Author: Craig

  • Taking A Break

    Published: 20/06/21 I’ve written a daily post for over 6 months (nearly 200 posts) and I haven’t missed a day. It’s been great and I’m glad I’ve done it up until this point, but it’s time for a break. On Wednesday I’m planning to be at a silent meditation retreat for 10 days, and today…

  • Dating Apps

    Published: 19/06/21 In a podcast episode of Whore Rapport about dating and chemistry, they ask this question of dating apps: If you meet someone from an app or randomly at a bar, what are the chances that they will be a like-minded person that you will share a strong connection with? They understand that it…

  • Emotional Instinct

    Published: 18/06/21 It occured to me the other day that trying to act differently to our emotional feeling is perhaps fighting our instincts on some level. If a dog’s owner is away, the dog doesn’t stop to question what it is about the situation that makes it feel sad, it just feels sad. Although it’s…

  • Analog vs. Digital

    Published: 17/06/21 I love writing with pen and paper. It’s the best method for keeping a day-to-day journal for me, and I’ve played around with keeping a Bullet Journal in the past to organise my time and I really enjoyed that when I was keeping up with it. But that’s the thing. When life gets…

  • The Daily Highlight

    Published: 16/06/21 I first saw this on Ali Abdaal’s YouTube channel (he got it from the book Make Time). He chooses 1 thing he wants to complete that day, His daily highlight. The daily highlight is a task that’s important, completing it holds some value. You can do the all the other stuff in your…

  • Gravel and Rocks

    Published: 15/06/21 When I think of tasks that need doing, I tend to split them into Gravel and Rocks. Rocks are big and important, they tend to take up a fair amount of time, and they move your life forward in some meaningful way. Gravel is everything else. It’s all of the day-to-day life admin,…

  • Pause

    Published: 14/06/21 I’m currently learning how to best mark the end of my work days. Because I’m working from home at the moment, it can be difficult to separate work and evening-chill-time. This can lead to me feeling quite overwhelmed, especially if I’m doing something social in the evening. The other day, I followed along…

  • Organising Overwhelm

    Published: 13/06/21 As I write this, I’m trying to reduce the feeling of overwhelm I’m experiencing by organising my life. The thing is, my life is already fairly well organised. So, there’s not much organising to do. What I think I actually needed was a little pressure-free time on my own before I got on…

  • Spitballing Pt. 2

    Published: 12/06/21 In yesterday’s post, I wrote about the origin of “spitballing”. Now I want to talk about it in terms of writing. I rarely know what I’m going to write about here. There are themes that seems to develop, around mental health, productivity, and more recently around etymology. But I don’t know what’s going…

  • Spitballing

    Published: 11/06/21 I wrote this as a heading because I’m trying to get some ideas out there, but this then lead to an obvious question, why does “spitballing” mean throwing out a potentially weird idea? Well, it turns out that we don’t really know, but one of the potential origins is fantastic: A spitball is…

  • Always Uncertain

    Published: 10/06/21 I’ve been keeping a journal for several years and something that has remained fairly consistent throughout my writings is my uncertainty around what I should be doing with my time. Whether I should be socialising more, or taking time for myself. Whether I should be doing more exercise, or using more time to…

  • Commitment

    Published: 09/06/21 In this article about his daily blog writing practice, Seth Godin talks about commitment. His point is that once you’ve decided to commit to posting each day, you no longer have to decide whether or not to post something, but instead simply decide what you’re going to post. This may seem subtle, but…

  • Hair of the Dog

    Published: 08/06/21 I’m in the process of extending the kinds of things I write about here, and I really enjoy learning the origins of sayings, so let’s combine these two things. Our first phrase is “Hair of the Dog”, referring to drinking alcohol when hungover to help reduce the effects of the hangover. According to…

  • The Dip

    Published: 07/06/21 Almost everything in life worth doing is controlled by the Dip. Seth Godin Each activity worth doing, project worth completing, daily blog writing to keep up with; are all subject to the Dip. Whether it’s starting a business, becoming a surfer, or learning to play the sousaphone. Each one starts off rewarding, and…

  • Effortless Blog

    Published: 06/06/21 Lately, I’ve been finding it difficult to get something published here each day, so I figured I would try and apply the effortless question to my situation. “What would my daily blog writing look like, if it were effortless?” My main issue at the moment is starting with a blank slate and trying…

  • Resourceful Boundaries

    Published: 05/06/21 I’ve recently taken on a new project and I have less free time as a result. This led to a realisation about boundaries. I’ve noticed that boundaries get even more important when resources decrease. Whether this is time, money, or mental resilience. The less of these things you have, the more important boundaries…

  • Value Added Teaching

    Published: 04/06/21 Another nugget from Show Your Work. Teaching people doesn’t subtract value from what you do, it actually adds to it. When you teach someone how to do your work, you are, in effect, generating more interest in your work. People feel closer to your work because you’re letting them in on what you…

  • Everything You Think

    Published: 03/06/21 Don’t believe everything you think. Allan Lokos Just because we think or feel something in any given moment, this doesn’t mean that it won’t one day change. Staying open to this change is a skill worth nurturing. Random Post

  • Sharing Destruction

    Published: 02/06/21 A quote quoted from Show Your Work. The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. Annie Dillard I’ve been feeling this a lot lately, the…

  • Less Control

    Published: 01/06/21 If I’m tired, I feel more reckless. Yesterday, I literally was walking around my house saying I wanted to do something reckless. This is not something I would usually say, but yesterday it’s exactly how I felt. I find this interesting for one reason in particular: We have far less control over our…

  • The Effort Sweet Spot

    Published: 31/05/21 I’m sat writing this at quarter past ten at night, so I can get it published in time for today. This is the closest I have come to missing a day since last December when I started this writing practice. This lead me to notice something I like about my daily writings here:…

  • Night-time Niggles

    Published: 30/05/21 For one reason or another, worries tend to be more present and powerful at night. I’m trying to cultivate a practice of paying less attention when I notice myself worrying about something at night, understanding that it will likely feel like way less of a problem after I’ve slept. Random Post

  • Effortless

    Published: 29/05/21 I wrote about this a while back, but I heard Greg McKeown restate this idea slightly differently in this podcast episode. What would this situation look like, if it were effortless? If the idea of getting started with a task or project is off putting to the point that you put it off,…

  • Kind to Ourselves

    Published: 28/05/21 Today, I don’t feel like working. I have a list, but in my heart of hearts, I don’t want to go anywhere near it. None of it is essential, it can all wait for a day or two. But instead of admitting how I feel and allowing myself some space for the day,…

  • Products of Us

    Published: 27/05/21 Feeling sad/anxious/concerned/worried is not inherently bad. Feeling happy/excited/joyful/contented is not inherently good. Some emotions are more pleasant to experience than others, but all of these feelings arise without our choosing, and are simply products of what has happened to us. No emotion will stay with you forever, no matter how much it feels…

