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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 to stay sane, focused and energized. And that is something...

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 will give you the advantages of being a specialist. Keep...

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 serious medical conditions and it affects your ability to process...

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 why we need to learn the art and skill of...

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...

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

Get into a state of flow and do some great work

Flow is the state in which we are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The state of flow is perfect for doing focused work. In this blog I will give you tips on how...

Ten things I will practice to use my time more wisely

Everyone agrees: time is valuable. More valuable than all the money or stuff you wil ever own. Yet, a lot of it is wasted. Being an entrepreneur, husband and father I never have time enough. Just like you! It...

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...

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Blogs about healthy habits

Start your day with a mindful breakfast

Some say it is the most important meal of the day: breakfast. We put effort in making breakfast and selecting healthy ingredients. Why not put some effort in appreciating the food, taking our time and enjoying a mindful breakfast? Since...

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...

Make sure to fail and become stronger

Most of us have grown up with the lesson that failure is bad. Me too. I have always hated making mistakes and failing at something. Such a shame. The lesson taught growing up should be: fail and become stronger! Fail...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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