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Co-op gaming as a teamwork and leadership tool

Co-op gaming as a teamwork and leadership tool

Career, Featured, Gaming, Life
Would you consider yourself a leader? Do you thrive on having the people around you look to you for guidance? Perhaps you're naturally authoritative and your alpha personality inspires your peers to be more like you. For the majority of us, this isn't the case – humans tend to be followers on a varied scale. Personally, I spent much of my life keeping quiet in any given group and speaking only when invited to do so. Don't get me wrong – I've got plenty to say and I enjoy chatting to people, whether I know them or not, it's just getting started that's tough. However, one tool that's really helped me come to terms and begin to combat this feeling has been co-operative gaming. Friendly co-operation I was recently explaining why I love co-op board gaming so much to a friend and had a lig
Bullet Journalling: Your real-life quest log

Bullet Journalling: Your real-life quest log

Featured, Life
If you saw the words 'bullet journal' in the title and sighed, I can sympathise; for the longest time, I was no fan of bullet journaling myself. It felt far too complicated and energy-sapping like I was spending so much time planning what I wanted to do that I had no spoons or motivation left to actually Do The Things. And it's very easy for one to be put off by seeing rafts of Instagram posts and YouTube videos showcasing glitzy, spectacularly artistic spreads slathered across the pages of Leuchtturm dotted journals using fancy Tombow pens. That is until I made a very simple realisation. Ultimately, a bullet journal is for one person and one person only. You. Yeah, statement of the obvious, I know. But it can be very easy to forget that, especially when looking at other pe...
Eight ways to tackle imposter syndrome

Eight ways to tackle imposter syndrome

Career, Featured, Life, Mental Health
There seems to be a shared trait among nerds that we all tend to doubt our abilities and think we're not good enough, even when we are particularly skilled. I know how shit imposter syndrome can be and it once held me back within my career and business but I learned to push through it. The voice does occasionally creep in but I've built a toolkit for dealing with it and that's what I want to share with you today. I want to take you through cont­rolling your inner voice on those days when you feel like a fraud. For most of us, imposter syndrome probably comes from pressure placed on us during our formative years. Perhaps you grew up with perfectionist parents or an overachieving sibling, or maybe you had teachers in school who piled too much pressure on you because they saw that spa
Even when life feels like a struggle, you’re still levelling up

Even when life feels like a struggle, you’re still levelling up

Featured, Life, Mental Health
When our mental health isn't doing too well, it can often feel like we are doing nothing but going in circles. Spinning our wheels. Taking two steps forward, then as many – or more – right back again. Making no forward progress and destined to sit in this same old rut, unable to live the life we want to and forever feeling heavy and trapped by the weight of the world on our shoulders. Speaking as someone who has had, and still has, many a day like this, you don't need me to tell you that it sucks. That's kinda stating the obvious, right? We all have our own experiences, and they are all unique to us. For me, it can take many forms. Depression can sap my energy and make functioning - simply getting out of bed and getting on with my day - a more exhausting struggle than Mo Farah runni
What to do when life’s difficulty mode is stuck on hard

What to do when life’s difficulty mode is stuck on hard

Career, Featured, Life
We all have those times when everything feels difficult. It might feel like you've ramped the life's difficulty up to Hard but the thing to understand is that it won't always feel like that. In most games, once you set the difficulty, you can change it again if things are too challenging. Life's the same. We push ourselves and give ourselves challenges - either consciously or not - but we can take a step back when it all gets too tough. But, like a game, there's something to be said for persevering through those challenges because the sense of achievement is wonderful when you come out the other side. In real life this might be asking out the person you've been crushing on; it might be setting up a new business; it might be pushing through that dissertation to finally reach the light...