I’m using tools that have good impact on my life. I hope you find them useful as well.
insight timer: guided meditation
- I like Tom Evans and Andrew Johnson.
- Mindfulness newbies: start with Be Calm.
- Begin your day with Just for Today.
- Take a breath before a tough meeting.
freedom: block social media
- I was attached to my phone. I wanted to be present. Wanted to keep my daughters away from screens by showing similar behaviour. I tried different things before freedom. This works for me.
- I block anything that numbs my brain (social media, news etc) on all devices.
- I schedule a tiny window of 15 minutes each day, but I use it less and less
- I block email and slack on my phone from home. The laptop is fine for emergencies.
audible: audio books are not that bad!
- I use it everywhere. Waiting in line. Driving. Subway.
- I love walking long distances while listening to a good audiobook.
- Whenever I end up realising that book X would potentially answer my question Y, I buy it and I eventually listen to it. So far it paid off!
- Initially I couldn’t focus, my mind would wander. Meditation helped
- I also read paper books, but it’s a bit of special occasion – I need to carve time
noom coach: stay fit
- I’ve been trying to lose weight since forever
- I learned mixing a malfunctioning thyroid with stress eating doesn’t help
- I tried nutritionists, other apps, going to the gym.
- It doesn’t just count the calories, it educates so in time you need it less and less.
- I’m using the paid option. Lost almost 20kg so far.
- I use mindmaps a lot
- I use them to prepare for a speech, organise my thoughts, explore my options
- Sometime I use mindmeister as a presentation tool
- Most valuable usage so far is to map my stress in situations of high anxiety. I dump my worries on a mind map, then work on actions with a clear mind.