Logic – Getting to the truth

The Quote

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Basic Methodology

To solve a problem, the methodology, basically, goes like this:

  • Define the problem
  • Then, eliminate all the impossible causes
  • Then, focus on what remains

Travel Tips – Men's Travel Checklist

Men’s Travel Checklist

Traveling across the world can be exhilarating for men, but regularly do we mislay sight of the crucial stuffs we want to travel with. Most men at some point has forgotten a vital item while going only to feel remorseful it while hundreds of miles away from his household. In response, we made this convenient men’s travel checklist so you can be self-assured when departing home with all the needed prerequisites. After devoting time to other travel lists, we observed they were a number of things missing, bearing in mind that none were really made just for men. Even some popular travel checklists appeared to continuously overlook sunglasses. We do not know about your trip, but going to the beach and being blind the whole time does not sound too good an idea. Business travel always comprise of two infuriatingly self-contradictory points:

  • the need to travel light, and
  • the necessity to put on some of the largest items of men’s clothing.

Experienced travelers are aware of the risk of checked luggage, and also recognize the vital requirement of putting all into a carry-on bag. It is the solitary way of reaching your journey’s end with 100% assured that you will have things you need in the coming days. Anytime you plan on going on a trip, all you have to do is get a copy of our men’s travel checklist. And you will acknowledge yourself for spending lesser time before leaving for your trip. We always endorse travelers to simply cross off each item listed with a pen stroke. The whole process is Pretty straight if you ask us! So how do you get it expertly done? Below are a few secrets for you:

Step One: Owning the Right Bag

When we discuss about packing light, it is all about carry-on luggage. Having the luxury of inspecting your bag, alters the game a bit. At this stage, you can make use of either a full-size hanger bag or an upright suitcase. You need to choose carefully if you want to get all in one bag and here are a few points to note:

Bag Dimensions

Not all airlines have similar policies, you would need to get a bag that works for all and also meets the European standards as well.

Bag Style

The most popular carry-on style is the small rolling suitcase with rectangular edges. It is basically a scaled-down suitcase and works just fine.

Bag Appearance

The size and style of the bag determine how you pack it. Leaving for a business trip with the wrong choice, sets a not too good first impression. A good business bag should be dark, subdued, and modest.

Step Two: Taking Along the Right Items

So, you have got the right bag. The next question is what goes in it? Have it in mind that our goal here is packing light and packing for business. This implies a wardrobe made of a few multipurpose pieces rather than various clothing for every event. Expect to wear a jacket a couple of times over. A weekend can generally be done with a jacket, dual pairs of pants and shirts, plus miscellanies. This provides sufficient diversity and retains the space to a basic minimum. If it is going to be longer, an additional jacket and extra shirts becomes necessary.

Step Three: Packing Your Bag Efficiently

The process of packing your bag efficiently has two goals: getting as much stuff inside, and moving it around without damaging its contents. If you are going to have a day of downtime, you can pack a little more sloppily and hope of having time to have your shirts and even your suits pressed. Every man has a to some extent a diverse packing style, but overall, here are some consistent guidelines for what goes where:

  • Shoes below first is always a good place to start. They are the least flexible stuff.
  • Save space by filling shoes with smaller stuff like belts, ties, or socks.
  • Also, stick shoes in a dust bag. This guards your clothes against any shoe dirt.
  • Fold shirts and jackets vertically and roll them loosely. This averts deep rumples in the middle and permits you to add more of them per packing layer.
  • Wear a sharp outfit with a jacket when going. This provides an extra set of business-appropriate clothes.

