Q Recommends

  • 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. 

  • 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.  


  • 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. 

  • 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.