Food for Thought – Work Smarter, Not Harder

Walgreens Drives Productivity The Sunday paper contained an insert produced by Walgreens. It listed ways to boost brain power. Five of the suggestions focused on the food we eat. Avocados contain medium-chain fatty acids, which increase our brainpower by reducing inflammation. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which boost memory by spurring structural brain changes. Wine & Peanuts both[…]

What I Learned About Email While on Vacation

Yellowstone_August2015_12_copyThe Epic Montana Adventure

Our 2015 summer vacation took four of us through the wilds of western Montana. We camped in the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley before traversing deep into the Ruby River outback. We enjoyed Yellowstone National Park next. Our return path took us through Bozeman before heading north back to Whitefish.
Internet connectivity was sporadic throughout the trip, with the longest disconnection occurring for 72 hours. Valuable lessons were learned about our connected lives.

Observations on Modern Connected Lifestyles

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Two Flavors of Email – Open & Closed

EmailMedicKitEmail use continues its upward climb. The Radicati Group recently reported that email is growing at five percent per year and will to do so through 2019. Though growth is slowing, the existing volume makes any increase problematic.

Sorting through email takes a lot of time each day, and keeping track of what needs our attention is overwhelming. What if there was a quick and easy way to decide what to do with every email? […]

Gamify Your Day By Taking Smart Breaks

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The mind is not a marathon runner; it’s a sprinter. Decision fatigue sets in and performance suffers. Filling the mental energy tank back up is easy, just take a break.

Think of it this way: The mind is a product of the brain. The brain is an organ. Organs need rest and nutrition to perform at peak levels.

As obvious as this seems, we persist in believing that working longer and harder produces the best result. The reality is that success – of any kind – comes from working better and faster.
The first step to better/faster is to keep the main engine functioning properly. Take regular breaks throughout the day. Even a short break of five minutes gives the mind a chance to recharge.
Break Smart, Play Mind Games 

Recharging the brain doesn’t require taking a nap, though there’s nothing wrong with napping. Simply redirecting the mind’s focus can produce the desired energy replenishment.
A fun way to take a break and improve our wordsmithing at the same time is to play one of the following mobile word-based games.
  • Quizzitive. Free with in-app purchases. An entertaining quiz, an addictive game, and a new way to test and improve your vocabulary. iOS only, Android alternatives available.
  • Red Herring. Free with in-app purchases. Red Herring is a unique new puzzle game. Each puzzle has only one correct solution and there’s no time limit. Three difficulty levels make it suitable for the whole family. iOS, Android, Widows.
  • 7 Little Words. Free with in-app purchases. If you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, and anagram games, you’re going to love 7 Little Words. iOS, Android, Windows.
Bonus – Monument Valley. Free with in-app purchases. If you want to take a different kind of mental break, download this stunning maze game. iOS and Android.
Note: These games are free, so buck-up the $1.99 or whatever for the in-app extensions to take full advantage of everything these games have to offer!
Mind Games for Success
Taking breaks helps us work better and faster. We produce better results in a shorter period of time. Gamifying those breaks with mind games sharpens the tool we depend on to perform at our best.

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