28 things I've learnt in 28 years of life.

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I turned the ripe old age of 28. To mark the occasion I thought I'd jot down 28 things I've learnt in my 28 years of life (although not limited to this list I hope). Hopefully one or two of them will help you no matter what stage of life you are at:

1. The 90's have some of the best workout songs out there.
2. Having a morning and evening routine saves more time than I anticipated.
3. Trying to race everyone at everything all the time is exhausting and unnecessary.
4. That quote is usually naff, but this one is right on the money: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
5. Making time to read is essential.
6. Old friends are the best friends.
7. Being in a calorie deficit is the only way to lose fat but there are so many other things going on behind the scenes that make weight loss complex *not hormones/carbs after 6/not insulin resistance etc.
8. Being in a calorie deficit sucks... It makes everything harder.
9. Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important - (Stephen Covey).
10. You cannot work every minute of the day every day - rest is best.
11. Brompton bikes are a fantastic invention, but the people that ride them are always in the way when cycling.
12. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. - (Stephen Covey) again.
13. I really enjoy Tim Ferris and would recommend his podcasts to everyone.
14. Family time is best spent without a phone. Surprisingly difficult to do at first but important to give them all your attention when with them.
15. Walking is the best meditation for me (Headspace sends me to sleep within minutes).
16. A portion of pasta is tiny.
17. Gardening is always so much more effort than you think.
18. Public speaking is something I need to work on and the only way to do it is, do it more often.
19. To be successful you must learn to listen effectively - much easier said than done.
20. Being self-aware and reflective is tough. But does help in more ways than I initially realised.
21. Children are such hard work, but they have the most beautiful squat.
22. Humour is a fantastic way to connect with people.
23. Everything to do with a house is expensive and I struggle with the 'vision' when it comes to decorating.
24. Asking for help is the best and quickest way to progress a task and it doesn't make you weak or inferior to ask for help.
25. There is no cure quite like a good nights sleep, the countryside and a good old laugh.
26. No idea is a bad idea.
27. Somebody somewhere is practising and when you meet him in face to face competition he will win.
28. Try to have a favourite failure and do not be scared to fail often.