  • There Is Only Now

    Published: 26/05/21 I’m learning that consistent reminders of some points are important, and this is one of them. There is not yet tomorrow, or our next meal, or indeed anything… other than this moment. Random Post

  • Time is Weird

    Published: 25/05/21 Time is weird. It can feel like it’s going fast or going slow, like you’re running out or have loads left. Your mindset makes a big difference to your perception of time. Random Post

  • Suffering and Freedom

    Published: 24/05/21 The question is, what is the difference between suffering and freedom, now? There’s this moment, and then there’s the story you’re telling yourself about the future. Sam Harris This is from an interesting guided meditation by Sam Harris. All our problems fit into one of two categories: either an issue that needs dealing…

  • Good Will Pass

    Published: 23/05/21 We are often told to remember that any bad times that we’re going through will always pass. But, I think it’s worth applying this to any good times too. The good time will pass as reliably as the bad, whether we want this to happen or not, and understanding this will make us…

  • A Story

    Published: 22/05/21 Show Your Work has an impressive array of quotes within its pages. The cat sat on a mat” is not a story. “The cat sat on the dog’s mat” is a story. John le Carré I feel I’ve lived a large portion of my life misunderstanding how important stories are to humans. We…

  • Time Hiding

    Published: 21/05/21 In the past, I’ve meticulously planned my mornings, deciding what to do at each stage and allowing just enough time to complete each task. One morning recently, I hid all my clocks and sat down to work. Without a marker of how long I’d spent working, I ended up in a state of…

  • Guilty Pleasures

    Published: 20/05/21 I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it. Dave Grohl Random Post

  • Saturated Inspiration

    Published: 19/05/21 Without inspiration, it’s hard, if not impossible to create anything. But with the wealth of information available nowadays across YouTube/Instagram/pick your poison, it’s oh-so-easy to constantly be searching for inspiration without actually finding any. This is procrastination at its finest. Constantly searching for ideas while never actually finding any. Random Post

  • Loneliness

    Published: 18/05/21 Recently, I was sat outside the front of my house drinking a cup of tea with my friend and she told me she felt lonely, and then quickly pointed out that she couldn’t possibly feel lonely because she wasn’t alone. She had people she loved all around her. We don’t have to be…

  • Never Enough

    Published: 17/05/21 On some level I never feel like I’m doing enough, while simultaneously feeling like achieving a little more would be enough. But the reality is, that even if I did that little bit more, I would then feel the need to achieve a little more again, and I will never truly feel that…

  • Bad at Multitasking

    Published: 16/05/21 I’ve often read that we humans are bad at multitasking, but today I actually experienced it. While writing in my journal, I thought of an idea for a blog post and I quickly turned to my computer to write this idea down. Even though I spent literally 20 seconds away from my journal…

  • Shit At Boundaries

    Published: 15/05/21 I’ve been on a journey of discovering boundaries lately, I feel I’m just beginning to understand their importance. As a result of their inherent difficulty, I often hear myself exclaiming that “I’m shit at boundaries”. From today, I’m going to stop saying these words. This won’t make me immediately great at keeping my…

  • Writing Before Doing

    Published: 14/05/21 I’ve been keeping a journal/free writing book/stream of consciousness portal for years. During the process of writing in it, I often feel like I’m wasting my time, like the time spent writing in my journal would be better spent doing something else. Lately though, I’m really noticing the benefit of getting all of…

  • Regaining Control

    Published: 13/05/21 I noticed recently, if I feel anxious and I don’t feel like doing something social, I take steps to regain the feeling of control over my actions. If I can, I’ll choose what I’m eating, and what I’m doing with my time. Once I’m settled into whatever this is, I tend to feel…

  • The Real Book

    Published: 12/05/21 I adore the story of the Real Book. An originally illegal book created by two students to help musicians learn the “standards”. The truly important pieces of music in the jazz scene. After it’s creation, this book gained incredible momentum even though it was sold out of the boots of cars and such…

  • Give It Away

    Published: 11/05/21 If you give away everything you have, you are left with nothing. This forces you to look, to be aware, to replenish… Somehow the more you give away, the more comes back to you. Paul Arden I find this happening with this blog. I constantly feel like I’m running out of ideas of…

  • Outside of Evolution

    Published: 10/05/21 I’m very quick to turn to evolution when I’m considering why humans act the way we do. Whether it’s the fear of being kicked out of our tribe, or why social media affects us in the way that it does. I’m currently reading this book about sex by Alain de Botton, and throughout…

  • Teaching Others

    Published: 09/05/21 If you’ve found something in your life particularly difficult and persevered to get through it, this means others will be trying to achieve the same thing. The world is too big and humans are too similar (and the internet too far reaching) for this not to be the case. It seems there is…

  • Daily Life

    Published: 08/05/21 Asking yourself: “Why do I often end up in this kind of situation?” Rather than: “Why did this specific thing happen today?” Constantly questioning your daily life diminishes the experience of living, but questioning the trends of your day to day can improve your overall experience. Random Post

  • Don’t Judge a Netflix

    Published: 07/05/21 I think the best way to work out whether you’ll enjoy watching something is to just start watching it. The filmmaker will be aware of the impact of their opening sequence, so this will be a good indicator of whether the programme is a fit for you. If something jumps out, just start…

  • Potential Text Messages

    Published: 06/05/21 Keeping my phone off after I wake up tends to make my morning more flowing, relaxing, and (oxford comma) productive. Yes, occasionally I will miss an opportunity to see a friend, but a vast majority of the time my phone will be impeding whatever it is I’m trying to achieve. Once the smartphone…

  • Share Your Process

    Published: 05/05/21 Another nugget of wisdom from Show Your Work. By regularly sharing a little insight into whatever it is you’re working on, you open a space for your potential audience to discover you. This gives you the best chance to provide the specific value you hold, to those who are actually looking for it.…

  • May The Forth

    Published: 04/05/21 There’s something off-putting about so-called “national days” (143 in May!), and I’m not much of a Star Wars fan, but I do love a pun. Therefore, if we’re going to arbitrarily celibrate a day, it’s gotta be today… Star Wars Day. May The Forth be with you! Random Post

  • Wrong In The Future

    Published: 03/05/21 When revisiting some of my older articles, I find that I sometimes don’t feel the same way about information I’ve posted, and sometimes I no longer agree with what I’ve said in the past. But, I think it’s important to understand that changing feelings are part of growth, and yes, it’s worth considering…

  • Document Your Life

    Published: 02/05/21 In Show Your Work, Austin Kleon talks about the importance of documenting our lives. About how recording the process of what we’re doing can help us feel like we’re making progress. This is especially easy nowadays because of the whole “multimedia studio in our pocket” thing we’ve got going on. Even if you…

  • Focus On Days

    Published: 01/05/21 Forget about decades, forget about years, and forget about months. Focus on days. Austin Kleon I can get easily overwhelmed in the idea of a plan for the coming week, let alone the next five years of this ever-changing life. Luckily, it’s the daily work that makes a difference in the long run.…

