Be On Time

If you want to make a big difference in your life, be punctual. Yes, you heard me, be on time. Dont be late. In these times, showing up early is half the battle won.

 

“80% of success is showing up early.”
– Michael Bloomberg

 

Make being on time a priority for you. Make a decision not to be late anymore for anything.

For starter, set the time on your clocks at home 10 minutes ahead. I found this to be the best thing that helped me to be early for appointments. Oh, and it helps if you put all your appointments in Google Calendar and sync them to your mobile phone so that Google Calendar can send you a reminder when your appointment is due. (Men: put in your anniversary dates, make it a perpetual reminder, and set its notification to remind you 4 days earlier — your spouses will love you for it. While you’re doing that, it helps to put in birth dates of your children 🙂  and the year they were born)

Secondly, estimate how long it will take you to be ready for an appointment and then add 50% more time to it. Really, I am not joking. If you think you can dress up and take a cab to your next appointment in 1 hour, add 30 minutes to it. Humans have this tendency to compress time – we always think it takes us less time to do something than it normally does. We’re not superman or wonder women.

Always prepare what you need for you appointment ahead of time. Dont be silly in thinking you can scramble all your need on your way out. Doesn’t work homey. I’ve tried this for years and failed very single time.

Lastly, prepare for the worst. If your car dies in the middle of the road, have the phone number of your next appointment so that you can call ahead and inform them. Did you bring an extra pen? Did you remember to charge your laptop battery for today’s long presentation?

“Arriving late is saying that your own time is more important than the time of the person who waited for you.”
– Karen Joy Fowler

TripAdvisor Offline City Guides

TripAdvisor Offline City Guides

When you’re holidaying, you’re most likely not connected to the Internet, so what good are travel apps that require an Internet connection to provide you with travel advice.

This is where TripAdvisor Offline City Guides comes in. It stores maps of 92 cities (and you can download specific cities when you’re connected) and allows you to access them like an offline travel map.

My friends found this quite useful during their recent hike in Italy and that’s why I am writing about it.

It’s available on iOS and Android. The offline maps dont consume much memory.

 

Keeping Your Brain in Optimum Shape

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered many times if your brain is slowing down while you’re aging. Well, apparently your brain does slow does if not constantly being used. Yes, you heard me right — to keep it functioning well, you have t use it daily, not sparingly.

Now, how much is 35.2 x 17.7?

Just kidding. I don’t even know what that answer is.

But can you remember phone numbers? I could. Before they invented the mobile phone and contact lists. Now I rely on my mobile phone for numbers and should anything happen to my phone in an emergency, that’s trouble.

So can you help keep your brain functioning in optimum performance?

The Human Brain

 

 

Salmon?

How about some salmon for dinner today? And tomorrow? And the day after?

Have lots of salmon if you can or other cold water fatty fish like ocean trout. These fishes have good fat called DHA. Human need about 900 mg of DHA per day. That’s equivalent to eating  a 15o grams slice of salmon or trout. And research has shown that 150 grams of salmon is enough to keep your brain feeling like 5 years younger.

How to slow your brain down?

Have sugar and refined carbohydrates (sugar, white bread, cakes, cookies, muffins,…you know the drill).

Exercise

Exercise helps a lot. Exercise helps to trigger the formation of new blood vessels which helps the transport of nutrients into the brain. Your brain needs all the oxygenated blood it can get for optimum performance.

Try walking and jogging.

While I dont consider chess an exercise, but this is one game that will give your brain a run for its money. One of the oldest and most popular board games, playing chess will keep all your brain cells in optimum performance. Other board games will also do but why drive a Ford when you can drive a Ferrari? 🙂

Does Herbal Pills Help?

The funny thing about herbal pills is the disclaimer in the bottle saying something to the tune of for best effects, watch your diet and get some exercise. So I wonder which contributes to your mental well being — the pill or the disclaimer on the bottle?

 

Best Currency App

XE Currency App

If you’re constantly travelling, then the Xe currency app is something you will definitely need. It’s been in the market for sometime now and is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Xe covers all the major currencies and converts currencies at the current rate. It also has a historical chart that shows you how currencies stack up against each other.

Dont leave home without this app.

 

Recharging Your Mobile Battery in 30 Seconds

Store Dot Batteries

 

The future of charging your mobile phone in 30 seconds is near.

An Israeli company, Store Dot, has created what it calls Nanodots, a ‘bio-organic nano crystal’ technology that allows your battery to go from 0% juice to 100% juice in just 30 seconds.

Beside’s Nanodots, their also working on a display technology, data storage and image sensors and some brain stuff. But for me, I would like my 30-seconds battery charger pronto.

8 Minutes of Motivation

Life is not easy.

Everyone thinks success comes easy.

We only see success when it happens. We never see the hardwork that went in to it.

I will leave you with the wise word of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight,
but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night

Life’s Whispers

Oprah Winfrey at Standard University, 2008
Oprah Winfrey at Standard University, 2008

“What I’ve found is that diffculties comes when you dont pay attention to life’s whispers, because life always whispers to you first. And if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream. Whatever you resist persists. But if you ask the right question – not why is this happening, but what is this here to teach me – it puts you in the place and space to get the lesson you need.”

— Oprah Winfrey, Stanford University, 2008