Top 10 Money Management Tips

We are always asked about our top money management, money saving, financial management tips. Here you are. These are complied by us based on the experience of the team, and also on research from Moneymart, Business Insider, MyMoneyCoach, and The Balance.

1. Create goals: Before anything, you should ensure that you know what your goals are with your life and your money. Be this to travel the world, to retire early, have a certain lifestyle or career or start a family, this will all affect how you manage your finances. Once you have written all your goals, prioritize them, to allow you to pay attention to the ones most important to you. Keep in mind that long-term goals such as saving for retirement will require you to work towards them while working towards other shorter term goals. Start by setting long term goals such as early retirement or getting out of debt. This should be followed by shorter term goals such as following a budget.

2. Have a plan: This is a KEY step. The plan...

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How To Retain Knowledge

Why are some people able to read a book once and remember every detail months later while others struggle to remember the title a few days after finishing the book? The answer is not about what they read or luck, it is about HOW they read.

If you want to retain the knowledge you learn from a book, you must become an active reader. Passive readers often forget what they read, often, as soon as they read them. Active readers are constantly improving, developing mental models with which to retain ideas.

How can you become an active reader? It is important you have a plan for “recording, reflecting on and putting into action the conclusions [you] draw from the information [you] consume.” (Farnam Street)

1. Get some context

Try doing research on the book before you read it, as context and author background for example can have a great effect on the meaning of a book. Depending on the book, attempt to try and understand the various types of context. Farnam Street recommends...

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Is It Possible To Not Lie For A Few Weeks?

The BBC documentary “Horizon- A Week Without Lying” shown by the BBC in the UK at the end of August 2018 is an experiment in honesty. It is a unique yet fascinating look at the role lying and deceit plays in our daily lives. Groundbreaking new lie detection equipment has allowed researchers and scientists to gain an insight into the types of lies we use, consciously and unconsciously, on a daily basis. A first in the field, three subjects, are followed around for an entire week with equipment to detect changes in heart rate, movement, sweating patterns and electrothermal activity, which often change when we tell a lie. The documentary not only explores how often we tell lies, but our relationship with deception and whether or not lying is infact as bad as it is presented in today’s society.

Often, we think that lying is a wholly negative action or trait in a human being and many would probably agree that a world without lies would be a perfect world- no cheating...

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Top 7 Tips For Adult Learners

At a time when many people are starting some form of study we thought it would be useful to share our top tips for adult learners. We will do one for younger learners in the near future.

When you follow these tips your learning experience will be deeper and more joyful! Enjoy!

1. Manage your learning: You probably have a good awareness of your strengths and weaknesses in the classroom therefore can take more responsibility for how you learn, for example, if you know you do not find the visual exercises the teacher sets useful, plan and make your own exercises that help you learn in the way you learn best. Go above and beyond and ensure you pursue the subject as much as possible: ask questions, read beyond the syllabus etc.

2. Challenge yourself: Never shy away from something if it initially looks difficult. Teachers and department heads are all there to support and help you if you feel you are truly struggling. It is important to stay realistic, and ensure you challenge yourself...

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Recovery, Russell Brand.

I surprised myself by buying this book. I was also taken aback when I saw that I bought the audio book last year, more about that later.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, as you do,  and I saw the image of a video that I'd seen before. This time though my audio was set to on; so the first few seconds of it played. They were enough for me to watch the rest of the video.

It was Russell Brand. In my head, I was wondering how could this man who was at the very edges of society now be giving good advice on how to overcome addiction. Without another second passing, I went to Amazon and bought his book.

I was surprised to read Russell talking about his addictions,  family upbringing, and recovery so openly and with such insight. Perhaps as an MSc student of International Politics and Religion at SOAS the guy had matured and grown. Perhaps he just recovered.

I have heard of 12 step programs before but I'd never really studied them.  I also have eaten enough...

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Just What Is Positive Psychology?

This is a really important question and the answer is not as simple as it seems. Before I go into what I believe positive psychology is and how it can contribute to the world of well-being lets look at the technical definition. “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive” (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001). What this means in lay terms is that it is the science of flourishing, it is moving us from living an average/normal/comfortable life we move to one that is flourishing. Flourishing is a big word meaning that we are really alive and living in the present. This concept of living in the moment. This one, right now.

There are four levels to human psychology –  psychological disorder (where you need medical interventions), languishing, moderate...

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7 Secrets To An Epic Morning

I don't know about you but I find that there is so much truth in the whole concept of start your day right. Sometimes it's not so easy, I know but there are times when your mind is not supporting you in your hearts desire to have that epic day, right? I have spent a long time working this out so I present this post to you with scars on my back and having tried and tested a million and one things with blood, sweat and tears but I think I now know the secrets to an epic morning routine. Certainly, it has been working for me and works for those that I recommend it to. If you are unsure or you get to the end of the blog and you think 'Gosh, Saiyyidah, this is all too much hard work' then I have an idea for you - pick one, start with one thing and aim to do just that every morning. Let's see where that takes you. Ok, let's get to it.

  1. Start the night before.

Before I start preparing for bed I take a pen and paper and write all the things that I know I need to get done the next day....

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Do You Talk To Yourself?

Did you know that the way you talk to yourself has a really big impact on your general well-being and what you are able to do each and every day? As a Muslim, I have learned to find ways that balance my love and honour for my faith, my desire to be better and my love for learning about personal development in a way that allows me to embrace tools and techniques which are cutting edge, yet in my opinion, have their foundation in Islam. For example – have you ever thought about the words that you hear in the call to prayer? Some of the words translate from Arabic into English as ‘Come to Success.’ Kinda amazing right? Hearing that positive message five times a day and knowing what it means will remind you that you are on your way to success.

So, using the right language with yourself will have an incredible impact on your mindset. I am not telling you to use ‘mantras,’ or statements that others have told you to repeat but I do want you to figure out what...

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Improve Your Meals By Cooking With Love

Our own intentions have a very strong impact on our behaviour. But did you know that how you read someone else's intentions has an impact on your physical experience of the world? University of Maryland Professor Kurt Gray is the director of the Maryland Mind Perception and Morality Lab and author of "The Power of Good Intentions." The research suggests that intention is more powerful than pain and pleasure! Essentially, if someone perceives the action to have love behind it then the impact is more powerful. The implications of this in the real world are huge – food tastes better, medicine is more effective and parenting, relationships and love is deeper.

When I first started to look at this I was very cynical but it seems that the evidence is there and this has very powerful implications for day-to-day life. Professor Gray says "The way we read another person's intentions changes our physical experience of the world." We know that a person’s understanding of someone...

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It's Not As Morbid As It Sounds. Honest!

I want you to write your own obituary. There I said it. Be patient with me and you’ll see why this can create such a significant turning point in your life. Most people have heard of the Nobel Peace Prize, it was set up by Alfred Nobel. What most people do not know about him is that he was the Swedish inventor and engineer who invented dynamite.

One morning when Alfred Nobel was reading the paper he was shocked to read his own obituary. His brother had passed away and the newspaper made a mistake and printed Alfred’s obituary in error.

The obituary read, “The merchant of death is dead”.  It went on - “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”

Alfred never married and did not have any children. He was devastated with what he read and was concerned with how he would be remembered.  On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest...

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