  • Your Voice

    Published: 30/04/21 Talk about the things you love, your voice will follow. Austin Kleon This is similar to the “I’m not flexible enough to practice yoga” trap. If you aren’t willing to speak, how can you find your voice? I’ve fallen victim to this myself. It’s a little paradoxical, but only by speaking out loud…

  • Five Second Moments

    Published: 29/04/21 In his book Storyworthy, Matthew Dicks talks about finding “five second moments”. Those moments where we realise something about ourselves that changes the way we live in the world. They can be large: falling in love, realising the want to change our life path. Or they can be small: noticing the importance of…

  • Quality Over Quantity

    Published: 28/04/21 I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. Blaise Pascal When writing here, I try to get the point across in as few words as possible. I tend to write longer drafts and then edit them to remove unnecessary information. Quality over quantity takes time, but it’s…

  • We Need A Story

    Published: 27/04/21 No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story. Daniel Kahneman I recently read a book about storytelling by Matthew Dicks. He talks about many things, but one very important part is how important stories are to us humans. Learning to tell our own stories provides seemingly endless…

  • Momentum

    Published: 26/04/21 I was talking to my housemate about being short of ideas for writing these posts, and he suggested taking a break for a bit until some new inspiration appeared. I explained that I felt like if I were to stop posting each day, I would likely not keep up with this practice. In…

  • Orderly Originality

    Published: 25/04/21 Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert When I’m not feeling centred or happy in myself, I notice my creativity is one of the first things to dwindle. We need to cultivate healthy habits in order to consistently do some…

  • The Life of a Project

    Published: 24/04/21 I never had any plans to put pictures on here, but fuck it. It saves me writing 1000 words. This image gets to the heart of creative projects in a way I’ve found incredibly relatable. I’ve copied it onto my blackboard so I can be reminded of it each day. Random Post

  • Self Expression

    Published: 23/04/21 Writing these posts is a self-expression that feels not only healthy, but somehow necessary. Often I can’t be bothered to start, but once I do, I experience a kind of release that’s hard to define. Random Post

  • Fan Art

    Published: 22/04/21 All fiction, in fact, is fan fiction. Austin Kleon Anyone who desires to write fiction, has enjoyed fiction. Anyone who yearns to create music, had enjoyed music. We don’t create in a vacuum, we are natural born imitators. Random Post

  • Useful Procrastination

    Published: 21/04/21 The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life. Jessica Hische When I was at university in Derby, sat in my standard-grade student hall bedroom, I had an essay to write. But rather than sit down and write that essay, I…

  • Glowing Flat Rectangles

    Published: 20/04/21 I have stared long enough at the glowing flat rectangles of computer screens. Let us give more time for doing things in the real world… plant a plant, walk the dogs, read a real book, go to the opera. Edward Tufte This is something I consider a lot. So much of the work…

  • A Perfect Copy

    Published: 19/04/21 The human hand is incapable of making a perfect copy. Austin Kleon We cannot exactly copy even if we try. When creating something, our imperfect human-ness will seep through whether we like it or not. But luckily, this is great news. It’s this exact phenomenon that has created all of the art that…

  • Pinpointing Emotions

    Published: 18/04/21 Take a moment, and try to recognise how you feel right now. Happy? Sad? Tired? Excited? Then, try and pinpoint why. Because of something happening out in the world? A text message you’ve received from a loved one? Your computer playing up, again? It seems pinpointing this with any accuracy is an impossible…

  • Nothing Original

    Published: 17/04/21 In Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon points out that “nothing is completely original”. When searching for inspiration, he puts ideas in two distinct piles: Worth stealing Not worth stealing He doesn’t decide whether ideas are “good” or “bad”, but only if they’re worth stealing or not. I think this is a really…

  • Say It Again

    Published: 16/04/21 Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, it must be said again. André Gide In creative work, it’s so easy to feel like we’re not covering new ground, but there are likely going to be literally millions of people that are totally unaware of…

  • Stay Curious

    Published: 15/04/21 Staying open to new ideas, and being always willing to learn, seems to be incredibly important. Random Post

  • A Pinch of Advice

    Published: 14/04/21 It’s one of my theories that when people give you advice, they’re really just talking to themselves in the past. Austin Kleon I have two of Austin’s books in my possession at the moment. Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work. I’ve noticed that advice from other people (and myself), is often…

  • Two Birds One Book

    Published: 13/04/21 Most mornings, I try and do a bit of writing for this blog. When I think of something to write about, I add it to a list. Right now, this list is empty. On top of this, I have a growing pile of books I want to read. Something new I’m going to…

  • A Framing Problem

    Published: 12/04/21 I’ve recently experienced a little life-dissatisfaction. Nothing major, but the feeling has been present. During this period I made some good progress with a project and I felt wonderful for having done it. But it struck me that if I’d run into a load of problems and not managed to progress, then I…

  • Like Nobody’s Watching

    Published: 11/04/21 Nobody cares what you look like when you dance around the living room to the Kill Bill theme tune, apart from you. Craig Larkin This is one of those lessons I’ve heard a hundred times but only just actually learnt. In the past, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling silly or embarrassed…

  • Resentment Creep

    Published: 10/04/21 I don’t consider myself an angry person, but I can get resentful about helping people. Sometimes I’ll accept a favor and then feel bitter that I’ve said yes. This can be because I’ve let my boundaries slip and should be saying no instead. But, I think it’s actually more to do with habit,…

  • Passing Anxiety

    Published: 09/04/21 A common bit of social-anxiety related advice is to give yourself time to become used to a new situation. The other day I was with some friends and felt uncomfortable for a reason I couldn’t place. Rather than fixating on what specifically was making me feel uncomfortable, I tried to just involve myself…

  • Our Own Awareness

    Published: 08/04/21 I was speaking to a friend about their habit of smoking weed. They have been regularly smoking for years but have only just become aware that this behaviour is directly affecting their mental state and sense of well-being. In my own journey with anxiety. I witnessed it in other people long before I…

  • Context Is Everything

    Published: 07/04/21 It almost feels like the title of this post alone covers this one. The context of any given situation is vastly important, we speak differently to our grandparents than our partners, we act differently at a rave than a gala dinner, we treat ice cream and mint tea differently. Context is everything. Random…

  • Intentional Relationships

    Published: 06/04/21 In this podcast episode of the fantastically named Whore Rapport, they talk about the idea of Intentional relationships. A lot of the terminology surrounding relationships have various connotations, and these connotations can vary a large amount from person to person. For example, the word romantic. At what stage exactly does a relationship become…

  • Boundaries Are Hard

    Published: 05/04/21 “Boundaries are hard!” Is something I’ve heard myself say countless times. Right now, I’m trying to find that sweet spot of boundaries in terms of time. I have a project I’m working on, but I’ve been ignoring it in favour of spending time with precious friends. It’s difficult to decide what the right…

