Thursday 16 October 2014

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go; wake up with a stranger, the floor in the store is no more & keeping online distractions at bay

I used to find it a real chore to get up in the morning. Some of this is down to the fact that I seldom get to bed at what many might call  'a reasonable hour', during the weekdays.

However, over 3 years of concurrent yoga in the mornings has also rewired my cerebral cortexes somewhere, and I'm now much better at getting to bed by midnight, because I'm automatically awake by 6-6:30 am, about 95% of the time. This is necessary in order to get some solid 'quiet time' in, which includes the yoga. Resultantly, I've found that true to well-documented form, I'm far more productive in the first half of the day, than I used to be.

For everyone else who occasionally struggles first thing in the morning to rise and shine, there's always this:-

App helps you wake up with a stranger

I think it's a great idea, and once I'm more comfortable with the potential security issues (the website does say that the app is totally anonymous in terms of caller numbers, but then it's up to you to decide your own I.D. etc), I might even try it at some point. Which is more than can be said for the following link, which literally threw me a bit off-kilter, when I read the headline :-

This North Face Store's Floor Disappears, Forcing Startled Shoppers to Climb the Walls 

Fantastic stuff. A very bold marketing move and kudos for that. Now if only health & safety regulations would allow this to happen in the UK stores..

Speaking of keeping alert and focused, which isn't always easy if the ground beneath your feet is about to give way (cough) , there's also the very real problem of maintaining concentration whilst you're working, especially if using computing technology is part of the equation .

This used to be something that many pooh-pooh'd about up until the advent of social media exploding en masse, but productivity has been affected by it, which has lead to some of the backlash over social media engagement in recent times. I've talked about this myself a few times, just in the last month alone, both here and here . So anything that can remind you to keep on track, is always worth a look :-

Manage Online Distractions

It's ironic that something which purports to help you keep online distractions to a minimum, contains a few links within itself, which would mean a few more distractions are added into the mix. Still, they're all in context, and it's a great read.

Ultimately, of course,  the best way to avoid internet distractions, is to not use the internet at all, whilst working. Now I could do that if I used a word processing program to shape this up before putting it up on here, but I wouldn't then be able to accurately preview what it'd look like before anyone else. So it's six of one, and half a dozen of the other,as the saying goes.

Speaking of which, I've got half a dozen emails to rsvp before I head off for lunch. Something sandwich-y, beckons. With crisps.

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