Broken Sleep

You really need to make sure you get at least eight hours. Oh no, hang on, if you want to be super successful, you should be able to train yourself to manage on four hours a night before an energising gym session. And then there are the insomniacs amongst us. ARRGHH – aren’t we confused about sleep!  OK, how about if we told you should wake up in the middle of the night…

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People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through? Read more: Aeon Magazine.

How to Live Meaningfully

Brain Pickings is one of our favourite blogs when it come to interesting, insightful, uplifting and creative articles. Spirituality, self, happiness and life lessons aplenty; this selection of 14 books is essential reading for anyone looking to live a little more meaningfully…

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How to be alone, wake up from illusion, master the art of asking, fathom your place in the universe, and more. These are the year’s finest books on how to live sane, creative, meaningful lives. Read more: Brain Pickings.

Travel Yourself Interesting

Once upon a time, we thought that travel – and the experiences we enjoy while travelling – could make you more interesting, and life richer and more interesting. Now with more and more people taking in gap years, hostelling across far-flung climes and spending weeks volunteering, it seems that travel is becoming an exercise in narcissism.

Gap yah

By shrinking the world, the tyranny of the web has stifled our capacity for independent discovery, catering to an appetite for foreknowledge that inevitably demystifies foreign places. Instead of taking time to absorb and consider, many people seem more inclined to travel quickly, tick off the ‘don’t miss’ highlights and form broad-brush assumptions based on the bare minimum of immersion. Yet the axiom that all ‘travel’ (as opposed to tourism) is by definition enriching and transformative persists. Read more: Medium.

How to be Happy

We seem to spend a lot of our lives chasing happiness. Working out how to be happy can be a valuable lesson – and it’s not that complex really! Investing in relationships, being kind to your body and evaluating what makes you happy (and why) are just a few of the inspiring happiness tips from the experts.

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Experts including comedian Ruby Wax, author Gretchen Rubin, and LSE professor Paul Dolan tell you how to find happiness in everyday life. Read more: The Telegraph.

The Last Ten Minutes

Occasionally we throw our arms up and admit: we’ve got it ALL wrong! This is one of those times. Instead of focusing on what we do first thing in the morning, what we should have been thinking about is how to spend the last ten minutes of our day. This feature might just change your life.

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We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the reality. Missing sleep worsens your mood, weakens your memory, and harms your decision-making all day long. It scatters your focus, prevents you from thinking flexibly, and makes you more susceptible to anxiety. Read more: Harvard Business Review.

Winter Cocktails

One of our favourite Guardian features has to be the completely inspired Readers’ Recipe Swap. It’s a bit like one of your culinarily-inspired mates sharing their tried-and-tested tips – and there are always loads of scrumptious ideas to motivate you to get cooking. Or in this case – drinking! It’s that time of year when warming winter cocktails really come into their own – and these all look like tempting suggestions for cosy nights in.

winter cocktails

Readers’ Recipe Swap: Your warm, spicy brews and fiery fizzes keep spirits high. Read more: The Guardian.

20 Reasons To Get Fit

When you’ve had one of those endless days at work. When you’ve woken up and pressed snooze again, again and… again. When it’s cold, dark and you just can’t wait to get home and find the sofa. Yep, these are all times when you’re probably promising yourself you’ll exercise tomorrow. So print out this cheat sheet of the top 20 reasons to exercise – and get out there!

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A happier state of mind, a more productive day and better body confidence – just a few reasons why you need to start exercising right now. Read more. Get The Gloss.

Stop Shopping!

That new winter coat/pair of boots/handbag you’re thinking of splashing out on? Save your cash and book a holiday. Why? Because research shows that experiences bring people more happiness.

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Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics. Read more: The Atlantic.

Mastering Meditation

Of course you’re aware of how important mindfulness and meditation are. That doesn’t mean you succeed with either of them though… So how can you master meditation and calm your thoughts ?

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Don’t have the time or patience for devoting 20 minutes a day to sitting still? You can still meditate with small moments of mindfulness. Read more: Fast Company.

Managing Time

There are 168 hours in every week. That sounds like a heck of a lot, right? And somehow sometimes it can seem like you spend every one of them chasing your tail, failing to get things done and feeling like the least productive human being on the planet. So what needs to change?

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We seek work-life balance but it seems there’s never enough time to get it all done. And yet we all know there are people who accomplish a lot more than we do in a day — and they don’t have magic powers. How do the most successful people manage their time? Here’s how you can get tons of stuff accomplished during the week, feel less stressed and even have more fun at the weekend. Read more: Business Insider.