Similar like in a body building world as it is in our daily life. Be the best means doing the task with full immersion, focus and wholehearted. Sometimes, winning takes a lot more than that. In a situation where a lot of competitions and desire to be the best owned already by many, a lot of time this challenge will brings men to the search of additional boost to reach a level that would not be possible if the same men wish to attain the same level in which he desires in a short amount of time with fairly less effort.
In bodybuilding world, this additional boost came from supplements and there are magnificently vast amount of choices about it. All supplements, created for the benefit of the general user. However, everyone is not the same biologically and therefore smart decision is needed. Choosing the right supplement could mean a good well shape body or in the other side of the coin partly disable body.
In our daily life, higher productivity is attainable by an additional boost to our brain power through the use of “supplement”. A trivial decision is about answering questions such as what are supplement for brain power and which one is actually fit to our personality, biological nature of our body, etc, etc. So that in the end we are sure that our decision will actually prove us to achieve more and become more productive.
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All of those articles and many more are trying to study and find out which one has better health effect or decreasing stress or any other effect which at the end will have an impact on enhancing general productivity. However, following all the advice blindly is fool and so neglecting all the advice.
Smart decision is needed so that we don’t be like fools that either follow all advices that are coming or reject all advices. It is better to be stupid as stupid people learn, getting better and at the end thrive and become wiser and smarter but fools are unwise and can’t be made wise.
Can of Brain Toniq (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A word to the wise ain’t necessary. It is the stupid ones that needed advice. ~ Bill Cosby
That is the reason that we should pick the right supplements that really fits our needs. Personally, I drink all of them but with different function with I unconsciously has strategically decide which drink I will drink when and how much. However, my personal favorite that I always drink everyday is tea.
If you are one of many people that works as office worker, despite of what department you are placed and what specialization you have as your responsibility, people spend a lot of times more with their computer compare to physical works. Most of the time, we will spend those time dealing with creating report or summary in our computer. Many times we get frustrated by the workload of editing, creating report, compiling, choosing what visual method is better to represent the data on hand.
One of many way out is to compress the duration of our work by improving how we work with the software. Here, I will present some best sources for improving Microsoft Excel skills ranging from easy, medium, hard, until VBA.
MSDN : The first and official sources for excel is from the maker itself. Microsoft has Microsoft Developer Network with tons of useful sources and experts gathering together and discuss lots of things about excel. This is a good source for those who want to get an introduction to excel as well as advance user. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905411)
ExcelIsfun : Some people just feels overwhelm by the many information presented inside MSDN. For a beginner and those who learns better by visual, Excelisfun is a great source. Excelisfun is a really good step to get into excel as it really guides user to increase their excel skills with tons of videos. Additionally, the videos also accompanied by worksheets containing blank exercises worksheets and also answered worksheets so that you can really learn step by step and get familiar with the content being teaches. (https://people.highline.edu/mgirvin/ExcelIsFun.htm)
Mr.Excel : For a more interactive and community based learning, Mr.Excel is really a place that you should be in. The forum gives a resourceful solution almost to most of the problems you can have in daily excel tasks. A community of practical experts which have huge passions will not only provides you with answers to a particular problem, but will lead you to love excel more than you could think of. (http://www.mrexcel.com/)
Personally, I use all three of them because each one of them really have something to offer to make your office task faster, more compelling and gives you more freedom to do more.
Several days ago, I walked down to city center on Saturday morning to get myself a little exercise in the weekend. When I walk, I like to pick new routes, so besides exercising, I could get a totally new refreshing perspective of the neighborhood where I cross. This time, I went through some roads and alleys that I have never had gone through before and in the middle of my walk, a store window caught my attention.
Through the store window, I could saw many kinds of teapots displayed behind the window. From outside the store, I could look into the store these big tubes contained tea leaves. My curiosity made me to enter the store to just find what this interesting store could offer me.
I entered the store and it is so wonderful that I really felt like I am in a library of tea. The store called Le Palais des Thes. First of all, when you entered, there will be various tea leaves that were ready to be smelled (you choose tea by smelling it!). These tea that come from China, Japan, Afrika, India and this is in fact only a glimpse of what this store could offered. Further back of the store, they have a whole lot many tea leaves, teapots and books about tea. Just what a person need to travel the world of tea.
From visiting this store, I could understand more about tea and decided to bring two distinct tea types from Afrika. From it, I also know that tea is beyond what traditionally be a medicine to increase condition of our health. For me, I mainly drink tea because it is refreshing in non-destructive way. The interesting part that lends itself to an increase in productivity is that compare to coffee, tea has more benefits.
First of all, I want to once again correct the assumption that caffeine in tea or coffee will help us during our work to be more productive by increasing alertness.
Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at the University of Bristol, after years of studying caffeine, he sees no evidence to suggest that it improves mental alertness.
