We all Need a Little Head Space - App Review | Workplace

We all need a little head space

Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

“Andy puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.”
Alex Williams, New York Times.

We have written quite a lot about healthy living and mindfulness in our blog. If you find it hard to keep on track with this, we’ve found the perfect app for you. In the past we’ve shared a great TED talk by Andy Puddicome about mindfulness (you know the one where an ex-Monk juggles through the talk!) Head Space is an app designed by Andy which, as the title says, helps you to find head space.

Having used this app for the past three months we agree with the above quote from the New York Times; Andy is revolutionising the world of meditation and taking it mainstream – from something only monks or very spiritual people do, to the business man sat on the bus, the mum walking her kids to school and the entrepreneur trying to juggle family, accounts, sales, and the VAT man all at the same time!

Getting started with Head Space

There is a free ten-day trail for the program so you can try before you buy. Once you sign up, either monthly, annually or for a lifetime, you get access to all sorts of different directions in which to take your mind. Despite the annual cost of £79, we can’t recommend this app enough for changing your mental attitude and thought processes towards becoming calmer, more productive and frankly, nicer to be around.

Visualising a calmer mind

The first ten days consist of just ten minutes a day and Andy recommends you do this at the same time every day, preferably in the morning. His soothing English voice guides you through how to empty your mind for your ten minutes and how to guide you back when your mind wanders. This is much harder than it seems, but Andy keeps you on track by helping you to visualise the people that will benefit from your calmer mind. When you move onto the higher levels you can choose different areas that you want to work on such as stress, relationships, productivity, and many more. My particular favourite has been ‘the walking meditation’ – something you can do walking the dog or on the way to the bus stop.

Andy says…

“Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind”

There are numerous benefits of taking time out for yourself, but you can expect to see great changes in the following areas especially:

– Stress Less

– Sleep Better

– Have happier, healthier relationships

– Manage anxiety

– Sharpen Concentration

image from headspace app - headspace.com


Three months down the line…

I’ve been working with this app for three months. At first I feared I was going to think it was all a bit silly and too bohemian for a city girl like me, but I can honestly say it has completely brought my mind back on track. I had become a real hypothetical worrier – give me a real problem and I could handle it and solve it, but my mind was full of “What if”s that were taking over. Working with Head Space has given me the opportunity to evaluate these, determine what’s important to me and as a result, I am now a habitual Head Spacer.

Stop exercising your worry muscle

Andy has helped me to understand that the brain is a muscle and the more you add stress and worry, the stronger the cortex muscle (which is basically your worry muscle) gets until eventually it is all encompassing. Using Head Space has helped me to stop exercising my worry muscle, and switch to making my positive muscle stronger and more in focus.

That simple lesson was a light bulb moment for me and completely changed my way of thinking – turning me back in to the positive, happy person I have always been in the past. Go and try it – and please share how you get on!

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Book Review - We Are All Weird

Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

We love books at Workplace and you can often find us book swapping or at the very least, sharing our favourite ideas and quotes from each of them.

I recently walked past Workplace Member, Martin Dangerfield’s desk and noticed he was reading our last reviewed marketing book “On Purpose”. I mentioned it was one of my favourite books alongside Purple Cow. To my surprise, he then produced another book by Seth Godin, one that I’d never come across, and suggested I read it.

Now I am a fan of the lovely Seth so it does not take much to encourage me to read his works. Like most of Seth’s books, it’s a quick two-hour read which I often find is the best approach to business books. He keeps it simple and precise and never more so than in “We are all Weird”.

“The opportunity of our time is to support the weird, to sell to the weird and if you wish to become weird”

For those who don’t know, Godin is an American marketeer who has written for years about how to surprise your market, to be noticed and not ignored. This book follows the same synopsis and explores how most marketing is geared at the masses, making note of how everything over time gets shrunk to fit their needs.

We are mostly made to conform to and follow these masses. Big companies have made money by not being personal and individual, by producing lots of the same, keeping costs down, margins high and trying to be all things to all men.

“The epic battle of our generation is between the status quo of mass and the never-ceasing tide of weird”

The book follows on from the ideas shared in Purple Cow which talks about how when driving past a field of cows every day you stop noticing them, but if one day the cows are Purple, you would suddenly notice them. The weird are the purple cows. Based on this, it encourages you to explore the different, the unique and the individual needs of your market and create a tribe of “weird”. It is very much based on how the Internet has allowed the weird to rise to the top and share their ideas.

“The weird are now more important that the many, because weird are the many”

Seth feels that, for many companies, average is good and average is where they want us to be, as it makes their job easier. But, great companies strive to be unique and find their own market rather than trying to just take a little bit of the average market. If you can do this, you are forming your own tribe and your own followers rather than trying to compete with the masses.

“If your feet are in two buckets and the average temperature of the water is 90 degrees, you’re probably fine—unless one bucket is at 35 and the other is at 145 degrees. On average, you’re fine. Based on variation, though, you’re miserable.”

The quote above really sums up the book and I think it is a good recommendation. I have always been in search of our own destiny at Workplace and not wanted to be the same as all the other coworking spaces and I think we have achieved this.

The trick now is to keep searching for other like-minded professionals who are engaged by this different approach to coworking and to keep on being different as the market sees what we are doing is good and tries to conform.

You should be careful that what you once created and considered as “weird” does not become the mass, as this is not the lesson from the book.

Thank you Martin, a very good read and I might even give you the book back…. one day!

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