If you have a big chunk of free time, it is best to spend it with your friends or family, relaxing and enjoying yourself. However, if you only have a couple of minutes or quarter of an hour, it is often more useful to do a little productive task to make your life easier.

Here are 10 productive ways to fill a spare five minutes!


  1. Use the time to clear out your inbox and respond to any important emails.
  2. Do you have a friend or a co-worker that you need to speak to? Use this as a chance to pick up the phone and get the job done. You can do this wherever you are (if you have your phone!)
  3. If your desk is covered in junk and paper, spend a few minutes throwing away the rubbish and filing the important things. It will make the rest of your working day much more pleasant, and it will be easier for you to stay focused.
  4. Lots of people fall behind on their finances, but you can spend your free time paying a bill or making a note of a transaction. You’ll thank yourself later for this one!
  5. Back up your favorite photographs of you with your friends and family. It’s always good to have a back-up copy, and you can email a copy to the other people in the photograph.
  6. Network with your co-workers by contacting them with a question, or a follow-up email. This can really benefit your working relationships!
  7. Exercise. Do some jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups for a few minutes to get your heart racing.
  8. Stretch. Sitting at a desk all day can be really bad for your back, so do a few quick stretches while breathing slowly. This will relax your muscles and your mind.
  9. Become an expert. Do you love learning about steam trains, or are you fascinated by World War II? Learn everything you possibly can about your passion so that you’re an expert on the topic!
  10. Start a to-read collection. Bookmark webpages that you want to read later, or buy a magazine or a book that you can read later.

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any of your own? Please let me know with a comment! 🙂


We’ve all heard the phrase ‘forgive and forget’, but sometimes that can be the hardest thing to do. If someone has hurt you, it can be difficult to move past that – but you should. It isn’t for the sake of the other person; it’s for the sake of your own mental well-being.

Here are five reasons why you should forgive the person who you are angry at.

1. It isn’t fun to live in the past

There is no point in continuously thinking about past events; what is done is done and it can’t be changed. Focusing on the past will only make you bitter and resentful, and the other person probably won’t even realize how upset you still are by the event. Move on for your own sake – being bitter is like buying poison and then taking it yourself!

2. Forgiveness doesn’t have to mean forgetting

If someone really hurt you, you don’t have to forgive them and become friends again. Maybe they let you down or broke your trust – either way you don’t have to be their friend again. You are forgiving them for your own happiness, not for theirs.

3. Everyone makes mistakes

Everyone gets caught up in a lie or a mistake at one point in their lives. Often these events can escalate and build, and a good person can end up doing something bad. No-one is perfect!

4. Compassion is important

At some point in your life, you will have wished that someone offered you compassion and understanding. Compassion isn’t a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength and love.

5. Because you deserve to be happy

Simple but true!

“People have to forgive. We don’t have to like them, we don’t have to be friends with them, we don’t have to send them hearts in text messages, but we have to forgive them, to overlook, to forget. Because if we don’t we are tying rocks to our feet, too much for our wings to carry!” – C. JoyBell C


It can be tough to work from home. Unlike in an office, there are no co-workers or bosses – but there is a TV filled with new episodes of your favorite TV shows. If you struggle to work from home, use these four methods to become more productive.

Organize your day
It can be very useful to plan your day before you start. Many people who work from home struggle to switch the laptop off and stop working (or start!), and they often forget to take breaks or eat food, which leaves them feeling burned out. Plan your full working day before it starts, including breaks.

Don’t be unrealistic
It is important to be ambitious, but being unrealistic can demotivate you. It would be great to complete 12 hours of work each day before working out at the gym – but it is unrealistic. Instead set daily working goals that are both achievable and challenging.

Share ideas
If you work from home it is likely that you work alone. This can be demotivating as it sometimes feels like you have no-one to share ideas with. If you feel this way, consider speaking to your house-mates about your work or joining a forum where you can share and discuss ideas with other people.

Reward yourself
You can motivate yourself by planning rewards for completing difficult tasks. You can reward yourself with a snack, or a quick break, or even a glass of wine during the evening. Try telling someone else about your goal so that you don’t feel tempted to cheat!


Blogging is big business nowadays. There are blogs online covering topics from politics to Family Guy, and millions of people go online every day to check up on their favorite blogs.

If you want to start blogging, you are probably wondering where to start. Here is the answer to that question – check out 4 beginner blogging tips here.


1. Decide on your subject

What do you want to blog about? There are many blogs covering a variety of subjects, from swimming to bee-keeping to finances. Often it is a good idea to blog about your passions or work, as you are knowledgeable in this area and you will be able to come up with lots of interesting ideas for blog posts.

2. Choose your platform

There are lots of different blogging platforms that you can use. Popular sites like WordPress are totally free, but there are downsides too. You can’t make money from your blog, and the content isn’t really yours. Some people buy their own domain name so that they can fully control their blog and maybe even make money.

3. Choose a name

Now you’ve decided on your platform and your subject, so now it is time to choose a name. Try to think of something that is unique and catchy. It is useful to write down a long list of suggestions and ask your friends and family for ideas.

4. Learn from the competition

It is likely that there are already blogs out there that cover similar subjects to you. This isn’t a bad thing – you can use it as an opportunity to find out what topics are less covered so that you can create a unique blog.



Do you want to improve yourself and your life? Many people want to focus on self-growth, but they don’t know where to start. Others feel intimidated by the task; they think it is too big and too difficult, so they put off self-improvement.

It is actually very easy to improve yourself, and it is rarely time consuming. Check out 10 ways to become an improved version of yourself below.


1. Connect with someone who you find inspiring. You know those people who are so awesome that you feel in awe when you are around them? Spending time with people who you look up to will make you happier and motivate you to achieve more.