  • Speaking for Others

    Published: 04/04/21 It was recently brought to my attention that I was speaking for somebody in my life by telling another group of people how that person felt without them saying it themselves. This helped me realise that it’s important to not speak for someone else’s experience. This in turn got me thinking about the…

  • New Problems

    Published: 03/04/21 It’s easy to feel like the problems we have right now will be the last problems we’ll ever experience. Once we’ve solved whatever is on our life-plates right now, everything will be cool forever (and always). However, it seems the human brain will always find some problem to solve. Even if we do…

  • Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

    Published: 02/04/21 A silly name perhaps, but “Revenge Bedtime Procrastination” is what we’ve decided to call this idea, so what can you do? I first heard about this on Ali Abdaal’s YouTube channel: You reach the end of the day. The obvious move is to go to bed, perhaps you’re even in bed already. But,…

  • Heaven & Hell

    Published: 01/04/21 No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. Carl Jung As I travel through life, I grow more aware of this idea. It seems it is perhaps not possible to truly grow towards a higher state of being, without also growing an awareness of the…

  • Resisting Temptation

    Published: 31/03/21 I can resist anything except temptation. – Oscar Wilde I’ve been thinking about the word cheating in the context of relationships. Oxford Languages definition of the word cheat: “Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage.” The idea of an “advantage” in any given relationship is horrifying. I don’t think it’s…

  • Ability to Cope

    Published: 30/03/21 In this episode of his podcast, Blindboy said something that I’d never considered before about anxiety: If you’re feeling anxious about something, you’re underestimating your ability to cope with that situation in the future. Most often I’ll have something or other I’m worrying about. Whether it’s getting my van back on the road,…

  • Evolving Relationships

    Published: 29/03/21 Relationships can evolve in ways that we don’t expect. Staying open to these changes is of utmost importance. This is far easier said than done. The narratives we write for ourselves are powerful, powerful as fuck. Sometimes a relationship can shift in a manner contradictory to one of these narratives. There’s also often…

  • The Price of Suffering

    Published: 28/03/21 Another idea from the Blindboy Podcast, he’s an insightful human for sure. He talks about how suffering is the price we pay to experience the joys of the human experience. Suffering is not optional, but the potential joys of being a human are significant. Random Post

  • Magic in Art

    Published: 27/03/21 The best pages I’ve ever written are pages I can’t remember writing. Steven Pressfield I’ve experienced this with music I’ve written. I hear something I created years ago and I would have close to no idea how to recreate it today. There’s a certain kind of magic here… Random Post

  • Scratching An Itch

    Published: 26/03/21 Another fantastic Blindboy podcast episode with some really interesting takes on approaching emotions in terms of mental health. Well worth your time if you’re interested in this kind of thing. Blindboy likens anxiety to scratching an itch. If you brush against a plant that makes you itch, that’s just what life throws at…

  • One Bad Day is Nothing

    Published: 25/03/21 Our work is a practice. One bad day is nothing to us. Ten bad days are nothing. In the scheme of our lifelong practice, twenty-four hours when we can’t gain yardage is only a speed bump. We’ll forget it by breakfast tomorrow and be back again, ready to hurl our bodies into the…

  • The Deathbed List

    Published: 24/03/21 Tim Urban is one of my favorite writers. His Religion for the Nonreligious article is one of my favorite pieces of writing ever. It was really transformative for me when I first read it. In his interview for Tribe of Mentors, Tim talks about his Deathbed List. When trying to decide what to…

  • Boredom

    Published: 23/03/21 Boredom is just “What’s the use?” in disguise. And “What’s the use?” is fear, and fear means you are secretly in despair. Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) Boredom is such an interesting human condition. We often avoid it because it’s… boring. Some of us seek it in an attempt to be more creative,…

  • Our Bodies as Art

    Published: 22/03/21 I asked people how they found meaning in their lives, and I got an answer that really resonated with me and I wanted to share it here: “I find meaning by creating art with my body in different ways.” I love this, it conjures up so much for me. Movement, dancing, sex, body…

  • Long-term Practice

    Published: 21/03/21 Before beginning her first book, Susan Cain (author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts) said that her goal was to have something published by the time she was 75 years old. She talks about this in here section of Tim Ferriss’ Tribe of Mentors. She had a few reasons for this, but my…

  • One Hundred

    Published: 20/03/21 This daily blog practice of mine is largely influenced by Seth Godin. He’s been writing a daily blog for years and is a big advocate of other people doing the same. Once (about 50 days ago), I was debating giving this up, it was taking up a lot of my time and didn’t…

  • The Long Haul

    Published: 19/03/21 Steven Pressfield has a real knack for hammering a point home. Our work is a practice. One bad day is nothing to us. Ten bad days are nothing. In the scheme of our lifelong practice, twenty-four hours when we can’t gain yardage is only a speed bump. We’ll forget it by breakfast tomorrow…

  • The Only Constant

    Published: 18/03/21 The only thing that is constant is our ability to work on ourselves. Everything else can change in ways we would never expect: relationships, work, home, …life. But working towards being a more ethical, more resilient, kinder human is work that is always available. Random Post

  • Sisu

    Published: 17/03/21 Sisu is a Finnish word (and way of being), that doesn’t translate into English. As a result it’s open to a fair bit of interpretation, this is mine: Sisu – Carrying on trying even when you feel you’re at the end of your abilities, feeling like you couldn’t possibly do something, then doing…

  • Fear of Death

    Published: 16/03/21 Another thought from the wonderful Fantastic Fungi: One of the relatively common effects from a strong psychedelic mushroom trip is a perceived reduction or removal of the fear of death. Paul Stamets suggests the following: At some point along the evolutionary line, we split from mushrooms. We were once the same organism, then…

  • A Human Problem

    Published: 15/03/21 I’ve seen Fantastic Fungi twice now. It’s a fucking amazing documentary, I highly recommend anyone watch it. Something that occured to me when I watched it the second time: One of the problems that’s associated with humans quite often is that we consume everything in our path without regard to the planet or…

  • Feeling Forever

    Published: 14/03/21 I feel good right now. I can’t fathom becoming an anxious pile of human, but it will almost definitely happen at one point or another. When I am really struggling, the opposite is true. I can’t fathom becoming any more able to cope with my life or the world around me. However, in…

  • Seedling: Hypothetical Future Situations

    Published: 13/03/21 What is a Seedling? If I’m worrying about something, I sometimes ask myself: “Am I worried about a hypothetical future situation? “ The answer is almost always yes. Sometimes it’s a situation that might happen in an hour, sometimes it’s a situation that might happen in a year. The important point is that…

  • Unfinished

    Published: 12/03/21 I can get caught out completing tasks simply because I started them. Even if they no longer serve me or I’m no longer enjoying them. Maintaining habits that are not helpful, but completing them out of… well… habit. So, I’m learning how to leave things unfinishe… Random Post

