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I hear lots of business plans.
A new day begins when I wake up, not at midnight. Midnight means nothing to me. It’s not a turning point. Nothing changes at that moment.
Originals re-defines what being creative means by using many specific examples of how persistence, procrastination, transparency, critical thinking and perspective can be brought together to change the world.
Actionable steps to start building trust and collaboration
Leading is not a solo sport
Hanlon’s razor: never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity.
Most myths are based on reality — but they are not reality
I used to visit a fancy Starbucks café with fine-tuned business processes back in Gran Canaria, but the more organized it became, the more it sucked.
Do you love your cell operator and their processes? I doubt it.
Sure, in a perfect world. But in ours, this isn’t a good process practice.
Processes are the lifeblood of almost every business. Whether you realize you have them or not.
Consistency might keep you from leveling up
Aristotle’s three kinds of friendship and which one matters most
We all have this little voice inside our heads, chattering away behind the scenes. Stuff like, “You’re too fat. You’re not good enough. You’ll never get promoted. You don’t have what it takes. No one will like it. Why do I try? Who cares?”
For more productive mornings, you don't necessarily need to wake up earlier. Instead, focus on routines that make it easier to get your work done.
Do you feel like you never have enough motivation? Your problem may actually be too much of it. Here's how to increase motivation the right way.
This is a beginner's guide to starting a formal mindfulness practice, including what mindfulness is, the benefits of mindfulness, and how to actually start.
A complete guide to understanding what anxiety is, how it works, and what to do about it. Anxiety is a huge topic, often as confusing to understand as it is distressing to experience. The goal of this guide is to present a framework for thinking about what anxiety is and how it works. Specifically, I’ll …
A proven system to convince startup owners to pay you to write for them
The secret to writing compelling stories people can’t help reading and sharing
Every one of us is in pain; every one of us wants to be loved. We act the way we act because we want the hurting to stop.
Nothing worth having comes cheap
A true story about my search for a 'cure' to my chronic pelvic pain and my discovery of self-empowering pain management strategies that finally gave me my life back.
The future is kind. So, steal a line from my mom and be proactively good to people. Today.
A quality life is a byproduct of making quality decisions. If you stay curious about the people around you and take care of yourself, life becomes much easier.
There are many sneaky little productivity killers that silently sabotage your success.
If you want to get better results in your work and life, you can try to work harder or put in more hours, or you can do this instead.
These 5 habits will help you stop procrastinating and start crushing it.
Highly productive people do things differently than most people. They have specific habits, routines and systems in place that enable them to be highly effective and efficient.
In today's real estate market, agents highly recommend taking the trouble to style your home for sale.
How weddings have changed in the last 30 years
The past... is so deceiving. Everything that ever happened to you, your experiences and acomplishements seem to be an inseparable part of who you are. Many of your behaviour patterns stem from something that you've
Women today are busier than ever, and that is fantastic. Many of them are successfully balancing busy careers with fulfilling home lives, rocking their life like real productivity superstars. You may ask yourself "how these
Your five year plans are stupid.
Pick up a pen and paper..
If processes were people, the “orphans” would be the homeless kids wandering aimlessly in your business.
Let’s face it. Business processes are tools of control and employees hate it when that type of control is being used against them.
There is some strong resistance against reporting in process management. Not all of it is unfounded.
When you’re a child, the whole world is a blank canvas. Every situation you walk into is a sandbox, waiting for you to shape it in your imagination. As early as kindergarten or elementary school, that sandbox is turned into a cage. Adults pluck metal bars into the ground from above, like Zeus throwing thunderbolts from Mount Olympus. The bars are rules and every single one takes away a little of that blankness.
When people ask for advice around habits, most of the answers they get fall into the “do this, not that” category. Based on our own subjective experience, we all come to see some habits as good and others as bad. As a result, everybody always recommends what worked for them. The specific tactics that helped them succeed. Wake up at 5, blend your coffee with butter, use this particular pen.
Imagine there’s an old stove in your house. It’s square and has four burners. You know, the kind where you still have to light the gas with a match and pull your hand away really fast so you don’t get burned. Each of those burners represents an important area of your life: 1. Family, 2. Friends, 3. Health, 4. Work.
Remember when you first learned how to draw? Oh, the artworks that you made! You didn’t even need a model or a scene — you made it all up from scratch, using nothing but your imagination. A dragon looked like you thought a dragon should look. A house was a house in your image. What’s more, nothing had to be perfect, because you could always explain your picture to the audience.
For the past six years, I have been obsessed with habits. This obsession grew out of the realization that, as a business student in an obscure university, no teachers or classes would be enough to push me to become a successful entrepreneur.
I heard my neighbor fall in love through thin walls. I heard her try on half her closet before their first date, heard several pep talks from girlfriends via FaceTime. I heard him pick her up that evening, rare, for New York. I heard him leave the morning after the second date. Not so rare for New York. I heard a lot more the night before that too but I’ll keep that to myself because I’m a lady.
A word on dress code. I’ve never held a man’s clothing against him. I understand that fashion isn’t everyone’s thing. I don’t expect, at our first meeting, to be dazzled by a man’s particular choice of outfit, because I don’t think it’s a fair thing to judge someone on. Further, I don’t see how a man’s fashion sense is going to be any real help in a crisis. Perfectly cuffed jeans tell me nothing of your spider killing skills.
I believe in ghosts. Spirits, phantoms, apparitions, reality television filmed in haunted shoelace factories, all of it. If a ghost challenged me to a hand of Texas Hold ’Em, I’d ante up. I believe things aren’t always what they seem, weird moments happen, and sometimes nothing can be explained.
