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4 Shortcuts to Self Improvement for Tech Junkies and Nerds

4 Shortcuts to Self Improvement for Tech Junkies and Nerds

Being a tech junkie is awesome; you are really up to date with the latest developments in the field of technology, you are also very well informed since you do a lot of research in general, and you have a habit of collecting useful gadgets. Yet, over the course of time, tech junkies acquired a negative stereotypical streak. Since they are, in a sense, nerdy, people tend to think of them as someone who does not like to work out and be active.

In reality, all of us who spend a lot of time behind our computers or who admire online communication, tend to forsake some healthier aspects of life. This is not something that only a techy would do, however, it is still not an excuse to continue with such a lifestyle.

So, in the following article, I will provide some tips for self-improvement that tech savvy folks can easily implement. After all, technology is designed to help us; we are the ones who use it in a harmful way. So, all you need to do is acquire the right tech and start using it in order to restore balance and improve your life.

1. Change your habits and mindset

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    The subheading might seem like it suggests an essential change, but you do not have to abandon your hobby. You need to start to worry more about your health and adopt some healthier habits, and you should still use gadgets, but simply focus on those that help you fulfill these newfound goals.

    It would be a wise decision to start working out, and to socialize more at the same time. So, instead of chatting with online friends, initiate a new action. Invite them to play sports or to go to the gym. Workouts are really bothersome, and if you are alone, it will get boring really quickly. The only upside of working alone is that you are more efficient, since your sole focus is training.

    With friends, you get to joke around, help each other, and you won’t get that strange feeling like people are judging you in the gym. It is not too uncommon to avoid the gym because of anxiety but when you are with people, you know that it is different, and you won’t feel so isolated.

    So, tell yourself that physical activity is now a must, and that you also need to adopt a healthier diet and create a healthier environment.

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    2. Healthier eating

    One of the gadgets you should be interested in is the so called HAPIfork, which is a tool for eating that also monitors the intake of food. It is a fork, like its name suggests, and it keeps track of how much food you eat, how fast you eat it, by counting the amount of fork servings and intervals between fork servings. By eating according to the fork’s guidelines, you can prevent weight gain, avoid digestive problems, the gastric reflux and postoperative complications.

    Fitbit Aria is another great piece of tech you can use to monitor your health and see if your healthy habits are yielding any results. It is important to monitor progress, because it will encourage you to continue with your regime. With this scale, you can monitor your body mass index and body fat percentage, and use the input from this device for other weight loss apps on your smartphone.

    3. Improve environment

      You can use your gadgets to create a much healthier environment in your home. You can find many gadgets to create a smart house on discount. You can get items like smart energy monitors and smart thermostats, and also a moisture sensor. You can use these gadgets for maintaining a comfortable temperature, to ensure the air condition won’t result in mold forming on the walls, and to avoid unnecessary electricity expenses.

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      In order to stay healthy, and to feel good and motivated, you need to maintain healthy living conditions. These are all the things that have an impact on your behavior and how you think. If you strive to maintain a better environment, you will be more active and you will feel a lot better. Using the previously suggested gadgets, you can successfully achieve this goal.

      4. Gadgets for fitness

      Finally, you should get some gadgets that motivate you to be active. You can gamify the whole fitness program if you use Xbox Kinect; you can run, dance, do various forms of exercise, etc. Kinect is an awesome device to have fun when you invite your friends over, and to have a workout session with an entire gamified experience, so that you are motivated to work out more.

      You can also get yourself a pedometer. You need to set a daily goal for yourself on how much you need to walk and be active, and gradually increase that limit. With the pedometer, you also get a semi-competitive experience, because you need to beat your previous self. Besides, walking can be very therapeutic and pleasant; all you need is a quality playlist to go along with it and it won’t even seem troublesome.

      Lastly, when you start to get more serious about your workout, you can get a spree headband and use it to obtain detailed feedback about your body’s core. You will know your temperature, speed, heart rate, and even your GPS location; it is a really awesome gadget to say the least.

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      Moreover, you should probably use your smartphone to download some apps for fitness tips, food tips, and some reminders so that you do not forget to workout. Also, you can get apps that ensure you get enough healthy sleep, and really tap into the full potential of your training.

      So, I hope you agree with these suggestions, and this list. There are a lot of devices out there that can aid you in your quest towards having a better and happier life, to ensure that you live in a safe and healthy environment, and to remind you not to neglect these aspects of life.

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      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

      The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

      In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

      Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

      Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

      Conflicts are literally everywhere.

      Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

      Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

      Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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      Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

      Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

      Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

      The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

      Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

      Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

      How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

      Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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      Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

      Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

      How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

      Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

      Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

      Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

      How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

      Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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      Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

      Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

      How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

      Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

      Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

      Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

      How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

      Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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      Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

      Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

      How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

      Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

      Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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