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37. More Effective Projects

If we want to make a change in our lives, persuade someone else to change, or do a project or make a plan, we tend to approach it in a similar way each time. This may be a tried and tested method that you know produces results, or it may be just the way you do things and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This week's tip looks more closely at these, often unconscious, approaches so that the next time you do something you are more aware of your preferred approach and have a toolbox of other approaches to choose from. For many years now, health educators and government departments have been trying to persuade us to adopt healthier lifestyles - eat more fruit and vegetables and

36. Mindful or Mind Full?

The human brain is an extraordinary thing. It allows us to think, move, feel, see, hear, taste, and smell. It receives information, analyzes information, and stores information. It has ideas, visions, imagination. It is busy most of the time. It should be the most fantastic tool, the best in our toolbox; one that we can take out and use when we need it and put away when we don't. Unfortunately it doesn't work quite like that. It often feels, on the contrary, as if we are the tool of the brain and it uses us when it wants to and puts us away on those rare occasions when it doesn't. We are largely at its mercy. This week's tip is about our brain, and whether there is any alternative to b