However, if we know the right time to drink tea or coffee, a good effect will be obtained.
Professor Andy Smith, an expert in occupational health psychology at Cardiff University said that Caffeine is rightly prized by workers for combating fatigue, with a 2002 study of USNavy Seals showing the drug’s ability to override severe sleep deprivation. What caffeine does is to get you back on form. “We use the term ‘restoration of function’. The effect of caffeine is to restore your function closer to normal,” he says.
Therefore, caffeine can still has contribution to our performance to help us when we have fatigue at work. Additionally, hot beverages have numerous advantages. Here is some facts about contribution of Hot beverage in our workplace whether it is office work or home office.
61% of employees feel that their employees cares about their well-being if they provide good hot beverage options such as in office coffee and tea.
43% reported experiencing a positive effect on their work productivity.
90% of decision makers and 85% of employees believe that quality coffee and tea can contribute to increased productivity and morale.
Both tea and coffee are a complex drinks. However, Tea could give better contribution in many ways.
First of all, tea contains Theanine, which researchers argue has a relaxing effect and has been shown to reduce blood pressure. Secondly, Randy Murray blog in his article “Simple Productivity Task of The Day:Make A cup of Tea” really point out a benefit of tea psychologically. He ’ve found that the process of making tea is also soothing and ritualistic, which is good for helping him slow down and regain focus. To learn simple ritual of creating tea in your office your could see it below.
Additionally, you can better awake when you drink a cup tea compare to drink a cup of coffee . Yes! It seems not true because every time we drink coffee we can get the effect of waking up instantly right? It is apparently true that coffee will give you more instant effect. However, it turns out that drinking tea will give us longer wake up time because the way caffeine works in tea is different than coffee. When drinking tea, caffeine inside the tea will slowly be absorbed by our body and this will lead to long consumption of caffeine for our body which will keep us awake for quite a longtime.
Hence, those three (3) simple benefits that I tried to highlight (reduce blood pressure, psychologically soothing due to it’s ritualistic nature and better works of caffeine) will give more than enough for you incorporate tea to your daily productivity agenda.
In the age of Information, personal kaizen or continuous improvement could come not only from changing behavior, adaptation to situation, or doing things differently that could improve the quality, productivity and effectiveness of our lives. Technology that comes as an application or a gadget could become a powerful tool to increase our standards and do our personal kaizen.
In this post, I would like to share some FREE tools that could boost your quality, productivity and effectiveness of your daily life. I personally use all of the tools mentioned below regularly and often and the benefits of using them have been for me magnificent in helping me dealing with dynamic and ever changing tasks in everyday life.
1. Google Drive
First application that you should have whatever is your job or occupation is Google Drive. With Google Drive you have a great Cloud space that allows you to actually setup many files in it, and even collaborate with friends or colleagues. you can have them all appear only to you or to all of your team member.
The wonderful thing about Google Drive is it is totally free and can actually processes several document types such as one much like Microsoft word, and a spreadsheet like excel etc.. and even convert a document into a format that Google understand.
To access Google Drive you need a Google account, which is free. You can obtain one by signing up for Google’s email account called G-mail.
2. Google Calendar
It’s just not complete to talk about Google Drive without another powerful application by Google, which is Google Calendar. Here, you can see your entire schedule or have them completely separate. You can share one calendar with your basketball friends and the other with your mates from college. The best thing is you can choose to see all two together or just see one at a time and switch views depending on what you want to see. Best of all, you can access your calendar anywhere where there is internet access that means your cell phone, or any computer!
The most important application for your personal kaizen is Evernote. It is basically a note with millions of helpful features. You can have it either on your smart phone and your computer, and it automatically syncs the information. Evernote is a great service that gives you the option between free and premium. however, the FREE version is more than enough for personal use. The best things of all is that you can have your task like, notes, web pages, and photos all on your Evernote and like Google Drive; it’s available wherever there is internet access. It’s a great way to stay organized.
4. Microsoft Outlook
This application is not completely free. But I suggest you to get Microsoft Outlook because of the many benefits that it offers to your quality, productivity and effectiveness of your life. It become the center of your productivity and coupled with other tools from point 1 until 3 and 5, it will become a super safer of your time. for example you could easily sync your online Google calendar with outlook so you could make sure that you can access your calendar both online and offline.
5. Smart Phone
Many people including me can’t imagine life without a cell phones. people have recognized the benefits of holding one, but do we know that it actually could also become a more powerful tools to enhance our personal kaizen? Today’s smart phone is just like a laptop in your palm. It’s a fantastic way to integrate all the application and use it on the go! They have so many features including task lists, timer, email ability, internet access; ability to have Google Applications and Evernote and, of course there’s also the camera and video. The most important thing is that they allow us to be mobile and away from the office while not being away from important data without carrying laptop anywhere.