Being confined has been known to take a toll on us. The lack of social contact can be devastating for the social animals we are. We need to take any comfort we can right now and this is my favourite approach.
Hygge is a concept that I first read about in “The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country” — Helen Russell. I had already heard the word before but due to its difficult translation and ambiguous meaning, it hadn’t sparked my interest. The Cambridge dictionary defines Hygge as being:
How much better would your life be if you finished your obligations on time? Imagine you did everything you had to do in exactly the time you had for it.
Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
We live busy lives, there are too many distractions around us and too many obligations drawing us away from what we want to do. Finding the time, and the will, to get things done is one of the biggest hurdles in the road to success.
When you have things to do, being able to distribute them throughout your day efficiently is a skill anyone can benefit from. …
Journaling is one of the most life-changing practices anyone can adopt today.
The habitual practice of picking at your brain, drawing out those pesky knots causing you anxiety is as therapeutic as it gets.
It probably is one of those success habits with the greatest references of all time, being enthusiastically practised by many great minds over the years such as Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Leonardo Da Vinci. (As mentioned in fromthegrapevine.com). It isn’t often you get such famous endorsements.
Journaling should be, by definition, incredibly personal and equally simple. You reflect on everything and anything that bothers you or doesn’t. …
Self-help, self-development, personal growth and all those categories of books you see eternally in the corner of your mom’s shelf had always seemed like nonsense to me.
I found laughable the idea of some pompous “guru” selling you all these tricks to a “winning mentality” and persuading you he holds the golden key to unlocking all your ambitions.
It all sounded the same to me:
I couldn’t help but feeling these sounded more like regurgitated infomercial slogans that content worth reading. …
How can I blame you? I struggle with the same issue every day.
In an evolutionary aspect, mankind has come a long way. Through technology, science and perseverance we’ve worked for millennia to make life a little less about survival and a little more about comfort.
As we continue this constant never-ending process of growth and development, our inventions ease us closer to the existence of extreme convenience. We have limitless information and entertainment in the palm of our hand at any time. …
There will always be wiser people than us, heeding their words and advice as well as taking lessons from them can lead to self-improvement if internalised correctly. I will be breaking down 3 quotes that had a particular impression on me. Explaining the meaning behind these quotes will allow me to delve into their impact and also elaborate on how I went on to apply them (the most important part).
1.- “How you do Anything is how you do Everything” — Zen Buddhism
I cannot for the life of me recall where it is I read this but I clearly remember the impact it had on me. To me, this never seemed like an invitation to become a disciplined work-crazed robot but more a critique of the inconsistency of my choices. I interpreted it meant you should approach everything in life with the same attitude. This meant a lot to me because even though I wanted to become more productive, I always saw it as a discipline you could turn on or off at your whim. If you have a vision of a more efficient version of yourself, to realise it first you should define the values or character traits such a person would have. These values will only stick if they become an intrinsic part of you. This means that every choice you make and everything you do should align with these values until they become a second-nature. …
I have to start by explaining that my productivity and self-awareness was never impressive to begin with. Let me know if this is something you can relate to. I spent most days procrastinating to an embarrassing degree and not even trying to do anything about it. Then I would go on to attempt the most urgent tasks I had pending, which were usually in the frighteningly urgent and last-minute category. After doing enough work to feel like I’d worked up a proverbial sweat I would then go on to reward myself with a disproportionately large break. I would proceed by trying to cram in as much cheap entertainment as my many screens afforded me. …