5 Share Friday 18 January 2019

Quote I’m pondering “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

Purchase I’m enjoying – The Lowa Lisboa Goretex sneakers in navy. These sneakers look good (though for the fashion vistas out there perhaps not), they feel great and are fully waterproof. Danish weather is like Seattle weather, though in Denmark I don’t own a car and so cycling and walking everywhere means I need warm, waterproof shoes. Shoes that don’t look too sporty for everyday use. These Lowa’s are perfect, they’re a skate type shoe with all the technical benefits of a trail running sneaker.

What I’ve been watching – I recently watched a few Tidying up by Marie Kondo Netflix episodes. I’m a fan of her book and so it’s been interesting to see her turn the Konmari method into reality TV. However, this post on ignoring her advice on books resonated with me. We don’t need to rid ourselves of books 😀 also buying less crap is the right thing to do, a good description of this can be found here.

What I’ve been reading – Nike & Boeing are paying science fiction writers to predict their future. This is mind blowing..The gap between Sci-Fi and Sci-Fact is shrinking dramatically.

Tea I’m drinkingRelax by Pukka. This tea is tasty, ‘relaxing’ and a great hot drink right before bed or at any point in the day to help you wind down. If you haven’t tried Pukka teas then give them a go. Relax is particularly good and available in most countries.

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

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5 Share Friday 11 January 2019

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 tooCloud 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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5 Share Friday 4 Jan 2019

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 purchaseThe 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 homeGuardians 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.

5 Share Friday 28 December 2018

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 readingSplashdatas 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!