Quote I’m pondering – “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
New breakfast for 2019 – We’ve all heard of smoothies, though have you ever had a smoothie bowl? We were visiting this wonderful little cafe next to a beach on the outskirts of Copenhagen the other day. They intro’d us to a terrifically tasty and nutritious smoothie bowl. Since then we’ve been experimenting with various home made versions. The best of which we’ve found at minimalistbaker.com . If you’re looking for something new for breakfast, or have kids and want to spice things up (outside of toast and cereal), then smoothie bowls are quick, tasty and healthy.
Soundtrack I’m listening too – Cloud Atlas isn’t a film I plan to watch again, however its soundtrack (on youtube here) is a beautiful listen and I’m listening to it alot. I’m finding it’s helping me at work, enabling me to better focus in an open space when I need it. If you’re looking for music to increase your productivity & effectiveness, add this to your playlist.
For those interested in workplace predictions for 2019, this post on LinkedIn contains a few interesting points. Number 1. isn’t new, yet it’s still curious to me why companies continue to make this mistake.
“1. Employers will continue to invest a ton of money in recruiting and on-boarding employees, while paying little attention to the talent that’s seeping out the back door.”
What we’re using in our fridge and fruit bowls – these small discs are proving to keep our fruit and veg fresh for longer. They utilise the most natural way possible for keeping it fresh and they really work! We’ve tried many alternatives (including special bags) and nothing has worked better than the Nanology Fruit & Veg savers.
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Quote I’ve been pondering “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” – John F. Kennedy
I’ve been reading about why creativity is the most important skill in the world. It’s a good reminder that being creative is the ability to solve problems with relevance and novelty. Solving problems in original ways, both big & small is being creative. It means we’re all creative in some way at some point. If you have any doubts that you’re creative, then think about how you solve problems.
Favourite purchase – The Orbiloc safety light. It’s visible up to 5KM, 100% water proof, impact resistant and fits on almost anything. We have it for our dog Bertie (it’s a popular canine light in Denmark). If you have a dog or do any kind of activity in the dark (above or under water), then you can’t beat this light for visibility.
No New Years resolutions for me again this year, I’m following the Past Year Review that Tim Ferriss describes here. This method involves identifying your peak highs and lows from the previous year and making sure you’re including the peak highs in the next 12 months (and booking them on your calendar, they don’t count unless you’ve committed).
What we’ve been listening to at home – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack. With songs like Mr. Blue Sky and Father & Son it’s hard not feel good while listening to this one. I’ve now added this soundtrack to my playlist of music at work. Give it a listen, I highly recommend it for increasing happy energy.
1.Quote I’ve been pondering “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. ” Brad Paisley
2. Article I’ve been reading – Splashdatas top 100 worst passwords of 2018. It’s hard to believe that 123456 & password continue to be the top 2 passwords used across the internet. If you don’t have a good password the New Year is a great time to make that change.
3. Best purchase of December (outside of presents) – The HP OfficeJet 250 mobile All-in-One printer. This printer is small, it fits into my day rucksack. We wanted a printer at home that didn’t take up much room and this is perfect. It prints terrific photo quality, has smart phone compatibility, bluetooth or wireless connectivity and is fully loaded with all the features you’d expect from an All-in-One printer.
4. Book I’m reading (among others) – It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by the CEO and CFO at Basecamp. This book was a Christmas present from my wife’s parents and so far it’s a fantastic read. It starts with a brilliant premise, viewing your company as if it were a product. Leaders need to work as hard on their company as they do on their products. Most modern tech companies claim to be ‘non’ corporate nowadays, yet the reality is they are corporate. Setting goals, having free drinks, food and table football is actually corporate. Not being corporate is Basecamp, where they have no goals. Here’s a question: would sales numbers actually change one iota if a business didn’t set goals? Are those goals informing and improving the work done, or simply increasing the amount of stress and the chance that someone within the company will potentially compromise real values to meet those fake numbers? I think we all know the answer…
5. Firework season is upon us now New Years is around the corner. Our dog Bertie isn’t the biggest fan, though he is a fan of his Thundershirt. We’ve invested in this vest as it comforts him in times of stress (like fireworks). If you have a cat or a dog and wonder what you can do during fireworks then this vest is a fantastic investment.
Wishing you all a terrific weekend and Happy New Year celebration!
1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…” – John Lennon
2. Christmas decorations made this week – No cook cinnamon ornaments. My 5 year old and wife made these for his Kindergarten friends, they’re amazing. If you’re looking for nice homemade presents, then these are personal and hand made, there isn’t much that can beat that.
3. Most inspiring read this week – Armand David shared 3 life lessons from a masterclass with Chris Hadfield. He used Masterclass.com a fantastic resource where famously skilled people teach all sorts of subject (think Gordon Ramsey cooking and James Patterson on writing). I’m starting the Malcolm Gladwell teaches writing in the New Year, there are many many courses, take a look if you haven’t seen it already, it’s a wonderful place for learning.
4. Since the birth of our first son, each December the Kindness elves visit overnight, setup an activity and leave a little note. This happens in our house for all 24 days till Christmas. We find it’s a great way to cement acts of kindness into a day, as well as a good reminder of the power of kindness to others. You don’t have to just do it at Christmas, the Kindness elves are for anytime really. So if you have children, it’s worth considering integrating Kindness elves into your lives.
5. This week I’ve been listening to Whatever, a December chart release from 1994. It’s by Oasis, an often misunderstood band. They wrote many great ballads and acoustic songs, Whatever is one of them, an inspiring song filled with meaningful lyrics, violins and electric guitar. It reminded me of the first time I saw Oasis live, in a small pub in Cardiff, Wales. It wasn’t long after the release of Definitely Maybe, there debut album and Liam the lead singer was punched by someone jumping on stage. He wasn’t best pleased, yet the crowd was filled with approbation because he kept on singing and didn’t stop the gig. I was in a strange place at the age of 21, and it’s fair to say their music helped save my life, I’ll always be grateful.
For those celebrating Christmas next week, I wish you all the joy and love Christmas can bring!