Why you need to ban your phone from your bedroom right now

What’s the last thing you do before sleeping, and the first thing you do when you wake up? If you’re like the majority of people, you’re on your smartphone.

Research shows that 95% of us are spending time on a smartphone or tablet just before bed, and 84% of us reach for it first thing in the morning. We’re on emails, social networks, messaging apps, news sites, blogs… the list is endless.

But this near-consuming trend is coming at a cost – to your health, your productivity and your overall well-being.

Yet there’s a very simple solution you may not have considered…

How to Stop Procrastination in its Tracks

We all know procrastination isn’t helping us. Yet we all too easily fall into its traps.

If procrastination is the opposite of choosing to live deliberately, then how can we short-circuit its oh-so-tempting siren call?

There are many reasons for procrastination, but each of us to tend to have a style that we fall into more often than not, in terms of the underlying reasons for our stalling tactics, whatever they may be.

Mostly, these have to do with our thinking patterns. Recognising our natural tendency is the most important step in deliberately choosing better ways forward!

Which of these procrastination styles sounds most familiar to you?

Truth Is

“Truth through words and ideas to change lives”

That’s my personal mission. My burn statement. It’s what I’m about.

It’s a guide by which I make decisions about what I do with my time; my energy; my life.

To me truth is core, because it changes things; it changes everything. I care deeply, profoundly about our ability to continue to agree that truth matters.

But even before you can believe that truth matters, you have to believe that truth exists.

That truth is.

Top 10 Reads of 2016

It’s that time of year again! If you’re looking for ideas on what to read in 2017, here’s a round-up of the books that stood out to me this year. If you’re looking for tips on how to read more in 2017, check out this earlier post on ‘4 Easy Ways to Read More’.

There were a few stand-outs for me this year in my reading list, including my first ever read of the Harry Potter series (what?! How could I have never read them before? I know…), and a successful second attempt at reading Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book on economics and inequality, ‘Capital in the 21st Century’, which I had tried and failed to finish when it came out a couple of years ago. I’m so glad I gave it a second try, because it turned out to be SO fascinating. I also started reading a few of the titles on the list of ‘A Year of Reading the World’, which gives suggestions for books translated into English from each nation in the world.

Here are the top 10 books that I found most impacting, significant or enjoyable, along with the rest of my reading list for the year –