Hello! Welcome to this week’s round-up where we take a look at how your smartphone is affecting your sleep, some free and cheap courses you can take and how noisy (and flatulent) co-workers could be affecting your productivity.
How To Wake Up Early Everyday – The Sleep Cycle Method – Ismonoff
This Youtube video gives you some great information about how sleep cycles work and how they can massibe effect how and when you wake up. I’ve tried using a sleep alarm before which woke you up during a light period of sleep which did work quite well – the problem is I enjoy my sleep and lie-ins too much! Perhaps this video will give us all some tips on how to break the habit. Hat-Tip: Lifehacker
How Smartphone Light Affects Your Brain And Body – IFLScience
If you’re having problems sleeping, it could be your smartphone messing with all sorts of things in your body. The blue light that phones emit can cause havoc with your sleep cycle and this infographic shows other effects they have too.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Animated Book Review – FightMediocrity
If you don’t have the time to read my Review Of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I wrote back in 2008 or my revised 7 Habits Review I wrote in 2015 then check out this animated version from Fight Mediocrity on YouTube – at 6 minutes and 42 seconds you can easily fit it into a break time.
I just learned a simple conversation technique that makes me a better reporter, friend, and coworker – Business Insider UK
In essence there’s nothing new about the idea of listening to someone – Stephen Covey wrote about it in his fifth habit decades ago and it’s the main driving force in Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends And Influence People”* but it’s nice to hear from someone who has put the technique into action.
How to gain control of your free time – Laura Vanderkam TED talk
Laura’s fond of reminding us that we only have 168 hours in a week (yes, even Beyonce has that amount of time too). You may think that you have enough time to get things done but quite often we’ll over-estimate what we’ve agreed to or how long it will take and this leads to poor time management and stress.
How Stress Impacts On Workplace Performance – Mark Gardiner on LinkedIn
There are many ways that managers can improve company culture so that it assists workers and helps move barriers to stress. These can be small things like more positive feedback or setting up access to a gym.
Why “Doing Nothing” Improves Productivity and Well Being – Psychology Today
Quite often we need to be seen to be busy in order to be productive but this could actually be making us less productive. We’re all aware that we need some alone time, but it’s possible that we should be taking it more often than we are.
What’s More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much – NPR
Do you have a co-worker with a hacking cough or, worse still, chronic flatulence? Then apparently you’re facing the most distracting thing in the workplace.
The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’ – HandsFreeMama
This post isn’t just for “Mama’s” out there, I think it contains an important message to all of us about how if we get caught up in our appointments and agendas we can begin to forget what’s important to us and miss out on the good things in life. Hat Tip: Todays Mama
5 Easy Exercise Hacks That Actually Work – Huffington Post
As someone who’s only just started exercising again after a rather extended “holiday” anything that can help me exercise a little easier (or more) is a big bonus!
8 Ways Technology Is Improving Your Health – positivehealthwellness
We’re being told that technology is bad for us: use smartphones is giving us RSI and ruining our posture and we don’t take enough breaks from our desks so we’re at risk from DVT and other diseases. But dispite its downsides technology is also playing an important role is helping us become healthier from counting steps we take to mapping cancerous cells.
How To Write The Perfect Job Ad – Headway Capital
In Weekly Round-Up #114 we looked at how to get your dream job with a great resume but as an employer you’ll never get great applicants to apply for a role if you have a rubbish job advert.
13 cheap (or free) online classes you should take to boost your digital skills – Mashable
If you have some spare time over the weekend then check out these free (or reasonably priced) courses that cover a variety of topics from building a website with wordpress to more advanced programming, or learning the basics of Google Docs.
Have A Great Weekend
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s round-up. If you have anything that you’d like to share with me readership then please contact me or send me a tweet Until next week, stay productive!