Saturday, 20 July 2019

10 Random Hacks for Random Life Dilemmas



So, the following information may be pretty random, but it may also be just what you need to get through your day! DID YOU KNOW...


1. The taste and smell of gum you chewed while studying will help your brain to remember the info you studied if you chew the same gum during your test!

2. Grape juice can help reduce the risk of migraines.

3. If your jewelry is turning your finger green paint the inner ring with clear fingernail polish!

4. Tired of your ice cream melting out of the bottom of your cone? Stick a marshmallow in the bottom of the cone before you scoop in the ice cream!

5. Make a drip free freezer pack but soaking a sponge, placing it in a zip lock bag and freezing it!

6. Getting rid of that annoying cereal dust at the bottom of the bag can be done by simply pouring the cereal in a strainer before pouring it into your bowl!

7. Avoid wasting a bar of soap by sticking the remaining sliver to the new bar!

8. Using a smaller plate can trick your brain into thinking you ate more than you did, resulting in less overeating!

9. Forget your phone charger on vacation? Look at the TV in your hotel room, most televisions have a USB on the back!

10. Use the clips from plastic hangers as chip clips!

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Friday, 19 July 2019

Little Known Facts


Do you want to be the smartest person in the room? Or do you just want some help breaking the ice? Either way here are 15 random, little known facts!



1. SOME CATS ARE ALLERGIC TO HUMANS
Okay so, it's uncommon but it happens!

2. GREEN EGGS AND HAM STARTED AS A BET
The Dr. Seuss favorite grew out of a bet with his editor that he could not write a book using fewer than 50 words! His editor was out $50. ;)

3. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR BRAIN IS FAT
About 60 percent of the human brain is made up of fat!


4. HIGH HEELS WERE ORIGINALLY WORN BY MEN
In the 10th century, men in Europe adopted the fashion choice of heels to make it easier to ride their horses.

5. QUEEN ELIZABETH IS A TRAINED MECHANIC
When she was just 16, she joined the British employment agency where she learned the basics of truck repair.

6. IT TAKES EXACTLY 364 LICKS TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP
Purdue University had a group of engineering students design a machine to answer the classic question.

7. DOLPHINS HAVE NAMES FOR EACH OTHER
I'm sure you know that dolphins are clever, but did you know they actually have names for each other? They use a unique whistle to distinguish different members within their pod!

8. SEA OTTERS HOLD HANDS WHILE THEY SLEEP
Stop it. As if they weren't already adorable enough, this cute behavior helps them avoid floating away from their partner while they sleep.

9. "OMG" USAGE CAN BE TRACED BACK TO 1917
Perhaps the earliest use of OMG appears in a letter to Winston Churchill. In the year 1917, retired Admiral of the British Navy John Arbuthnot Fisher wrote to Churchill about rumors he had heard about titles that would soon be bestowed. He wrote, "I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis. O.M.G (Oh my God!)- Shower to the admorality!"

10. TOTO THE DOG WAS ONCE A COW
In the silent film version on The Wizard of Oz in 1910, Dorothy did not have a dog but a faithful cow!

11. HORSES SLEEP IN 15 MINUTE BURSTS
For such a large animal, they do not require that much sleep. They sleep for a total of  around 3 hours a day, doing so in 15 minutes bursts!

12. THE BLOB OF TOOTHPASTE OF YOUR BRUSH HAS A NAME
So, this may fall under the category of "Why Do I Need To Know This?" BUT that blob of toothpaste of your toothbrush is called a nurdle. Eh, the more ya know!

13. ORANGES WERE FIRST PLANTED IN 1513
In what is now Florida, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon planted the first orange tree in 1513.


14. DANDELION HAS A DIRTY MEANING
You may want to stray away from the dandelion wine after realizing that in French dandelion means to "wet the bed". This names comes from the fact that dandelions have diuretic properties.

15. HOT WATER FREEZES FASTER THAN COLD WATER
A few different explanations have been suggested, including one that suggests that warm containers conduct heat efficiently, and another than warm water simply evaporates faster.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Workplace Distraction




Did you pay your electric bill? Did you put money on your kids lunch account? Did you turn off the hair straightener this morning? With a million things constantly running through our minds, it's easy to become distracted.


Most of our focus seems to fall on proactive things. But in some cases, it may be more beneficial to ask yourself what you should NOT be doing. As New York Times reported, a UC Irvine study found that a typical office worker gets interrupted every 11 minutes-yet it takes them an average of 25 minutes to get themselves back on their original task.  Continue reading to learn about the top 12 workplace distractions. And more importantly, how to eliminate them!

1.  NOISE
The problem: An open office works great for jobs that require a lot of communication, but not so much for a job that requires a lot of focus. In short, many different people having many different conversations. In a 2011 review from psychologist Matthew Davis found that an open office hurts creativity, attention spans and productivity. 

