Save Your Life

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Category: Sticking plaster


How to use Apple Wallet

When it comes to saving your life, technology is your friend. I wanted to reduce the amount of cards I was carrying in my wallet, so I turned to Apple Wallet on my iPhone – one of the most misunderstood apps.

I’ve long used Wallet to store my debit card to use with Apple Pay, and very useful that is too. However, Wallet can do a lot more in that you can keep all your store cards in it, thus saving you having to carry around physical cards.

Adding a debit card to Wallet is simple – you just scan it in using the iPhone’s camera. Sadly, that doesn’t work for store cards. Instead, you have to instal that particular store’s app and, from within that, add the card to Wallet.

For instance, for Tesco Clubcard, you must download the Tesco Clubcard app (not the shopping app), sign in with your email address and password, and click the ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ button. It’s the same for John Lewis and other cards. Bizarrely, once you have added the store cards you can, if you wish, delete the store’s app and the card will remain in Wallet. This is worth remembering if you’re struggling for space on your phone.

If you have a store card that doesn’t have an app, there is a workaround (which also works will cards that do, such as Tesco). And that is to use an app called Stocard. Stocard, in many ways, works better than Wallet, in that it does allow you to scan in your store cards. After doing so, you can use Stocard itself for accessing your cards, rather than Wallet, or you can feed the cards into Wallet. The advantage of going down the latter route, is that Wallet can be accessed from your home screen (see below).

Wallet can also be used to store one-off passes, such as cinema tickets and airline boarding passes. Just ensure that your phone has plenty of battery life if you’re going to use it for the latter, though!

Once you have set up Wallet with your cards and passes, you can access it quickly by pressing the iPhone’s home button.

It’s worth persevering with Wallet. Not only is it very convenient, it also makes your physical wallet or purse lighter and slimmer.


Don’t procrastinate

I’ve been meaning to write about procrastination for a while but just haven’t got round to it. Sorry, old joke…

What really prompted this post was something as unexciting as an ironing board. We keep ours in the understairs cupboard, and it’s an awkward thing to store so, some time ago, I put a couple of large hooks into the wall from which to hang the ironing board. The trouble is, the hooks soon pulled out of the plasterboard, leaving us to lean the ironing board against the wall and it kept falling over and generally getting in the way.

I knew that the solution was to attach a wooden batten to the wall and then screw the hooks to that, thereby spreading the load across several fittings in the wall. Easy enough but I just didn’t get around to doing it for months. I’d no excuse – I simply kept putting it off.

Until this morning, that is. I found a suitable piece of wood, dusted off my electric drill and, ten minutes later, the ironing board was hanging proudly inside the cupboard.

The cupboard is now tidy but, more importantly, I started the day on a high as it was something that had been nagging me for ages, and being able to tick it off the list was really good. OK, I know it was only a little thing but it’s amazing how getting small jobs out of the way makes you feel great.

Go on, give it a try. Then move onto some larger jobs that you’ve been putting off. Before you know it, your to-do list will be delightfully depleted.


You have more time than you think

Have you noticed how some people seem to have more time then others? Some people seem to be able to cram loads into their day – work, family, friends, sports – while others moan that they just don’t have any spare time.

But one thing is certain – we all have exactly the same amount of time. 24 hours every day. That’s 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds, each and every day.

So how come some people seem to have more time then others? Because they are efficient and don’t waste time. Now, I’m not saying you should be doing something all the time – far from it, it’s good to chill now and again – but just be aware of what you’re doing, and use your time to good effect.

For instance, my son starts school at 8am every morning, so we are up at 7am – two hours before the typical working day starts. Time when the phone isn’t ringing. I’m often surprised at how much I can do in this two-hour window. This morning, I was getting breakfast and managed to knock over a bowl of sugar. That led, unintentionally, to me giving the kitchen a thorough clean and tidy. I then noticed that the cupboards were looking bare (keeping a teenage boy fed and watered is a challenge!), so I headed to the supermarket to stock up on food for the coming week.

I was back and the shopping unpacked, ready to begin work-proper at 9am. It felt good to have been so productive and it’s two things less to do over the weekend.

Of course, making good use of time doesn’t necessarily mean doing chores. You could also go for a run, read a book, watch a movie, or simply relax. The key is to ensure that you don’t fritter your time away.


Are you lucky or unlucky?

Are you lucky or unlucky?

I’ve noticed that there are two types of people on Facebook.

Those who are always posting about great things they have or have done. Days out with their kids, tasty meals, great holidays, their cute puppy.

And those who are always grumbling about how hard done by they are. They’re ill, they hate their job, they’ve no money, the family is annoying them.

The lucky people and the unlucky people.

It’s the same in real life. When you greet someone with the universal “How are you?”, the response will invariably go one of two way:

“I’m great, thanks.” “Fantastic, how about you?” “Wonderful to see you.”


“Oh, don’t ask.” “Could be better.” “Flipping awful.” And then they continue with a list of their woes and ailments.

The lucky and the unlucky people.

So how come some people have all the luck while others are dealt a bad deal in life? Because it’s what they tell people. We all have issues in our lives and we all have good stuff as well. It’s just that some people choose to share the positive things while others tell us about the bad stuff.

And do you know what? You’ll get more of what you talk about. If you’re saying your life is great then, on the whole, it will be. And if you’re always complaining it’s rubbish then, you guessed it, it will be.

Our life events aren’t good or bad, but rather how we respond to them is good or bad. If you choose to remain upbeat then the bad stuff won’t seem quite so bad. And if we moan and grumble when things don’t go so well then we won’t appreciate, or even notice, the great things.

So, for the next seven days, make a real effort only to say positive things to friends, colleagues and family. Even if the world seems to be turning against you, don’t mention it to anyone but instead say you’re great, fantastic and wonderful.

And after you’ve done it for seven days I guarantee you’ll want to do it for the next seven, and the seven after that. Not only will you feel better yourself, others will treat you better and you’ll begin to notice that, actually, you’re one of the lucky ones

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