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Figure climbs up a mountain with picaxe
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Keeping a habit of writing things down has completely transformed my work, social and personal life in the last three years. In the Information Age we live in today, there is little room to properly process information, and, more concerningly, little space to connect with our thoughts.

However, the following guide will take you through three game-changing systems I have in place to organise my notes and, in effect, my life.

Life Notes

The first system of note-taking I have in place is what I refer to as my life notes. This is your go-to place for your best thoughts, ideas, and…


Exploring the latest neuroscience research revealing the hidden strengths of sleep.

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Girl laying down on a comfortable bed.
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We all have access to a free medicine to prevent disease, enhance creativity and strengthen our memory: sleep. Yet, many of us fail to take full advantage of this evolutionary superpower. More than just switching off for the day ahead, science is beginning to reveal the hidden magic behind sleep — the inner-workings that may offer significant influences on our waking lives. Here are some surprising functionalities of sleep discussed by Matthew Walker in his best-selling book Why We Sleep.

Healing Emotions Through Dreaming

Sleeping, or more particularly dreaming, may play an important role in washing and cleansing our brains of any negative emotions…


Making sense of your mind to conquer your struggles and shift your perception.

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Growing flower against a pasty white background
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The idea of writing your thoughts down isn’t something new. But with apps like Daylio and Gratitude, there has certainly been a trend in the journaling sphere. Despite the numerous benefits of keeping a gratitude journal, its use by many is approached only on a surface level.

Many resources define the practice of personal journaling with statements similar to:

‘Write down three good things that happened today.’

This does, on the one hand, add some clarity and momentum to your day. By simply drawing attention to the brighter elements of your day, you will help solidify them in your memory…


Make your life something special

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Figure looking up at a colourful space
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Many of us enjoy sharing stories with close friends, but how often do you take the time to reflect on your own stories?

Often we find ourselves running on the treadmill of modern life, leaving little time through the day to reflect on our emotions and situations as we swiftly move to the next task at hand.

But by simply setting aside a 10-minute block to journal every day, you’ll be able to connect with yourself on a deep level, presenting opportunities to discover new ideas and perspectives. …


Organising your tasks, ideas and self one day at a time

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Summer season is drawing to a close, and many students (including myself) are preparing to return to study. The nature of lockdown has welcomed many unexpected opportunities for people to explore new passions and work on projects.

Maybe you’ve discovered a new side to your creative self you never knew existed. Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with cooking, reading, making music or if you’re me, creating an online card magic course.

Regardless, with semester 1 of University in sight, many of us students returning know that this endless gold mine of time will soon diminish — our days now structured…


Can having purpose reshape our lives?

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Man on top of cliff looking out at woodland views
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In the modern western world, many of us seem to live our lives in a similarly structured fashion. We go to school for education, getting us ready for College, University, until we eventually find a job to satisfy our financial needs so we can live in reasonable standards. It’s no wonder so many of us have mediocre work lives functioning in autopilot mode through our long tiring days.

When we live in this robotic way that society has constructed, we find there is little time to explore the full essence of life and what we truly love. It becomes harder…


This method doesn’t make your plans look good, it makes your work look good.

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Hand holding out light bulb over pale sky
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How many times have you made a plan with scheduled times for tasks that move forwards and stretch longer indefinitely? ‘By 5:20’ becomes ‘By 5:40’ and before you know it, you miss out on tasks as your do-it-tomorrow list grows again like it did the day before.

If you’re reading this, it is likely that you’re searching for innovative ways to improve productivity and efficiency in your work or student life. We’ve all heard of the advice ‘Turn off all distractions’ and whilst this is true and is an effective tool, it is not the holy grail for mastering productivity…


Our phones are an energy-draining trap but we all can learn to boost our energy

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Girl standing with arms spread looking out to a sunny shore
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As the Internet expands, we can dive into an ever-growing chamber of information, whether it’s browsing the web, playing games, watching videos or reading articles here on medium. Yet as exciting as this opportunity sounds, many of us live unexciting lives.

YouTube, like many other online platforms, is flooded with inexhaustible content. 1 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched worldwide every day. We can indulge in a sea of videos about our passions for no cost whatsoever. It’s hard to imagine that one day we would have traipsed down to the library to access such information. …


Making true friendships is easier than you think.

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Two hands reaching towards each other
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What if there was an easy way to manifest strong, long-lasting friendships in your life? By analysing what makes some bonds so powerful we’re going to discover the secrets behind making truly special connections with people.

The Importance of Balance

Consider a great conversation with a close friend. You smile, laugh and relate to one another all the way through. Notice there is no battle between whose thoughts and views are correct. Any contrasting opinions are taken with appreciation, eliminating any negativity in the air. There are only positive vibes — nobody tries to beat the other person, letting their ego surpass the other’s…


Online messaging is on the rise — but how can we create true, meaningful bonds with others?

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A person holding a mobile phone in front of them
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Communication is evolving rapidly. We can talk with anyone in a matter of seconds from our own fingertips. Surely this new way of communicating opens up a world where we feel ever more connected to others? Or perhaps we’ll see a reality that is far from this as we explore the inauthentic world of online messaging and how to create more meaningful connections with people.

Broken Conversations

What if a five-minute conversation about a film you watched last night was broken up into fragments spanning…

Joe Brown

Musician, magician, and writer from Yorkshire, England. Exploring the essence of living through psychology and philosophy.

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