2. Choose your priorities. Some people never truly set priorities, and this can mean their goals clash and never get achieved. If you know exactly what you want, it will be much easier for you to get it.


3. Wear clothes you love. You will feel happier and more confident, so you are much more likely to have a good day!


4. Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. This may be tough to start with, but you will be much happier in the long term.


5. Try new foods that are healthy. Avocado may end up being your favorite food!


6. Declutter your home and work space. Do you really still need your old VCR player? Probably not.


7. Write down your goals for the next year. You are much more likely to achieve your goals if you make them real and track their progress as you go.


8. Spend half an hour a day doing something you love.


9. Read every day. It doesn’t have to be a book, but Facebook and Twitter don’t count.


10. Write down your perfect working day. Once you know exactly what that is, focus on making your work day more like it. Good luck!


Any more ideas? Let me know with a comment! 🙂


Many people think you are either born confident or you are not. This isn’t true – while some people prefer to stay out of the limelight, anyone can teach themselves to be more confident.

Check out 10 easy ways to boost your confidence.

  1. Listen to music before you meet people. Listening to music does great things for your mind, such as improving your mood and making you feel more powerful and confident.
  2. Stick with your superstitions. If you have a lucky bracelet or a jacket that makes you feel happiest, wear it to boost your self-confidence. Avoid wearing stand-out outfits that make you feel under dressed, overdressed or uncomfortable.
  3. Focus on the things you like about yourself.
  4. Nod when someone is talking to you. Research suggests that doing so improves confidence in your mind.
  5. Don’t look down when you walk – instead stand up tall and throw your shoulders back. It may be the oldest trick in the book but it works.
  6. Get okay with being uncomfortable. Try pushing yourself out there by trying new things. It may seem like hard work but it
  7. will widen your comfort zone – and you may even end up having fun.
  8. Hold on to compliments like you hold onto insults.
  9. Ask yourself “what is the best thing that could happen?” Too often we think about the worst possibilities – try looking in the other direction.
  10. Accept that the negative voice in your head is the most fearful, paranoid part of you.
  11. Follow through with the plans you make. Fear can stop you doing things that you might actually really enjoy.

Do you wish you were more confident? Let me know with a comment!



Being fired by your workplace is often shocking and upsetting. if you need to scream, now is the time to do it – preferably somewhere where your old boss won’t be able to hear you. You may have had notice or this could be a total surprise, but either way the best option is to pick yourself up and get back on the right track straight away with these 7 steps.

1. Try to stay calm

It is understandable for you to feel upset and angry initially, but your biggest priority should be making sure you have a good reference – it could end up getting you your next job. Avoid talking to your old co-workers and boss immediately afterwards; tensions will be high and you may say something you end up regretting. Remember that your job paid the bills and gave you learning opportunities – it was a great experience, and now you are going to try to move on to something better.

2. Register as unemployed

It is very likely you will be eligible for benefits or help while you are out of work. Unemployment is tough and it can be unpredictable, and registering will offer you a financial safety net.

3. Update your Linked-In

Make sure your on-line profiles are up-to-date and include your recent role. Never slam your former boss or company on social media either – this could destroy your chances of getting a great new job and leave you without a good reference.

4. Update your CV

Make sure your last job is on your CV and check that you have highlighted any new skills you learnt while you worked there – this will raise your value and help you find new work.

5. Check out on-line job boards

Upload your CV to different job sites and see what jobs they offer. Job sites are often updated on a daily basis so you can see hundreds of recent job listings – and employers can search for your resume, raising your chances of finding a new job.

6. Create a system for applying for jobs

Ideally you will be applying for multiple jobs each day, which can get a little confusing. Make your life easier by writing down all of the jobs you apply for, along with the name of the company and the person hiring.

7. Follow up your applications

It can be demoralizing hearing nothing after applying for lots of jobs, but some companies don’t provide feedback unless they hire you. Follow up all of your job applications and you will likely receive feedback from a few, which can help you to improve your CV and cover letter. Also – looking keen is never a bad thing. Following up on your application may actually get you the job.



Do you want to get promoted at work? Many people want to advance their career, and they will try many ways to move forward. From staying late at work to taking on weekend projects, they are happy to put in extra effort in the hopes they will be rewarded.

However, many people don’t think about one of the easiest ways to get a promotion – finding a mentor. A mentor can improve your skills and help you to create a career plan, but more importantly they can be totally honest about your skills. Sometimes we all need someone to point out any mistakes we could be making.

Here are 4 things you should look for in a mentor to make sure they are perfect for you.

1. They have power and influence in the area they mentor

If you are looking for a mentor to help you in a business career, ideally you would look to someone who worked in this field at a high level. They will have essential knowledge and will be well equipped to help you achieve your similar goals.

2. You (and others) respect them

Choose someone you like and respect to be your mentor – this should be a positive relationship, and you will be more willing to grow if you like and respect your mentor. Other people respecting them is simply a good indicator that your mentor is wise and reasonable.

3. They are willing to be tough

If a mentor can’t be tough with you, they can only offer you advice. It is likely you already have friends or family who would do so – a mentor should push you to achieve and be tough when you’re slacking, so you can grow and move forward.

4. They are invested in your success

If you’re actively looking to move forward and accomplish your dreams, a mentor who isn’t fully invested in helping you to achieve your dreams won’t help you – they’ll probably slow you down. Choose someone who is happy to invest time and effort into mentoring you.

Do you have a mentor, or are you a mentor to someone? When I was 17 I worked in a cupcake shop and my boss was like a mentor to me. I had just become interested in writing, and she helped me to find work and eventually start creating my portfolio. She was very helpful and just an all around nice person. Let me know about your experiences with mentoring!