Taking a Break with StretchWare

StretchWare exercises

I thought I had been doing a good job of managing my breaks. It turns out I wasn’t and I started to experience neck pain. The pain was aggravated by my bad phone habits and leaning the wrong way towards the PC. The longer I worked, the worse the problem. I needed to rethink my habits and ergonomics. (Includes short demo.)

Practical Gift Ideas For Anytime

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Are you looking for gift ideas? If so, I’ve assembled some items by price category that I’ve bought and used. I’ve tried to keep the ideas practical and have intentionally omitted things like gift certificates or other soft goods.

Blinkist Delivers Key Book Insights in 15 Minutes

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These days, it’s tough staying current with information particularly at the rate at which it’s produced. I’m sure we’ve all felt like we’re falling behind. To gain a competitive advantage, our job or class work demands we read more books, technical papers and trade journals. It doesn’t seem fair that the amount of information we’re supposed to know has exploded, yet we still have the same number of hours in a day. Blinkist can help.

Relaxation Training with Pzizz

pzizz phone app

When I was young, I got into trouble for not taking naps. It was one reason I was dismissed from kindergarten. Years later, I look forward to my naps. This isn’t your average nap, but a short energizing power nap. Rather than having some teacher standing guard, I rely on software for my cell phone.

Clearly Limits Reading Distractions

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As the web has evolved, it seems like there are more reading distractions. Some websites are so aggressive at displaying ads; it’s hard to follow the article. In other cases, sites present articles in multiple pages to increase page views. And some sites use styles which are harder to read such as white text on dark backgrounds. Fortunately, there is a free browser add-on that solves these issues and more.

F.lux Reduces Eye Strain & Sleeplessness

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Are you finding yourself in front of the PC too many hours at night or when it’s dark? Maybe you’re doing work or just catching up with friends. The problem is the bright light from the display may be impacting your sleep and causing eye strain.

One Way to Stay Calm in a Crazy World

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Calm is a mindfulness app that introduces you to meditation through a wide variety of audio programs and guides. The service is available through the web or a dedicated app for Android and iOS. Additional programs and features are available for paid subscriptions.

Unique Music Service to Help You Focus

Have you ever had one of those days where you couldn’t remember what you just read? Or, you find yourself working longer, but your productivity is declining. There are many reasons why we’re not effective. Currently, I’ve been bombarded by distracting construction noise. It’s not easy to control your work environment, but one helpful service I found is called Focus@Will.

Master Big Ideas with Optimize.Me

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Are you time-starved? You have too many things to do coupled with too many distractions. This can be a hindrance to personal development. If you feel overwhelmed, you’ll appreciate Optimize. It’s a free service that teaches the key concepts from great non-fiction books in topics ranging from Productivity to Conquering Depression. Best of all, the lessons are easy to fit into your schedule.

CCleaner Removes Trash and Tracks

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If you’re looking for free tools that can help clean your system or remove tracking information, this one is well worth your time. It’s fast, clean and allows you the ability to decide what to remove. It may not have as many options as commercial programs, but it certainly alleviates your privacy concerns and clears the unwanted files from your computer.