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Published on November 13, 2017

Tell Your Loved Ones ‘Eye’ Care By Doing This

Tell Your Loved Ones ‘Eye’ Care By Doing This

For better or for worse, we all work on our computer screens for hours a day; many of us with desk jobs use it all day. One major downside is the way in which the blue light from the screen tires our eyes. But this all seems inevitable at this point. If not our computers, then our smartphones or iPads or tablets.

What does blue light do to our eyes?

The harm that blue light can do to our eyes has been well-documented. Not only does it cause eyestrain and disrupt our sleeping patterns, but it can also directly harm our retinas and increase the speed of macular degeneration.

There is blue light in sunlight and in most light sources, and it’s important for our eye health. But there is a point where it becomes harmful. These days, people use digital devices and modern lighting more and more often. While CFLs emit a high level of harmful blue light (25%), LEDs release even more (35%). By 2020, it is estimated that 90% of our light sources will be LED lighting.

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What’s more, there is evidence that modern lighting habits are causing harm to our vision. Cataracts and macular degeneration have increased among the baby boomer generation. And if it’s really about modern lighting, then younger generations will experience even higher rates of macular degeneration. It turns out that all the screens in our lives probably do “ruin our eyes“!

How F.Lux help you adjust the brightness and colour based on your timezone?

You can help ameliorate some of the problems with blue light by using the app F.lux. This simple but super-effective app balances a friendly interface with just the right number of features to help you rest better. It’s a simple concept: install onto your computer or other device, set it to your time zone and your preferences (based on when you fall asleep and wake up), and your screen will automatically adjust by removing blue light as you get ready to sleep.

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    As shown in the above screenshot, there are various “modes” you can choose from. “Recommended colors” is the best option for most people, but you can also try “Classic f.lux,” which doesn’t make your screen look quite as red-orange in the evening. There are also “close to the equator” and “working late options,” and you can also choose “Custom colors” to totally adjust based on your preferences.

    Most importantly, you can choose what time you wake up. This is when the blue light will be added into the screen, as it’s closer to actual sunlight. If you spend a few weeks with this app you’ll find what fits your personal needs best.

    See how much different your screen colour could be by using F.lux

    Here’s a comparison to show you how drastic the difference is with F.lux:

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      (Image from http://swolept.com/posts/why-you-need-to-install-f-lux-free-app-review#.WfDIlBOPLOQ)

      On the left is what you see on your computer screen now, or even if you have F.lux, this is what your screen will look like during the day. On the left is what you’d see later at night. The removal of blue light is not easily noticeable while it’s happening. If you are looking at the screen constantly, the light is taken away very gradually.

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      Install F.lux and Protect Your Eyes Now

      If you’re interested in learning more about how much blue light F.lux removes, visit this cool website and select the device you use. The app developers also maintain a blog that focuses on the effects of blue light on health and tools for combating these problems.

      Best of all, F.lux is totally free for MacOS users! Just visit the website and download to try it out. F.lux is also developing versions for Windows and Linux.

      Don’t take a risk on your health as we continue to use screens for everything, for work, connecting with family and friends, writing papers for school, and for entertainment. F.lux is an easy-to-use and easy-to-try app that you can download for free. Give it a chance and see if you notice a difference in your sleep.

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      Published on July 17, 2018

      How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

      How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

      I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

      You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

      But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

      What is compartmentalization

      To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

      In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

      However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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      Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

      Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

      The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

      Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

      Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

      How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

      The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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      Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

      My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

      Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

      Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

      One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

      If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

      The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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      Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

      This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

      If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

      Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

      Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

      Reframe the problem as a question

      Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

      One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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      For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

      Choose one thing to focus on

      To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

      Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

      Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

      Comparmentalization saves you stress

      Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

      This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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