Welcome to this weeks round-up, I hope you’ve hand a fun and productive week. This week we take a look at how you can make a decent cup of coffee at home, how you can get your older relatives out and doing some fitness and how a simple Google Sheet can help you sort out your college budget.
How To Use A French Press: A Step By Step Guide – HomeGrounds
I love, Love, LOVE freshly brewed coffee and while instant coffees are getting better you can’t beat a cup of “proper” coffee. Don’t think you need a fancy machine to make a great cup though – you can do it with a French Press (or Cafetiere as we call it here in Europe). Not sure how to use one? HomeGrounds has all the info you need to get started.
Benefits Of Golf For Seniors – FastLearners
My Dad’s just taken up golf at the ripe old age of 75 and he loves it. It’s a fantastic way for him to have time with his friends, get some fresh air and keep active. If you have a relative that’s 60+ that you think could do with a bit more exercise, share this infographic with them – hopefully it will spur them on to take up this fabulous hobby.
I’ve tended to stay away from Nootropics on this blog as a lot of the companies that contact me are shady types that are selling things with no testing, certification or studies to back up their claims of mental enhancements. This article interested me though as it covers some natural supplements that I would never have thought would fall under the “Nootropics” banner – you learn something new every day!
Europes Greenest Capital Cities – Compare The Market
I’m surprised to find London at number 13 on this list; having walked quite some distance through my country’s capital over the summer, air quality thanks to fumes from cars and buses was horrendous. I am surprised not to see Oxford on the list though as the air was nice and clean there thanks to the city centre being restricted to bikes and the occasional bus/taxi. Is your city on the list? let us know if you agree with it in the comments.
The World’s Most Expensive Office Locations – Graphic Springs
If you thought renting a house was expensive, prepare to learn how much employers are forking out on office space per employee every year.
GraphicSprings looked at the annual cost of office space per square foot in all of the major cities around the world, and from that worked out the cost of office space needed per employee.”
If you’re bad at making small talk, those long, awkward silences can leave a bad impression on people like your boss and colleagues, or worse, your mother-in-law. Don’t worry though as OnStride have your back with a great infographic explaining how you can chat with almost anyone in any situation.
College Money Worries? Make Money And Save Money With This Free College Student Budget Template – OneClass
If you’re a college student, you’ll know the importance of keeping an eye on your budget – do that regularly though can be another matter altogether! With that in mind, OneClass.com have come up with a great budget sheet in Google Sheets to help you keep track of your finances – it’ll work for your household expenses as well so check it out.
How To Organize Your Computer To Maximize Productivity – Strange & Charmed
I’d like to think that I’m pretty organised when it comes to my documents on my computer but we can always do a with a few pointers or a different perspective.
Whatever filing system you use, make sure you have a decent backup system like an external hard-drive or cloud backup (you may not want to rely on one though as if it goes down you may be in real trouble).
I’d not heard of “HARD” goals before – I mean all goals are hard, but I wasn’t aware of this acronym. If you’re struggling with your New Year’s resolutions, it may be that your SMART Goals aren’t HARD enough. Don’t worry though, HARD goals are easier to achieve than not setting them out properly in the first place.
Just How Much Water Do You Really Need To Drink? More Than You Realize – Connect For Water
I don’t know about you but I try to drink 8 glasses of water a day (copious cups of tea and coffee count, right?)
If you’re continually feeling under the weather, have headaches and are a bit tetchy, it may be that you’re not drinking enough water. But how much is enough? Connect For Water looks at what your ideal daily intake should be.
You might use a browser extension that lets you block websites, but these are easy to turn off. You just need to go into incognito mode and most extensions won’t run – not that I should be putting ideas in your head!
You can add rules to your router but this will affect everyone trying to access certain sites and if you really need to stop access to Facebook, Tumblr or Netflix then there is a fool-proof way to do it. You need to be a bit technical to do this – and make sure you backup everything first which goes without saying.
How To Deal With People Who Talk Too Much – Quick And Dirty Tips
I’m not a big talker as a rule – sure, if you get me on a subject that I am passionate about then I will get quite animated but in general I am more of a listener than a talker. Infact, if I’m having a “”quiet day”” there’s nothing worse to me than having any form of conversation so, how do we deal with people who love the sound of their own voice without coming across like rude idiots ourselves? Quick an Dirty Tips have a few ideas to silence the chatterboxes.
Hat Tip: Scientific American
5 Tips For Parents From Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo – Family Education
Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t have a tidy home. No, seriously guys! If you get rid of old clothes and toys regularly (donate the to local hospitals, charities or make a bit of extra cash through selling sites) you can keep a handle on the mess that usually accumulates.
My one big tip though, always check with your kids whether they want to keep a toy or not – I’ve still not forgiven my Mother (rest her soul) for getting rid of my brother any I’s original Star Wars toys (including mint condition Millenium Falcon) and all of our Transformers…. We would be sitting on a fortune right about now!
Marie Kondo’s Konmari Method Before And After Photos – Apartment Therapy
Sticking with the Netflix sensation, Marie Kondo asks you to look at your stuff and only keep it if it “”sparks joy”” but what if it doesn’t? In this article Amanda Becker feels a bit let down by the whole “”sparks joy”” process, but finds joy in another way.
Fictional Self-Help Books By Johan Deckmann – Sad And Useless
Here’s a Friday Funny for you – made up self-help book titles. Although I am thinking of adapting some of these to make some fun worksheets for people!
Have A Great Weekend
Until next week, Stay Productive!
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