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Grab a coffee

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

coffee break

A coffee break is a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced by employees in business and industry. For most of us, coffee break in the office is an old ritual which usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes and frequently occur at the end of the first third of the work shift.

coffee break Coffee break generally gives a chance of gatherings and provides time for gossips or a time to smoke a cigarette. But it can be evolved in many other things too.

coffee break More generally, people can use the phrase “coffee break” to denote any break from work in any arena; popular culture often portrays housewives as taking a coffee break in their kitchens. Celebrity magazines use the term “coffee run” to describe people going for a short coffee break in the morning at a nearby cafe.

Most of us take a coffee between the start of the day and lunch and another between lunch and leaving time. This gives you a break from monotony of work place, it signals an interval between two sessions.

Do you use that break to your advantage?

Me time:-

coffee break for ME time

Use this time to pamper yourself a little. During a coffee break you can fix that lip gloss which has got a little dull or just run a hair brush and get back to work. When you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you work better.

We time:-

coffee break for WE time

May be you are served with a coffee at your desk but you can always refresh yourself by walking over to a colleague with a cup of coffee and speak about issues which are completely unrelated to work. Avoid gossips, thoughtfulness goes around you feel good about being good to others. Walk over to a different colleague each day and be appreciative.

Fitness time:-

coffee break for Fitness coffee break for Fitness coffee break for Fitness

Coffee break will also give you time for some rest and you can do few exercises as well. Sitting in front of computer for long hours can affect your health. Dry eyes, carpal tunnel fingers and back ache are common complaints. Blink your eyes fats for around 20 times as we blink less when we stare at screen. Exercise your fingers by flexing and bunching them several times. Twirl the thumb around clockwise and anti-clockwise. Take a short walk if possible. Stretch your back. Before getting back to work take a deep breath and shut your eyes for a while. Open your refreshed eyes and win the world over in the next session of work.

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Time Saving Myths

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Sandra Prior

Still finding 24 hours aren’t enough? We discover how to make the most out of your day.
Clear away all Clutter to become More Organized
While there’s a strong argument for not allowing total chaos to reign, refusing to have any mess around at all can result in things being lost. Yes, you probably need to throw the nine receipts in your purse away, but what about the tenth receipt you need to keep so you can return the top that doesn’t quite fit? Also, tidying a desk or having a clean out can sometimes be the perfect way to procrastinate, which means that the task that should be a priority doesn’t get done.
What to do instead: You don’t need to hang on to everything, but a good rule of thumb is if it’s from this year or last, keep it and file it in a place you’ll remember, if you’re not sure, put it in a folder or drawer labeled ‘maybe’ and go through the file every so often, either binning or filing each item. And if you use tidying as a way to procrastinate, be honest with yourself. Cut the time you spend procrastinating and devote the time you gain to getting on with matters.
Make More Time by getting up 30 Minutes Earlier
Research shows that not getting enough sleep leads to an increase in the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, which over time can leave you feeling irritable, anxious and less productive.
What to do instead: Sleep specialists recommend between seven and eight hours sleep a night. It’s also worth working out whether you’re a night owl or a lark. Half of us find that we have more energy in the morning, while the other half of us work better in the evenings. Working at your most productive time means you get more done in less time.
A to-do list is Essential for Achievement
A to-do list is often a long and unrealistic wish list – does ‘sort out photos from last two years into albums’ and ‘decorating living room’ alongside ‘send Kate a birthday card’ and ‘get soup out of freezer’ sound familiar? Most people have more on their to-do list than they can possibly hope to accomplish in a day. This can mean you end up de-motivated and less productive.
What to do instead: Replace the long, never ending list with dated daily action plans. Get into the habit of writing down your top two daily priorities and check to ensure that you are dealing with them and don’t get distracted. You’ll achieve much more – without the guilt factor.
Working Increases Productivity
Researchers have found that checking cell phones or laptop computers up to an hour before bed triggers the brain to stop production of melatonin, a natural hormone known to aid restful sleep. Checking your work emails before bed on any electronic device is essentially the equivalent of drinking a double expresso last thing at night, leading to an increased risk of insomnia and/or disturbed sleep.
What to do: Incorporating an hour of wind down time in a relaxed environment before bed helps ensure a great night’s sleep. Try taking a warm aromatherapy bath – mandarin, lavender, marjoram, geranium and bergamot all have soothing properties – or listening to gentle music, in a candle lit room.
Working Faster gets More Done
Pushing yourself can lead to the body pumping extra adrenaline into your system and a chronic state of stress, which has a negative impact on productivity.
What to do instead: Research shows that regular meditation helps you think clearly, improves decision making and increases stamina. Or try ‘musing’ instead. ‘Musing’ – letting your mind float free – involved staring out the window or gazing at a fire. It’s not as structured as meditation; you can muse any time… anywhere. Not only will it improve productivity by lowering stress levels, it’s also the time when ideas and inspiration will come to you.
If you want something done, Do it Yourself
High performing companies stick to their ‘core business’ and outsource everything else. A car manufacturer makes cars, but doesn’t run the canteen. Good delegating equals higher productivity.
What to do instead: Delegate. Ask yourself, what’s your core business? Then spend as much time as possible doing it. So, if you’re a massage therapist who can earn from R250 an hour, think about taking an extra client and paying somebody to clean the house instead of spending hours doing it.
Doing the Easy things First
Completing easy errands can give you a sense of accomplishment, but they can sometimes be a way to avoid tackling bigger projects.
What to do instead: Deal with difficult tasks first when your energy is high. Break down those demanding jobs into manageable chunks, and set deadlines and sub-deadlines so that they become less overwhelming.
Technology Saves Time
Technology does save time, but wastes a lot too. We all know how easy it is to get sidetracked by emails. Roughly 50% of all emails are spam.
What to do instead: When you check your emails, read no more than the five most important messages – those that will affect what you do during the day – and delete any obvious junk. Then focus on whatever else you’re doing for at least an hour before you check again. This is especially important in the morning. The first hour of the day determines your productivity for the day. Don’t get distracted.