A quick list of items a man should ponder on when packing for a trip

Hygiene Items

  • Allergy pills, Prescription medications, and painkillers/ migraine pills
  • band-aids
  • Deodorant and Mouthwash
  • Plastic toothpicks, Razor and spare blades
  • Small Battery electric razor – For the long day touch up

Office Supplies

  • Charging cable and adapter for phone
  • Clean USB Sticks – To provide copied items to customer
  • Professional Note, Laptop and Phone
  • Locking cable for computer
  • Headphones for dictation and entertainment
  • Reference USD Sticks – work and professional reference items
  • Post-it tabs –  at least two colors

Clothing

  • Blazer, Business Suit (slacks and coat) and Over Coat (During cold weather seasons)
  • Handkerchief (quantity 2)
    • coordinated with a suit and tie and use as a pocket square
    • for pants pocket use
  • Hat and Scarf – Depending on the weather seasons
  • Smaller accessories like Belt, Socks, shoes, and Ties
  • T-shirts and Underthings
  • Tie Clip and Safety Pin (quantity 2) — for emergencies and backup tie clip

Other Items

  • Digital Camera — I use my iPhone for this also
  • Driver’s license and Passport or Passport card –if traveling abroad
  • Plane tickets and boarding pass–if not on the phone
  • Sunglasses, reading and/or computer glasses
  • Wallet and House and/or car keys

CONCLUSION

Most of these are simple, rational guidelines, and that is because packing efficiently and light for any trip is one way to remain organized and focused on the purpose of the trip. Remove the stuff that is not a necessity, pack the needed items sensibly, and you are one step already to a memorable trip.

Benefits of A Printed Organizer/Day-Timer

It doesn’t matter whether you are a full-time businessperson, a stay-at-home mom, a nine-to-five office worker, or a shift worker, you need a system in place to plan your day, and to organize and prioritize all your events and tasks.  No plan means things get left undone, urgent jobs get pushed back, and you forget to do things.

We used to have a notepad and pen or a pile of post-it notes, but these days, digital devices have taken over. Can you remember the last time you wrote yourself a reminder? Most of use our digital devices as a calendar and reminder system, but is it the best way to go? Has a good old pen and paper been banished?

I still use a pad of paper and a pen. I even have a whiteboard on the wall by my desk, with all my daily tasks on it, but many think that’s an odd way to do things these days. I get asked, “Why don’t you just set reminders on your phone?” Apart from the fact that I don’t like my phone pinging at me every five minutes, there are scientific benefits to using a paper planner rather than a digital one. So, if you’re a die-hard digital planner, just cast your eye over these benefits.

Fewer Distractions

Most people automatically think of reminders and notifications when they think of digital planners compared to paper planners. I mean, how convenient is it to have your phone ding at you when it’s time to go somewhere or do a recurring task? But think about this – how many notifications, on average, do you get every day? And how many of those reminders or notifications do you take notice of? Do you wipe them off your screen?  We hear so many dings and notification popups, we’ve become desensitized, to the extent that half the time, we don’t even look at the reminder – we know that those dings are annoying, and they distract us.

Studies show that spending too much time looking at your phone screen harms your brain, so while it seems convenient to use your phone as a planner, all you are doing is compounding the issue. And be honest here, how many times have you started reading a reminder and got side-tracked by a Facebook notification? So much so that suddenly an hour has passed, an hour of wasted time.

When you use a pen and paper to write your daily plan, you give your eyes a rest, and you rest your brain from the seemingly endless number of emails and notifications you get. In short, your focus improves, and you give your brain a much-needed rest.

There’s more to pen and paper than you think, so read on!

Better Memory

You’ve heard this before, but probably you just brushed it aside like an old wives tale – writing things down helps you to remember them better. It is true, but there’s a bit more to it. Not only will you formulate your plans better, but handwriting also stimulates specific brain cells located at the base of your brain that help to increase your focus.

Writing is a physical activity, and that action is what triggers that part of the brain and pushes it into the high-focus mode. When you write a goal down, your brain works hard to make you remember it. A study done at the Dominican University in California found that when people wrote their goals and shared them, making themselves accountable for them, they were more than 30% more likely to stick to them than those who made mental notes about their goals.

Using a digital screen stops that brain triggering from happening; it’s like having a shield in front of you, blocking you from what you are doing. So, in simple terms, writing your planner by hand engages your brain much better than just typing them on a screen.

Better Motivation

When you write longhand, it takes a lot more effort, but it also ensures you are to the point and concise. Sure, typing is faster and easier, but it does make it hard to refine your thoughts and be selective. If you are making the switch from paper to digital, or vice versa, check out your notes – I bet the handwritten ones are more to the point and make more sense than the digital ones.