  • Seedling: Turning Up Each Day

    Published: 11/03/21 What is a Seedling? I’ve been doing some work on this blog each day. Usually first thing in the morning. Today, I really don’t feel like writing. I’ve spent the last half an hour doing anything I can other than writing. This makes it a perfect day to talk about turning up each…

  • A Good Day’s Work

    Published: 10/03/21 It’s amazing how a good day’s work will get you right back to feeling like yourself. Steven Pressfield This is a funny one. Steven Pressfield is all about “doing the work”. I mean, he literally wrote a book called Do the Work. When I sit down and achieve whatever “doing my work” is…

  • Sustainable Work

    Published: 09/03/21 I’ve been writing here most mornings for a while now. I find getting it done first thing helps me feel like I’ve made some progress with the day right off the bat, and opens up my time after that. It’s made me (once again) realise the importance of habits. Doing this for 30-40…

  • We Are Malleable

    Published: 08/03/21 We accept the voice that talks to us in our head all the time as the source of all truth. But all of it is malleable, every day is new, and memory and identity are burdens from the past that prevent us from living freely in the present. Naval Ravikant I love this…

  • The Goldilocks of Self-Help

    Published: 07/03/21 Without looking into self help, we reduce our capacity to improve. Looking into self-help too much, we reduce our capacity to improve. Random Post

  • A Big Hill

    Published: 06/03/21 Isn’t it weird that deciding to walk up a big hill can make you feel resistance, which is not a nice feeling. But having walked up that hill makes you feel great? Random Post

  • Write Drunk, Edit Sober

    Published 05/03/21 Write Drunk, Edit Sober This is one of those quotes that might not be a quote, but I think it holds some wisdom in it. My main two creative practices at the moment are writing words and writing music. Both of them are sometimes the simplest practices, and both of them can be…

  • Two Each Day

    Published 04/03/21 I’ve spent the last fifteen minutes clicking around the internet, trying to find something to write about. At the moment, I’m writing two of these posts most days. I love the process of writing, but if it gets too stressful, I’ll end up stopping. This post is an effort to turn up each…

  • Loving Relationships

    Published 03/03/21 Cultivating and maintaining multiple loving relationships (irrespective of sex or romance), means that you’ll never be alone. You’ll always have someone to turn to, to talk to, to hold. And in many ways, that’s all you really need. Random Post

  • Self-Expectation

    Published 02/03/21 For as long as I can remember, I’ve been saying that I would like to “make money doing my own thing.” If I visualise this, I feel more empowered, happier, and safer. But these kinds of predictions can be deceptive as fuck. It’s hard (if not impossible) to separate what we think something…

  • Finding Meaning

    Published 01/03/21 A strong loss of hope for me comes from when I feel lacking in meaning/purpose. I’m thinking a lot about where people find their own meaning. Where do you find your meaning? If you’d like to share, my contact info is on my homepage. Random Post

  • Feeling Tone

    Published 28/02/21 Cultivating a sense of your feeling-tone is a very helpful practice. Simply put, this means being aware of how you feel in any given moment. Many of our problems come from unconscious thought patterns creeping up over a period of time. If we can bring those into our awareness earlier, then they tend…

  • Old Journals

    Published 27/02/21 I just had a flick through one of my old journals from a few years ago. Many of my worries that felt very much like they were just part of that particular moment in my life, are the exact same kinds of things I worry about now, just dressed up a little differently.…

  • Seedling: Telling Good Stories

    Published 26/02/21 What is a Seedling? Telling Good Stories We are the stories we tell ourselves, so we should tell ourselves good stories. We all do things we’re happy with, and some we’re not. But the narrative we tie to these things is important. For example: I’m occasionally finding it hard to be in my…

  • Love & Coffee

    Published 25/02/21 I’m in the process of slowly reducing the amount of coffee I’m consuming. I’ve been drinking it pretty much daily for a long time. I don’t want to give it up, but it feels like a good effort in discipline to reduce my intake. Also lately, I’ve been noticing how much I want…

  • Seedling: Our Frightened Inner Child

    Published 24/02/21 What is a Seedling? As clichéd as it might feel, a lot of our day-to-day problems tend to come from our childhood. When you’re struggling with some aspect of your life, try picturing the part of you that’s finding it hard as a childish, confused version of yourself. This is a helpful exercise…

  • Example: “Knowing Something”, then Actually Learning It.

    Published 23/02/21 Yesterday, I talked about the difference between hearing information, and living it. Today, an example: A couple of years ago, two of my friends happened to fall off their bicycles in the same week. Luckily they were both wearing helmets and weren’t hurt too badly. After this happened, our friendship group started wearing…

  • Seedling: “Knowing Something”, then Actually Learning It.

    Published 22/02/21 What is a Seedling? “Exercise is good for you.” “Everyone is struggling at the moment.” “It’s safer to wear a helmet when you cycle.” These are things we’ve all heard countless times, and on some level we know them to be true. Yet so often we find it hard (if not impossible) to…

  • Progress List

    Published 21/02/21 I just spent half an hour updating my Progress List. The concept is fairly new to me, but I really like the idea. It seems like a good method of living a more intentional life. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on a website, but for me it is helpful that anyone might…

  • Consciousness

    Published 20/02/21 It seems clear that we can’t decide what to think or feel, any more than we can decide what to see or hear. Annaka Harris I often read Stoicism related quotes about how we have control over our own thoughts and feelings, but as of right now, I don’t agree with this. My…

  • Overlooking Our Strengths

    Published 19/02/21 It’s easy to overlook our strengths, especially in times of struggle & anxiety. When I’m caught up in anxiety, everything feels way harder than it usually does, and the smallest thing can feel impossible. But when I’m feeling more on top of myself, I can do things with a remarkable ease. If something…

  • Diversity is Key

    Published 18/02/21 A wide range of plants and animals makes for a successful and thriving ecosystem. The same can be said for our lives. Diversity of inputs: from different types of people, places, ideas, foods, experience; makes for a well-rounded, resilient, and happier human. Random Post

  • Throwback: Saying No

    Published 17/02/21 The last couple of days have been throwbacks to articles I’ve written in the past. Today? The Power of No (Not to be confused with The Power of Now) Random Post

  • Throwback: Five Years Time

    Published 16/02/21 Yesterday, I linked to an older article about Intentions Today’s throwback is all about perspective. Random Post

  • Throwback: Intentions, Not Goals

    Published 15/02/21 Back in day, I used to write longer articles about similar kinds of subjects. The first ever Throwback I hear you ask? Set Intentions, Not Goals. Random Post

  • Seedling: Fix What You Can, Accept What You Can’t

    Published 14/02/21 What is a Seedling? God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. The Serenity Prayer Some issues in life can be improved or solved, and so long as you take other humans feelings into consideration, I…

  • Making It Easier

    Published 13/02/21 I’m really enjoying the process and benefits of posting here each day. But I’ve been doing it for a couple of months now and my motivation to keep going has faded a little. So I’m taking steps to make it easier to do. I’ve made the Instagram process simpler, and I’m actually in…

