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How to improve your “how to”

Here’s a question: what does your YouTube search history look like? Mine goes:

1. “Paw Patrol toys” (my daughter, along with millions of other kids, could watch people play with plastic toys for hours 🤷‍♂️)
2. “Premier League highlights”

…closely followed by wide array of “how to” queries:

3. “How to change a bathroom tap”
4. “How to stretch a sore back”
5. “How to stop kids playing Baby Shark on Alexa”

The list goes on…

We’re all running into small problems in our day to day lives, and having short, easy-to-find instructional videos at your fingertips is one of the many great things about the internet.

Yes, long gone are the days of heavy how-to manuals or fold-out sheets that take up the living room floor, filled with confusing illustrations and annotations.

We can now find the solution to almost any problem through a professionally scripted and edited video, with cool graphics and instructions that get straight to the point.

In fact, 2 billion of us use YouTube every month. And this got us thinking…

The Lunebase team wanted to add value to the communities that we learn and take so much inspiration from. So we’ve built some “how to” instructions for the software we’ve been using to create our top-quality (humble brag…) digital learning content.

Articulate Storyline 360is an e-learning creation tool used by thousands in education and instructional design across the globe. While the user interface might look like a new iteration of PowerPoint 2000, Articulate Storyline 360 is actually the most powerful course builder out there.

Unfortunately, it also has a pretty steep learning curve for those just starting out. So we’ve produced a short series of micro-lessons (and some top-tips) for Articulate Storyline 360.

Want to see a sneak peek of our first micro-lesson? Oh go on then. Click here.

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Love on the front line: Ukrainian couple tie the knot in wartime ceremony

Walking down the aisle is a moment that everyone wants to savour. You might take it slow to let the magical moment sink in, or it could be a case of nerves setting in.

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began last month, Lesia Ivashchenko left her job to join territorial defence forces and defend her district on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Having not seen her partner, Valerii Fylymonov, since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the pair knew that their reunion was going to be a special one, and decided to get married on the front line on Sunday 6 March.

It turned out that their squad members in the force were behind them, and even the commanders contributed to organising a ceremony that was attended by the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, and his world-renowned boxer brother Wladimir Klitschko. Taras Kompanichenko, a well-known Ukrainian artist who volunteers in the territorial defence force, played music at the wedding.

“We decided who knows what will happen tomorrow,” said Lesia. “We should get married in front of the state, in front of God.”

What a brilliant outlook on life to have in the face of adversity.

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Shall we take it slow and steady? Bride and groom choose pet tortoise to be their ringbearer

Walking down the aisle is a moment that everyone wants to savour. You might take it slow to let the magical moment sink in, or it could be a case of nerves setting in.

One couple in Arizona found their walk down the aisle to be the slowest in the world after choosing their pet tortoise Tom Shelleck to be their ringbearer.

Exotic animal veterinarians Ericka and Jay Johnson first met while surveying wild tortoises 20 years ago, and so felt it only right that the include their beloved pet Tom as part of the celebrations. They attached a floral basket to his shell, with their wedding rings placed inside.

To ensure that Tom didn’t go off-track, Ericka and Jay had the ingenious idea of lining the aisle with strawberries so he could find his way to the altar.

The couple estimate it took Tom around 3 minutes to make the walk down the aisle. Not bad at all… he must have been hungry 🍓

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How to be a little bit more productive at work

Achieving an Instagram worthy work-life balance is hard.

While the hustler’s mindset might look easy with some well-designed graphics carousels and inspirational Tweets, most of us have got deadlines we’re chasing and an endless to-do list. So how can we make the most of our working time without feeling like we’re drowning?

Back in my University days, I used the pomodoro technique to good effect. If you’ve never heard of the pomodoro technique, it’s a process that involves completing a larger task by breaking it down into more manageable chunks of time – typically around 20 to 25 minutes – followed by a small break. That’s 25 minutes of complete immersion in the task at hand, with absolutely no distractions. Followed by five minutes of a complete break – get away from the desk, grab a coffee, get some fresh air, doomscroll through TikTok. Whatever your thing is.

The pomodoro technique intends to maximise your productivity by harnessing your focus in those moments of work. To really see the benefits of the technique, after every 4 ‘pomodoro’s’ try taking a longer break of around 20 or 30 minutes.

Don’t have access to an easy timer yourself? Take a look at this great free website. Pomodoro has made a comeback for me ever since. Add a new tab to add to the 26 you’ve already got open and away you go.

Why exactly does the pomodoro technique work, I hear you ask?

  1. Managing distractions – short breaks help you concentrate better and fight cognitive boredom.
  2. A reward-based approach – your brain still gets the dopamine hits it craves, but only after 25 minutes of deep focus.
  3. Adhering to timeboxing – that’s Parkinson’s law, which states that “the work will take the time allocated to it”. Why spend longer on something than you need to?
  4. Better time management – when you know how long it takes to actually complete tasks, you’ll be less apprehensive of tackling them in future.

Try it for yourself. In the words of eminent scientist (and my personal hero) Dr Pepper, “What’s the worst that could happen?”

Top trivia: If you’re wondering where the name “pomodoro technique” comes from, it derives from “pomo” – Italian for “tomato” – and the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Francesco Cirllo used at university.

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Dog saves sleeping owners from carbon monoxide poisoning

The saying “dogs are man’s best friend” never becomes less true.

When Brad Harbert of Iowa went to bed on the night of December 13th, he didn’t expect his faithful Roxy to be jumping on top of him mere hours later.

It turns out that even though Brad hadn’t heard the faint beeps of his carbon monoxide detector, Roxy had – and was keen to warn Brad and the rest of his family.

Luckily, Brad and Roxy were able to help the rest of the family spring into action and call the fire department before any harm was caused.

Officials with Brad’s energy company confirmed that the odorless carbon monoxide was leaking out of the family’s electric and gas fireplace.

According to the NHS, each year there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.

Now might be a good time to check your detector – or at least look into getting your very own Roxy 🐶

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Using pop culture for inspiration

If you’re anything like me, you’ll often need a healthy dose of inspiration to start down a positive path.

Just one look at my new years resolution list shows where I’m being most influenced. Whether it’s the motivation I need stop spending so much time on my phone, or push myself around the skate bowl, it’s often parts of modern pop culture that have the ability to affect, and inspire, each of us.

When we’re learning new skills, or trying to motivate others, we can use pop culture to help inspire, or even act as a framework to hang the take-home points on.

Take one of the greatest TV adverts of all time: the iconic Guinness horses. With a bit of parody, we managed to turn it into a motivational animation for a step-it-up wellbeing campaign, designed to help encourage workplace teams during a 30-day challenge to hit a target of 10,000 steps per day.

Pop culture is everywhere. Even though we may not love every part of pop culture, we are all at least comfortable with some parts of it.

By using experiences we are familiar with, and in alternate forms like a parody, we can make the intended outcome much more memorable, or even that gold standard – inspiring.

To once again use the Guinness campaign – good things come to those who inspire (and wait).

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