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About the Author:
Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at   http://bodybuild.rr.nu  .

Schedule Your Routine

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Chandrakant Machhi

Thanks to Vaishali who inspired me to write this article. She is very different kind of girl and enjoys in forcefully remembering all her cultural programs so that she will not a loose a chance to do a fast for the day. Actually people enjoy their fast by preparing varieties of foods and something different taste from regular bread or chapatti. But she is all different kind only eating wafers or two bananas.  Her immune system was also not so powerful to pull all days load on these just few drops of calories.
So I thought there is necessity for everyone to understand their inertia and plan their regular activities as well as food habits. I am not going to talk about food habits as I am not a food specialist or a doctor. A good physician can guide you what food habits you need to adopt and what combination of vitamins, fats and calories you should keep in your whole day food. I want to share with you your regular habits and your regular routine.
Before starting a line, I would like to pinpoint a line which is from you and my all religion; “Early to Bed, early to Rise” helps in perfect stability of your mind. Plan your sleeping schedule very carefully. If you are doing a first shift job, then going to bed at around 11 pm is always good as you can complete all your rest of days stuff after dinner. It may be, like taking lessons of your daughter, reading newspapers, watching news or “Kyonki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” serial, reading novels. Idea is to participate in activities which interests you and which are always inside your artistic mind. In this way, you can always keep your interest always live into your heart which will otherwise get buried in your whole day workload.  Also this time is best to build up yourself for what you was all time interested in since your childhood or a hobby that you have just brought up in your life. This will definitely improve your skill sets and live your hobbies. Especially I would love to read my Engineering concepts or try something new innovative toward what I work.
Doing a thing of your interest before a hour or so of your sleep, helps you to remove all tense of the day and enjoy a relaxed and calm sleep. Not remembering that you had a dream in night when you were asleep is a good sign of deep sleep.
Then in the start of the day, it is most important to schedule your waking time. A good router will always get awaked by his/her destined time. If you will say that 5 or 6 am is the most sacred time to start with your regular routine then try to maintain this habit and eventually you will see a lot of difference in how easily you can manage your time. Most of managers or developers find it difficult to manage their time to finish their activities on time. This will definitely help them to be with time and keep challenge on their toes to finish their daily tasks as per their daily scrum.
In the morning, as you get up, finish your brushing and from loo. Have a good amount of water before eating anything else. This will help you to clean up and catalyze your body.  After few minutes you can start with exercise. At least 10 or 15 minutes of gymnasium is vital to help keeping your body rotating, and to feel you healthy and active throughout the day. You can set this timing as per your availability of the time for the day. It can be Yoga or something else if you are practicing it. Once you finish your exercise, kneel down for 3-4 minutes in relaxation (if you know yoga, I am referring to shavasana).
Have a bath and then breakfast. Now, you are like a fresh flower ready to bloom.  Breakfast should be full of calories and vitamins. You can refer to different websites over the net to know how to plan your breakfast. But my aim is to notify you that keep your breakfast heavy so that it supplies your need of vitamins and calories and enrich your power. While kick starting your daily work you will fill like catalyzed and more concentrated toward work. Your life is a gift for you and it is your duty to pull best out of it. You should be enchanted towards your aim and always ready to march one step ahead to achieve your target. If you know who you are and what are you doing you will enjoy the beauty of life. Swami Vivekananda says,” If you do not come across a problem in a day, then it is sure that you are going in a wrong direction”.
The effect will be on your performance and the quality of the work as output. Take a break in afternoon for your lunch. Sometime it is more effective as a part of your diet to take little food in 2-3 intervals of time.
Finish your daily tasks as per schedule and also chock out plan for tomorrow so that you are prepared for what is coming tomorrow. Analyze your day work completed before leaving for the day. You should know perfectly well what are areas where you can improve and identify scope for new horizon. After you are out from the office, if you are not a local train passenger, then you freak out some time with your friends or on the play ground to enjoy some good moments.
Dinner at night should be light. This is just to energise you from the day’s regression.
Now to cover the first point that I have started with but was not the topic of discussion, fasting for 1 day or 2 in a month is definitely bonus. If you have planned your dieting very well, then you can plan for a day or two in a month to provide rest to your digestion system. People who goes for a fast for religious purpose, I request you to go through all these aspects so that you can be able to do complete justice with your own body. After all Health is Wealth and you must plan for this your treasure!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/time-management-articles/schedule-your-routine-511323.html

