain training

Memory is the subject of the first of my two brain training challenges during this Mental Week. Between now and Sunday, I am aiming to considerably improved the health of my mind with some simple brain training. I’m also attempting some Mental Photography, but that’s another story. After all, there’s no point in trying something...

Mental week: improve the mind with two brain training challenges

Following 7 days acclimatising-for-and-walking the Inca Trail in Peru last week, I collapsed in an exhausted heap and completely forgot to set a new Weekly Challenge. Come to mention it, I’ve also forgotten the last few hostels I stayed in during my recent month in Colombia…heck, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast...

Shape your own future

Shouldn’t you be spending a bit of time every day trying to shape your own future? “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” John H. Schaar...