I’m always on time. Punctuality is a big thing with me. I don’t believe in being late, in wasting someone else’s time by making them wait for me. Their time is important, too. So when I walked into the date six minutes late I felt terrible. That feeling was fleeting.
Stereotype suggests I’m about to order a pink drink at a bar and complain about men while wearing heels and carrying a designer bag I can’t afford. I’m not. I’m not going to complain, moan, or hate. I carry a backpack and it’s within my budget. I prefer a good ankle boot. I just want to talk about New York. I want to talk about what happens here.
For better or worse, our habits shape us. Our daily lives are a series of habits played out through the day. Better life habits have the potential to increase your well-being and ability to perform effectively.
The evolution of skills is accelerating, fast. We live in a world of constant change, where skill sets can become obsolete in just a few years, you have consistently upgrade and reinvent yourself.
Learning comes down to two things: repetition, and connecting new information to existing knowledge. The ultimate aim of learning is to apply what you learn when it matters. Information is easy to access when there are many strong pathways to that information.
We decided we wanted to motorbike in Vietnam after having such an amazing time riding around the Thakhek loop in Laos. We spent a week in…
Located in a fishing village in Palawan the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the…
After 6 weeks in Thailand we were more than ready to move on and experience a new country, and of course new food and beer!
Travelling is awesome. Nothing below would stop me backpacking around the world but let’s be honest here. In amongst the pictures of…
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The 5th December 2018 marked 2 years of travelling with my best friend and partner in crime James. This is the story of how it all began.
Whenever you switch on your TV, there’s always something on that can get you hooked. I’m a movie maniac and I admit I’ve fallen prey to the modern trend of TV shows. I can see why creators bet on the format of TV shows. When I come back home and it’s around midnight, I can rarely make it through a two-hour-long feature. TV show episodes only last about an hour and in case the show is good, you get sucked in very fast. My favorites like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Twin Peaks, and others, those are all fine. But that’s not the right movie night. An all-out movie night means a bowl of popcorn, a comfy blanket, a switched-off phone. God, it’s been so long since I’ve given myself permission to enjoy this luxury!
I will never again say that desperate sentence, not even to me: “What else can happen to me today?” Not once, this sentence costed me a lot. Probably, it is the most provocative question targeting “somewhere above”. And there is always a clear answer coming back. I will seriously remember it! After a day hectic to the max, when the turbulence and the hurricane of bad news calmed down, I went to do some shopping. I had planned to spend the weekend at home and spend it creatively. I was not sure yet whether it would be painting or writing, but I knew for sure I would be creating. I had not been a creator for so long that I became a creature in fact.
I asked thousands of readers what they think it *really* means to be a minimalist. Here's what you had to say about "living with less".
Some days you feel like you could change the world. Make it fall off its axis with your own actions. Anything you touch turns to gold. You have the strength and the equipment to do it. I have no idea what the best thing to do on such days would be, but I’ve decided to sit down at a computer and type away. My muses keep kicking me so hard I sometimes wonder how I don’t have any bruises. I will always remember this day. This is the day my new Universum was created. The Vigils, you see, have slowly and inconspicuously taken up residence in the next novel I’m writing called CALIGO. They have squeezed their way into all parts of the story and have become its integral part.
Not having any connection to the Vigils and without me influencing it in any way, my day has been all about the colour purple. First thing in the morning, a lady in the biggest, most purple hat I’d ever seen walked into my gallery. She was looking for some light bulbs. I asked her if she thought my shop looked like a place that sells light bulbs and smiled at her. She seemed taken aback, then she looked around and ended up buying a scarf. A purple one.
y friend Matúš, a professional actor, writes amazing short stories. He’s only been writing them for himself mostly. It’s exactly the writing style and genre I love. Sometimes, we will exchange a couple stories and then have long talks about them. We basically write about the same thing and yet, the stories are completely different. In one way or another, we inspire each other in heaps. Matúš is one of the few people I’m willing to let into my literary kitchen and let him peak under the lids of my overflowing pots.
Sometimes, I get tired of how carefully you have to work with the term sci-fi in our country. You move your writing a bit beyond the limits of the possible and suddenly, you’re put in the literature ghetto. This is exactly how Ondrej Herec, the grand master of Slovak modern fantasy and sci-fi theoretician, phrased it. “Fantasy is a genre which, in our country, belongs to a literature ghetto. It operates parallel to the acknowledged ‘high’ literature. Fortunately though, it’s been slowly building its self-esteem.” After tens of mystery stories and two “light-fantasy” novels, I wrote a collection of short stories called VIGIL. More than anything, I find it romantic.
How I became a minimalist - my long (and sometimes painful) journey from shopaholic to joyfully living with less.
Everyone is talking about productivity hacks these days. “Split tasks into small chunks”, “Focus”, “Eliminate distraction”, “Prioritise”,
I always wanted to work remotely. When I moved to Oxford, I used to run at 6am to my work. Each day, mostly in dark, I ran along a house where a light was on. I could not see inside but I saw a room full of bookshelves, a desk, a lamp and a man behind the desk. The man was always writing something. Every morning, unless I rode my bike, the same view. I wanted to be at his place very much.
When building a habit, the most important thing is continuity and repetition. It is not about the quality. Not even about the time. It is all about the continuity and repetition. When you go to the gym, more important than working out for an hour and a half each time, as all fitness magazines suggest, is to work out continuously. In scheduled days again. And again.
Learning is essential for you. Even more, if working for yourself. The easiest mistake that anyone can make is ignoring constant and continuous learning.