  • A Compassionate Mess

    Published: 12/02/21 The goal of practice is simply to become a compassionate mess. Unknown I get caught in the trap of trying to “fix” myself. When I discovered this quote the other day, it really resonated with me. When I feel like a mess poorly disguised as a human, I feel I should “work out”…

  • If This Were Easy

    Published: 11/02/21 I asked myself the one question that helps answer many others… What would this look like if it were easy? Tim Ferriss We’ve always got the option of going back to the beating ourselves up/feeling overwhelmed version of life. Why not try the easier version for a bit? How can you reframe your…

  • Sitting Tight

    Published: 10/02/21 When I’m feeling unclear, or anxious. My tendency is to try to “solve the problem”. I’m trying to practice sitting tight instead. To try and focus on being kind to myself, and waiting until I feel clearer again. Then once I do, I’m in a much better headspace to decide what the next…

  • The Growth Choice

    Published: 09/02/21 Life is an ongoing process of choosing between safety (out of fear and need for defense) and risk (for the sake of progress and growth). Make the growth choice a dozen times a day. Abraham Maslow This is hard, and I certainly don’t do it consistently, but I try to keep it in…

  • Unlearning

    Published: 08/02/21 Realise that you may no longer have the information necessary to “know” something that you once did. Work out how to keep questioning yourself, and don’t be afraid to say: “Actually, I don’t know.” Random Post

  • Goals Seem Great

    Published: 07/02/21 Some goals seem great. They impress your friends (“I’m going to bike across India”), satisfy an old wish (“I want to go into space”), or are good for you (“I’m going to lose thirty pounds”). But unless it changes your actions, right now, it’s not a great goal. Find another variation that excites…

  • All Dogs were once Wolves

    Published: 06/02/21 I was out walking recently, surrounded by dog-walkers and their dogs, and I remembered that all dogs were once wolves. And now we have Cockapoos. Random Post

  • People Do Such Weird Shit

    Published: 05/02/21 In the house I’m currently living in, my window overlooks a road. A road that holds a kind of magic about it. People that walk on this road seem to be under the impression that nothing they do can be seen by anyone else. This leads to such strange walking patterns, seemingly random…

  • My Birthday

    Published: 04/02/21 Today is my birthday. I’ve often said that I’m not much of a birthday person, that it’s “just another day”. There are a whole host of reasons I feel this way that are beyond the scope of this post. But I’m realising more and more that tradition is important, and the idea of…

  • Seedling: Net Positive Relationships

    Published: 03/02/21 What are Seedlings? As a general rule: If the experience of a relationship is overall more positive than it is negative, for everyone involved, then it’s a relationship worth maintaining. If not, then it’s important to re-assess. It doesn’t matter how long the relationship has existed, whether or not it’s romantic or sexual.…

  • A Little Better

    Published: 02/02/21 When you notice yourself wanting to be “just a little better” at doing or dealing with something, be mindful. Odds are that even if you managed the thing you’re envisioning, an idea of another small improvement will quickly fill its place. I reckon this is why we have skyscrapers. This is not to…

  • A Tough Time

    Published: 01/02/21 I’ve noticed that almost everyone around me right now is struggling with some aspect of their life, even people who are usually very resilient. Everyone keeps saying it, but this truly is a tough time. Random Post

  • Amazing to Others

    Published: 31/01/21 Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them. We’re clearly bad judges of our own creations. We should just put them out there and let the world decide. Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share? Derek Sivers I love the idea of this. I don’t feel like I’m coming up with…

  • Tiny Notebook

    Published: 30/01/21 For the last two days I’ve talked about going outside. I’m always worried about having an idea and not being able to capture it before it disappears, but I want to leave my phone at home when I go out. I found a tiny notebook and I take it along with me. I…

  • Disconnecting

    Published: 29/01/21 Yesterday I talked about going outside. While I’ve been doing this, I’ve been leaving my phone at home. As I’m sure you’re aware, we’re getting more addicted to our phones. I feel it’s worth making sure you allow some time in our lives to separate ourselves from this ever-increasing technological explosion. Random Post

  • Going Outside

    Published: 28/01/21 Lately, I’ve been making a point to go outside more. I’m in the city, but it’s a city with green space. I feel like some people understand the importance of leaving the house and getting some air, but this is here for those (including myself) who could use a little reminder from time…

  • Your First Reaction

    Published: 27/01/21 People say that your first reaction is the most honest, but I disagree. Your first reaction is usually outdated. Either it’s an answer you came up with long ago and now use instead of thinking, or it’s a knee-jerk emotional response to something in your past. Derek Sivers You don’t have to have…

  • Little Big Actions

    Published: 26/01/21 It’s the little actions that make a big difference down the line: Having that one unexpected conversation Reading that one particular book Deciding to start practicing meditation It’s easy to think that you need to do “big” things to make “big” things happen, but it really can be the smallest flutter of a…

  • Always More Than Two Options

    Published: 25/01/21 People sometimes ask my help in making big decisions. They usually trying to decide between two options. But that’s not a decision – that’s a self-created dilemma! You have to remember that are always more than two options. Derek Sivers This one comes up a lot for me, I find it crippling, the…

  • Seedling: It’s Why We have Skyscrapers

    Published: 24/01/21 What are Seedlings? Humans don’t have skyscrapers because we needed skyscrapers, we have skyscrapers because humans cannot stop solving problems. It seems inherent in human nature that we always feel slightly dissatisfied with what we have, and over time, that’s why we now have skyscrapers. I find this applies to situations so often.…

  • What Happens Next?

    Published: 23/01/21 You have no way of knowing what will happen after the thing that has just happened. Something can feel like it’s a good or a bad thing in the moment, but there’s no way of telling what will happen as a result of that, whether 5 minutes, or 5 years down the line.…

  • The Uncomfortable Truth

    Published: 22/01/21 This quote is from Mark Manson’s book, Everything is Fucked: A Book about Hope. It’s my kinda book! If I worked at Starbucks, instead of writing peoples names on their coffee cup, I’d write the following: One day, you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people for…

  • Make It Easier?

    Published: 21/01/21 In the summertime, I tend to have freezing cold showers. The colder the better. I love how it feels afterwards, I think it’s the least suffering you can go through for the biggest reward. It feels great! That is, until winter. In the winter I stop doing it entirely, it’s too fucking cold.…

  • Think Like the Bronze Medalist

    Published: 20/01/21 If you catch yourself burning with envy or resentment, think like the bronze medalist, not the silver. Change your focus. Instead of comparing up to the next-higher situation, compare down to the next-lower one. Derek Sivers If you win the silver medal, it’s easy to wish you could’ve tried that little bit harder…

  • Not Today?

