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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Does writing down your goals really help you achieve them?

If you’ve read anything about achieving your goals or sticking to resolutions, you’ve probably heard of the study where students from Harvard were asked to write down their goals.  

The story goes that researchers asked graduating seniors if they had written down their goals for the future. Just three percent had. Those same people were surveyed again twenty years later and the researchers found that the 3% with written goals had accumulated more wealth than the other 97% combined.

Even if you’re one of the few people who haven’t heard this before, it’s a compelling argument, wheeled out regularly by motivational coaches and internet advice gurus. But it turns out, like many of the alternative facts coming out these days, the study never actually happened.  

Here at Go-do.it, despite knowing the original study was a myth,  we thought there must still be something to it, and we were relieved to find we weren’t the only ones.

Dr Gail Matthews at Dominican University in California thought so too, and set out to see if she could prove or disprove the theory. Thankfully, her study found that writing down your goals did indeed help you achieve more. In fact people who wrote down their goals achieved 42% more than people who  just thought about them.

 

Obviously we were stoked that we haven’t all been running around blindly following the advice of a fabricated study. But it got us thinking, what is it about writing down your goals that dramatically increases your chances of success?

 

Get clear on what you want

Recording your goals (on paper or online) gives you clarity. Before you can write something down or add it to a list, you have to think about what you want to do and make a decision about whether it’s important enough for you to commit it to writing. This process gives you much more clarity than simply daydreaming about all the different things you’d like to do.

 

Plus, when you actually write something down, you’re consciously admitting that this is something you want to do. And that’s a lot harder to ignore than a passing thought.

 

So I just write down my goals and that’s it?

Oh wouldn’t it be lovely if all you had to do was make a list and your goals then just magically happened?

 

Think of it like going on holiday. Unfortunately, even though you now know where you want to go, you won’t get there by sitting still. And whilst writing down your goals is an important first step, it’s not the only one.

 

What else can you do to increase your chances?

 

1 – make the goals specific

A lot of  goals don’t happen because they’re really general and it’s hard to know if you’ve actually achieved them. For example, it’s really hard to ‘get fit’ because how do you actually know when you’re ‘fit’?

 

2 – Make a plan

Big goals can seem unachievable, especially if there are a lot of steps you need to take to get there. Making a plan and breaking down what you need to do, will make the path much clearer for you, helping you reduce procrastination and indecision, and making you much more likely to take action.

 

3 – Tell your friends!

There’s nothing like a bit of social pressure to keep you on track.  The Dominican University goals study found that telling your friends about your goals helped people achieve 25% more goals than if they kept them to themselves. The study also showed that you also get added ‘likelihood of achieving your goals’ points if you send them weekly updates on your progress.

 

Want more on how to set effective goals? Check out our step-by-step guide here.

 

How can go-do.it help?

As helping you actually achieve your goals is basically what we live for, writing down your goals is the first step in the go-do.it journey. We’ve got tons of inspiration to get the creative juices flowing and help you pick out your goals. Click here to set your first goals.

But remember, it doesn’t stop there – after you’ve committed your goals to writing, we’ll help you join the dots, by putting you in touch with people who can help you so you actually take action. And soon, we’ll also be running challenges and helping you break down your goals into manageable steps to make it really easy for you.
What are you waiting for? Take that first step today, and set your first goals with go-do.it. We can’t wait to see what you achieve!

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – Sophie Radcliffe – Achieve Your Extraordinary

What makes a person achieve their extraordinary? What gives them that push to make the amazing happen and hit their goals? Sophie Radcliffe is someone who knows a thing or two about doing the incredible.

Sophie has ran, swam and cycled her way around the planet. Each of these adventures have lead her down a path that has not only seen her achieve her goals but grow and expand them. She has gone from working the 9-5 grind that so many of us find ourselves in to becoming a ambassador for adventure. She’s become an adventurer, writer, athlete and model.  Working alongside the UK government she has helped drive change for women in sport. Helping change peoples lives and increasing opportunities. She has taken the steps to not only change her own life but improve the lives of others around her.

This is a truly inspiring talk for anyone finding themselves stuck in a rut and looking for that next big change!

Follow Sophie on her next adventure here.

 

 

Inspirational golden oldies to prove age really is just a number

If you’ve ever worried that you’re getting ‘old’ waaayy too fast, or worse, other people keep telling you to act your age, then we’ve got some serious ammunition to quiet those annoying voices and prove that you really are never too old to do something.

There’s a ton of actual scientific research that shows it genuinely is never too late to start learning something new. And that the old adage of ‘age is just a number’ really is true. (If you missed our post on how you really can teach an old dog new tricks, definitely check it out here.)