About the Author:
Chandrakant Machhi
B-Tech I.T.
Sr. Software Developer (Greytrix India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai)

Tips on Managing Time for Yourself

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Eddie Hudd

Between kids, work, traffic, deadlines, love, schedules and everything else that goes on in life, it can sometimes be hard to see through all of the commotion and take some time for yourself. It is so important for folks to calm down and take a breather in order to take a better assessment of the life that is going on around them. Stress and anxiety can be greatly reduced by taking yourself out of a situation, taking a look around, and being able to truly appreciate what you value in your life. Being able to change your perspective can also make you more productive professionally, mentally, and socially. Learning how to manage your time so that you have time for yourself is essential to your well being.

When you sit down to do your schedule for the week, block out two hours for yourself. Go see a movie, which is actually a very enjoyable solo practice, get a manicure or pedicure, or treat you to a massage. Try to pick an activity, and a time, where you can turn off your cell phone and relax. Take the time to leave all of your work, and all of the things that are weighing on your mind, and leave them at the door for a couple of hours. Do not be that person who is trying to get their toes done with a laptop sitting on your knees, trying to type furiously and not paying attention to being pampered.

Another good stress reliever is exercising although, if you are somebody who dreads going to the gym, or even having to lift groceries out of the car, this may well be a more stressful activity than you would like to take on. If working out is not in your daily regime, and you do not belong to a gym, try to walk around the block a few times. You can also go to a local park and do a couple of laps. It might sound like an easy thing, but fresh air can make you feel like a different person. The workout part, which improves circulation and blood flow, can make you feel more energetic, but just the fact of getting away from the mayhem can in itself make your mind clearer.

Many folks have children, and as much as we would like to have the extended family, many of us do not. After a long day at work, it can be next to impossible to come home and release stress when you are faced with more people putting demands on you. For the lone parent, there is no respite whatsoever since some things just have to be done. As crazy as it may sound, taking five minutes in your room or outside, albeit to count to ten, helps in more ways than you could ever imagine. Kids are defenseless and they want to soak up what remains of your time, energy, and attention as much as they can. They have a difficult time understanding concepts like waiting, headaches, pending conference calls, and overall weariness. Take a second for yourself so that you can go over what you need to be completed and spend quality time, not quantitative time, with your family,

Many people would cringe at the thought of managing their social life, but the benefits of pencilling in time with your friends or loved ones can pay off.  They will appreciate seeing you and having your full attention as much as you will value being able to get a nice block of time in the social area.  Having a strong social life is more important than working, because the whole point of a job is to be able to get those things that we want and part of that is having more time to hang out with your friends.

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How to Double Your Life Span?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
by Sck

Author: Abbas Shareef

Have you ever wished that you could live forever? Be able to fulfill all your life-long dreams in “wonderland.” Well, no one can tell you you will live forever. Let’s focus on what we can do to make a difference in our lives.  I made my own inspirational quote. “Don’t wish for a longer life, make your life longer.” We all have an “X” number amount of years to live. We have limited control over our lifespan. Our daily lifestyle including food and exercise habits can contribute to determine our “RIP date.” My quote is a motivational quote with a deep meaning (some may say). It means that if we spend time to reflect on our lives, we can learn to value each second. Think of how much you can accomplish when you are able to value each second of your life? To acknowledge that each breathe is your life! That’s really something to think about for everyone. Putting value to each moment of our lives can lead to a hardworking life. Thus, you may accomplish overwhelmingly more than the average person (maybe even two or three times more!) And that is what I mean by doubling your life span.  Once again, for those who want to double their life span, it may help to value each moment of life. And remember, “Don’t wish for a longer life, make your life long.”
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