Tag: stress

Productivity & Work

Ready, rock steady

gif via Reddit

The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser:

“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Henry Miller also disdained to overwork:

“I’ve found that it isn’t necessary to work that much. It’s bad, in fact. You drain the reservoir.”

Henry Miller

More work may beget more money but also creates more stress, which may negatively impact productivity. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break or a vacation and letting the mind run on its own.

Even during those dull moments your mind is working, jettisoning the bad ideas and retaining the good ones much like a washing machine. This process intensifies during sleep.

Pace your work. Focus and relax once in a while and allow the brain to sort out the connections. Slow and steady wins the race.

Psychology Video

Stress is contagious

Studies show that stress is transferable amongst partners and strangers. Our cortisol levels even rise when we watch TV.

We may not be able to control stress but we can do things to relieve it.

Start with some of the tips outlined below:

https://wellsbaum.blog/2018/02/22/an-olympians-guide-to-managing-stress/

https://wellsbaum.blog/2016/07/25/how-trees-help-you-de-stress/

https://wellsbaum.blog/2015/09/27/dont-stress-the-technique/

https://wellsbaum.blog/2016/08/31/why-silence-is-golden/

Productivity & Work Tech

Fidget spinners

via Gizmodo 
Fidget spinners are having their biggest moment since their emergence in the 1990s.

Except this time the main problem isn't ADD or anxiety relief but rather our mobile phone addiction.

The main reason fidget spinners are hitting mainstream is to help escape the glow of our devices.

Our smartphones are dopamine producers. When something is your wallet, camera, phone, and computer it's nearly impossible to resist.

Boredom is so scarce studies show that eople rather zap themselves than deal with their own thoughts.

Have we forgotten the benefits of solitude

The best ideas come when we're disconnected, such as in the shower or going for a walk.

The fidget spinner is a real plea for help.

Productivity & Work Psychology

Obsessed with productivity

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Skip breakfast. Shorten your work week to four hours. Strengthen your focus. The obsession with productivity is getting out of hand. Why do humans want to maximize their output so they can become more like computers? What are we going to do with the extra time, do even more work? Perhaps, but only if the work is purposeful.

“The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work.” – Ira Glass

What people are actually requesting when they pursue life hacks are shortcuts. But if you seriously want to achieve something, you can't skip the fundamentals. At some point, the flaws are going to reveal themselves.

Humans are fallible. We need sleep. We need proper exercise and nutrition. The same applies to our digital diet, avoiding the taxation of a high-attention economy. No wonder Arianna Huffington is focusing one hundred percent on health-themed projects. Distraction is the obesity for the mind. And stress kills brain cells.

The frenzied culture of Silicon Valley is a hell of a drug. Maybe it's time to slow down and re-evaluate, keeping the patience in working on something important instead of running off to the next thing.

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Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Remember, too, that stress is not a function of events; it’s a function of the view you take of events.You think a particular thing is going to happen and that when it does, it’s going to be awful. But prediction is an illusion. We can’t know what’s going to happen. So give yourself five reasons you won’t lose the job. Then think of five reasons why, if you did, it would be an advantage—new opportunities, more time with family, et cetera. Now you’ve gone from thinking it’s definitely going to happen to thinking maybe it will and even if it does, you’ll be OK.

Control the mind, control the reaction, control the stress. Keep it all in perspective. And then relax in the moment.

It’s going to sound corny, but I believe it fully: Life consists only of moments, nothing more than that. So if you make the moment matter, it all matters. You can be mindful, you can be mindless. You can win, you can lose. The worst case is to be mindless and lose. So when you’re doing anything, be mindful, notice new things, make it meaningful to you, and you’ll prosper.

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Today, Just Be Average

The word “perfect” has a Latin root; literally, it means “made well” or “done thoroughly.” Another translation would be “complete.” And yet today, we use it to mean flawless. If you must pursue perfection, at least use the former definition rather than the (unattainable) latter.

Mediocrity is one thing to avoid. But so is perfectionism. You don’t want to fine-tune so hard that it backlashes. Maybe “good enough” is all you need to keep progressing instead of stressing.