How to…become a better reader

When I was younger, I loved to read. While my brother and sister were playing video games upstairs or catch in the front yard, I was most likely reclined on the couch. I started with Mary-Kate and Ashely serialized chapter books before moving on to the Harry Potter series. I …

How to…buy the perfect present

It is wedding season, it is birthday season (well it is always birthday season) and so the pressure is on to find that perfect gift. Luckily, dott is on hand to give you some expert advice from James Young.   1. Research By that I mean figure out what they …

How to…gain perspective

Do you ever find yourself in one of those low moments, when you feel overwhelmed and unsure of when that feeling will let up? On the cusp of graduation from a university that I love (and will be sad to leave), I found myself in this space recently. Change is …

How to…be a conscious consumer

In our era of Gwyneth Paltrow and undeniable climate change, many of us aspire to a more sustainable lifestyle. But it is not always a simple switch. Air travel and iPhones are basically requirements of modern life, even though we all know of their respective track records for pollution and …

How to…understand the Panama Papers

During the last couple of weeks, the papers have been dominated by headlines about the Panama Papers. Questions have been raised about the morality and legality of offshore funds, and of David Cameron’s involvement. But it is so hard to make a judgment amongst the jargon and lack of knowledge. So we …

How to…be an adult (Part 3)

Our resident grump, M. Menckens, has been giving us tips on how to be an adult for the last 3 months. Here he finishes his series with the most daunting and seemingly unobtainable task of all…buying a house. 1. Are your finances in order? Before you can even begin to …

3 Months In: How To

“Thanks dott, your life advice over the last 3 months has really changed things for me”* – just one of the comments from those who read our how tos. Here’s a recap of some of the most useful. *not necessarily true How to…be a crazy cat lady (without any cats) …

How to lose your work gravitas

As dott we often say “life is more than the 9 to 5”. And as much as that is true those few hours are also pretty important each day. As we settle in for a bank holiday without work, our new writer Alice Child looks back on her last 2 years of …

How to…Be More Creative in Everyday Life

As dott’s mantra goes, life is more than the 9 to 5. But it’s easy to get stuck in that cycle isn’t it? The commute, the desk research, the TV before bed. Soon you find there’s no time for the things you used to love. Whether it is poetry, or …

How to…Pack A Carry-On

As a student, I do not often take the chance to go home. I would rather travel. Before university, I had never been to Europe. But now, just a few months ahead of graduation, I feel like I have conducted my own Grand Tour, spread out across spring breaks and …

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