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We started Go-do.it with one simple idea. Doing more stuff makes life better. It’s obvious really, But how do we make it happen. The best place to start with any goal is a make a plan and find other people who are already doing it. This makes achieving your goal so much more manageable.

Let’s make it happen

But this has got us thinking maybe we can have a bit of fun with this. So for every user that signs up and creates their goals up until new years eve, will be automatically added to our “Make it happen” draw. On January 1st one user will be picked and we will make one of their goals happen. No idea is too big and no goal is too small. Whether it be trying a new skill like go stand up paddle boarding or go coasteering. Do something a bit more charitable like volunteer with a charity. You can even create your own personal goals.

With new years approaching you can start thinking about what you want to achieve in 2018. Whatever you can dream of the skies the limit and we will do our best to make it happen.  If you’re looking for some inspiration we’ve got plenty of goals and lots of articles about finding more adventure in the day today.

So join up today and get entered into our fantastic offer.

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – 3 Rules for learning

We are big believers in lifelong learning its the best way to keep the brain active! But sometimes its a bit of a slog so how do you stay engaged to learn more? It turns out that there are some very simple tricks that we can use to keep us from burning out and keep us fresh for our next challenge.

 

Musallam gives 3 rules to spark imagination and learning

Ramsey Musallam is a chemistry teacher from San Francisco. After a life-threatening illness changed his whole perspective he decided that there must be a better way to teach than just regurgitating facts. So he’s come up with 3 simple rules to help keep the brain engaged. These rules help spark communication, imagination and learning. In this funny and personal talk, he simply lays out these rules so we can all take advantage and become better learners.

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – My year of saying yes to everything

Yes is a powerful word it can literally change your world. From marriage proposals to going on holiday, this little word certainly packs a lot of power! Sometimes though we can get stuck in a rut telling ourselves we are too busy to do anything but work. So how do we break the habit of saying no to every new opportunity that crosses our path? Well, there’s one simple thing we can do to combat this and its to say yes to everything!

 

Saying yes can really change everything

 

That’s exactly what Shonda Rhimes has done for an entire year! She’s no stranger to pressure being a showrunner for hits shows such as How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. In this talk, she tells us the power of saying yes and how it can change and improve your life!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – How to gain control of your free time

Time is our greatest resource. But it’s something that all of us never seem to have enough of. We’re big believers that we tell our selves how busy we are and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But how do we break that cycle?

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most?

Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and makes sure that she makes the most out of every single day. She shows us that we all overestimate how busy we actually are making us stressed and unhappy for no reason. One of her most surprising revelations is: we retroactively overestimate the amount of time spent stressing about work while underestimating our available downtime. So we spend the little time we have to enjoy ourselves worrying that we should be working more. This is something we believe all of us do and get ourselves stuck in a rut.

In this talk, she gives us useful and practical ways to make the most of the little time we have.

 

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Dangerous things are around us at all times. You’re not even safe in your own home! Most accidents and deaths occur right there in your own house. But is danger something that should be avoided or have we become so safety conscience that we are not developing new skills? Even worse are we raising our kids to be afraid of the world around us?

 Trying to figure out if the tinker kids are going to be able to get molten iron from magnetite sand

 

Gever Tulley is the founder of the Tinkering School. This is a week long camp where kids learn how to use and build with power tools. This is the sort of thing that would make most helicopter parents panic! He’s interesting in teaching children new skills and learn problem solving. In this video he argues that without a little bit of danger kids can never learn new skills. Introducing them to things which maybe dangerous in a controlled environment helps them learn how to do things safely. With a list of things you should be letting your kids try it includes playing with fire and owning a pocket knife!

 

 

Do good AND feel good – how helping a charity can transform your life too.

We all know that helping other people and causes is a ‘good thing to do’. But did you know that helping a charity or non-profit is really good for you too?

In fact, the list of benefits is wide-ranging and pretty impressive. So whether you’ve been thinking about getting involved with a charity for a while, or this is the first time you’ve thought of it, this post might be the nudge you need to get out there and make a difference to both your’s and others’ lives!

 

Feel better

It’s no surprise that giving either your time or your money has a huge impact on your mental and emotional wellbeing. And there’s plenty of science to back it up.

Even the relatively simple act of giving money to a good cause can give you the same pleasure as eating chocolate or having sex [1]. And giving money to other people instead of spending it on yourself can actually make you happier [2].

