Drinking alcohol, good for a buzz, but not for long

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

This probably comes as little surprise to anyone… alcohol consumption may lift our mood, but will only do so for a short time.

Study leader Dr. Ben Bamburg Geiger, from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, found that while drinking alcohol makes us momentarily happy, it fails to offer long-term life satisfaction and well-being.

I’d say there are other ways of seeking contentment and fulfillment, thankfully, though I wouldn’t go cancelling after works on Friday.

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Now you can block out the boss with selective hearing ear buds

Tuesday, 24 May, 2016

Ear buds that block out only selected noise sources, such as nearby phone conversations, or the sound of the air conditioner, may well be a boon for those working in open plan office environments. Or anyone in any other sort of situation, who just wants to be able to concentrate a little more, for that matter.

The first setting I tried was Office Normal. Right away, my environment changed. I could still hear voices next to me, but I was surprised by how much it cut out the TV noise, air conditioning and chatter further down the row.

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To be more productive, you need to put in the hard yards

Friday, 20 May, 2016

I could write a book claiming to help people boost productivity, but the only person who would ultimately benefit, would be me, in so much as I would collect some sort of royalty. In the end, time management systems, and there are plenty of them, are really only partially effective.

To be productive, and to achieve what you need to, something a little more stringent is required, you need to be hard, very hard, on yourself, writes Sydney based entrepreneur, Jon Westenberg.

So, I got mean. I shoved my only controller into a box and mailed it to myself. It took 4 days to show up again. In that time, I couldn’t play Tomb Raider, and it sucked, and it made me get stuff done. Give yourself some consequences and stick to them. Treat yourself like an employee and recognize that if you’re employees acted the way you do from time to time, you’d fire their asses. Get mean.

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The use of a bad word, like bad, will not make a bad situation good

Thursday, 19 May, 2016

Words such as bad, dumb, weird, ugly, shy, fool, and incompetent, are among twenty-five words that should not be used when addressing another person, says John Rampton, writing for Entrepreneur Media.

Part of the problem is that using such words also reflects poorly on the speaker. Sure, if someone is doing something wrong, they need to be told, but in a fashion that is constructive, so they can remedy the situation.

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On good terms with an ex? You may be a psychopath…

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016

Is there someone you know, who you’ve come to admire because they remain on good terms with former lovers and partners? Your respect may be misplaced however… it is possible said person is a, can you believe it, psychopath:

A healthy relationship with your ex-partner is generally viewed as an indication of maturity, an outward sign to the world that you’re both adult enough to respect what has gone on between you and remain friends. Your new girlfriend might hate her coming over for dinner, especially if she can’t eat refined carbohydrates, but you feel confident and Bond-like in your mixing of former and present lovers. But new research from the University of Oakland suggests that in fact you’re probably a psychopath if you feel the urge to keep an ex partner in your life. Brilliant.

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You may only have half the number of friends you think you have

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

Not to put a dampener on proceedings or anything, but you may only have half the number of friends that you think you do. Seemingly about half the number of people who we think are friends, don’t see it that way themselves.

As it turns out, we can be pretty terrible at knowing who our friends are: In what may be among the saddest pieces of social-psychology research published in quite some time, a study in the journal PLoS One recently made the case that as many as half the people we consider our friends don’t feel the same way.

What is it that they say? If you can count all your true friends on one hand, then you’re in fact very fortunate.

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Empathy, is the world worse off for it?

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

Empathy. A bad thing? Something that makes the world worse? So argues Paul Bloom, a Yale professor of psychology and cognitive science. I see where he’s coming from, but I’m not sure that is empathy, per se, that he actually arguing against here. But see what you think.

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Embrace our incompetence, it might be the end of us otherwise

Monday, 9 May, 2016

Long story short, the Peter Principle, named for Canadian teacher Laurence J. Peter, who formulated the theory, states “anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails.” In other words, is our vaulting ambition, our desire to continually make progress, actually what might be thwarting us?

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Sometimes no plan can be a plan, but not always

Monday, 9 May, 2016

I envy those who do not adhere to a plan of some sort, and still to make progress, as appears to be the case for Scott Ginsberg:

I’m not a planner by nature. I’m just wandering through life, looking for the next open door. But don’t let the free spirit fool you. My approach to work is less spontaneous and more intentional than it sounds. There is a structure and an awareness and a discipline. There is initiation and momentum and follow through. Not all who wander are lost.

I’m always on the look out for the next open door also, yet somehow seem to miss it, just as I am walking passed it.

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I don’t want to do anything with my life, except exist…

Thursday, 21 April, 2016

Chethan Kamath may not know what he wants to do with his life, but he certainly knows what he does not want to do. I think the list of not-want-to-do items pretty much covers all bases.

I don’t want to be a real-estate agent, a stock broker, investor, or a businessman. I don’t like manipulating numbers or people to make money. It is usually the driving force behind picking these professions. Not that making money is a bad thing, but it’s just not my thing. I’m terrible at math. I’m terrible at spinning money. I make bad bets and poor decisions. I trust people a lot. I’m very gullible and easy to rip off.

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