    Published: 19/01/21 Just because you don’t do it today, doesn’t mean you can’t ever do it. I’m often trying to squeeze it all in, trying to do all the things on all the days. The result is that I often feel like I’ve gotten nothing done. I forget that I (most likely) have life ahead…

  • An Enjoyable Life

    Published: 18/01/21 Not everything has or needs to be useful or “productive”, there is a beauty in play, and just doing things for the love of doing them. If I try and do “useful” things all the time, I end up burning out and getting all existential. Being silly, playing music for no other reason…

  • 1% Better

    Published: 17/01/21 Another idea I learnt from the formidable James Clear is the idea of trying to improve by 1% each day. The idea is that tiny, incremental improvements make a big difference down the line. Writing a small blog post like this each day doesn’t seem like it’s making much difference to anything, but…

  • Reducing Availability

    Published: 16/01/21 Making things less available to you, makes them less likely to happen. If you have to go to the shop to buy that chocolate bar, you’re less likely to eat a chocolate bar. If you place your alarm far enough away so you have to get out of bed to turn it off,…

  • Being Open to Change

    Published: 15/01/21 Stability is important, but so is accepting change. Change is going to happen. Letting it in as part of day-to-day life means that you’ll have more resilience to deal with it when it does appear. Random Post

  • Mastering Habits

    Published: 14/01/21 If you want to master a habit, the key is to start with repetition, not perfection. James Clear This one has made a big difference to my own life. If you want to start practising yoga, don’t try to do an hour a day. Start with 5 minutes a day. Then after a…

  • Habit Stacking

    Published: 13/01/21 In his great book, Atomic Habits. James Clear talks about the concept of Habit Stacking: The idea is simple: Layer a new habit on top of a previously existing habit. For example, if you wanted to start taking a supplement each morning, you could decide to do it after you brush your teeth.…

  • Be more… Ocean

    Published: 12/01/21 Be more…? Ocean is my friend, and one of the most playful human beings I’ve ever had the fortune to meet. Even in a bad mood, he can’t help but be playful, it’s just his nature, and I love that. I can get caught up in the seriousness of life quite often, but…

  • Intentional Consumption Pt. 3

    Published: 11/01/21 My lasts two posts have been about my recommended media list, but this concept can reach far outside which films to watch. I try to keep the things I own to be useful. Once a year I have a clear-out of my stuff, getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve me. Time is…

  • Intentional Consumption Pt. 2

    Published: 10/01/21 Yesterday, I talked about how I deleted my book and film recommendations. I was aware that if I didn’t change something about the process and just started collecting titles in the same manner, I would eventually end up in the same boat. An unmanageable list of media to consume. So now if someone…

  • Intentional Consumption

    Published: 09/01/21 Recently, I deleted the ever-growing list of books and films that people have recommended to me over the last few years. I’m sure there was some life-changing stuff in there, but I was never going to get through it. There were just way too many options. So I deleted it. I’m so glad…

  • Making a Decision

    Published: 08/01/21 I have spent a good portion of my life trying to make decisions, not wanting to make the “wrong” one. Even when these decisions are unimportant, I can still get stuck deliberating for far longer than I’d like. Most of the time we’re searching for the “correct” answer, when there is no such…

  • Tiny Distractions

    Published: 07/01/21 Every business wants to get you addicted to their infinite updates, pings, chats, messages, and news. But if what you want out of life is to create, then those are your obstacles. Derek Sivers It’s easy to fill up our lives with tiny distractions that make the whole day go by. But there’s an…

  • What Am I Doing With My Life!?

    Published: 06/01/21 Now more than ever, it seems we don’t know “what we’re doing with our lives”. But I’m not sure that it’s even possible to have a definitive answer to such a vague question. Here is my four step guide to begin unpicking this conundrum: Stop saying “I don’t know what I’m doing with…

  • Seedling: We are the Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Published: 05/01/21 (Updated: 09/05/2021) What is a Seedling? We are the Stories We Tell Ourselves. If we tell ourselves that we’re not good at sewing, it’s going to be far harder for us to improve our sewing ability. If we explain to every person that we meet that we can’t cook, we will find it…

  • Batching Your Life

    Published: 04/01/21 Batching is a practice of taking similar tasks and completing them at the same time, rather than as they crop up in life. For example, with these daily thoughts, there are quite a few steps from where they start: My brain. …and where they end up: The internet. I take each of these…

  • Don’t Ask What The World Needs

    Published: 03/01/21 Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman I’ve found in my own experience that if I try and do something I feel I should be doing, rather than actually want to…

  • Being A Good-enoughist

    Published: 02/01/21 In her wonderful book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Brené Brown talks a lot about perfectionism. She talks of shedding her perfectionist tendencies, and embodying the “Good-enoughist”. I will tend to keep worrying over insignificant details until I run out of time, but I’m working on it. So, with pride, I would like to…

  • New Beginnings

    Published: 01/01/21 The Revolution Resolution is Coming Around the world on this day, we are making promises with ourselves to get fitter/ eat better/ read more ect. It seems to me that we miss an important fact: Today isn’t actually different than any other day. January 1st doesn’t have any more power then October 6th…

  • Self-Compassion

    Published: 31/12/20 A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life. Christopher K. Germer As the infamous 2020 draws to a close, I think it would be worth taking a moment to be kind to ourselves. Next year is likely going to have…

  • Music Has Always Existed

    Published: 30/12/20 I’ve been getting into music theory lately. It’s fascinating to me that notes stacked on top of each other in certain ways tend to make us feel certain emotions. The real head fuck appeared when I realised that all of this must have existed long before us humans did. The thing about major,…

  • Self-Care

    Published: 29/12/20 When you feel nourished and good then you’re gonna be in the best position to serve others, help them feel the same. Adriene Mishler First up, some massive appreciation for Adriene. I don’t think I’d be practicing yoga if not for her. Second up, a little note on self care: People can think…

  • Are You Okay?

    Published: 28/12/20 A big cultural problem we all seem to share is pretending we’re okay when we’re not. The problem with this, is that it leads to a chronic condition of people feeling like they are coping with their lives worse than those around them. Everyone is suffering, it’s part and parcel of being a…

  • Let Others Say “No”

    Published: 27/12/20 Put your ideas and desires out there, let other people say ‘No’, because the best that can happen is that they’ll say ‘Yes’. Lesley Garner This is something I’m actively trying to bring more of into my life. It makes so much sense to just express your desires, but it’s an uphill struggle…

  • Humans Need Humans

    Published: 26/12/20 We are tribal creatures, we have always thrived in groups and it seems we always will. It’s likely that we’re sharing this time with humans that are important to us. I know that I can sometimes let the overfamiliarity of these relationships affect my behaviour, and I don’t hold the appreciation that I…

  • Tradition

    Published: 25/12/20 Whatever your beliefs surrounding this time of year, tradition is part of what makes us human. I know I could do with remembering this more, so I’m assuming some of you could too? Random Post

  • Letting Daily Life Go

    Published: 24/12/20 Hopefully the next few days will be spent enjoying nice times and eating good food with cherished people. Why not let your daily life go, and savour this time? Random Post