But here, we’re going to introduce you to some truly inspirational people who didn’t get the memo that once you reach a certain age, you have to stop doing anything physical and sit around all day drinking tea.

And these just aren’t your average ‘my uncle ran a marathon’ or ‘my nan goes to Pilates’ stories. We’ve got daredevils and record breakers galore, as well as people that would probably put your average 17-year-old gamer to shame!

Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao, who is 98 years young, was recently awarded the title of “world’s oldest yoga teacher”. And we think old people can’t be flexible! Tao has been crazy about yoga since her childhood, and has been teaching yoga in different countries for almost 50 years. She certainly embodies her motto of ‘there is nothing you cannot do’.

http://www.taoporchon-lynch.com/home.html

Meet Hidekichi Miyazaki

Japanese sprinter, Hidekichi, has been setting world records in the 100m sprint since he took up the sport aged 90. Yes, you read that right, he didn’t start running until he was 90 years old. He recently took the 100m world record for 105 year olds and still holds the 29.83 second record for centenarians. He says he thinks he’s still got a few more years of running in him, and wouldn’t consider giving up yet to show gratitude to all his fans. Such a legend!

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/25/japans-105-year-old-golden-bolt-beats-his-own-world-sprint-record

 

Meet Doris Long

Abseiling isn’t a sport you’d usually associate with the older generation, but that hasn’t stopped Doris abseiling down the 94 metre Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth every year for the past 16 years to raise money for a local hospice. Doris did her first abseil when she was 85, and has been awarded an MBE, as well as the nickname Daring Doris. She said it gets harder every year, but it’s well worth it. And she has no plans on stopping any time soon, saying she lives in hope she’ll still be able to do it next year.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/12/doris-long-101-world-abseiling-record-spinnaker-tower

 

Meet George Neal and Ernest Smith

Canadian Pilot soared into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015 as the world’s oldest, active pilot at the grand old age of 96. He spent more than 15,000 hours flying over 100 different types of aircraft. But George isn’t the only golden oldie cruising through the skies, the new record holder, Ernest Eli Smith is 98 and still regularly flies light aircraft in Iowa today.

 

Meet Larry Macon

Although Larry is quite a bit younger than the rest of our legends, we can’t talk about inspirational older people without mentioning Larry’s incredible achievements. He’s broken the Guinness World Record for most marathons run in a year, not once, or even twice, but FOUR TIMES! His most recent record was 239 marathons in a year. And he did it at the age of 69. That’s 6,261.8 miles in one year and more than one every other day! He didn’t even start running marathons until 1996 when he was 52.

http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/69-year-old-breaks-record-for-most-marathons-in-a-year

 

So, next time you catch yourself murmuring that you’d love to do something, but that you couldn’t possibly because you’re too old now, or because it’s for young people, bookmark this post, re-read it, and then start making a plan to get it done! Need some help? We’ve got your back. Join us and start doing today!

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Inventions, they surround us. Virtually everything you use during a day was once an idea in someones head. From the button you use to do up your jeans to the device you’re currently reading this on. These were once just a spark in someones imagination. But how does these ideas come about? What does it take for someone to someone to hit upon that one great idea that changes everything.

Necessity is the mother of inventions, right? Well, not always.

Steven Johnson shows us that necessity is not always the mother of invention. Sometimes its just people having fun and creating something just for the hell of it. When people are having fun and being creative great things can happen.

Johnson is one of the leading minds on science and innovation. He even has his own show on PBS called How we got to now and has written a number of books including The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map. This is a great talk for anyone wanting to become inspired and try and find that one great idea.

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – What reality are you creating for yourself?

Reality what is it really? Does everyone perceive the same planet as you do or is it just a story we tell ourselves based on our experiences? Isaac Lidsky tells us that it’s something we create in our own mind each and everyday. With this idea in mind he says that we can change how we can the world by changing our opinions toward it. This can lead to a totally different way to live our lives.

 

Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind.

 

 

Ted Talk Tuesday – To raise brave girls, encourage adventure

How does someone become brave? There’s only one way we know and that’s to get into situations where you feel a little scared. A little fear is a great thing. It can get you to take that leap or run just that little bit faster.

Caroline Paul thinks that the best education you can give a child is to get outdoors and go do some stuff. I have to say we tend to agree! Adventure builds character getting outdoors is good for soul. The two really go hand in hand.

Gutsy girls skateboard, climb trees, clamber around, fall down, scrape their knees, get right back up — and grow up to be brave women.

Caroline is a definitely a brave woman! In her resume she has firefighter, paraglider and all-around adventurer. Which is pretty impressive to say the least! Her talk out lines the core ideas behind her book The Gutsy Girl. Maybe it will inspire you to raise you kids a little bit differently!