Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Let’s make some happy little trees

All those loud YouTubers unpacking toys, creating useless waste and destroying things in their videos annoy me. But I guess that these are the things that most of our kids watch nowadays. Where is the first environmentally friendly YouTuber...

Ten things you probably didn’t know about sleep

Many aspects of sleep are still a mystery. Also to the scientists that study it. It is strange we know so little about this incredibly healthy and healing 'thing' we do for one-third of our lives. In this blog...

Poor posture at work – Protect Ya Neck

The Wu-Tang Clan was right with the title of their debut single. We should all protect our necks. Many of us are working with laptops these days. Sitting at home, in flexible workspaces or open-plan offices. Poor posture at...

The 80/20 rule may change your life

What would you say if I told you that 80% of all your work is a total waste of time? And that only 20% of all the things you do is actually worth doing? Will you change things? Will...

Ten famous people who meditate

When I did some research on the Internet I discovered that there are a lot of famous people who meditate. That makes sense. Not because meditation is some kind of ‘road to success’ but because it is a way...

This is why you should love being a specialist

Wouldn’t you like to make a living being a specialist? To immerse yourself in something, take your customers by the hand and give them the ‘specialist experience’? A visit to a British tea room inspired me. In this blog I...

Do you have your smartphone on your bedside table?

What is the last thing you see before you go to sleep? You probably have your smartphone on your bedside table, just like me. That is okay, but don’t let it steal your precious sleep! Lack of sleep can cause...

Why we need to teach meditation in schools

I believe we need to teach meditation in schools. Kids are under a lot of pressure these days. And later in life the pressure will probably get worse. More and more young people suffer from burnout symptoms. That is...

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...

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

The story of the old carpenter

When I ask somebody at the office "Hey man, how are you?” I often get the answer “Very busy!” For a while now I stopped replying with “Oh, good!” Instead I say “I am so sorry to hear that."...

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...

Create your place to focus

Sometimes getting things done is a simple choice. A choice for you to create that place where you can sit no matter what the external circumstances are. A place to focus. Nobody else will create that place for you....

Unfocus and improve your focus

When we unfocus from a problem or challenge, we relax enough to see new possibilities and solutions. Excessive focus drains our energy. We need to create space to allow ourselves to see our priorities with more clarity. The brain...

Stop being efficient and start to be human

Many employees still consider themselves to be machines. 130 years later Frederick Taylor’s 'scientific management' curse still haunts us. Through technological advancements we have now even been able to create Taylor’s perfect employee: the robot. The sad thing is...

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...

Blogs about healthy habits

99 days of daily meditation

Exactly 99 days ago I started with daily meditation. It is a habit I have been trying to form for a long time. How do I feel after 99 days of meditation? Will the habit stick? What are the...

The guilty pleasure of watching motivational videos

I love watching motivational videos on YouTube. But for the wrong reasons: most of them do not inspire me but make me laugh. Except those by David Goggins and William Hollis. Why? Keep reading. Time to confess, I have a guilty...

Ten famous people who meditate

When I did some research on the Internet I discovered that there are a lot of famous people who meditate. That makes sense. Not because meditation is some kind of ‘road to success’ but because it is a way...

The power of adding a small habit to your...

Do you want to accomplish something that you can be proud of? Or make changes in your life to improve your health? Working on these important things can be overwhelming. The trick is to start with adding a small...

Try these three steps for a perfect body scan...

The body scan meditation is a great introduction to the habit of meditation. In our modern civilization we spend much of the day in our heads. Which causes us to feel a bit disconnected from our bodies. With the body...

Nostalgic guided daydreaming will relax your busy mind

Daydreaming makes us feel guilty and unproductive. Constant focus and productivity are the norm. But that exhausts our minds. Research shows that some forms of daydreaming can be a very good idea. When we let our minds wander, we...

Blogs about reading

Where the Crawdads Sing – book review

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I picked up this book simply for the reason it has been in the New York Times Bestseller list for quite a while now. That made me curious. Is this bestseller also...

Stop scrolling and start reading again

I used to be a reader. When the internet entered my life the digital screen replaced the paper book. Now I scroll, scan headlines, look at pictures and read short snippets of text on my device. I am having...

My Year of Rest and Relaxation – book review

My Year of Rest and Relaxation. I have to admit, the title is the main reason I picked it up. Wondering what it was about I started reading the summary on the back of the book. What I read...

Vegetable Roots Discourse

A few years ago I came across an interesting text that really inspired me. I was listening to an old audio file of the British philosopher Alan Watts in which he teaches meditation. At some point in his talk...

Ikigai: the happiness of always being busy – book...

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...

Do you recognize these five types of bloggers?

Everybody can start a blog these days. Which is a good thing since it is perfect for training that focus muscle. After reading many of these blogs I discovered that there are basically five types of bloggers. And that...

Blogs about writing

Why all students should be blogging

Whenever I really want to understand a certain subject, I sit down and write a blog about it. Blogging is great for learning, practicing writing and participating in a network of other learners. I believe it should be part...

The unexpected benefits of starting a blog

One of the most fun ways to really train your ‘focus muscle’ is to start blogging. Because writing a blog requires you to stop and think. It forces you to take your time, sit down and write. You will...

Warning! Read this before you start a blog

Are you thinking about starting a blog? Great idea! But read this blog first. You may change your mind. In my blog I give you the five questions you should ask yourself before you start a blog. If you...

Tools for beginner bloggers

Blogging is a great way to express yourself and train that really important ‘focus muscle’. The creation part - especially of the written content - is the most important. However, to create a successful and good looking blog there...

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...

Make your blog a success: use these powerful theories

In this blog I will give you several theories that can help make your blog a success. There are a lot of powerful, proven theories out there that you can use to get off to a good start. I...

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