Volunteering your time seems to give even more emotional benefits than donating money. A study of nearly 3,400 volunteers found that 94% improved their mood and 78% had lower stress levels. Almost all of the volunteers (96%) said they felt their life had more purpose since volunteering. [3]

There are also huge social benefits to volunteering. Volunteers feel more socially connected, less lonely [4], and better connected to the communities they’re helping [5].

 

The surprising physical benefits

Not only do people who volunteer feel better emotionally, they’re also physically healthier. Benefits include lower blood pressure [6], generally feeling healthier [7] and even a 20% lower risk of death [8].

What’s more, a quarter of volunteers in one study reported that volunteering helped them manage a chronic illness by giving them something else to focus on [9].

 

Unbeatable experiences

And let’s not forget that helping a charity means you get to see and experience some pretty awesome things. You could be taking part in the challenge of a lifetime (think climbing Kilimanjaro or cycling from Paris to London). You could be a listening ear that helps someone feel a little less lonely. Or you could get to see the priceless expressions of pure joy and gratitude at helping someone do something they wouldn’t have been able to do alone. Volunteering provides so many rewards – it’s a feeling that’s hard to beat!

Motivation matters

Despite all these cool ‘side-effects’, your primary motivation for helping is really important. Neuroscientist, Alex Korb, found that if you go into it deliberately looking to get something out for yourself, or so you can show off to your mates, you’re much less likely to experience the same benefits [10].

 

How can you help a charity?

So you’re ready to dive in and start making a difference. Of course, here at go-do.it we’ve got plenty of inspiration to get you started…

 

Give your time

Volunteering your time is a great way to help without spending money. You could help out on a regular basis or volunteer as part of an overseas expedition. You could also campaign for a cause close to your heart or help organise a fundraising event .

Donate

You might choose to give money regularly or as a one off. If you want to make sure your money goes somewhere specific, you could also sponsor a child or fund a microloan for an aspiring entrepreneur.

 

Achieve a goal

And finally, is there something out of the ordinary or extremely challenging you’ve always wanted to do? Getting sponsored is a great way to add another layer of motivation and help out a good cause at the same time.

Take the first step today

Already one of our intrepid doers? Add your charity goals to your list now!

And if you’re yet to join go-do.it, why not sign up today, create your first list and include your charity goals. We’ve got inspiration and motivation galore, plus we’ll help you stay accountable so you actually achieve all the things you want to!

 

 

Do you already volunteer or work with a charity? Then we need you!

We want to help charities connect with potential volunteers, so we’re offering our pro provider accounts to charities for free. We’d love to have as many charities as possible on here so that it’s easy for more awesome people like you to find volunteering opportunities and really make a difference! Tell your charity how they can get a free account on go-do.it.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – Why Bother leaving the house

Why Bother? Its a feeling we can all relate to. Its that little gremlin feeling we get from time to time telling us what’s the point. Whenever you’re starting learning a new skill or any kind of self improvement its this feeling thats normally trying to get us to stop.  But, some people go out in the world and do amazing things like maybe run a marathon for example. These can be hard difficult tasks that we could easily avoid, stuff we don’t have to do but feel we need to.

“Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is”

 

Ben Saunders is someone who does hard things. He’s an Arctic explorer and is the youngest person ever to ski solo to the North Pole. In this talk he tells us about the benefits of going finding adventure and what drives him to do it. He goes into how he turns ideas into action and how he stays motivated. This is great for anyone wanting to start a new challenge! Whatever that is. You don’t have to be throwing yourself out of a plane or running for miles on miles on miles. Why not check out our goals page for some more inspiration!

 

 

Why the best adventures don’t have to cost a fortune

Define adventures and what immediately springs to mind? For most of us, it’s things like travelling the world in a campervan, flying over Niagara Falls in a helicopter or cage diving with sharks.

 

Sounds amazing but pretty damn expensive!

 

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. And that’s the case for so many regular folk like you and I who shelve the big adventures because of cost limitations. It’s easy to say ‘one-day’, but then the roof needs fixing and the car needs replacing, so the essential stuff takes precedence and the big dreamy adventures sit on the shelf.

 

Your life, your rules , Your adventures

 

The problem is, we’ve seen it time and time again on social media. People jumping out of planes and having adventures on an epic and costly scale. So anything less can make us feel a bit inferior and boring.

 

Besides, some of us just don’t feel the need to have wild, crazy and expensive adventures. We’re not that kind of person and we’ve got family and financial commitments. And that’s perfectly ok. It’s your life – there’s no rules as to how you should live it and spend your money.

 

New experiences and opportunities

 

But what if I told you that an adventure is simply ‘an unusual or daring experience’? Where does it say that it has to cost a small fortune? And anyway, how do you know that Sally or Jim haven’t got themselves into massive amounts of debt to fund their mega adventure?