When we write, we can clarify things, and we can connect mindfully with our tasks and goals. When you draw up a written to-do list, you can abbreviate certain things, but for long-term planners and goals, it’s better to be precise – the relationship between what we think and the language we use is very strong, so when you write a goal down, it sticks in your mind. And how convenient is it to have your goals written down, staring at you in the face?

Less Stress

There are far more benefits to writing your plans than just better organization. It may surprise you, but Japan, probably the top country in the world for digital technology, thrives on using pen and paper. They refer to it, in wit, as a “techno planner culture” and virtually all Japanese people take time to use pen and paper, stickers, drawings, color coding, and so on, to organize their thoughts and their day.

Lots of studies link handwriting with mindfulness and many people who seek therapy for stress-management recommend keeping a hand-written journal, simply because of how therapeutic it is. Much like meditation, writing by hand helps you to sort your thoughts out, and because it takes so much more effort, you learn to be selective about your words. That improves how you define things, such as your goals, attitudes, and feelings. As you write them down, you learn how best to deal with them.

A Healthy Habit

In the same way as writing your plans makes you more inclined to commit to them, writing in a planner is a commitment too.  We tend to cling to the physical more than the digital, simply because it is real. With the digital, with a screen separating you, committing to notification or a planner tends to be lost among all the other notifications, apps, reminders, and other stuff on your computer or mobile device. When you have a physical planner or a notepad and pen on your desk, you’ve got a physical reminder to use it.

And if habits aren’t your thing, using a physical planner could be the first step in making a positive change. Research has shown that new habits take anywhere from 21 to 66 days to form which means, you only really have to use a paper planner for a month or so before it becomes a habit – not long at all.

Combining all these steps leads to the critical points of productivity – writing your goals and daily activities by hand will make you more motivated, more organized, and more productive.

Now, have I managed to change your mind? If you are considering taking a paper planner for a trial run, there are a few tips to bear in mind.

Evaluate What You Need

Think about a typical day in your life. Do you get so busy that you occasionally forget things? Try a basic daily planner with dates. If you prefer to draw up long, detailed to-do lists, you want a planner that has the space for that. If you prefer a planner that you can track both long and short-term plans that helps you track things and boost your productivity, look for an appropriate planner – a yearly, page-a-day diary is the most common one.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

Set a limit. Is a $50 planner any better than a $5 planner? Or a pad of paper and a pen?  You don’t need to spend a fortune, make sure you get something that suits your needs.

Have a System

Think about what you want to write, what you want to track, and then think about how you want to do it. You could use colored stickers for indicating importance, for example. The important thing is not to make it complicated – it’s no good if you can’t read and understand your planner!

Import Your Data

If you have a digital system in place already, make sure you go through every tracking or planning app and your calendar to transfer the data over. If you have recurring goals, make sure those are added in the right places in your new paper planner, too, to make the switch as seamless as possible.

Try it For One Month

Go on, take the challenge. Try using a paper system for just one month and see how you get on with it. Set a reminder to make sure you complete your daily planner every day and try to make it into a new habit.

Productivity is directly linked to your adoption of good habits, great systems, and useful tools, as long as they work FOR you and not AGAINST you. You don’t have to go completely paper; you can have a combined system of paper and digital, again, as long as it works. And if it works, make sure you stick to it.

Some people find using manual paper planners are simply not efficient, but in an increasingly digital world, there is strong evidence in favor of using a paper planner. It could well be one of the easiest steps that you take toward being healthier and more productive.

Quote – Make good use of time

Make good use of time, if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled—to-morrow cannot be secured—to-day only is thine, which, if once lost, is lost forever.

— J. S. Ogilvie

Quote – Common Sense

Knowledge is of little use if it is not under the direction of good sense.

— Spanish Proverb

Quote – A wise man is strong

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

— Proverbs 25:5 King James Version (KJV)

Quote – A man must carry knowledge

A man must carry knowledge
A man must carry knowledge

A man must carry knowledge with him if he would bring home knowledge.

— Samuel Johnson