Q Recommends

  • Positive News - how energy in the UK has transformed in a decade

    It's been a while since we did our last Q Recommends post and brought you some interesting content to read/listen/watch while having your first coffee of the week.

    In the current environment dominated by doom and gloom, we thought that it's a good time to share something a little bit more positive, to inspire you to start the week on a slightly more optimistic note before catching up with the latest news and facing these concerning times. 

     

  • The most important thing you can do to fight climate change

    The start of a new week means it's time for a new Q Recommends post! This week's content recommendation is TED Talk done by Katharine Hayhoe about the climate change and what can we all do to fight against it. 

    This talk is great because it isn't a doom-filled factual report making us feel guilty for living, but rather an inspiring talk inviting to think about what can we do to fight the climate change. And the one thing we can all do is simply talk about it. And talk about it in a way that doesn't create fear (fear is designed to help us run away from the bear but does not motivate us in a long-term)  or doesn't point any fingers blaming someone for not doing enough about the climate crisis we're in, but talk about this topic in a way that brings out a rational hope. Of course, we do need to recognise what's at stake, but what we need the most is vision of a better future and solutions that are viable, accessible and practical. And there are plenty of solutions that are so simple to implement in a daily life and not only they save the environment, they can also save you money and bring some health benefits! Simple life choices such as eating local or cycling/walking instead of driving will not only reduce your carbon footprint but will benefit your health too. 

  • 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams

    It's been a little while since our last Q Recommends blogpost update! We're back in action now and continue with our 'Coffee Time Reading' recommendations to share some inspiring content which you can read/watch/listen while you're enjoying your morning coffee. 

    With January being the time when everyone is motivated to keep up with New Year's resolutions and turn dreams into reality, we thought we would share a TED talk about what NOT to do if you want to achieve your dreams. 

  • We can solve climate change

    This week's Q Recommends blog post is a podcast recommendation, suggesting you to listen Rich Roll's podcast with IN-Q and Paul Hawken about the climate.

    The program opens with the poetic spoken word genius IN-Q who is named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul list of the world’s most influential thought leaders. In his beautiful performance he highlighted how we don't feel ownership of our planet, and always think about the planet, the Earth, the climate, the environment but when we speak about houses, cities or countries we always think about my country, my house, my city. And this lack of ownership is a big part of the problem - we do understand the problem but don't feel that we can do anything to solve it. 

    The conversation then continues with Paul Hawken - a pioneering environmentalist, activist, entrepreneur, architect of corporate reform, and multiple New York Times bestselling author who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. This conversation is very empowering talk about our perspective on ecological responsibility and how the climate crisis is systematical issue, which can only be solved by the system. However, we all share a personal responsibility to live in the solution to the immense problems our world currently faces. 

  • How to Catch the Winds of Luck

    If you need some more motivation to power you through these cold, dark and rainy October days, this week's Q Recommends post recommending TED talk with Tina Seelig will be exactly what you needed to keep you energised and motivated to work hard towards your dreams. 

    In her insightful talk, Stanford engineering school professor Tina Seelig talks about the luck, and  shares some unexpected ways to increase your luck -- and your ability to see and seize opportunities. She reveals, that luck is rarely a lightning strike, isolated and dramatic -- it's much more like the wind, blowing constantly. Catching more of it is easy but not obvious. Taking small risks might be a great way to increase your chances of luck and starting to build a sail that will help you to catch these winds of luck. 

    Watching this 11 minute TED talk while having a delicious cup of coffee is a sure-proof way to give you motivation and energy to be the greatest version of yourself.  

     

  • Coconut Coffee and Double Chocolate Brownie

    Long and chilly autumn evenings are perfect for baking some home made guilty pleasures. 

    Q Instant Coconut Coffee can be used as a perfect ingredient for making energising and tasty treats. Try this Coconut Coffee and Double Chocolate Brownie for a tasty  treat that combines our free favourite flavours: coffee, coconut and chocolate. 

  • What it takes to be successful?

    Start of a new week means that it's time for our new content recommendation to kick-start your week.

     

    This week's Q Recommends post is about  Take FLIGHT podcast with Victoria Pendleton. Being 2 time Olympic Champion and 9 Time World Champion cyclist & one of the most successful female Team GB Olympians of all time, she definitely is a well placed person to share a thing or two about how to become the best version of yourself. 

    Give this podcast a listen and find out more about Victoria's habits, rituals and beliefs that power her to achieve her goals. 

  • Why should you define your fears instead of your goals?

    This week's Q Recommends content recommendation is a TED talk done by Tim Ferriss on why should we define our fears instead of defining our goals. 

    This talk is less than 15 minutes long and is a perfect inspiring piece of content to watch while having your Monday morning coffee to get your motivated for a great week. 

    In his speech, Tim is discussing the difficult choices we have to make, and explains how these difficult decisions usually lead us to positive changes in our lives. 

  • The link between coffee consumption and health

    Coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide (it's estimated that more than 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year) and naturally, it has been the subject of various research studies which have reached mixed conclusions as to whether coffee consumption is beneficial or harmful to our health. 

    We always believed that caffeine brings more benefits than harm (how surprising for a coffee brand to tell this I hear you say!)  but now there is an umbrella review  which confirms that coffee is good for you! The research published by the British Medical Journal  review  201 meta-analyses and found coffee consumption “more often than not associated with benefit rather than harm for a range of health outcomes.” .

  • Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

    You have an important task to do, sit down to start it, are about to start... and suddenly become inspired to do anything else but the task you actually were planning to do. Two hours later, all you have completed is 10 YouTube videos (typically ranging anywhere from 'who invented sticky notes' to cat fail videos) but the progress on the task you were actually planning to do is less than satisfactory. Sound familiar? If so, you're not alone! Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into.

    That's why today's Q Recommends post is about Tim Urban's TED talk called 'Inside the mind of a master procrastinator'. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. 

  • Stress and happiness - how can we train ourselves to live a stress-proof life

    It's already beginning of September, time to wrap up summer holidays and get back into our daily routines. Back to school time is exciting time of the year but the end of the summer also means that days are going to get busier and  life might get a little stressful. 

    That's why this week's Q Recommends blog post is about a fascinating podcast episode recorded by Deliciously Ella with Dr Mithu Storoni. In this episode they talk about stress, particularly about how our brain responds to stressful situations and  how can we train ourselves to manage stress in a way that helps us to achieve our peak performance.

     

  • The secret to boost your productivity - rest more!

    More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.