 

An adventure involves getting outside your comfort zone, and opening yourself up to new experiences and places. It helps you see things from a different perspective, plus there’s scope to find something new that you love. Or rediscovering excitement in an old forgotten hobby.

 

Adventures also involve seizing opportunities and taking a new path in life – whether that’s starting a business or starting a family.

 

Adventures are good for you…regardless of cost!

 

And here comes the science part. Adventures are actually good for you regardless of how much they cost! They’re a natural antidote to stress, they encourage us to live in the moment and help us to break out of a safe routine. All this means you’ll be more productive, be able to harness your creativity, and find it easier to push your boundaries in the future.

 

How to have cost-effective adventures

 

Sounds amazing doesn’t it? But how can we have adventures without breaking the bank? Look no further, we’ve come up with some handy tips;

 

Do free stuff

 

Coco Chanel once said “The best things in life are free, the second best things are very, very expensive.” It may sound a bit twee and outdated in today’s world but we think Coco’s point is still very valid. Sure, money can buy you material things but happiness often comes from things and experiences that we don’t own or have to buy.

 

Even science has backed up that theory. Visiting the beach or taking a walk on a sunny day will boost your serotonin or ‘happy hormone’ levels massively. The same has been said for volunteering which has enormous benefits to our health. The more we give, the happier we feel.

 

There’s tons of stuff you can do without spending a penny. Sign up for a free online course, go on a stargazing adventure in your local park or go on a bike ride.

 

Borrow

 

We all have a friend or family member who’s got a skateboard lying around in the garage, or a camera that’s gathering dust. So why not push yourself outside your comfort zone and borrow their kit? It’s way cheaper than buying and gives you an opportunity to try it first.

 

You never know, it may spark the start of an adventure that you never even considered!

Club together with friends

 

Science yet again proves that shared experiences are more enjoyable. So if cash flow’s an issue, club your costs together with friends or family and make the adventure heaps more fun!

 

Go on an outdoor picnic, have a barbeque or a campfire on the beach or go camping. If each person contributes towards food, equipment, petrol and accommodation costs, it will make the adventure way more cost effective than going solo.

 

Indulge in child’s play

 

As children we live in the moment and enjoy creative things like painting and crafting. In childhood, we never thought ahead to mind blowing expensive adventures and were happy with simple, inexpensive activities.

 

With the emergence of adult colouring books which help with mindfulness, scientists have proved the importance of child’s play on adult well being. It helps to express our feelings, encourages creativity and helps us to push our own boundaries

 

Child’s play doesn’t cost a small fortune either! It’s good for you health and your purse strings!

 

Save up, don’t give up

 

Adventures are important for all of us and it’s essential to our wellbeing to make them a priority. If you’re going on regular days out or want to take the kids mountain biking and need to hire bikes, set aside a monthly adventure fund. That way, you’ll have something to aim towards and look forward to on a regular basis.

 

And if that shark diving experience is still high on your agenda, open up an account and start saving. It may take time but rather than letting the dream sit on the shelf, you’ll have something tangible to aim for and it will help you stay on track.

 

 

For more ideas on how to go on awesome, cost effective adventures, join us today and share your goals.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

Do you practice being mindful? Are you even sure you know what that means? Well ask yourself this simple question… When was the last time you spent ten minutes doing absolutely nothing.

Not checking your phone.

Not watching TV.

Not even thinking.

While we’ve been taught that we should always keep ourselves busy and on the go. The devil makes work for idle hands after all! Sometimes the best thing we can do for our mental health is to take a little break and smell the flowers.

Thats what mediation is, time for our brains to take a break and get a little bit of mental space. Andy Puddicombe is the man behind Headspace. This is a mobile app that aims to make its users a little more mindful and encourages us to take a little time out.  Taking just 10 minutes a day can help refresh your brain and appreciate the present moment. Instead of worrying about whats going to come later!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – The Woman Who Rowed into a hurricane

How do you define bravery? Sometimes it’s facing up to the impossible like a hurricane. Impossible odds create incredible people. Dawn Landes tells us about her hero.

Tori Murden McClure was a woman with a goal. A goal much larger than most people even dream to take on. Her aim was to row the atlantic single handedly. She faced some of the worst conditions on the planet to reach her goal.

Landes imagines the mindset of a woman alone in the midst of the vast ocean with a hurricane on the horizon.

Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes tells us her story through a mixture of video and song she lays out the tale of a intrepid woman facing incredible problems.