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Inside Bill’s Brain – what I learned from watching

Recently the documentary mini series ‘Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates’ appeared on Netflix. A documentary that tells Bill Gates' life story and shows how he is finding solutions to some of the world's most complex problems. I just watched the first episode and was inspired. What did I...

The new Apple reminders app is brilliant

As a to-do app fan I was actively looking for an alternative to my OmniFocus app. Just last week I switched to Sorted 3. But then I accidentally discovered the new Apple reminders app. Which has now become my standard app for reminders. Keep reading. The Apple reminders app was...

Sorted 3 to-do list – my first impressions

I have been using to-do list apps for years now. Today I switched from OnmiFocus to Sorted 3 and in this blog I describe my first impressions. My switch from Omnifocus to Sorted 3 OmniFocus Time is precious and I love being organized so I can be productive at work and at home....

How to train your focus and improve your life

Technology is slowly killing our attention spans. Humans now have shorter attention spans than goldfish. I believe that - in order to live a healthy and meaningful life - we need to be able to focus from time to time. You need to take control and ensure that technology...

The new iPadOS helps me focus

The recently released iOS 13 on my iPad Pro (now called iPadOS) makes a huge difference and turns my iPad Pro into a true productivity tool! In this blog I share the three things I love about the new iPadOS. Improvements that boost my productivity. Keep reading. How iPadOS helps...

How to break out of your personal filter bubble

With the Internet, we have all of the world’s information at our fingertips. Right? Well, not quite. The algorithms of the devices, operating systems, applications and browsers we use only show us what they think we should see. Our personal filter bubble dictates our newsfeed. How can we break...

To finish first you must first finish

To finish first you must first finish. A quote from the world of motorsport that can also be used in many other situations. Around me I see a lot of examples of people starting something, but failing to finish it. So how do we finish more races? Keep reading! “To...

Thrift store treasures show me the value of things

Last week I walked in a local thrift store. I love those places! For me they are a welcome change to all those chain stores that all selling the newest ‘standard’ items. Soulless stuff everybody thinks they need. Until the next new thing comes along. The thrift store showed...

Automate tasks at work and save tons of time

Do you remember to sharpen the saw? Just like the lumberjack, you can save a lot of time at work if you invest in perfecting the tools you use. One way to perfect them is to automate tasks at work. Think about it: a lot of the things we...

When is the best time to focus?

Timing and productivity go hand in hand. Did you ever take the time to stop and ‘listen’ to your body for an entire day? When is the best time to focus and be productive? And when is the best time to take a break? You probably regard yourself als...

One year of daily meditation

Over a year ago I started the habit of daily meditation. The habit sticked. And? Is it life changing? Did it change my personality? Make me more intelligent? No, none of that. But I enjoyed doing it and it did bring me some good things. Keep reading. More than a...

Morning exercise will kickstart your day

We all know that regular exercise is very important for a healthy body and mind. That is why I try to work out a few times a week. Recently I also started exercising every Saturday morning. Which is quite a change to my usual routine because I loved to...

Learn how to focus at work

Being able to focus at work is essential. It is necessary to get things done and deliver good quality work. It will also give you a competitive advantage over those who are not able to focus. Read these tips on how to focus at work.

Blogs about finding focus at work

Why having the right job is important for you and society

Having a job is important for your wellbeing. But did you know that having the right kind of job is even more important? The kind of work you do, and the value it creates for you and for others,...

Be T-shaped: don’t be a specialist or a generalist

When we talk about focused people we often think of specialists. People that concentrate primarily on a particular subject or activity and do that incredibly well. They are quite different from generalists that are competent in several different fields...

Build nature-inspired offices for your employees

Some companies think that their employees want to work in a place that resembles an indoor playground. They build large open-plan offices that are filled with fun stuff. But fun and work do not always mix. And the constant...

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Blogs about healthy habits

Train to use your own off switch

The iconic on/off switch on our electronic devices is slowly disappearing. These days, most devices we own are 'always on'. On standby, constantly spying on us. The switch will never come back. But we can train ourselves to use...

Stop feeling distracted and start exercising

Are you constantly feeling distracted and tired? Is your lack of focus harming your professional development? Throw away your coffee and energy drinks. Exercising thirty minutes a day, five times a week is a far better option. Having trouble concentrating?...

Morning exercise will kickstart your day

We all know that regular exercise is very important for a healthy body and mind. That is why I try to work out a few times a week. Recently I also started exercising every Saturday morning. Which is quite...

Blogs about reading

Mr. Kaor and his mysterious letters

This morning I read the best article I have read all year. A bizarre and fascinating story about extreme focus and dedication. The story about the mysterious letters of Mr. Kaor combines: plain silliness, uselessness, focus and true dedication. It...

Real books will always beat e-books

Have you ever seen a beautiful old e-book? Guess not. For me the only real books are the printed, bound books. Especially old ones. They really come to life in your hands when you are reading them. Despite my...

Ikigai: the happiness of always being busy – book review

I just finished reading: 'Ikigai, The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life’. What is it about? Should you read it? Did I find my ikigai? In this blog I will give you my personal opinion about the...

Write more

Are you thinking about starting a blog? Good for you! Because blogging is a great way to train your 'focus muscle'. Keep reading, because on this page I give you a lot of handy blogging tips and some valuable blogging advice.

Blogs about writing

How to write a successful blog

A successful blog adds value to someone's day. It has to magically click with the right audience at exactly the right moment. I believe that all bloggers are lucky. But some are more lucky than others. How come? How do...

Start writing every day and leave a legacy

Writing has many unexpected advantages. In this blog I will talk about the positive things that regular writing has brought into my life. Make a habit of writing something every day and leave a legacy. Writing has always been one...

Ten tips for beginner bloggers

As I wrote in one of my previous blogs: regular blogging is a great way to improve your skill to focus. I have been doing it for over 8 years now and I love the way the writing makes...

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