Chocolate Microwave Cake

If you ever have the urge for chocolate or something a little sweet, use the recipe below to make a quick and simple chocolate cake in less than 5 minutes. 

 

1. Get a small bowl

2. Put 1/4 Cup of Flour into the bowl

3. Put 1/4 Cup of sugar into the bowl

4. Put 2tbsp of cocoa into the bowl

5. Put a pinch of salt into the bowl

6. Stir the dry ingredients together

7. Add 2tbsp of vegetable oil to the bowl

8. Add 3tbsp of water to the bowl

9. Mix all together until its a chocolate goo (add extra water if its looking dry) 

10. EXTRA - Place a handful of frozen raspberries ontop of the chocolate goo

11. Place in the microwave on full power for 2 - 3 minutes

12. EXTRA - Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top 

 

There you go a very simple recipe for a delicious quick chocolate cake for 1  

Digital Only Life - Last Hurdle

For a while now I’ve switched from using pen and paper for notes, ideas and thoughts to using purely digital tools. For me my main tool is my iPad Pro 10.9 which I find the perfect size for carrying around to meetings as well as being able to throw it in my bag whenever I go anywhere.  

But one of the last bastians of the physical world was by daily gratitude journal. For me I use the 5 Minute Journal (https://www.intelligentchange.com/products/the-five-minute-journal) and its something I have in my apartment and what I utilise every morning and evening to help me reflect and be grateful for where I am in life. The company behind it launched an iOS (iPhone) and Android app but for me it just wasn’t gelling to me for some reason, and so I needed to work on an alternate. 

I’ve been using the “Day One” (http://dayoneapp.com/) journal for some time as a reflection journal, which I used whenever I’ve encountered a tough day to be able to reflect on it and try to learn from it. I thought this could be the best platform for moving my gratitude journal over to it, but the problem was I would have to manually add the structure each day (the questions I need to ask myself) which would not only add to the amount of time it would take to create an entry, but would also enable my mind to see that its too much effort and try to convince me not to write in it. 

The solution was to utilise the “Workflow” (https://workflow.is/) app to build a structure that would work and then everyday I just run that workflow and hey presto! We have a simple and somewhat “elegant” solution. I’ve now been running this approach for 1 month now and haven’t missed a day. 

If you’re interested in the workflows I created you can grab them below: 

Morning Journal - https://workflow.is/workflows/5c1920ec78974063bcd8491fb784c569 

Evening Journal - https://workflow.is/workflows/9faeb42bb552456a91e45b413367c0dd

Inspiration - Why Leaders Eat Last

Today, I thought I would share with you a video that I watch regularly to remind myself on how to lead others and what not to do. Simon Sinek is a really inspiration person. He has written several really insightful and thought provoking books as well as presented some really good talks. 

The video below outlines how leaders shape how the employees act and feel in an Organisation and also mentions the biological aspects that is in our nature.  

Morning Commute Observation

Every morning at around 6:20am I arrive at a local train station for my 15ish minute stroll to work. What baffles me is the sheer number of people who are running and pushing to get the next train (this happens everyday) I think this is a terrible way to start the day and they most likely only have to leave around 10 minutes earlier to have a more stress-free start to the day . . . .

Begin the day how you want it to proceed! </rant over>

Drive

Inspiration is all around us but sometimes that's not what we need. We need something that drives us, that not only keeps us focus but provides a great foundation to work off professionally and personally. 

My own drive was defined by something I always believed in and that was "Anything is Possible" this philosophy was something that helped to frame my career and enabled me to inspire others. Recently I was reading an article (lost the link sorry) and a quote was mentioned by someone I don't know but it's not about who said it, but the words themselves:

If you want to be successful, it's just this simple:
Know what you are doing,
Love what you are doing,
and believe in what you are doing

The above words are now words I visit on a daily basis that help drive me in what I'm doing. 

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