The fix: Headphones. Headphones not only block out background noise, they let others know that you are deep in focused work and prefer not to be bothered. You don't even have to play music. Although, studies show that music (without lyrics) helps to increase your focus and productivity. If music isn't your thing, try a white noise app. 

2. SMART PHONES
The problem: What a blessing. And a curse. Part of the reason we are so addicted to doing things such as checking our Facebook, Instagram and text messages is because it releases dopamine, the feel good chemical that makes us feel like we are completing tasks. The issue is that the pleasure dopamine provides is fleeting, which causes us to trigger those releases more often. We check our phones constantly, an easy way to flood our minds with dopamine. 

The fix: Turn off your notifications. You can silence all notifications from social media and text messages to help you remain focused on the task at hand. 

3. MULTITASKING
The problem: We all try to do it. Answer phone calls, taking notes, working on spread sheets. Maybe even ordering lunch. The thing is, our brains weren't made for multi tasking. When we attempt to multi task we distract ourselves. 
The fix: Priorities, priorities, priorities. Accept that you have to focus on one task at a time then make a list in order of importance. Quality is better than quantity. 


4. INTERRUPTIONS
The problem: Pretty self explanatory. You get interrupted. By someone wanting to spread some office gossip, ask what you brought for lunch, or ask basic questions. 
The fix: Create a strong signal when they needs to be no interruptions. A sign, wear your headphones, or flags can be used as a sign to not disrupt. 

5. CLUTTER
If your work space is cluttered, you already have things working against you. Your brain reacts to its surroundings. A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. 
The fix: Clean up! Minimal clutter results in minimal distraction. Take away the risk of your brain getting fixated on something other than the task at hand. 


6. HUNGER
The problem: We all get hangry. So hungry that we get a little irritable. And when it comes to performance, you'd be hard pressed to find something more impactful than nutrition. Nutrition is extremely important for focus and cognition. You may not know that brain cells require twice the energy as the rest of the cells in our body! You may be quick to make a run to the vending machine or eat a candy bar you grabbed when you stopped for gas but after that sugary crash, you'll inhibit your ability for concentration, making the problem worse. 

The fix: Avoid unhealthy fat and sugar filled snacks. Fill up with foods rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber and complex carbs to maintain your maximum focus. 

7. ANXIETY
Roughly 18% of the population suffers from an anxiety disorder. Even before ir becomes a full blown problem, anxiety is a factor in everyone's life. One side effect of anxiety is its effect on concentration. Moderate to severe anxiety can make concentration almost impossible. 

The fix: Naps and mediation rooms are a great option, but not realistic for many. Small table top waterfalls are a great way to relax your mind. Forming positive work relationships can also help. Make sure you exercise, get enough sleep and eat healthy foods that are beneficial to the body. 


8. ATTENTION SPAN
According to a study that made headlines worldwide, humans now have shorter attention spans than a goldfish, all in thanks to our smartphone addictions. Even before we had our smartphones, concentration has always been limited. Your focus and concentration are not infinite. Think of your concentration like a fuel tank, if you fill it up in the morning and spend the better part of your day driving around aimlessly, you run out of fuel. 

The fix: Tackle your most important, highest leverage task first. Getting this out of the way creates relief and an early win for you, helping you to get through the rest of the day. 


9. EMAIL
The problem: Checking your email throughout the day may not seem harmful but it is a surefire way to torpedo your productivity. Although we have been taught that responding the emails is a way of professionalism, constantly checking and following different threads distracts us from the task in front of us. 

The fix: Designate time for email. Don't sporadically check your email throughout the day leaving yourself open for distraction. Designate a time, in the morning or evening to check and respond to all emails. Having a designated time helps focus on your other task throughout the day knowing that all emails will be responded to at a certain time everyday. 

10. DECISION FATIGUE
The problem: Pretty self explanatory. When you have to many decisions to make, your brain gets tired. Just like our concentration fuel tank, the ability to make decisions can run out, too. As The New York Times Magazine described, "No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can't make decision after decision without paying a biological price." The price? Irritability, inaction and lack of focus. 

The fix: Routine. Develop a routine that you can stick to. When you already know what to wear in the mornings, that's one less decision you have to make. Have your lunch ready and things you need in their place. Save some decision making for the work day ahead. 


11. MEETINGS
The problem: Talking about the work we should be doing instead of doing it. 
The fix: Hold better, more productive meetings. Designate a leader. One who makes sure everyone stays on topic. Keep a strict time limit. Write everything down. 


12. SOCIAL MEDIA
The big problem: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and more. There are so many habit forming apps that we are all guilty of using. We have become addicted to these apps, and it effects our brains in a very similar way as opioids. 
The fix: The best way to break a habit is to take away access to it. Put blockers on certain websites and apps during work hours taking the temptation for mindless scrolling away. 

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