  • Solving Loneliness

    Published: 23/12/20 We’ve all heard that “everybody struggles with loneliness/ isolation.” And it’s true, we all do in one form or another. Even though we’ve all heard this, we will almost always believe that our own struggles are more, because we are the only ones so intimately familiar with them. Even as we rationally understand…

  • Text Messages

    Published: 22/12/20 We humans have developed an incredibly nuanced, and complex way of communicating with one another. The advent of the phone call took away the body language aspect of this. The advent of the text message has taken away pretty much everything else. Text messages are fantastic for some applications: simple organisation, “thinking of…

  • Play

    Published: 21/12/20 The opposite of play is not work—the opposite of play is depression. In the long run, work does not work without play. Dr. Stuart Brown How can you bring more playfulness into your life? Random Post

  • Really, Never Say Never

    Published: 20/12/20 Really, never say never. Be careful with stating how you feel about something as an absolute. You have no way of knowing how you’ll feel when your circumstances change. Random Post

  • Resistance

    Published: 19/12/20 Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it. Steven Pressfield Procrastination & perfectionism are very effective stoppers to our doing the work we yearn to do. Random Post

  • Perfectionism

    Published: 18/12/20 Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight. Brené Brown The idea of perfectionism is new to me, but it is very much part of me. Letting go of the idea that something has…

  • Pacing Yourself

    Published: 17/12/20 When you understand that true progress takes years, not days, you can begin to see the importance of pacing yourself. Matt D’Avella I love this quote, I currently have it hanging up on my wall. Many of us want to be progressing all of the time no matter what, but it’s just not…

  • Phone Notifications

    Published: 16/12/20 I turn off all non-essential notifications, it’s the same reason I don’t keep cookies in my pocket. The Social Dilemma The only reason my phone will ring or vibrate is if I receive a phone call. Our phones are distracting us from our lives enough already, even without flashing notifications. Since I’ve made…

  • Imitate

    Published: 15/12/20 Imitate. We are imperfect Mirrors. Derek Sivers We have always created by imitating. We have always learned by imitating. It turns out, we are not such successful imitators. We tend to end up making something unique. Which is all we wanted to do in the first place. Random Post

  • Just Do Five Minutes

    Published: 14/12/20 In our quest to be progressing through this life of ours, there’s a funny thing that happens when we try to do something creative or important. We sit down to start. Then. We don’t start. We find many other “important” things to do instead. I feel like this is a lifelong balancing act…

  • Procrastination is Clever

    Published: 13/12/20 When I was at university, I had an essay to write. Rather than writing it, I started learning to touch type. My reasoning was that when I did “get around” to writing the essay, I would be able to do it far more “efficiently”. What was actually happening was that I was avoiding…

  • Doing the Real Work

    Published: 12/12/20 There is certainly benefit in getting things done more efficiently, but it’s far more important to be doing the Real Work. It doesn’t matter how good you are at streamlining if it’s all in aid of avoiding doing the thing you know you want to be doing. Random Post

  • Getting Started

    Published 11/12/20 Recently, I decided to start writing something here each day. Quickly the perfectionist in me started coming up with a whole load of things I should get done before my first post. Here is was my actual list: Create 7 Posts Create single graphic to always use Archive all van posts Turn on…

  • Vanlife – Through The Seasons

    Vanlife – Through The Seasons

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] A few days ago, I was sat in the beautiful Devon countryside looking across the autumn leaves covering the forest floor, and it caused me to consider the differences between this new life of mine compared to the one I spent mainly within the confines of a house. The main…

  • Quick Tip – No Is A Powerful Word

    Quick Tip – No Is A Powerful Word

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] I was sent this article from One Willow Apothecaries and it really resonated with me. One of the shortest words in the English language holds a lot of power. So without further ado… Time is the most important thing we have. In fact, as long as we’re alive, it’s literally…

  • A Better Way to Think About Control in Your Life

    A Better Way to Think About Control in Your Life

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] I’m currently reading a book by the one and only Derren Brown. It’s called ‘Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine‘. Honestly, I found the title a little off-putting because books on happiness are a dime a dozen, and often full of shakey content at best. However, I…

  • Vanlife

    Vanlife

    Edit: February 2021 – I wrote this post a while ago now. I’m currently not living in my van, and reading back, I feel like this article is a bit one-sided. It’s a fun lifestyle, but not without its drawbacks. All this said, I think there is still some value in here and as ever…

  • BOW Recommends – The Joe Rogan Experience

    BOW Recommends – The Joe Rogan Experience

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] Ladies aaaand Gentlemen, It’s my great pleasure to introduce to you, the first ever Being On Wheels Recommends! A small slice of the internet where I let you know about some of the stuff (and also, some of the things) that add real value to my life. I’ve gotten heavily…

  • The Best Way to Plan Your Day

    The Best Way to Plan Your Day

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] Time has a funny knack for running away with itself and leaving you in the dust. It can even seem like the more time you have to do something, the more time that something will take. One way to combat this strange effect is to block out the time in…

  • Quick Tip – Will It Matter in Five Years Time?

    Quick Tip – Will It Matter in Five Years Time?

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] When we are stressed, the hunter-gatherer section of our brains has this wonderful habit of telling us that we are somehow in danger, so then when we have to deal with a modern-day situation it can seem like a much bigger issue than it actually is. This article, by the…

  • A Useful Guide to the Pomodoro Technique

    A Useful Guide to the Pomodoro Technique

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] What lays ahead is probably the biggest game-changer to my overall productivity so far: the amazinglysimpleyetstillsomehowsupereffective… Pomodoro Technique! <- (Originally developed by this guy) I’m going to explain what the Pomodoro Technique is, describe my experience with it, then touch on some science-y/study-y/why it works bits.  At the end I…

  • Quick Tip – Why You Should Set Intentions, Not Goals

    Quick Tip – Why You Should Set Intentions, Not Goals

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within…

  • Develop New Habits

    Develop New Habits

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] Today, right here on this very page, I am going to show you a highly effective (but super simple) technique for developing new good habits and breaking old bad ones. The method is very simple: to note down your progress each day. Just by doing this one simple thing, you’ll…

  • Practice Yoga

    Practice Yoga

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] Incorporating yoga into my life has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s led to a dramatic improvement in my day to day happiness, alertness, and posture (amongst other things). My goal here is to try and persuade you to either have a go for the first…

  • Why You Should Go to Camp Quirky Next Year (And Probably the Year After)

    Why You Should Go to Camp Quirky Next Year (And Probably the Year After)

    [rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”] In the year 2018, Camp Quirky opened it’s doors to the public which enabled a festival full of self-converted camper vans and their owners, a perfect space for those who are interested in big hunks of metal that happen to contain houses. Stages The main stage of the festival was…

  • Journaling

    Journaling

    Edit: June 2021 – I’ve linked to this article a few times and I just realised it might be a bit confusing for those who click on it. I wrote this a while back when this website was called Being On Wheels, if you enjoy this style of writing, you can find the archive of my…